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Submission + - UN Intervention begins in Lybia (aljazeera.net)

maliamnon writes: US, French, and British forces began enforcing a UN resolution (1973/2011 ) to defend civilians in Lybia today. French aircraft are attacking tanks, while the US and possibly UK are supporting the operation with cruise missiles from sea.

Comment Re:Margin of error (Score 1) 263

A good estimate of the margin of error on binned data is the sqrt of the number of points in the bin. Should give a pretty good estimate without digging too far into the data, with this estimate we find the top 3 fall within 1 standard deviation. ((sqrt(45)~~6.5))
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Submission + - Keyboard Uses Sonar to Protect Sensitive Data (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: While the simple act of logging off a workstation is an obvious way to protect sensitive data – like that used by healthcare providers, pharmacies, banks and government agencies – it is all too easy for users to forget and leave the data not only viewable, but also editable by anyone who happens to pass by. Custom keyboard supplier Key Source International (KSI) has developed a keyboard that does the remembering for you, logging out as soon as the user physically leaves the keyboard.

Comment Re:AI Winter (Score 2) 674

ELIZA passed the Turing Test in 1966. The goal posts HAVE been set and shifted, always in the form of "A machine could never do X". Interestingly, for the Turing Test, the X is simply "fool a human into believing it's human."

Comment Re:I couldn't help but notice that I was right... (Score 2) 674

Are you also going to say the Wright brothers cheated because their flying machine didn't flap it's wings? ... I understand (and agree) that Watson should actually have to read the clues, but it's not always (or perhaps ever) right to assume that the way us pitiful humans (or birds) do something is the best way to do it.

Comment student research (Score 1) 1

Ask around for people doing anything with data. There are always professors, doctors, etc entering and parsing data by hand. I ended up getting a job as a Student Research Assistant in an Emergency Medical Department in a hospital near my school. Basically they just tell me that they want X to be done to database Y, then put back in format Z. There have been some more interesting assignments, such as developing a Google Map for Defibrillators in the city and writing an android app to give a simple cardiac arrest survival rate quiz (for dispatchers and paramedics). Long story short: just look around, there is always someone who could use a code monkey, and most of those people are willing to pay!
AI

Submission + - Watson Wins (bloomberg.com) 3

NicknamesAreStupid writes: The word is in, Watson beats the two best Jeopardy players. Sure, it cost IBM four years and millions of dollars and requires a room full of hardware. In thirty years it will all fit in your pocket and cost $19.99. Resistance is futile; you will be trivialized.
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The Real 'Stuff White People Like' 286

Here's an interesting and funny look at 526,000 OkCupid users, divided into groups by race and gender and all the the things each groups says it likes or is interested in. While it is far from being definitive, the groupings give a glimpse of what makes each culture unique. According to the results, white men like nothing better than Tom Clancy, Van Halen, and golfing.

Comment Re:if that's true... (Score 1) 272

Most people who play WoW don't participate in the activities that provide leadership and group interaction experience. For an average progression guild there are 1-6 people who could possibly have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, and 19-35 (benchies) who are being led. And then for every person in a progression guild there are hundreds (if not thousands) of people playing the game that aren't even being led by the leaders. For most people, all the people they know who play WoW will fall into the non-leader majority, which fits your experiences perfectly. This, imo, is what gives MMOs and other online games a bad rap.

Comment Re:if that's true... (Score 1) 272

Most people who play WoW don't participate in the activities that provide leadership and group interaction experience. For an average progression guild there are 1-6 people who could possibly have the opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, and 19-35 (benchies) who are being led. And then for every person in a progression guild there are hundreds (if not thousands) of people playing the game that aren't even being led by the leaders. For most people, all the people they know who play WoW will fall into the non-leader majority, which fits your experiences perfectly. This, imo, is what gives MMOs and other online games a bad rap.

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