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Comment: Darren isn't one to brag (Score 4, Insightful) 64

by GuyMannDude (#22677358) Attached to: Controversy Over 140-Year-Old Math Problem

I object to the use of the word 'bragging' in the summary. I went to grad school with Darren (his office was 3 doors down from mine) and he was a great all-around guy. He was someone you could joke around with and I never saw any indication of him being a braggard. It's possible that he's changed significantly in the last 10 years, but I see nothing in TFA that would suggest this. He made what is potentially a significant contribution. Why shouldn't he be aloud to be proud of it?

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Technology

Wheelchair Controlled by Thought 84

Posted by samzenpus
from the just-like-xavier dept.
macduffman writes "New Scientist reports on another development in interfacing with the central nervous system. The system 'eavesdrops' on signals sent from the brain to the larynx, so even people who lack the muscular control to vocalize a command can operate it. The potential applications of this technology are as varied as human imagination, among them: allowing a person who has lost speech capability to vocalize again." From the article:"The wheelchair could help people with spinal injuries, or neurological problems like cerebral palsy or motor neurone disease, operate computers and other equipment despite serious problems with muscle control. The system will work providing a person can still control their larynx, or 'voice box,' which may be the case even if the lack the muscle coordination necessary to produce coherent speech."
NASA

Probe Shows Jupiter Moon 'Puking' Into Space 152

Posted by Zonk
from the intergalactic-bodily-fluids dept.
Tablizer writes "The New Horizons probe caught the moon Io in the act of 'barfing' into space. A five-frame sequence from the New Horizons probe captured a beautiful plume of ash from Io's Tvashtar volcano. "Snapped by the probe's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) as the spacecraft flew past Jupiter earlier this year, this first-ever "movie" of an Io plume clearly shows motion in the cloud of volcanic debris, which extends 330 kilometers (200 miles) above the moon's surface ... The appearance and motion of the plume is remarkably similar to an ornamental fountain on Earth, replicated on a gigantic scale.""
Quickies

+ - The face, not the body, attracts a mate.

Submitted by
Ant
Ant writes "New Scientist reports that it appears that the opposite sex is much more interested in human's face than their bulging biceps or elegant figure, especially if you're a man. At least that's the upshot of the first study to assess how much faces and bodies contribute to someone's overall attractiveness... Seen on Blue's News."
Star Wars Prequels

+ - Star Wars voted most influential effects movie

Submitted by GuyMannDude
GuyMannDude (574364) writes ""Star Wars" has been voted the most influential visual effects film of all time by film trade organization, the Visual Effects Society (VES). Lucas has been praised for ushering in a new era of special effects and visual wizardry with his "Star Wars" films. "Blade Runner," the sci-fi thriller from 1982 directed by Ridley Scott came in second place followed by "2001: A Space Odyssey" which tied for third with "The Matrix." A full list of the 50 most influential visual effects movies is available as a PDF file online."
The Media

+ - The Next Frontier in Outsourcing

Submitted by GuyMannDude
GuyMannDude (574364) writes "Outsourcing first claimed manufacturing jobs, then hit services such as technical support, airline reservations and tax preparation. Now comes the next frontier: local journalism. A news site has posted a job listing that reads "We seek a newspaper journalist based in India to report on the city government and political scene of Pasadena, California, USA." The editor and publisher of the two-year-old Web site pasadenanow.com acknowledges that the advertisement — which appears in the Indian version of craiglist — is unusual but believes it "could be a significant way to increase the quality of journalism on the local level without the expense that is a major problem for local publications." As one might expect, the plan has plenty of detractors, including journalism professors."
Input Devices

+ - Scientists Discover Genitalia Arms Race in Ducks

Submitted by GuyMannDude
GuyMannDude (574364) writes "From the you-go-girl department, Scientists are reporting that some female ducks and geese have evolved complex genitalia to thwart unwelcome mating attempts. The study details how vaginas of some duck species have evolved to feature complex structures designed to reduce the chances of forced impregnation. Male genitalia have evolved similarly to tip the odds in their favor, resulting in a sort of evolutionary "arms race" in which control over reproduction alternates between the sexes."
Movies

