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Google to enable corporate malfeasance
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, August 10 2012 @ 06:16 PM EDT
It'll start generally downranking sites that receive a high volume of copyright infringement notices from copyright holders.

Google says the move is designed to "help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily" meaning that it's trying to direct people who search for movies, TV shows, and music to sites like Hulu and Spotify, not torrent sites or data lockers like the infamous MegaUpload.

It's a clear concession to the movie and music industries.

Nilay Patel, The Verge

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Will the 'corn cob' question be part of your next job interview ?
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, August 11 2012 @ 03:25 PM EDT
I like learning about odd connections between disparate things. This probably is the oddest example that I know.

Broadly speaking, mathematicians can be divided into those who like analysis, and those who like algebra. The distinction between the two types runs throughout math. Even those who work in areas that are far from analysis or algebra are very aware of the difference between them, and usually are very clear on which their preference is. I'll delve into this in more depth soon, but for now let's just take it for granted that this is a well-known distinction, and it has meaning for mathematicians.

Back when I was in grad school there was a department lunch with corn on the cob. Partway through the meal one of the analysts looked around the room and remarked, "That's odd, all of the analysts are eating corn one way and the algebraists are eating corn another!" Everyone looked around. In fact everyone was eating the corn in one of two ways. One way was to munch over the length of the corn in a straight line, back up, turn slightly, and do another row across. Kind of like how an old typewriter goes. The other way was to go around in a spiral. All of the analysts were eating in spirals, and the algebraists in rows.

There were a number of mathematicians present whose fields of study didn't make it clear whether they were on the analysis or algebra side of things. We went around and asked, and in every case the way they ate corn matched their preference.

btilly

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Apple's accused patents against Samsung Presentation
Authored by: celtic_hackr on Saturday, August 11 2012 @ 07:57 PM EDT

I'm sorry, but Apple has gone bye-bye. The patent system is completely inadequate to handle approving software patents EVEN if you buy the mistaken idea that software should be patentable.

Here's the ultimate proof:
Apple has a patent on an object-oriented multitasking Operating system, filed in 1993. I'm sorry, but they are about 30 years too late for that one. LISP was the first OO OS. It was definitely multitasking by the 1980s.

http://dl.acm.or g/citation.cfm?id=802017&coll=portal

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Flame and Stuxnet Cousin Targets Lebanese Bank Customers
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, August 11 2012 @ 08:50 PM EDT
Spy vs. Spy, f-secure ,  wired.com

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