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Comment: Disqualified bots/Alan Turing 100 competition (Score 5, Informative) 68

by deksza (#40029515) Attached to: Inside the 2012 Loebner Prize
I'm happy for all the bots that got to compete this year, but I was a little unhappy on the preliminary round of this years competition compared to other years I entered. Only 4 entries can make it to the final round of the competition. There were 12 entries this year but 7 were disqualified due to contest management (Hugh Loebner) not having enough technical knowledge to get the entries working. Some well known bots based on ALICE AIML were disqualified, Cleverbot was disqualified, and my own Ultra Hal was disqualified ( http://www.zabaware.com/webhal ) Internet communication is prohibited so we all have to send the bots as self installing programs that can utilize the contests LPP protocol. My own bot is Linux based, which is a big hurdle for the preliminary round, but I sent it as a virtual box image to simplify it for contest management, but he didn't know how to deal with it.

But luckily there will be another competition this year as part of Alan Turing's 100 year centennial at Bletchley Park on June 23rd and recognized by the Olympics http://www.reading.ac.uk/news-and-events/releases/PR445524.aspx Some of the disqualified bots including my own will be competing there.
Iphone

+ - T-Mobile attacks the iPhone and AT&T in new TV ad [video]->

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zacharye (2330148) writes "Now that T-Mobile and AT&T don’t have to pretend to like each other anymore, the nation’s No.4 carrier can go back to attacking AT&T and its top-selling smartphone, Apple’s iPhone 4S. T-Mobile debuted a new TV commercial this week that once again takes aim at AT&T’s slow network and Apple’s popular iPhone..."
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Education

+ - Can the Internet save education? ->

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Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "The Internet can save everything, even education. At least that's what tech companies would have parents and government officials believe. Too bad it's not true. Just this past week Harvard and MIT announced a joint $60 million project called edX to offer free courses online. (You won't get academic credit, but students can earn completion certificates and a grade.) The poster child for much of the online education movement is the Kahn Academy, which has roughly 3,200 educational videos available for free. But one has to wonder whether any of these online cheerleaders has ever watched a complete "class" on the site, because if they had they would immediately see the multitude of problems with this approach."
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+ - App Developer Wake Up Call - 59% not breaking even with apps->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A recent survey by App Promo found that nearly 60% of app developers are not breaking even the revenue generated from their most successful app. In addition, 80% are not generating enough money for this app to be a standalone business.

Check out these and more stats on what it takes to be successful with a mobile app in an infograph: http://app-promo.com/wake-up-call-infographic/"

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+ - DEA locks student in cell with no food, water, toilet for 5 days->

Submitted by Kohath
Kohath (38547) writes "Daniel Chong, a 24-year-old UC San Diego senior from the Los Angeles, CA suburb of Cerritos, was detained in an April 21st search warrant raid on a residence. After questioning, he was told he would be released. He was then placed in a 5-by-10-foot (1.5-by-3-meters) cell without food or water or toilet facilities until 4:42 PM April 25th when he was found hallucinating and near death. He was transported to the hospital by paramedics and has recovered. The DEA said this was accidental and promised to conduct a thorough review."
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+ - One of Two Hotly Debated Avian Flu Papers Finally Published->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "One of two influenza papers at the center of an intense, 6-month international debate has finally seen the light of day. Today, Nature published a controversial study in ferrets that shows how scientists can engineer an avian influenza strain to transmit between mammals through respiratory droplets such as those created by coughing or sneezing."
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Technology

+ - Berkeley Student Fills Dorm with Home Automation ->

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ElectronicHouseGrant writes "Freshman Derek Low rigged up his Berkeley dorm room with something he calls B.R.A.D., which is short for “Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm.” The room includes automated lighting, drapes, music, motion detection, and more. He can control everything through voice recognition, but a wireless remote, his iPhone and his iPad are also in on the control party. Derek started the install on February 4 and finished just a few days ago."
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+ - EU Court: Programming Languages Not Copyrightable->

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itwbennett writes "The European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that the functionality of a computer program and the programming language it is written in cannot be protected by copyright. In its ruling on a a case brought by SAS Institute against World Programming Limited (WPL), the court said that 'the purchaser of a license for a program is entitled, as a rule, to observe, study or test its functioning so as to determine the ideas and principles which underlie that program.'"
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+ - Building a case for telecommuting->

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Esther Schindler
Esther Schindler writes "Many of us geeks prefer to work at home without distractions, but a lot of bosses still believe that if they don't see you, you must be lolling about, eating bon-bons and playing Angry Birds.

There may be many reasons a manager is distrustful of telecommuting but the phenomenon of what Albiero calls "presentism"—that is, only trusting and rewarding the folks you see at their computer is a major factor.

So it may be of some use to read through the research compiled by Diann Daniel that says Telecommuting Creates Happier and More Productive Employees (which naturally include fewer distractions and better work-life balance), and an accompanying infographic showing the environmental benefits from reduced commuting.

She follows it up with A Manager’s Guide to Telecommuting, which goes into some detail about how to manage, mentor, and support teleworkers. Some of this is general advice, but some of the tips are more specific:

It may seem like a lot more work—all this up-front addressing of communication issues that happen far more naturally in the office—but the upside is increased efficiency. Albiero sees this especially in the area of meetings. He speaks of one client who has now instituted a meeting format that is structured to allow for the first five minutes of all meetings to be "small-talk minutes." Thus, everyone knows they needn't call in for those minutes unless they want to join. That bonding time may appeal to virtual workers who need the personal connection, but for those who are swamped with other work, and those who simply feel such time is "wasted time," the extra five minutes gives them more productivity. The same client has instituted a policy to end all meetings 10 minutes before the half-hour or hour (depending on the length of the meeting) to allow for employees precious time before what may be their next meeting.

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