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United States

+ - Voting method visualizations->

Submitted by Snarfangel
Snarfangel (203258) writes "Voting method debates are generally considered snooze-producers for all but a small group of aficionados, partly because they involve large, non-intuitive spreadsheets and tables. For something so important to democratically-elected governments, that is a shame. Fortunately, it is possible to create visual representations of voting methods, revealing where methods agree, and where they fall into voting paradoxes. Ka-Ping Yee has created multicolored graphs covering Plurality, Approval, Borda, Condorcet, and IRV. While the flaws in Plurality are readily apparent, what is even more fascinating is the failure of IRV in certain elections."
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United States

+ - surveillance moths and weaponized insects->

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nanotrends
nanotrends writes "MIT and iRobot people are helping DARPA to create surveillance moths The moths are chipped at the pupa stage and are controlled using a machine learning chip."This could lead to weaponized insects. Control poisonous insects or disease carrying insects or crop destroying insects. This is related to machine controlled pidgeons"
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Biotech

+ - From Garbage to Plastic?

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Van Cutter Romney
Van Cutter Romney writes "Researchers from Cornell are looking at ways to convert pollutants into green polymers according to this article in the New York Times. The main difficulty which the researchers are trying to overcome is to use CO2, which has no reactivity but is found in large quantities in the atmosphere, as the basis for the polymer. The key is to find the right catalyst for the CO2 and the epoxy to bond."
The Internet

+ - A Better Alternative to ISP DNS->

Submitted by
gmgartner
gmgartner writes "The article "25 web Sites to Watch" on the PC World site had a few worthy sites, not 25, but that's just my opinion. One that really got my attention was www.opendns.com. As a parent, it's nice to have content filtering that I don't have to configure and monitor — and pay for. As an IT consultant to small businesses, I see an excellent solution for companies looking to reduce the amount of non-work related web surfing that goes on in the work place — believe me when I say that this happens a lot more than bosses would know or admit. OpenDNS claims to have faster response times to, giving me a better internet experience. I'm not sure by which metrics this is measured, but I have notice a bit quicker response time in my day to day activities — just like when I was a kid: I could run faster with my new sneakers!"
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Microsoft

+ - Bugs in Vista which you may not find in any OS->

Submitted by
LiquidNitrogen
LiquidNitrogen writes "The author in the blog has discussed some of the very naive bugs that can be found in the new operating system from Microsoft. Some of the bugs such as showing file size in negative proves without saying the quality of testing and/or design that has gone in to build some of the internal components of the new operating system."
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Patent Granted for Fault Injection->

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techlists
techlists writes "A Patent on Fault Injection (#7,185,232) has been granted by our friends at the patent office. This could seriously and negatively impact software/hardware testing across the industry. According to the filing, "A method of testing a target in a network by fault injection, "The method may further include, receiving a feedback from the target to determine fault occurrence.". They've been asked to comment, but will they say anything?""
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Programming

+ - Progress on next-generation Python

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An anonymous reader writes "A couple of years ago, Guido Van Rossum undertook a major overhaul of the Python language called Python 3000. Despite the fact that Python is older than languages like Java and Javascript, Guido's initial design decisions have held up remarkably well over the years. Nevertheless, it was inevitable that after 15 years, a language designer would like to redo some things. Guido says: "The idea was that Python 3000 would be the first Python release to give up backwards compatibility in favor of making it the best language going forward." Now Guido says that Python 3000 is on-track (modulo a 2 month schedule slip). Will this release prepare Python for competition with Perl 6 and Ruby 2? Does it matter?"
Linuxcare

+ - Troubleshooting for vmware

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russelstout
russelstout writes "I recently have downloaded the vmware player. I am currently working in a chemistry program and am in need of using linux scientific 4 appliance. I have acquired it through my professor in the compressed format. Whenever I uncompress it using either Winzip or WinRAR it decompresses perfectly. The problem comes when I try to load it using vmware. It gets to a point in the loading process where it is loading the Linux kernel, but then it won't go any further. Having used this program on other computers I recognized that it takes a couple of minutes to start up sometimes, and so I waited. At one point I waited for three hours, and it still didn't load. What can be done? I've decompressed the file multiple times and still it won't work. Any help would be greatly appreciated."
Space

+ - Invisible Galaxy Discovered->

Submitted by all204
all204 (898409) writes "A galaxy made entirely from dark matter has been discovered. A link to the original research paper can be found here.

From the original article:

"An international team of astronomers have conclusive new evidence that a recently discovered "dark galaxy" is, in fact, an object the size of a galaxy, made entirely of dark matter. Although the object, named VIRGOHI21, has been observed since 2000, astronomers have been slowly ruling out every alternative explanation.""

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