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+ - Australia to grade written essays in national exam with cognitive computing->

Submitted by purnima
purnima writes: Australia keeps on giving and giving. Each year school kids in Australia sit The National Assessment Program (NAPLAN) which in part tests literacy. The exam includes a written page-long essay aimed at examining both language aptitude and literacy of students. Of course, human-marking of such essays is costly (twenty teacher-minutes per exam). So some bright spark has proposed that the essays be marked by computer. The government is convinced and the program is slated for the 2017 school year. Aside from the moral issues, is AI ready for this major task?
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+ - Windows XP support deal not renewed by government, leaves PCs open to attack->

Submitted by girlmad
girlmad writes: The government's one-year £5.5m Windows XP support deal with Microsoft has not been extended, sources have told V3, despite thousands of computers across Whitehall still running the ancient software, leaving them wide open to cyber attacks. It's still unclear when all government machines will be migrated to a newer OS.
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+ - Ham Radio Fills Communication Gaps in Nepal Rescue Effort->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett writes: Amateur radio has stepped in to fill communication gaps in Nepal, which is struggling with power outages and a flaky Internet after a devastating earthquake on Saturday killed over 5,000 people. Though 99 persons have ham licenses in Kathmandu, about eight use high-frequency (HF) radios that can transmit long distances, while another 30 have very high frequency and ultra high frequency sets for local traffic, said Satish Kharel, a lawyer in Kathmandu, who uses the ham call signal 9N1AA. The hobbyist radio operators are working round-the-clock to help people get in touch with relatives, pass on information and alert about developing crises.
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Comment: Re:Close to owning (Score 1) 374

by purnima (#49576185) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

Doesn't makes sense to be honest.

Let's take an extreme hypothetical. Sometime in the future an egg is fertilised outside a woman's body and grows for 8 1/2 months in a "test-tube" following the kind of growth patterns we know happens in the womb.

Someone comes along and chucks the tube in a bin killing the foetus. Should we charge him with murder. My answer is yes sure.

Similarly, the frozen fertilised egg in the fridge is as much a part of the woman's body as if it were in her womb. She can do as she pleases with it. It's her body and no one else's

+ - A mouse that plays off gamers' super-quick motions->

Submitted by Errorcod3
Errorcod3 writes: An EPFL post-doctoral student at Logitech has developed an algorithm that gives a mouse a nearly-unlimited reaction rate. It facilitates the combining of optical sensors with a system based on accelerometers and gyroscopes. Already on the market, this device is a successful example of collaboration between research and industry.

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Comment: Re:Close to owning (Score 1) 374

by purnima (#49576117) Attached to: Who Owns Pre-Embryos?

Ethically eggs whether fertilised or unfertilised whether in the woman or outside is part of the woman's body. She has exclusive rights to do as she pleases with them regardless of the desires and opinion of the man who fertilised the eggs or paid to remove and incubate the eggs.

So the woman should equal able to implant, store, or toss the eggs into a bin. Just as she has the moral right when they are inside her to do as she pleases with the eggs (the pill, abort). It's her body regardless of any scientific innovation allowing part of her body to survive for brief periods in a test-tube in a fridge.

Men's rights to sperm really never plays a role here.

+ - iPad fail grounds dozens of American Airline flights

Submitted by infolation
infolation writes: American Airlines was forced to delay multiple flights on Tuesday night after the iPad app used by pilots crashed. Introduced in 2013, the cockpit iPads are used as an “electronic flight bag”, replacing 16kg (35lb) of paper manuals which pilots are typically required to carry on flights. In some cases, the flights had to return to the gate to access Wi-Fi to fix the issue.

The other line moves faster.