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+ - Help wanted to solve a murder->

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zunger writes "After several years of no progress, the FBI has put out a general call for assistance in decrypting two mysterious notes found in the pockets of a man murdered in 1999 and dumped in a field. It looks like it may be a fun challenge for some slashdotters with a bit of time who want to help solve a cold case..."
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Comment: Publish in a journal (Score 2, Informative) 279

by zunger (#32681212) Attached to: Best Way To Publish an "Indie" Research Paper?

"Indie" status doesn't actually matter that much in the publishing pipeline; you can submit your paper to a journal in the same way that anybody else does, and it will get the same consideration. (The place where organization status matters a bit more is at the reverse end -- if one of the authors is particularly well-known, that tends to make the review process easier)

If your project has practical applications and you wish to patent, make sure to file that first. In that case, consult with a patent attorney on the right things to do next.

Otherwise, pick the appropriate journal and submit following the guidelines on their web page. You'll definitely want to format your paper in LaTeX, since pretty much everyone requires that; some journals have standard LaTeX style packages they want you to use, but these are easy to plug in. (e.g., the Physical Review uses revtex.sty, and many other journals now use it too)

As far as which journal you want, it depends on the particular field, but I'm guessing that Science isn't it -- that's a very high-profile journal which is intended to be things of interest to the scientific community at large, but in practice it has a fairly strong bio/chemistry/some physics focus. Someone else on this thread may have particular journal suggestions, or you may want to search on-line for similar (recent) papers and see where they were published. ACM transactions are often good "default" places in CS. Also, CS tends to prefer conference talks to straight-up journal publications; you may consider submitting your algorithm as a talk to some appropriate CS conference, in which case the article is published as part of the proceedings. Again, the conference depends on your particular subject.

Don't worry about your lack of organizational affiliation. That's rarely a big issue.

Comment: Re:Nothing to see here.... (Score 1) 252

by zunger (#31745294) Attached to: Memory Management Technique Speeds Apps By 20%

Speaking as someone who writes performance-critical very-large-scale applications, the idea sounds just as nuts in that world. A 20% speedup in malloc is worth, at the most, a 2% speedup in the overall process. (If you're spending more than 10% of time in malloc, perhaps you should be using a freelist, arena, *anything* else?) Wasting an entire core for a 2% speedup doesn't seem horribly efficient to me.

Comment: Re:Nothing to see here.... (Score 1) 252

by zunger (#31745290) Attached to: Memory Management Technique Speeds Apps By 20%

Also, I can't help noticing that most of their argument for speed starts from the hypothesis that an uncontended mutex lock takes about as long as a single-threaded malloc. That makes me wonder what the hell kind of locking implementation they're using for their design, and whether their time wouldn't be better spent improving *that*.


Venezuela's Last Opposition TV Owner Arrested 433

Posted by timothy
from the or-in-this-case-on-air dept.
WrongSizeGlass writes "AP is reporting the owner of Venezuela's only remaining TV channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez was arrested Thursday. 'Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested on a warrant for remarks that were deemed "offensive" to the president,' Attorney General Luisa Ortega said. This comes on the heels of last week's story titled Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom."
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Xbox Live Now Allows Gender Expression 348

Posted by Soulskill
from the good-on-you dept.
Last year we discussed news that an Xbox Live gamer was banned for identifying herself as a lesbian on her profile. Microsoft said at the time that nothing sexual in nature could appear in Gamertags or profiles. Now, they seem to have reconsidered their stance, and they've updated their Code of Conduct accordingly. Xbox Live General Manager Marc Whitten wrote: "[The update] will allow our members to more freely express their race, nationality, religion and sexual orientation in Gamertags and profiles. Under our previous policy, some of these expressions of self-identification were not allowed in Gamertags or profiles to prevent the use of these terms as insults or slurs. However we have since heard feedback from our customers that while the spirit of this approach was genuine, it inadvertently excluded a part of our Xbox LIVE community. This update also comes hand-in-hand with increased stringency and enforcement to prevent the misuse of these terms."

"Tube Map" Created For the Milky Way 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the non-stop-service-to-the-Perseus-Arm dept.
astroengine writes "Assuming you had an interstellar spaceship, how would you navigate around the galaxy? For starters, you'd probably need a map. But there's billions of stars out there — how complex would that map need to be? Actually, Samuel Arbesman, a research fellow from Harvard, has come up with a fun solution. He created the 'Milky Way Transit Authority (MWTA),' a simple transit system in the style of the iconic London Underground 'Tube Map.' (Travel Tip: Don't spend too much time loitering around the station at Carina, there's some demolition work underway.)"

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.