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Submission + - Characteristics of traffic to the blogosphere

virgilio almeida writes: "Traffic to the blogosphere is less influenced by search engines than traffic to web sites is. This is one the several findings about blogosphere reported in the study, "*Traffic Characteristics and Communication Patterns in Blogosphere*," published in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, held in March 26-28, 2007, in Boulder, Colorado. The study concludes that the intensity of traffic directed to a blog through search engines (which use traditional page-rank algorithms) does not seem to correlate with the "real" popularity of the blog, and suggests that social-network-based navigation may be playing an increasingly important role in web navigation in general, and blogosphere navigation in particular. On that count the authors note that in blogspace, the popularity of a blog is more a reflection of its owner's social attributes (e.g., celebrity status, reputation, and public image) than a reflection of the number and rank of other blogs or web pages that point to it. This highlights the need for the development of page-rank algorithms that take into consideration the social attributes of blogosphere actors (as opposed to solely on the topology of the underlying blogspace), possibly using inference techniques. The study has also analyzed the nature of interactions between users and blogs. This more-interactive nature of the blogosphere leads to interesting traffic and communication patterns, which are different from those observed in traditional web content. They have observed different levels of "conversation" in the blogosphere. Access to objects in blogspace could be conceived as part of an interaction between an author and its readership. As they show in the study, such interactions range from one-to-many "broadcast-type" and many-to-one "registration-type" communication between an author and its readers, to multi-way, iterative "parlor-type" dialogues among members of an interest group. The study is available at: http://www.icwsm.org/program.html"

Amazon Goes Web 2.0 Wild to Defend 1-Click Patent 77

theodp writes "Six years ago, Jeff Bezos and Tim O'Reilly urged the masses to give-patent-reform-a-chance as Richard Stallman called for an Amazon boycott. On Monday, the pair will reunite to kick off O'Reilly's new Amazon-sponsored Web 2.0 Expo with A Conversation with Jeff Bezos. Be interesting if the conversation turned to Amazon's ongoing battle against an actor's effort to topple Bezos' 1-Click patent, which The Register notes included dumping 58 lbs. of paperwork on the patent examiner, including dozens of articles from the oh-so-Web-2.0 Wikipedia, which the USPTO had already deemed an un acceptable source of information ('From a legal point of view, a Wiki citation is toilet paper,' quipped patent expert Greg Aharonian)."

Feed Cell Phones Qualify As Hazardous Waste (sciencedaily.com)

The cell telephones that consumers in the United States discard by the millions each year classify as hazardous waste, according to a study published in the April 1 issue of the American Chemical Society's Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal.

Feed Bisphenol A On Trial (sciencedaily.com)

Bisphenol A (BPA), a weak synthetic estrogen used in a variety of consumer products ranging from baby bottles to resins that line food and beverage containers, has been linked in some studies to adverse health effects in rodents, including obesity, cancer and insulin resistance. There is growing concern that the chemical may cause similar adverse effects in humans, particularly in babies and young children.

Feed The Samsung and Intel PC design winner: the Egg (engadget.com)

Filed under: Desktops

What you're looking at up there is the winner of a recent Samsung and Intel PC design contest in Korea. Those three "eggs" on the tabletop are actually a media player, disk drive, and digital camera. Just place them on top of the bed-tray PC to initiate communications. Nice, a la some Bluetooth 2.1 near-field communications we presume. But seriously, is that Intel Inside sticker really necessary on a freakin' concept? Check out a few more concepts after the break.

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Submission + - The coming Internet revolution in science

vacognition writes: "http://vacognition.wjh.harvard.edu/faq.html
This linked FAQ discusses why Harvard's Visual Cognition Laboratory is setting up an Internet-based lab. The Internet may soon change how the cognitive and social sciences are conducted, much in the way the open source movement has changed software, wikipedia has changed information gathering, etc. In the traditional lab-based model, scientists pay a small number of people to be subjects, subjecting them to a lot of testing. (By "a lot", I mean typically 1 hour, but it can last much longer.) The experiments are very carefully controlled in the lab. Now, as bandwidth has increased dramatically, it is possible to post a short (i.e., 1-5min) experiment online and get thousands of volunteers to participate, gathering just a little data from each. Of course, the controls scientists use in the lab (controlling the size of display, the timing, etc.) are much less exact. But for many experiments, the sheer amount of data more than makes up for these extra random factors. This is not only a different way of doing cognition and social science — one that makes the process much more open and accessible for everybody — but is also allows for new types of experiments. In the past, an experiment that involves asking subjects only one question was often hard to do because you may need very large numbers of subjects. Again, the Internet solves this problem. I'm not arguing that Web-based experiments will make the laboratory obsolete, but they are going to make huge change in the feasibility of many types of experiments and in the way in which they are conducted. That's the theory, anyway, behind my own new Web-based experiments. A fair number of other labs are already doing on-line experiments, but this lab is one of the very first to put vision experiments on the Internet. (Many have thought vision experiments require too much control over timing, display size, etc., to be effective on the Internet. Most Web-based experiments are surveys.) Those of you who object to blatant advertising should ignore the link, but both of you who want to read more and/or participate in my study, go to http://vacognition.wjh.harvard.edu./ I apologize for the blatant advertizing, but my excitement about the concept is very sincere, and I think it's something that would be of interest to slashdot readers..."

Submission + - Scientists to Begin 2-Year Study of Polar Changes

navygeek writes:
Scientists from more than 60 countries are preparing to fan out around the North and South Poles in an ambitious two-year effort to understand the vital, shifting dynamics of ice, oceans and life at the ends of the earth.

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Submission + - Language Copyrights: Death of Online Dictionaries?

toQDuj writes: Once upon a time, non-Danes could have the pleasure of understanding at least the written language using online dictionaries (http://danish.nigilist.ru/cgi-bin/nph-dict.cgi).
Funnily enough, the knowledge of turning one language into a (more) intelligible one, is now deemed copyrightable by publishers of dictionaries.
As can be read from the site, where the site owner has published the (two) cease and desist letters, no longer is this translation site to exist. The lawyers, on behalf of Gyldendalske Boghandel have requested the cessation of the site. In time, other publishers step in line and abolish all that is online translation-worthy.

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