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Submission + - The BBT is wrong says a 12year old physics prodigy (

fraktalek writes: Jacob Barnett, 12, is studying maths and physics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He is often tutoring his classmates and is also developing an alternative theory to the big bang theory because his hypothesis is that the big bang couldn't be responsible for the amount of carbon present in the universe as some of his preliminary calculations seem to suggest.

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Submission + - Kinect's AI breakthrough explained (

mikejuk writes: Microsoft Research has just published a scientific paper and a video showing how the Kinect body tracking algorithm works — it's almost as amazing as some of the uses the Kinect has been put to! This article explains how it does it.

Submission + - IE9 launch a threat to web development ( 1

mikejuk writes: Microsoft has launched IE9 and with it comes an attitude that threatens to hold back web development for the foreseeable future. While everyone is concentrating on how wonderful it is that Microsoft is finally adopting browser standards the big point that history is about to repeat itself is being missed.
Ten years ago Microsoft failed to adopt SVG and so held back the introduction of 2D graphics to the web. Now it is ignoring WebGL and similarly holding back the general adoption of 3D graphics.
So don't celebrate the fact that Microsoft has at long last adopted SVG along with HTML5 — pay more attention to the fact that it is about to hold back 3D web graphics — perhaps for another ten years.

Submission + - Up to 10 Years for Ex-Goldman Programmer (

TTL0 writes: Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to sentence a former Goldman Sachs computer programmer who stole proprietary code to up to 10 years in prison, according to a filing.

The programmer, Sergey Aleynikov, was convicted in December of stealing proprietary code, which generated some $300 million dollars for Goldman in 2009 by executing ultra-fast trades using computer algorithms that catch tiny price discrepancies in stock prices.

Submission + - CBM: A Therapist-free Therapy (

fraktalek writes: All Cognitive-bias modification (CBM) requires is sitting in front of a computer and using a program that subtly alters harmful thought patterns.
CBM assumes that many psychological problems are caused by automatic, unconscious biases in thinking. People suffering from anxiety may have an attentional bias towards threats: they are drawn to things they perceive to be dangerous. A CBM program for example shows someone two words or pictures—one neutral and the other threatening—and draws his or her attention to the neutral one.

It has already been shown to work for anxiety and addictions, and is now being tested for alcohol abuse, post-traumatic-stress disorder and several other disturbances of the mind.


Submission + - SAP Ordered to pay $1.3bn to Oracle 1

jools33 writes: In what can only be seen as a victory for Oracle, SAP AG have been ordered to pay $1.3bn to Oracle by a jury in Oakland, California, in what Bloomberg states will be the largest ever payout is US Copyright history:
the FT article
SAP were charged and admitted guilt of the theft of Oracle software through its intermediary company Tommorow Now.
Oracle had asked for a payout of $1.7bn, which SAP had countered to $140m. SAP are considering post trial motions / appeal. Could this leave SAP in a weakened position / ripe for takeover? What will the eventual consequences be for SAP?

Comment Re:Not just useless, but actually toxic. (Score 1) 452

It's also not true that it is about *large* investment companies, resp. large is relative. For example RSJ Invest is one of the biggest and it has only about 5 employees, AFAIK. So it is in fact a small company which became financially pretty big over some 15 years of careful development of statistical models and algorithms.

Comment Re:Great idea but seems tough to gamify problems (Score 4, Informative) 80

Foldit had the great insight to take you to an algorithmically close starting place and let you complete the final adjustments - in that way the algorithm itself is as much a part of the team as the detail or adjustment members they were talking about.

This kind of problem solving was suggested already by Stanislaw Lem in his book Summa Technologiae as a kind of "augmented intelligence" as opposed to purely human or purely artifical intelligence.

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