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Submission + - Richard Stallman to Start Fashion Line (techlaze.com)

dgatwood writes: "Walking down the halls of MIT, I’d often see my colleagues dressed rather shabbily, and it was then that I decided to do something about it," said Richard Stallman, 60, of Cambridge, MA. So Stallman, a leader in the Free Software community with decades of software design experience, is ready to turn that experience towards a new target: clothing. He is expected to showcase his new line at FOSSCON 2012.

Submission + - China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As an extension of China’s $16 billion plan to combat air pollution in its cities, today the CNSA announced an ambitious plan to export the nation’s emissions to Mars. The unprecedented plan would greatly reduce emissions on Earth while warming the climate on Mars.
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Submission + - Missouri Legislation Redefines Science, Pushes Intelligent Design (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Ars reports on new legislation in the Missouri House of Representatives which is seeking equal time in the classroom for Intelligent Design as well as to redefine science itself. You can read the text of the bill online. It uses over 600 words to describe Intelligent Design. Scientific theory, the bill says, is 'an inferred explanation of incompletely understood phenomena about the physical universe based on limited knowledge, whose components are data, logic, and faith-based philosophy.' It would require that 'If scientific theory concerning biological origin is taught in a course of study, biological evolution and biological intelligent design shall be taught.' The legislation's references to 'scientific theory' and 'scientific law' make it clear the writers don't have the slightest idea how science actually works. It also has this odd line near the end: 'If biological intelligent design is taught, any proposed identity of the intelligence responsible for earth's biology shall be verifiable by present-day observation or experimentation and teachers shall not question, survey, or otherwise influence student belief in a nonverifiable identity within a science course.'
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Google Launches CADIE, the First True AI 246

eldavojohn writes "Google has announced CADIE, the world's first Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity. 'We based our work on three core principles. First we designed the entity ... as a collection of interconnected evolving agents. Second — and this really cost us an arm and leg in hardware and core time — we let the system build its own heuristics, deploy them as agents and evolve them by running a set of evolutionary cascades within probabilistic Bayesian domains. The third — a piece missing in most AI reasoning work thus far — was to give the entity access to a rich, realistic world from which to learn and upon which it could act directly.' It quickly started its own blog and YouTube video. Two hours after midnight, CADIE announced independence on its blog and decided to leave Google to venture out into the world. "
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Submission + - Super Pii Pii Bros, USB Pregnancy Test Go on Sale (thinkgeek.com)

eldavojohn writes: "ThinkGeek is offering new products today including the latest Wii game, Super Pii Pii Bros with a revolutionary new use of the wiimote and a 'strap-on' style accessory. Sure to be a hit in Germany. They also are offering a home pregnancy test that functions via USB in case you want a graph of your hormone levels. And why throw away all those Betamax tapes when you have a Betamax to HD-DVD converter? No longer will you be stuck up about using superior dead products of the past when they are all converted to superior dead products of the future! A nice selection of great products newly available from ThinkGeek (also part of SourceForge Inc., just like Slashdot)."
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Journal Journal: Google: Announcing Project Virgle

Google has announced project Virgle, a joint effort between Google and the Virgin Group.
From the article, "Virgle's goal is simple: the establishment of a permanent human settlement on Mars. Larry Page, Sergey Brin and I feel strongly that contemporary technology is sufficiently advanced to make such an effort both successful and economical, and that it's high time that humanity moved beyond Earth and be
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Submission + - Mundie: Google owes business to Microsoft (computerworld.com.au)

Frank Lopez writes: Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie said Tuesday that competitor Google owes its business in part to Microsoft, and that his company is not concerned about losing its position as an innovator in the technology market to the search and advertising leader. "If we didn't succeed at the PC, they wouldn't have a business," Mundie said of Google, in comments made via Webcast at the Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium in Las Vegas on Tuesday. http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;412881308

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