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Submission + - Hoax-detecting software spots fake papers (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: In 2005, three computer science Ph.D. students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created a program to generate nonsensical computer science research papers. The goal was “to expose the lack of peer review at low-quality conferences that essentially scam researchers with publication and conference fees.” The program—dubbed SCIgen—soon found users across the globe, and before long its automatically generated creations were being accepted by scientific conferences and published in purportedly peer-reviewed journals. But SCIgen may have finally met its match. Academic publisher Springer this week is releasing SciDetect, an open-source program to automatically detect automatically generated papers. SCIgen uses a “context-free grammar” to create word salad that looks like reasonable text from a distance but is easily spotted as nonsense by a human reader

Submission + - Are you thinking of moving to low-power servers?

An anonymous reader writes: PCWorld has a nice piece talking about low-energy server computing, and how the era of traditional high-energy servers, supported by racks of air conditioning, might be coming to an end. What do you think? Could you use a server made from Atom chips, or even ARM chips (bearing in mind Windows is coming to ARM soon)? Has your company looked into it?

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