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Comment Plagiarism (Score 1) 362

the report points out that a growing volume of research publications does not necessarily mean in increase in quality

No kidding. China (and Asia South-Pacific in general) has a rampant plagiarism problem. E.g.,:

http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml
http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-04-11/news/20844688_1_yuan-papers-professor

This practice has permeated many of the country's scientific journals, where it is commonplace to copy-and-paste large sections of others' work. International journals are typically able to shield this using "similarity detectors" and peer review, but the occasional hack-job still gets through occasionally.

Comment Re:Mistake in Summary (Score 4, Informative) 318

The word you're looking for is intractable:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computational_complexity_theory#Intractability

The term "infeasible" w.r.t. constraint satisfaction problems (like 3-SAT) does not refer to the difficultly of the problem, but rather its result. For instance, an easy SAT problem with no solution would be infeasible.

Comment Actual authors (Score 2) 170

After 65 years, Paul Erdos' combinatorial problem has been solved by Indiana University professor Nets Hawk Katz.

It was actually solved by Larry Guth and Nets Hawk Katz. Not sure how it is that authors magically disappear from press releases, especially principal authors...

Comment Re:7.0? Really? (Score 1) 292

Their release schedule was announced back in July, so it's not like they're hiding their intentions:

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/07/23/2114230/Google-Schedules-Chrome-6-7-and-8-For-This-Year

And of course they're doing this. It doesn't cost them a nickel, and the average computer may indeed compare version numbers of competing products (even if they shouldn't).

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