spikenerd writes: As a libertarian, I find this somewhat frothing anti-libertarian article to be interesting. It essentially blames an under-regulated market for BP's oil spill, and for failing to manage it properly. The article concludes by suggesting we stuff the well with copies of Atlas Shrugged. Of course, it is easy to dismiss the whole article for a few poor arguments, but I find myself struggling to answer this one question: If a free market really is ideal, how should it manage such catastrophes? Or else, why is this not significant? May I appeal to the high concentration of free-market-advocates in the Slashdot community to help me answer this question?
Headless Platter writes: KDnuggets, a prominent data mining newsletter, reports about a new tool called GPeerReview for digitally signing peer reviews. This encourages researchers to directly review and sign each others' works, forming a decentralized social network of papers and reviews. The idea is that the structure of this network will eventually mirror the structure of the scientific community, so it can be analyzed to establish community connectivity instead of relying exclusively on publishing in journals with big names. This tool encourages existing conferences and journals to sign the papers they accept, so unlike other alternatives to the traditional peer review system, this one embraces and extends the existing system.
spikenerd writes: "CNET reports that WEKA, an open source machine learning and datamining package, is being purchased by Pentaho, a company that focusses on business intelligence, in order to compete with SAS and SPSS. WEKA was built by the University of Waikato and has become the center of research in machine learning and data mining. Pentaho will employ the five primary developers and plans to sell a subscription service, but will still offer a "free version of the product"."