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Submission + - Baidu forced to withdraw last month's ImageNet test results

elwinc writes: Back in mid-May, Baidu, a computer research and services organization in Mainland China, announced impressive results on the ImageNet "Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge," besting results posted by Google and Microsoft. Turns out, Baidu gamed the system, creating 30 accounts and running far more than the 2 tests per week allowed in the contest. Having been caught cheating, Baidu has been banned for a year from the challenge. I believe all competitors are using variations on the convolutional neural network, AKA deep network. Running the test dozens of times per week might allow a competitor to pre-tune parameters for the particular problem, thus producing results that might not generalize to other problems. All of which makes it quite ironic that a Baidu scientist crowed Our company is now leading the race in computer intelligence!

Submission + - What in your house has been raptured?

elwinc writes: At first I thought the whole rapture thing was a dud, but then I realized: my kid was playing with a magnetic toy, "Ball of Whacks" and we can't find one of the pieces anywhere. It must have been raptured!! The Lord sure does work in mysterious ways... So what in your house or workplace has been raptured?
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Submission + - Nathan Myhrvold and the business of invention->

elwinc writes: There's a great New Yorker story about Nathan Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures company, whose business model is to nurture ideas, write patents, and sell them. Apparently they're filing about 500 patents a year including a passive thorium reactor that consumes waste from conventional reactors. On the lighter side, you can read how Nathan has achieved "dominant T. rex market share."
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