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+ - Duo to tackle Fraud->

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Varindiaitmagazine
Varindiaitmagazine writes "SAS has joined platinum partner Capgemini to help government agencies reduce revenue losses from tax and welfare fraud, and improper payments. Together, SAS and Capgemini provide an end-to-end offering in revenue fraud and improper payment protection to public sector organizations in Europe, Brazil, India and Asia-Pacific.
"There is a need for cutting-edge business analytics in the public sector. These products apply intelligent business rules and advanced predictive analytics to help governments identify subtle clues to uncover fraud in large amounts of data. Also important is end-to-end capability from data integration through detection through investigation management that can be deployed across the enterprise to address many fraud and improper payments issues on a single platform. SAS working with Capgemini is going to have dramatic impact in assisting government agencies," said Stu Bradley, Sr. Business Director, Fraud & Financial Crimes Practice, SAS.
"Governments in developed countries are under pressure to reduce spending and governments in emerging economies struggle to enforce compliance. This creates compelling reasons for tax and welfare agencies worldwide to adopt more sophisticated approaches to protecting tax revenues and tackling benefits fraud and improper payments. Working with SAS allows us to address the needs of governments more completely and bring the best available technologies to their business problems – wherever they are in the world and whatever the level of maturity of their tax and welfare operations," said Ian Pretty, Global Tax & Welfare Lead, Capgemini."

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+ - Paul Ryan Defends Cutting Food Stamps For The Poor->

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POUXEN
POUXEN writes "We want to have people go from welfare back to work. That’s why we conjoined in our budget the job training programs, consolidate the 47 different job training programs spread across 9 different agencies to scholarships to go to people so they can get new training, so under the bill we’re moving right now through Congress, food stamps will have increased something like 260 percent over the last decade instead of 270 percent."
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Science

+ - Mini mammoth once roamed Crete->

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ananyo (2519492) writes "Scientists can now add a 'dwarf mammoth' to the list of biological oxymorons that includes the jumbo shrimp and pygmy whale. Studies of fossils discovered last year on the island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea reveal that an extinct species once thought to be a diminutive elephant was actually the smallest mammoth known to have existed — which, as an adult, stood no taller than a modern newborn elephant (abstract). The species is the most extreme example of insular dwarfism yet found in mammoths."
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+ - LazyTruth hunts down urban myths in your inbox->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "LazyTruth is an inbox widget that works by searching through your received messages, looking for specific phrases associated with some of the most common viral emails that make bogus claims. When it finds one, it composes an email rebuttal, which includes links to sources that refute the content of the offending message. Those sources include fact-checking and/or urban myth websites such as PolitiFact and FactCheck.org."
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NASA

+ - SPAM: NASA takes a Peek at solar system's giant

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apcox
apcox writes "Polyetheretherketone (Peek) is out of this world – in a space probe hurtling to Jupiter.
Peek was chosen for two components of the Jovian Auroral Distributions Experiment aboard NASA’s Juno Space Probe. The Southwest Research Institute of San Antonio developed the Jade sensors for electrons and ions for the probe."

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+ - New W3C Proposal could end the CSS Prefix Madness->

Submitted by Pieroxy
Pieroxy (222434) writes "The W3C is proposing a set of new rules for CSS prefixing by Browser vendors. This would greatly mitigate the problem caused today where vendor specific prefixing is seeing its way through production sites. The problem is so bad that some vendors are now tempted to support other browsers prefixing. The article also has a link to an email from Mozilla’s Henri Sivonen that does a nice job of addressing many potential issues and shortcomings of this new proposal."
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Iphone

+ - SPAM: iPhone Power,iPad Power,Mobile Power have become an important part in our life

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Viview
Viview writes "With the rapid development of economy, the improvement of science and technology, all kinds of multi-function electronic products is more and more.The electronic products is widely popular in the market,as laptop computers, flat computers, mobile phones, digital camera, video camera, portable DVD, PDA, MP3, MP4, GPS etc.

Having a mobile power you can charge at any time and place for the digital products, no longer worry about the applicable time without electricity.

Shop for iphone power and ipad power at mobilepowermall.com.Your online resource for high quality, low price iphone power and other mobile power.All information comes from China electronics."

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+ - SPAM: NATURE OF ROCK SALT DEPOSIT

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suhailinternational
suhailinternational writes "“Himalayan Salt Ranges” in Pakistan must be one of the largest deposits of salt in the world. The question arises that how these deposits were formed. Although question of its deposition has now finally been settled but is remained controversial for quite some time. It was held by one school of thought that the saline series are of sedimentary nature while the other believed that is formed by volcanic action. Some of the reasons for considering it of igneous nature, was its association with Khewra trap (Volcanic deposit) and the presence of a hydride of a hydride."
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Space

+ - White House Threatens Veto Over NASA Commercial Crew Funding->

Submitted by FleaPlus
FleaPlus (6935) writes "This week the White House issued a veto threat over the Commerce/Justice/Science spending bill currently being debated by the House of Representatives, in large part due to its cut to commercial crew funding. The current House bill decreases NASA's overall budget and commercial crew spending while increasing spending on the shuttle-legacy SLS rocket. Language in the House bill also tells NASA to end the ongoing milestone-based competitive development in the commercial crew program, and to instead switch to a single provider using 'traditional government procurement methods.'"
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Twitter

+ - Looking At The World Through Twitter Data->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Social data seems to be really valuable these days. Two MIT undergraduates created a website, similar to google analytics for search (http://hackhub.mit.edu/word_count_view), which lets you play with historical twitter data. Furthermore, they have some insights of their own (http://arashd.scripts.mit.edu/blog/?p=34) on interesting trends they discovered."
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Education

+ - Ask Slashdot: Getting a head start on Mechanical Engineering->

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TremorAcePV
TremorAcePV writes "I am about to enter my 3rd year of college life, and my decided major is Mechanical Engineering. What would Slashdot suggest I study over the summer to prepare for my "major oriented" education considering that I never experienced nor understood a trigonometry class beyond the concepts of right triangles, Sine, Cosine, & Tangent, and radians. I ask because I realize how far behind I am in my major's required learning."
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Australia

+ - Australian government backs OLPC->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "One Laptop Per Child Australia had a win in the recent Australian budget, receiving federal government funding for the first time. OLPC Australia will benefit from $11.7 million of funding, which will be used to purchase 50,000 laptops to distribute to students. The organisation recently launched a new initiative that builds an educational ecosystem around the laptops, to help integrate them into the learning process (Slashdot discussed it not that long ago.)"
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