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Submission + - How bee brains could inspire AI in flying robots (

Barence writes: "Researchers at two UK universities are trying to use the guidance systems and intelligence inside the brain of a bee to improve artificial intelligence in autonomous flying robots. The AI for autonomous controls has long troubled automation experts, but the scientists believe modelling their systems on brain power found in nature could solve many issues – especially given the rise of parallel computing in graphics processors, which can be repurposed to model brain patterns. PC Pro spoke to lead researcher James Marshall about the research."

Submission + - (MSFT's Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Privacy)

theodp writes: GeekWire reports that Microsoft is sticking to its decision to implement 'Do-Not-Track’ as the default for IE 10, despite drawing the ire of corporate America, the Apache Software Foundation, and the FTC Chairman. Representatives of a veritable Who's Who of Corporate America — e.g., GM, IBM, BofA, Walmart, Merck, Allstate, AT&T, Motorola — signed off on a letter blasting Microsoft for its choice. 'By presenting Do Not Track with a default on,' the alliance argues, 'Microsoft is making the wrong choice for consumers.' The group reminds Microsoft that Apache — whose Platinum Sponsors include Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo — has branded Microsoft’s actions a deliberate abuse of open standards and designed its software to ignore the 'do-not-track' setting if the browser reaching it is IE 10. It also claims that the FTC Chairman, formerly supportive of Microsoft's privacy efforts, now recognizes 'the harm to consumers that Microsoft’s decision could create.' So, is this a watershed moment for consumers? Will Microsoft cave under the pressure?

Legends of Zork Goes Live 76

TinBromide writes "The developers over at Jolt Online Gaming have released Legends of Zork to the general public. It's a free, browser-based, adventure game based on the world of Zork. You play as a Traveling Salesman, recently laid off from FrobozzCo. You start off in a clearing, where a white house has a boarded up door. From there, you can do what you like. Explore the world, fight other salesmen in PVP, or try out your Darkvision Goggles in the dark — just try not to get eaten by a grue." It's free in that you're given 30 Action Points each day, which are consumed by moving about and fighting. Their business model is that if you want more Action Points, you can purchase more.

Submission + - Black Hole Cluster Emits Massive Cloud

Shifty Jim writes: "According to a recent article at a black hole cluster may be the source of a massive cloud millions of light years in size. From the article:
'A giant cloud of superheated gas 6 million light years wide might be formed by the collective sigh of several supermassive black holes, scientists say. The plasma cloud, detailed in April 10 issue of Astrophysical Journal, might be the source of mysterious cosmic rays that permeate our universe.
The plasma cloud is located about 300 million light years away near the Coma Cluster and is spread across a vast region of space thought to contain several galaxies with supermassive black holes, or active galactic nuclei (AGN), embedded at their centers.'

Submission + - The Completely "UnFair" Scheduler

hichetu writes: Kernel trap has a nice summary ( of what is going on behind the scenes to change the Linux Scheduler. The O(1) Linux scheduler is going to be changed so that it is fair to interactive tasks. You will be surprised to know that O(1) is really too good not to have any side-effects on fairness to all tasks. You will also know how a kernel coder tried to address it and how his efforts were suppressed by O(1) coder only to come up later with similar ideas to solve issues with his O(1) scheduler in not so fair way!

Submission + - Mainstream GeForce 8600 GTS has 1600x1200 Gaming

An anonymous reader writes: HardOCP shows the new GeForce 8600 GTS video card's gaming compared to ATI's X1950. The 8600 GTS dominates ATI's last-gen cards. HardOCP play STALKER as well and the differences between ATI and NVIDIA are tremendous. The 8600 GTS can deliver 1600x1200 resolution gaming at the $220 price point.

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