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Submission + - Open Science API Competition (mendeley.com)

ZipprHead writes: "The Public Library of Science and Mendeley are hosting a "Binary Battle". A competition to develop applications built on their public APIs. There's $16,000 in prize money to be won plus other cool gifts. Not as much as the cool million offered for the Netflix API competition, but there is a lot of good karma associated with contributing to open access research that enhance scientists' and all our lives and 16k is well... still 16k. They've compiled a list of ideas sourced from the scientific community. You just have to write the code to wire things together.

Disclaimer, I work at the Public Library of Science."

Comment Off base summary (Score 1) 1277

This summary is a bit off base. From the article:

"HB220 would require schools to teach students that the U.S. is a compound constitutional republic and about other forms of government such as pure democracy, monarchy and oligarchy along with political philosophies and economic systems such as socialism, individualism and free-market capitalism. "

Where does it say "force public school teachers to teach that the USA is a republic". Sounds like they just want to be sure the students are aware of all forms of government.

Comment Pneumatic tubes? (Score 2) 431

Why are the calling them food tubes? We already have Pneumatic tubes. This just a scaled up version. I had a similar idea once for big cities. It might make a lot of sense, especially if it's general purpose, like for the post office.

But "food tubes"... really?!!? That just sounds gross. You brits are weird. How about the "megmatic tube system" that happens to also ship food?

Comment This kind of thinking is dangerous (Score 1) 341

You have to be very careful how this is thought about. Yes, you may consider it private property, but under that analogy we are leasing that space. If this space is paid for, it is our right to do with it what we please. The ISP should not control how we use our leased space, as much as our landlords should not be able to tell us what religion to practice in our leased apartments.

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