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Comment: No, it's all about your salary! (Score 1) 193

by robotito (#43046989) Attached to: The Real Reason Journal Articles Should Be Free

The governments pay a researcher for his production. One way to measure how productive is a researcher is by how many publications does he has during the evaluation period. Other stuff is included, of course: lectures, graduated grad students, the citations of your work, conferences, invited talks, and how hard is to get a publication in the journals you are publishing... well, the variables depend on the country, but that's the idea.

The nice publishers joined forces to facilitate this evaluation, with the hope to make them easy to follow up or to evaluate a researcher. They created a web site, the web of science, where the authors can check the publications, references and citations of their work of from other researchers, in an automated way. When you are applying for funding, you just give the ISSN number of every publication you had in the evaluation period, and that's it, you print it, or send this information to the government, they get your publication record, citations, etc., etc., and renew a contract, get a promotion, or give you thanks.

The problem is... you need to publish in a journal from the circle of publishers who maintain this website, if you publish in a journal not from those publishers, then, your publication cannot be counted by... by the government, hence, you won't get a payment rise, or your contract will not be renewed. Since the government only checks this website, then everybody must publish on the publishers in that circle. And that's where the bad thing comes: offer/demand, you only publish with them, then, only those publishers have the good journals, if those are the journals where everybody publish, then, the good research is in there, hence, they can ask for more money to read their top journals. You need them to do research, and your research will be published there, so you can have a job.

That's it, it is just a circle that went wrong, but now everybody is mad at the publishers. The problem is that the governments are helping a bit on this.

Alternatives to this web of science, are very few: Microsoft Academic Search, Google Scholar, (Academia.edu, Research Gate?), but none of them as "professional" as the web of science in the eyes of the governments, so you just continue using the Web of Science.

Graphics

Company Seeks To Boost Linux Game Development With 3D Engine Giveaway 140

Posted by Soulskill
from the for-services-rendered dept.
binstream writes "To support Linux game development, Unigine Corp. announced a competition: it will give a free license for its Unigine engine to a seasoned team willing to work on a native Linux game. The company has been Linux-friendly from the very start; it released advanced GPU benchmarks (Heaven, Tropics, Sanctuary) for Linux before and is working on the OilRush strategy game that supports Linux as well."
Idle

Background Noise Affects Taste of Foods 79

Posted by samzenpus
from the that-sounds-delicious dept.
gollum123 writes "The level of background noise affects both the intensity of flavour and the perceived crunchiness of foods, researchers have found. Blindfolded diners assessed the sweetness, saltiness, and crunchiness, as well as overall flavour, of foods as they were played white noise. While louder noise reduced the reported sweetness or saltiness, it increased the measure of crunch. It may go some way to explaining why airline food is notoriously bland — a phenomenon that drives airline catering companies to season their foods heavily. In a comparatively small study, 48 participants were fed sweet foods such as biscuits or salty ones such as crisps, while listening to silence or noise through headphones. Also in the group's findings there is the suggestion that the overall satisfaction with the food aligned with the degree to which diners liked what they were hearing — a finding the researchers are pursuing in further experiments."
Google

Google Caffeine Drops MapReduce, Adds "Colossus" 65

Posted by samzenpus
from the time-to-upgrade dept.
An anonymous reader writes "With its new Caffeine search indexing system, Google has moved away from its MapReduce distributed number crunching platform in favor of a setup that mirrors database programming. The index is stored in Google's BigTable distributed database, and Caffeine allows for incremental changes to the database itself. The system also uses an update to the Google File System codenamed 'Colossus.'"
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-one-bites-the-dust dept.
Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

No hardware designer should be allowed to produce any piece of hardware until three software guys have signed off for it. -- Andy Tanenbaum

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