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+ - A dating site for the rich and the beautiful!->

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edc_candice
edc_candice writes "Most people have a misconception that it is easy for the rich and/or the beautiful to find their soul mate. However, reality says otherwise. Sometimes owing to their busy work schedule, these rich and/or beautiful people don't even get the time to date. So, how they find bliss and happiness? How do they find their "special one"? How do they find their soul mate? Well, all they need to do is, log on to RichOrBeautiful.com. RichOrBeautiful.com is a revolutionary website that offers dating services to the rich and/or beautiful people. Their elite clientele includes millionaires, CEOs, doctors, lawyers, models, actors etc. This website forms a perfect platform for singles to interact on a personal level. So, it is a network of rich and beautiful people all under one big e-roof.

So how does RichOrBeautiful.com really work?

For all those who consider themselves 'rich', that is, their earnings are more than USD 150,000 per annum or have assets of at least USD 750,000 they can simply select the "Rich" category when creating their profile. Once they have created an account for themselves, they can upload their photograph and begin to use the services of RichOrBeautiful.com. Some of the services include chatting with other members, and browsing through other profiles. They can even vote for a new Beautiful Member Prospect. So, the "Rich" are automatically approved as members on this site.

For those who consider themselves 'beautiful', after creating their account and selecting their category as "Beautiful", they need to upload their photograph. As beauty cannot be quantified, existing members, that is, those members with Rich Member Status, vote on the beauty factor to approve the membership of a prospective member. They can vote for the prospective member for the next 4 days. If the votes are not in favour, the prospect is automatically declined. However, if the votes are in favour, that is, the prospective member gets 4 or 5 votes then he/she is given FREE membership to join the group, having the Beautiful Member Status.

About RichOrBeautiful.com

RichOrBeautiful.com is dating website that caters to the rich and/or the beautiful.

Contact Details

press@richorbeautiful.com"

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Math

Text Compressor 1% Away From AI Threshold 442

Posted by kdawson
from the second-hutter-prize dept.
Baldrson writes "Alexander Ratushnyak compressed the first 100,000,000 bytes of Wikipedia to a record-small 16,481,655 bytes (including decompression program), thereby not only winning the second payout of The Hutter Prize for Compression of Human Knowledge, but also bringing text compression within 1% of the threshold for artificial intelligence. Achieving 1.319 bits per character, this makes the next winner of the Hutter Prize likely to reach the threshold of human performance (between 0.6 and 1.3 bits per character) estimated by the founder of information theory, Claude Shannon and confirmed by Cover and King in 1978 using text prediction gambling. When the Hutter Prize started, less than a year ago, the best performance was 1.466 bits per character. Alexander Ratushnyak's open-sourced GPL program is called paq8hp12 [rar file]."
Graphics

+ - Making the GIMP Suck Less-> 1

Submitted by GIMPFan
GIMPFan (1125449) writes "Most people who have ever tried the GIMP know that its UI leaves much to be desired. Thankfully, at least one person is doing something about it. Usability expert Michael Terry has created an instrumented version of the GIMP called ingimp. The key feature of ingimp is that it collects usability data in order to determine how people are using (or struggling to use) the GIMP. This data is made available on the ingimp site so that researchers can study usability in the GIMP, which can hopefully lead to improved usability of the GIMP.

Terry also recently gave a talk on his project. In his talk, he emphasizes that the user's privacy is a key consideration of the project. He notes that contrary to most usage-collecting applications, ingimp is open-source and that the collected data is available to anyone. He also notes that Inkscape is also very interested in creating an instrumented version."

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IBM

+ - AIX Open Beta released->

Submitted by x029
x029 (1109999) writes "This first ever open beta for a new release of AIX is intended to give clients the opportunity to gain early experience with this new release of AIX prior to the general availability of AIX 6. This open beta can be run on any IBM System p or eServer pSeries system that is based on POWER4, PPC970, POWER5 or POWER6 processors.
Key features AIX 6 includes are Workload Partitions, Role Based Access Control, AIX Security Expert LDAP integration, IBM Systems Director Console for AIX and Dynamic tracing."

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Sci-Fi

+ - Taser builds a high-tech bullet

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Taser claims to have reinvented the traditional bullet. The XREP looks like a regular shotgun round (and can be shot through a regular shotgun at 300 ft/s), but basically is a self contained taser device complete with its own microprocessor and a battery. On impact, the device separates in two parts (which remain connected through a wire) and tries to attach itself to at least two body locations to deliver the electrical charge. Get this: If a criminal tries to remove the XREP, he is likely to either touch more electrodes or touch the booby-trapped wire, which will lock down the hand and prevent it from letting go. Wicked."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Standard Linux Now Runs on DSPs

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The just-released 2.6.22 Linux kernel adds Analog Devices Blackfin DSPs (digital signal processors) to the list of architectures it can run on. What's a Blackfin? According to the 2.6.22 kernel changelog, 'The Blackfin architecture was jointly developed by Intel and Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) as the Micro Signal Architecture (MSA) core and introduced in December of 2000. Since then ADI has put this core into its Blackfin processor family of devices. The Blackfin core has the advantages of a clean, orthogonal, RISC-like microprocessor instruction set. It combines a dual-MAC (multiply/accumulate), state-of-the-art signal processing engine, and single-instruction, multiple-data (SIMD) multimedia capabilities into a single instruction-set architecture.'"
Businesses

+ - AMD officially cuts prices, Intel likely to follow

Submitted by Penguinisto
Penguinisto (415985) writes "Well, here it comes, as we hear AMD cry "Havok!" and let slip the pricetags of war". From the article: "the price cuts mean that all of the company's dual-core Athlon 64 X2 processors will be priced at less than $200, with the top-end Athlon 64 X2 6000+ now selling for $178. The two low-end models in AMD's dual-core line, the Athlon X2 3600+ and 3800+, have been dropped, making the Athlon X2 4000+ the new entry-level dual-core model at $73." Coupled with impending Intel price slashing, do we sit around and wait for the prices to get real good, or upgrade the older beasties among our collections this summer?"
The Internet

+ - Web 2.0 'distracts good design'

Submitted by
stevedcc
stevedcc writes "The BBC is running a story about web 2.0 and usability, including comments from Jakob Nielsen stating "Hype about Web 2.0 is making web firms neglect the basics of good design".

From the article:

He warned that the rush to make webpages more dynamic often meant users were badly served.

He said sites peppered with personalisation tools were in danger of resembling the "glossy but useless" sites at the height of the dotcom boom.
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Google

+ - Is Google making us dumber?

Submitted by
franticindustries
franticindustries writes "Does this happen to you a lot: you try to remember something, but then you give up quickly and just Google it? Google is so effective in retrieving information that our brains are telling us this information is not needed. Therefore, we're forgetting things like unit conversion, basic calculus, addresses and phone numbers. This might be an evolutionary step towards forgetting what's irrelevant and focusing on what's important; or maybe Google is just making us dumber."
Education

+ - MIT OpenCourseware Courses via Web Feeds

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An anonymous reader writes "An MIT OpenCourseWare Course via OPML? You got it...

Following hot on the heels of the (unofficial;-) pilot release of Open University OpenLearn course materials via RSS, a demo version of an MIT OpenCourseWare course appeared from the same camp over the weekend as an OPML feed.

The feed — which delivers a course on interactive computer games — can be viewed using a Grazr widget: which would make it nice and portable were it not for all the PDF docs used to 'share' the course lecture notes.

If the feed added a few embedded youTube movies into the mix — which I guess could be easily done? — I'd be tempted to take the course myself!"

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