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Comment Re:Lucas got two films added (Score 1) 129

Which means that Lucas and Spielberg are tied at five each for films included in the Registry (unless I have overlooked some).

Lucas: Star Wars, American Graffiti, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire Strikes Back, THX 1138
Spielberg: Jaws, ET, Raiders, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler's List

Oddly enough, neither Wikipedia entry for Lucas nor Spielberg makes mention of the inclusion of their films in the National Film Registry.

Australia

Researcher Builds Machines That Daydream 271

schliz writes "Murdoch University professor Graham Mann is developing algorithms to simulate 'free thinking' and emotion. He refutes the emotionless reason portrayed by Mr Spock, arguing that 'an intelligent system must have emotions built into it before it can function.' The algorithm can translate the 'feel' of Aesop's Fables based on Plutchick's Wheel of Emotions. In tests, it freely associated three stories: The Thirsty Pigeon; The Cat and the Cock; and The Wolf and the Crane, and when queried on the association, the machine responded: 'I felt sad for the bird.'"
NASA

Simulation of Close Asteroid Fly-By 148

c0mpliant writes "NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released a simulation of the path of an asteroid, named Apophis, that will come very close to Earth in 2029 — the closest predicted approach since humans have monitored for such heavenly bodies. The asteroid caused a bit of a scare when astronomers first announced that it would enter Earth's neighborhood some time in the future. However, since that announcement in 2004, more recent calculations have put the odds of collision at 1 in 250,000."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Vanguard MMO Creators fire employees

bassakward writes: Looks like Sigil, Vanguard's developers, has fired most of the employees. Check out the post here: http://www.f13.net/. A quote: "But I do know that at approximately 4:30PM today, Sigil employees were told to meet outside. At which point they were terminated. On the spot. By whom? Doesn't seem to have been Brad McQuaid, if it was, nobody is talking." ... "There's some debate over this being ALL employees or just some of them. Obviously, it's not ALL of them — after all, someone had to do the firing. Let's just say that — from what I've heard — they don't have enough employees left to update a casual game..."
Businesses

Submission + - Paypal is now a bank

CC writes: "Paypal in Europe has changed. It used to be a UK company, but has now moved to Luxembourg, and is an entity regulated as a bank by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, the Luxembourg equivalent of the FSA. The FAQ on the subject hints at future bank-like services."

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