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Submission + - It's in the algorithm: Extremely tight races in Major League Baseball 2013 (

coondoggie writes: "Perhaps not surprisingly parity is coming to Major League Baseball this season if you believe the mathematical analysis of a researcher at New Jersey's science and technology university, NJIT. NJIT Associate Professor and Associate Dean Bruce Bukiet used what he called "mathematical analysis" to compute the number of regular season games each Major League Baseball team should win. In a nutshell, Bukiet 's model computes the probability of a team with given hitters, bench, starting pitcher, lineup, relievers and home field advantage winning a game against another team."

Submission + - Albright: There's a place in Hell for women who don't help one another (

coondoggie writes: "Speaking at the CIA Women's History Month Celebration this week former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright offered a number of career advancing suggestions for women in the workforce. Albright said her storied career — which really began at age 39 after raising three children and obtaining her Ph.D. — owes its success to making the most of opportunities presented. "I never imagined that I would one day become secretary of state," she said. "It's not that I lacked ambition. It is just that I had never seen a secretary of state in a skirt.""

Submission + - Air Force exploring systems that safeguard spacecraft network security (

coondoggie writes: "How are all manner of spacecraft development from the space parts supply chain to actual space operations protected from those who would try to penetrate or disrupt the networks involved in that process?

The US Air Force Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has put out a call for research to understand that security scenario stating that "we are much less concerned about information on the broader themes of cyber-security but rather those that pertain to the mission of the spacecraft, the spacecraft as a platform, the systems that constitute the spacecraft, the computers and their software, the busses and networks within, and the elements that interface to the spacecraft..."


Submission + - Hugely popular FBI UFO file stirred controversy but proved nothing (

coondoggie writes: "Perhaps it's because there has been a steady stream of news about asteroids flying by or hitting Earth in or maybe it's the uptick in space news having to do with Mars and the Sun in recent months, but whatever the reason the FBI this week decided to chat up its famous or infamous UFO memo written by agent Guy Hottel 63 years ago. The single page file, which the FBI now says it is the agency's most viewed document — having been hit nearly one million times since its declassification in 2011 — relays an unconfirmed UFO report that the FBI says it never even followed up on."

Submission + - AI programmers struggle to makes games 'imitate life' ( 1

coondoggie writes: "Artificial intelligence, a field of programming employed by video game developers to make characters smarter and improve their decisions, still has a ways to go before it actually yields intelligent characters. "There are AI games with very little 'I' in them," said Brian Schwab, senior AI and gameplay engineer at Blizzard Entertainment, which has published the hugely successful "Warcraft," "StarCraft" and "Diablo" series of strategy games."
The Courts

Submission + - 30 months in the slammer for man who pointed green laser at aircraft (

coondoggie writes: "In a move federal prosecutors hope sends a strong message to the knuckleheads who point lasers at aircraft for fun, a California man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for shining one at two aircraft. According to the FBI Adam Gardenhire, 19, was arrested on March 29, 2012 and named in a two-count indictment filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles that said he pointed the beam of a laser at a private plane and a police helicopter that responded to the report."

Submission + - Firefox, Chrome's WebRTC pushing into enterprise app world (

coondoggie writes: "Businesses need to study up now on WebRTC — the browser-based voice and video support included in the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome but that seems destined for all browsers — if they want to jump on opportunities to enhance services and cut costs,. The application for which WebRTC offers the most potential is contact centers, where customers seeking help on Web sites can connect with live help via voice and video but also share screens."

Submission + - DARPA wants unique automated tools to rapidly make computers smarter (

coondoggie writes: "Researchers at DARPA want to take the science of machine learning — teaching computers to automatically understand data, manage results and surmise insights — up a couple notches. Machine learning, DARPA says, is already a the heart of many cutting edge technologies today, like email spam filters, smartphone personal assistants and self-driving cars. "Unfortunately, even as the demand for these capabilities is accelerating, every new application requires a Herculean effort. Even a team of specially-trained machine learning experts makes only painfully slow progress due to the lack of tools to build these systems," DARPA says."

Submission + - NASA denies reports its Voyager spacecraft has left the solar system (

coondoggie writes: "The event certainly would be momentous for the space exploration world — the first spacecraft to actually leave our solar system — but NASA says despites reports to the contrary its Voyager 1 has not left our realm — just yet that is. "The Voyager team is aware of reports today that NASA's Voyager 1 has left the solar system," said Edward Stone, Voyager project scientist based at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. "It is the consensus of the Voyager science team that Voyager 1 has not yet left the solar system or reached interstellar space."

Submission + - The hot art in the CIA's cool art collection (

coondoggie writes: "Works of fine art aren’t likely what you’d expect to find at the CIA but the agency has 16 "intelligence-themed artworks" hanging in a prominent hallway at its headquarters. The paintings in the CIA’s Intelligence Art Gallery represent institutional pride and historic record, the agency says. Here we take a look at some of them which feature military action, significant aircraft and other spy-worthy works of art."

Submission + - US intelligence group wants to use alternate reality gaming to bolster research (

coondoggie writes: "The researchers at the government's "high-risk, high-payoff research" group, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) want to know how alternate reality environments such as games in particular can help it develop “high-quality behavioral and psychological research in near real-world contexts.”"

Submission + - NASA IG paints bleak picture for agency projects, IT security (

coondoggie writes: "The bottom line for NASA as well as any number of government agencies in this new era of sequestration is money — and NASA in this case has too many programs chasing too few dollars. That is just one of a number of bleak conclusions NASA's Inspector General Paul Martin laid out to a Congressional hearing today adding that "declining budgets and fiscal uncertainties present the most significant external challenges to NASA's ability to successfully move forward on its many projects and programs. For the first 6 months of this year, NASA has operated under a continuing resolution that funds the Agency at last year's level of $17.8 billion. Moreover, NASA's share of the Government-wide sequestration cuts reduce that spending authority by $894 million.""

Submission + - Security of open-source software again being scrutinized (

coondoggie writes: "recent round of flaws discovered in open-source software has reignited concerns that security is getting bypassed in the rush to continue expanding the large and extremely popular code base used by millions. For instance, although the Java-based Spring Framework was criticized by security researchers in January as having a major flaw that allowed remote-code execution by attackers against applications built with it, the updates to Spring this week don't address this security problem."

Submission + - NASA: Mars rock sample shows Red Planet could have supported life (

coondoggie writes: "One of the chief goals of NASA's Mars Science Lab and its Curiosity rover was to determine if the Red Planet could have supported life in some fashion and now comes news that apparently it could have.
Confirmation of that major discovery came today as NASA said analysis of a rock sample collected by Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. NASA said its scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — some of the key chemical ingredients for life — in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in what's known as Gale Crater on the Red Planet last month."


Submission + - NASA wants new space net to sustain big data dumps; moon and Mars trips (

coondoggie writes: "What kind of network can support future commercial and government space trips around Earth and support bigger distances to the moon and Mars? NASA is in the process of exploring exactly what technology will be needed beyond 2022 in particular to support future space communication and navigation. The agency recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) to begin planning for such a new architecture."

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