gatzke writes: The cleanest interface for slashdot for years has been http://slashdot.org/palm but it now has not updated since Friday. It allows users to read articles and see five top comments. Is it dead forever, or just temporarily down? Should sites support small / simple interfaces? Are we being forced to beta?
gatzke writes: The Google Car supposedly has a great safety record while driving autonomously. It looks like they are not perfect, as one just caused a solid crash. Details are sketchy, but somehow the Google Car ended up going the wrong way on a one way street.
gatzke writes: It looks like it is happening again. Lucas is headed toward another re-release of the entire six movie Star Wars saga in 3D. Phantom Menace first, then another each year. Maybe in another decade we will get the smell-o-vision version. Mmmm, Wookie!
gatzke writes: The National Research Council (NRC) today will release a study of doctoral research programs at over 200 US institutions. These rankings have been significantly delayed and may contain old data, as the report was scheduled for release in 2005. The report does not combine reputation-based and objective rankings, opting to provide both rather than some weighted value. Reportedly, the objective study uses approximately 20 metrics such as publications, citations, funding, composition of faculty, composition of students, time to PhD, graduation rate, etc. Also, the "objective" data is mostly self-reported by institutions.