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Math

+ - Goldbach's Conjecture Proved-> 1

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kruhft writes "Goldbach's Conjecture, a classic problem in Number Theory where every even integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes, has recently been proved by the mathematician Agostino PrÂastaro at the University of Rome. Can anyone on Slashdot provide some insight into whether this proof is correct? And if so, why have we not heard of this sooner?"
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+ - Traders Look to Wireless for Lowest Latency->

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kruhft writes "Traders are exploring wireless solutions as a potentially lower cost and lower latency alternative to fiber. High Frequency Traders takes a look at the technology and its place in the industry's future.

Traditionally, high frequency traders seeking the fastest connections between markets have looked to fiber-optic networks. It's been a largely successful endeavour. Latency between the markets of Chicago and New York has been cut as low as 13.3 milliseconds.

But experience tells us that this is an industry that never sits still. In pursuit of the even faster times that can make all the difference in high frequency trading, some firms are looking to wireless solutions to give them the edge."

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AI

+ - Cleverbot Passes Turing Test->

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kruhft writes "It seems that Cleverbot, the chatbot so ready to admit that it was a unicorn during a discussion with itself, has passed the Turing test. This past Sunday, the 1334 votes from a Turing test held at the Techniche festival in Guwahati, India were released. They revealed that Cleverbot was voted to be human 59.3% of the time. Real humans did only slightly better and were assumed to be humans 63.3% of the time. That being the case, Cleverbot's success in conning people into thinking it was human is greater than chance, and therefore, one could argue that it has technically passed the Turning test."
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Patents

+ - Ask Slashdot: Using Code with an Expired Patent 1

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kruhft writes "I was recently doing some research into Genetic Programming and found through a blog post that looks to be useful. After looking over the code and license, I found that this was the first piece of code I had seen that was protected by a patent, issued on June 19, 1990. I read that patents last for 20 years, meaning that the patent that this code refers to is expired. Is there any way for me to be sure that using this code is safe from any patent troll attacks if I choose to use it? Would rewriting the code keep me from violating any other patents that the author might have regarding the use of such an algorithm? Does the code pass into the public domain after the patent expires?"

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