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Submission + - Machine learning and game theory

Bill_s16 writes: Space War reports in "Game Theoretic Machine Learning Methods Can Help Explain Long Periods Of Conflict" on a study in PLOS Computational Biology that tends to deemphasize individual influence on instigating fights and asserts that history carrying forward from past conflicts may be more influential. In other words...grudges. And perhaps a step along the path toward something akin to an approximation of Asimov's Psychohistory.

Submission + - 30 per cent of data at firms is dirty (

nk497 writes: "An award-winning researcher has claimed that up to 30 per cent of data held by organisations is "dirty" — not porn, but inconsistent, inaccurate, incomplete or out of date. As examples, he cited the UK handing out 81 million national insurance numbers to a population of 60 million, and the pentagon trying to send 200 dead soldiers to Iraq.

From the private sector, he said Dell recently sold 15,000 computers in Chile for just £79 when they were worth £303. Whoops. Story includes a link to the lecture."

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Submission + - Linux to make impact on mobile computing? (

chareverie writes: "Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, announced that based on recent trends, Linux would have a large impact with mobile computing. He says, "It's clear that Linux is going to be a leader in the mobile space." The strengths Linux has with business are its low costs, ability to differentiate, and its development environment around phone platforms. Zemlin further goes onto state that "Linux really allows device manufacturers and new people to come in and create their own brand." However, Jason Grigsby, a web strategist at mobile firm Cloud Four, forecasts that developers are simply not ready, and that the future of mobile computing would involve fracturing, proprietary extensions, and browser wars on the device side."

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