Jack Valenti, Dead at 85 650

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the man-behind-the-ratings dept.
saforrest writes "Jack Valenti, a man whose influence in both Washington and Hollywood was profound, died today at age 85. He first became famous as special assistant to Lyndon Johnson: he can even be seen in the famous photo aboard Air Force One. In 1966, he quit this job to become president of the MPAA, from 1966 to 2004."
Politics

US Government IT Security 'Outstandingly Mediocre' 86

Posted by Zonk
from the c-minus-for-the-lose dept.
mrneutron2004 writes wrote with a link to an article on The Register, discussing an annual IT security report card handed out to the federal government. The results this year were mixed. The good news is that they graded higher than last year. The bad news? They still just rate a C-". Individual departments did better than others, but overall the results were quite poor. "Although overall security procedures improved the Department of Defense (DoD) recorded a failing F grade. Meanwhile the Department of Veterans Affairs - whose loss of laptops containing veterans' confidential data triggered a huge security breach - failed to submit a report. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, another agency that has trouble keeping track of its PCs, flunked."
The Internet

The Virtual Teacher 94

Posted by samzenpus
from the aibo-ate-my-homework dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "Researchers from Illinois and Florida are developing a networking system which will create virtual representations of real people to improve our knowledge. They will use artificial intelligence and natural language processing software to enable us to interact with these avatars. The goal of the project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is to give us the possibility to interact with these virtual representations as if they were the actual person, complete with the ability to understand and answer questions. We should see the results at the beginning of 2008 — if the researchers succeed."
Privacy

Washington State To Try RFID Drivers Licenses 153

Posted by kdawson
from the chipped-again dept.
tverbeek tells us about a program the state of Washington has approved, to issue RFID-equipped drivers licenses to facilitate cross-border traffic. The idea is to load the drivers license with information proving citizenship, so that (with Department of Homeland Security approval) the bearer doesn't need to carry a passport — which otherwise will be required to re-enter the US from Canada beginning in 2009. The "enhanced" licenses will require applicants to submit to an in-person interview and to show proof of citizenship. A pilot program in Washington begins January 2008. Officials hope for DHS approval of the program before the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 causes a spike in cross-border traffic.
Science

New Species Of Great Cat Found 51

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-pet-the-kitty dept.
highwaytohell writes "Scientists have found a new species of leopard on Borneo and Sumatra. The Bornean Clouded Leopard or Neofelis Diardi was originally thought to be similar to the mainland Clouded Leopard. However, Dr Stephen O'Brien, Head of the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, US National Cancer Institute says, "Genetic research results clearly indicate that the clouded leopards of Borneo should be considered a separate species, DNA tests highlighted around 40 differences between the two species." The news comes just a few weeks after a WWF report showed that scientists had identified at least 52 new species of animals and plants over the past year on Borneo."
Quickies

+ - Cold Fusion Reborn?

Submitted by Icarus1919
Icarus1919 (802533) writes "New Scientist reports that the scientist who discovered a possible fusion reaction by bombarding a solvent with neutrons and sonic waves (known as cold fusion because you don't have to deal with those sun-like temperatures and magnetic fields) has recently been exonerated of accusations of scientific misconduct Purdue University following the verification of his results by another scientist. Is cold fusion back?"
Security

+ - Virtual war helps US soldiers deal with trauma

Submitted by
Novotny
Novotny writes "The Guardian is reporting on the use of the game engine for Full Spectrum Warrior, alongside 8 smells (including gunpowder, cordite, burning rubber, Iraqi spices, barbecued lamb and body odour) in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Iraq veterans. Whilst anything that helps our soldiers get over undoubtably harrowing experiences is worth trying, I wonder how long it will be until Jack Thompson pipes up claiming this is further evidence that video gaming is a bad experience for anyone, nevermind kids?"
Mozilla

+ - Firefox 3 to support offline apps

Submitted by thinkingpen
thinkingpen (1031996) writes "Read/Write web is carrying an interesting story about Firefox 3. From the article — "An interesting tidbit came out of the recent Foo Camp New Zealand (which unfortunately I wasn't able to attend). Robert O'Callahan from Mozilla, who is based in NZ but drives the rendering engine of Mozilla/FireFox, spoke about how Firefox 3 will deliver support for offline applications. This is significant because you'll be able to use your web apps — like Gmail, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google Calendar, etc — in the browser even when offline. I deliberately mentioned all Google web apps there, because of course this plays right into Google's hands." Now thats web 3.0 ?"

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