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Submission + - Free form linguistic input in Mathematica 8 (stephenwolfram.com)

vbraga writes: With the release of Mathematica 8 it now allows, just like the Wolfram|Alpha engine, input in a free form English instead of the Mathematica syntax. The results are impressive. From the blog post:

With the release of Mathematica 8 today, the single most dramatic change is that you don’t have to communicate with Mathematica in the Mathematica language any more: you can just use free-form English instead.

Transportation

Submission + - Nissan Land Glider is green and leans (cnet.com)

vbraga writes: The Nissan Land Glider concept is a tiny electric vehicle that features a computer controlled steering system that leans the car into the turns. The pilot driver is seated centrally in the cabin with space for a single passenger directly behind in the narrow cabin. At least, it looks like that's where the passenger would sit. Although the photos clearly show a driver's four-point harness, none of the pictures show a rear seat belt.
IBM

Submission + - American LaFrance blames IBM for bankruptcy (theregister.co.uk)

vbraga writes: "Emergency vehicle maker American LaFrance (ALF) has claimed that a bungled implementation of IBM software contributed to the demise of its business.

The firm voluntarily filed for bankruptcy protection in the US district court of Delaware in Wilmington yesterday, in which it said that the installation of a new ERP system had caused significant disruptions to production, and given execs a massive $100m debt headache.

More at The Register."

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