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What Does It Actually Cost To Publish a Scientific Paper? 166

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the one-trillion-dollars dept.
ananyo writes "Nature has published an investigation into the real costs of publishing research after delving into the secretive, murky world of science publishing. Few publishers (open access or otherwise-including Nature Publishing Group) would reveal their profit margins, but they've pieced together a picture of how much it really costs to publish a paper by talking to analysts and insiders. Quoting from the piece: '"The costs of research publishing can be much lower than people think," agrees Peter Binfield, co-founder of one of the newest open-access journals, PeerJ, and formerly a publisher at PLoS. But publishers of subscription journals insist that such views are misguided — born of a failure to appreciate the value they add to the papers they publish, and to the research community as a whole. They say that their commercial operations are in fact quite efficient, so that if a switch to open-access publishing led scientists to drive down fees by choosing cheaper journals, it would undermine important values such as editorial quality.' There's also a comment piece by three open access advocates setting out what they think needs to happen next to push forward the movement as well as a piece arguing that 'Objections to the Creative Commons attribution license are straw men raised by parties who want open access to be as closed as possible.'"

Comment: blast from the past (Score 3, Interesting) 123

by plaut (#42544335) Attached to: An Oven That Runs Android

"In the future, the proof of a person's technical skill will be based on their
ability to boot linux on random objects. Those who are able to get a bash
prompt on a toaster oven will be gods that walk among us, constantly harping
on our choice of distribution."

                                --deathbyzen (slashdot.org 14-Dec-05)

Comment: parenting, not technology (Score 5, Insightful) 307

by plaut (#42482805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Keeping Your Media Library Safe From Kids?

Set and communicate the rules and the consequences for breaking them, monitor compliance, and enforce the consequences if the rules are broken. If you force compliance with technology, your son won't learn what is and isn't appropriate behavior and you won't have the opportunity to build trust. And, believe me, you'll need that trust when he's older.

Comment: more from Dell (Score 1) 403

by plaut (#42131731) Attached to: Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

'developers are the kings of IT and set the agenda for web companies, who in turn, set the agenda for the whole industry,' Dell said."'

Dell further clarified that "We also think developers are so stupid that they'll pay us an extra $50 rather than buy the Windows version, wipe it clean, and install Ubuntu for free."

Comment: Re:Assuming Independence (a common fallacy) (Score 1) 881

by plaut (#41887233) Attached to: Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

The only way state outcomes are non-independent is if one state's polls close earlier and the results are announced before another state's polls close. As far as I know, this influence is not part of Nate Silver's estimate.

The reason Nate's estimate is lower (86.3% now) is because his state-level estimates have different degrees of variance, and he runs Monte-Carlo simulations that reflect this (greater variance for a state with a large number of electoral votes is more likely to alter the final outcome).

Comment: tradeoffs (Score 1) 660

by plaut (#40713435) Attached to: Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

If you're interested mostly in calling/texting/emailing then a small screen is fine. But web browsing/book reading/video chat/movie watching are *much* better on a larger screen. Some people prefer to split these activities between a smallish (smart)phone and a tablet, but others (including myself) who only want one device prefer a largish smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S3 in my case, with a 4.8" 720p screen).

It's all just a question of which trade-offs are best for you - why complain that other people have different preferences?

Comment: Re:You have to admit Samsung is pretty ridiculous (Score 3, Informative) 217

by plaut (#40516895) Attached to: Samsung Appeals Apple's Injunction Against Galaxy Nexus

There's no denying that Apple's designs have permeated the industry - but that's not what this injunction is about. It's about the ability of a device to have a uniform interface to search multiple databases (implemented by Siri in iOS and by the Google search bar in Android). *This* function predates iPhones/iOS, should not be the basis of a patent, and is not Apple's "intellectual property".

AI

+ - Watson solved the easy problem->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "Within all of the fuss and talk of the "day of the machine" Watson, IBM's question answering machine isn't all its cracked up to be — it isn't a question answering machine but an answer questioning machine and this could just be a whole lot easier.
The Jeopardy! task is actually to find a entity that is defined by the clues provided. Once Watson has the defined entity it just converts it into a question. This way round makes it much easier for the statistical language processing and AI methods that Watson uses.
It is a neat trick to pull off but it probably doesn't lead to general purpose question answering devices."

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+ - IBM's Watson May Be More Human Than We Think->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "IBM's Watson computer that handily beat Jeopardy's past champions this week may have a lot of hardware behind it — including 90 servers and 21.6TB of hard drive capacity — but in the end it's very similar in computational capability to that of a human brain. If Ray Kurzweil is correct, and the average human brain holds 1.25TB of data and has 100 teraflops of compute capacity, then Watson which is an 80-teraflop system with 1TB of memory in use, is actually an underachiever. 'Yes, we could have handled a lot more information. We could have put more memory in each server, but once we got the answers to three seconds, we didn't need to go further,' said Tony Pearson, master inventor and senior consultant at IBM."
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Iphone

Apple Releases IOS 4.3 Beta To Developers 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the taking-it-for-a-test-drive dept.
m2pc writes "Apple has just released iOS 4.3 beta to developers. New features include: Developer access to AirPlay API, Four and Five-finger gestures, and the return of the hardware orientation lock for iPad, a feature that upset many when Apple suddenly removed this feature with no software option to re-enable it. Also interesting to note is the lack of mention of the Mobile Hotspot feature rumored to be included in 4.3 for all iOS devices by the Verizon announcement yesterday."
Games

EVE Online Battle Breaks Records (And Servers) 308

Posted by Soulskill
from the blame-it-on-the-torrents dept.
captainktainer writes "In one of the largest tests of EVE Online's new player sovereignty system in the Dominion expansion pack, a fleet of ships attempting to retake a lost star system was effectively annihilated amidst controversy. Defenders IT Alliance, a coalition succeeding the infamous Band of Brothers alliance (whose disbanding was covered in a previous story), effectively annihilated the enemy fleet, destroying thousands of dollars' worth of in-game assets. A representative of the alliance claimed to have destroyed a minimum of four, possibly five or more of the game's most expensive and powerful ship class, known as Titans. Both official and unofficial forums are filled with debate about whether the one-sided battle was due to difference in player skill or the well-known network failures after the release of the expansion. One of the attackers, a member of the GoonSwarm alliance, claims that because of bad coding, 'Only 5% of [the attackers] loaded,' meaning that lag prevented the attackers from using their ships, even as the defenders were able to destroy those ships unopposed. Even members of the victorious IT Alliance expressed disappointment at the outcome of the battle. CCP, EVE Online's publisher, has recently acknowledged poor network performance, especially in the advertised 'large fleet battles' that Dominion was supposed to encourage, and has asked players to help them stress test their code on Tuesday. Despite the admitted network failure, leaders of the attacking force do not expect CCP to replace lost ships, claiming that it was their own fault for not accounting for server failures. The incident raises questions about CCP's ability to cope with the increased network use associated with their rapid growth in subscriptions."
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The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza 282

Posted by samzenpus
from the equal-distribution-of-the-pie dept.
iamapizza writes "New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article; 'The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-center, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-center cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighboring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?' This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of 'sharing' a pizza."

"In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -- Carl Sagan, Cosmos

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