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Submission + - Texas Textbooks Battle is Actually an American War ( 1

ideonexus writes: I've been lackadaisical when it comes to following stories about Texas schoolboard attempts to slip creationism into Biology textbooks, dismissing the stories as just "dumbass Texans," but what I didn't realize is that Texas schoolbooks set the standard for the rest of the country, and it's not just Creationism that this Christian coalition is attempting to bring into schoolbooks, but a full frontal assault on history, politics, and the humanities that exploits the fact that final decisions are being made by a school board completely academically unqualified to make informed evaluations of the changes these lobbyists propose. This evangelical lobby has successfully had references to the American Constitution as a "living document," as textbooks have defined it since the 1950s, removed in favor of an "enduring Constitution" not subject to change, as well as attempting to over-emphasize the role Christianity played in the founding of America. The leaders of these efforts outright admit they are attempting to redefine the way our children understand the political landscape so that, when they grow up, they will have preconceived notions of the American political system that favor their evangelical Christian goals.

Submission + - Brain Control Interface Interview with Dr. Schalk (

robotsrule writes: A recent interview with Dr. Gerwin Schalk, a leading Brain Control Interface (BCI) researcher at the Wadsworth Center in Albany, New York, goes into detail about his work creating BCI systems based on Electrocorticography (ECoG), an invasive style of BCI where a sheet of electrodes are placed directly on the brain's surface. In the interview he explains in detail the difference in signal detection resolution and capability between systems that use ECoG techniques and those that are based on Electroencephalogram (EEG) techniques, a non-invasive technique where electrodes are placed on the outer surface of the skull. Details are also given on what the potential for ECoG based systems is for people with "locked-in" syndrome (those that are completely unable to communicate with the outside world) and he talks about the current crop of EEG based consumer headsets and their use in video gaming too.

Comment Re:dumb idea (Score 1) 344

Well it depends, there are many smart people in Pittsburgh (Lifelong resident here) just the people in power seem to be corrupt criminals trying to make money for their stooges. Also, Pittsburgh's significant elderly population tends to favor criminal idiots over any real reform. This city is trying to hard to make a come back but it seems that the powers that be are hell bent on making sure youth culture is oppressed. (See independant G-20 converage for recent examples). I don't necessarily dissagree with the tax on principle, however it's just another lump tax to be redistributed to Pittburgh politians.
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Submission + - Emergent AI in an indie RTS game. (

x4000 writes: "My recent RTS game uses a new style of AI that hybridizes rules-based AI with emergent AI logic. As a disclaimer, I'm really not an AI programmer at all — my background is in databases, financial modeling, etc. But it just so happens that database experience, which often involved distilling data points from multiple sources and then combining them into suggested decisions for executives, also makes a great foundation for certain styles of AI. The approach I came up with leans heavily on my database background, and what concepts I am familiar with from reading a bit about AI theory (emergent behavior, fuzzy logic, etc). The results are startlingly good.

Total development time on the AI was less than 3 months, and its use of tactics is some of the best in the RTS genre. I'm very open to talking about anything and everything to do with the design I used, as I think it's a viable new approach to AI to explore in games, and I'd like to see other developers potentially carry it even further. Here's an overview of how the AI in AI War: Fleet Command works."

Comment Some of these issues... (Score 1) 1365

Maybe I'm just lucky with Linux and unlucky with windows but.. 1. Over the last year I've done quite a few OS installs, so far Linux, especially Ubuntu has worked better out of the box than Windows XP. I have had to open my computer and look for model numbers to track down drivers for most computers when installing Windows XP. 2. Overall It takes less time and knowledge to get a binary Linux distro up and running then it does for windows (at least in my experience) I definitely agree that Linux still has a nice handful of significant problems, but honestly I think Windows has just as many, most people are just more familiar/ used to Windows problems than linux problems.

Comment Re:From TFA (Score 1) 303

But it's also harder to spread worms and such to less popular systems , it's one of those things where a mac would have to be connected to at least one other mac, which would have to be connected to another mac. I mean that could account for a least a portion of the ratio.

Who Runs RIAA's Settlement Information Center? 172

eatonwood writes "Who is behind the RIAA's collections efforts? This comment at CallFerret says it is a company called PSC and lists a bunch of websites and contact information for them, but the connection to RIAA is still not completely clear (aside from the presence of a couple of clearly RIAA sites on the same server as PSC's). Anyone know anything more about who is doing RIAA's dirty work?"

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