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Comment Re:If Microsoft didn't collected so fucking much d (Score 1) 113

At least have an exhaustive list of what they collect and publish where they store the intermediate results locally, so public can keep that in check. Without this FUD starts about keyloggers and web tracking that may or may not be happening in reality.

Instead they choose to dumb stuff down.

Comment Re:Very Strongly Disagree (Score 1) 360

But to me it's not just making the sound louder, it's also about distinguishing voices from background sounds enough to comprehend them. Thankfully I'm not yet deaf enough for this to be a serious problem in a theater. But I'm on my way there: at home I either have to wake my neighbors or use headphones. Hence, subtitles.

Biotech

The Spread of Do-It-Yourself Biotech 206

zrbyte writes "Are you an electronics hobbyist or a garden shed tinkerer? If so, then move aside, because there's a new kid on the block: the DIY biotechnologist. The decreasing price of biotech instrumentation has made it possible for everyday folks (read: biotech geeks) with a few thousand dollars to spare to equip their garages and parents' basements with the necessary 'tools of the trade.' Some, like PCR machines, are available on eBay; other utensils are hacked together from everyday appliances and some creativity. For example: microscopes out of webcams and armpit E. coli incubators. Nature News has an article on the phenomenon, describing the weird and wonderful fruits of biotech geek ingenuity, like glow-in-the-dark yogurt. One could draw parallels with the early days of computer building/programming. It may be that we're looking at a biotech revolution, not just from the likes of Craig Venter, but from Joe-next-door hacking away at his E. coli strain. What are the Steve Wozniaks of biotech working on right now?"
Programming

StarCraft AI Competition Results 113

bgweber writes "The StarCraft AI Competition announced last year has come to a conclusion. The competition received 28 bot submissions from universities and teams all over the world. The winner of the competition was UC Berkeley's submission, which executed a novel mutalisk micromanagement strategy. During the conference, a man versus machine exhibition match was held between the top ranking bot and a former World Cyber Games competitor. While the expert player was capable of defeating the best bot, less experienced players were not as successful. Complete results, bot releases, and replays are available at the competition website."

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