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+ - Will a computer win your March Madness pool?->

Submitted by wan-fu
wan-fu (746576) writes "More and more often, computers are making predictions. In some cases, computers are better at predicting things than humans are, as in the case of spam. Other times, computers perform far worse such as detecting objects within images. This year, algorithms will be participating in a contest to see just how well computers can predict the winners of this year's NCAA tournament games. Contest submissions are still open until 3/18 at 1am. Has the time come when algorithms will outperform the sports analysts?"
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+ - Wordnet - Freebase project needs human brain->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "its an exciting week on freebase, as the much-discussed idea of connecting freebase to wordnet is now under-way.

wordnet and freebase are both very large and very complementary open-licensed databases, and connecting them together will enable the creation of very intelligent software.

because this requires 'connecting the meanings', and not the words, automatic reconciliation (atleast in the beginning) is far too difficult. Freebase has made a data-game to let people solve these connections very quickly.

so if you are excited about semantic software, and have time this week, check out
wordhunger.freebaseapps.com

the mappings, like everything in freebase, is creative commons."

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Movies

BioShock Movie To Be Made By Universal 157

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the all-that-matters-is-it's-not-uwe-boll dept.
azuredrake writes "Gamasutra reports that Universal Pictures has just announced a completion of licensing negotiations to bring the game BioShock to the silver screen. For those unfamiliar with the property, it was the much-lauded Game of the Year contender, praised for its storyline which emerged through gameplay, not just cutscenes. The director for the project is to be Gore Verbinski, who proved himself on the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, and the current writer for the screenplay is John Logan, who is recently known for the also-creepy Sweeny Todd."
The Internet

A Proposal For Unionizing Bloggers 259

Posted by Zonk
from the lots-of-signs-saying-frist-psot dept.
mikesd81 writes "Coloumbia Journal Review writes about the possibility of unionizing bloggers. Chris Mooney writes 'Yes, dear reader: the Bloggers Guild of America may be on its way. The dispute between screen and television writers and media conglomerates has its roots, after all, in the Web.' He says, then, they get zero compensation for their products being distributed over the Internet. 'Bloggers often earn that same salary. There are exceptions, of course, those fortunate few who have become quasi-celebrities in their own right and found themselves, and their sites, snatched up by major media companies,' he goes on to say. He also adds that a bloggers guild could protect a blogger's intellectual property and help ensure they're compensated for it."
Media

Making 3D Models from Video Clips 103

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the fun-toys dept.
BoingBoing is covering an interesting piece of software called VideoTrace that allows you to easily create 3D models from the images in video clips. "The user interacts with VideoTrace by tracing the shape of the object to be modeled over one or more frames of the video. By interpreting the sketch drawn by the user in light of 3D information obtained from computer vision techniques, a small number of simple 2D interactions can be used to generate a realistic 3D model."
Security

Firefox Security Head Says Microsoft Obscures OS Holes 214

Posted by Zonk
from the a-feudin-and-a-fussin dept.
theranjan writes "When a Security Strategy Director at Microsoft decided to compare Internet Explorer security vulnerabilities with those of Mozilla Firefox, he may have forgotten that the Head Security Strategist of Mozilla was a former MS employee. In a rebuttal of the study, which finds IE more secure than Firefox, Mozilla said that the number of vulnerabilities publicly acknowledged was just a 'small subset' of all vulnerabilities fixed internally. The vulnerabilities found internally are fixed in service packs and major updates without public knowledge. 'For Microsoft this makes sense because these fixes get the benefit of a full test pass which is much more robust for a service pack or major release than it is for a security update. Unfortunately for Microsoft's users this means they have to wait sometimes a year or more to get the benefit of this work. That's a lot of time for an attacker to identify the same issue and exploit it to hurt users.'"
Space

"All Quiet Alert" Issued For the Sun 463

Posted by kdawson
from the that-would-fix-global-warming dept.
radioweather writes "The phrase sounds like an oxymoron, and maybe it is, but the sun is extremely quiet right now, so much in fact that the Solar Influences Data Center in Belgium issued an unusual 'All quiet alert' on October 5th. Since then the sunspot number has remained at zero — solar cycle 24 has not yet started. There are signs that the sun's activity is slowing. The solar wind has been decreasing in speed, and this is yet another indicator of a slowing in the sun's magnetic dynamo. There is talk of an extended solar minimum occurring. There are a number of theories and a couple of dozen predictions about the intensity solar cycle 24 which has yet to start. One paper by Penn & Livingstonin in 2006 concludes: 'If [trends] continue to decrease at the current rate then the number of sunspots in the next solar cycle (cycle 24) would be reduced by roughly half, and there would be very few sunspots visible on the disk during cycle 25.' We'll know more in about six months what the sun decides to do for cycle 24."

Lessig, Stallman in New Documentary 110

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the but-only-if-you're-in-nyc dept.
Alternative Freedom is a documentary on intellectual property rights featuring lots of interviews with folks like Stallman and Lessig, as well as people like DJ Danger Mouse (creator of the Grey Album). They have a trailer available, but if you're in NYC the movie is now showing. If anyone manages to go, I'd love to see some real reviews of it.

The Future of IT in America? 715

Posted by Cliff
from the stuff-to-discuss dept.
tomocoo asks: "As a young person considering various choices for the future career I'd like to pursue, IT and computer science continually reappear near the top of the list of fields I'm interested in. In fact, one of my only hesitations is the suspected ease by which programming and other related tasks can be sent to other countries for pennies on the dollar. How much of a threat do the readers of Slashdot feel outsourcing is to the American programmer? Should I and other young people be pursuing something more specialized or have I simply been watching too much CNN?"

Google in China - The Big Disconnect 148

Posted by Zonk
from the quite-a-disconnect dept.
wile_e_wonka writes "The NY Times (registration required) has an article about Google's history in China (beginning way before this whole censorship thing). The article, among other things, talks about of Google's head of operations in China, and his goals for the company there. From the article: 'Lee can sound almost evangelical when he talks about the liberating power of technology. The Internet, he says, will level the playing field for China's enormous rural underclass; once the country's small villages are connected, he says, students thousands of miles from Shanghai or Beijing will be able to access online course materials from M.I.T. or Harvard and fully educate themselves.'"

ODF Alliance Continues to Grow and Build Out 74

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the stuff-worth-watching dept.
Andy Updegrove writes "As you may recall, a new organization called the ODF Alliance was formed on March 3 of this year to support the uptake of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) by governments. Yesterday, the ODF Alliance issued a press release announcing that it has more than tripled its membership to 138, has appointed a Managing Director with strong European experience (Marino Marcich), and is lobbying countries globally to vote for ODF in ISO. Overall, the picture is one of a growing organization that plans to be around for awhile, and particularly hopes to make its impact in Europe, from which a large number of its members have arrived, where governmental interest in ODF is highest, and risks to government CIOS therefore lowest."

CRIA Falling Apart? 242

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the hoping-others-aren't-far-behind dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Apparently, the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association) has been falling apart recently. The biggest blow occurred when 6 major Canadian independent labels quit which was followed by some problems with the Copyright Board. Of course, this is all happening after the whole Sam Bulte incident. The article explains what happened with plenty of links for specific information."

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