Posts Tagged ‘whether’
Over five decades since A Clockwork Orange foretold a future where experimental science is used to “cure” repeat offenders, a study of 96 male felons has used brain scans to predict the likelihood of falling back into crime. While the neuroscientist who led the study, Kent Kiehl of Albuquerque’s Mind Research Network, warns that the method is still far from accurate enough to be useful in real-world assessments, Wired reports that certain individuals were found to be around twice as likely to be rearrested within four years of their release.
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United States Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) has actually said he is checking out whether prosecutors were overzealous in pursuing Aaron Swartz, the on-line protestor and Reddit co-founder who committed self-destruction last week and was set to stand trial for copying write-ups from the JSTOR database. Issa informed The Huffington Post that while the examination was continuous, overprosecution might have been an issue for Swartz and others, even if real crimes had actually been committed. “If someone is genuinely guilty of something and you bring them up on costs, that & rsquo; s fine,” he stated. “But throw the publication at them and find all kinds of costs and patch them together so that they & rsquo; ll plea to a ‘lower consisted of’ is a method that I think could in some cases be …
When Comcast announced that its Xfinity app for Xbox 360 wouldn’t count against its internet subscriber’s data caps, it got an earful from net neutrality advocates, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Senator Al Franken. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Department of Justice has stepped in, investigating cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, among others, to see if they’re acting unfairly towards online video services. More specifically, the DOJ is investigating if Comcast’s Xbox application violates antitrust agreements the company made when it took over NBCUniversal in 2011, the very same issue that Senator Al Franken brought up early last month. In May, Comcast claimed it was complying with net neutrality…
Google Tech Talk September 29, 2010 Presented by Steve Jurvetson. ABSTRACT Many of the interesting challenges in computer science, nanotechnology, and synthetic biology entail the construction of complex systems. As these systems transcend human comprehension, will we continue to design them or will we increasingly evolve them? As we design for evolvability, the locus of learning shifts from the artifacts themselves to the process that created them. There is no mathematical shortcut for the decomposition of a neural network or genetic program, no way to “reverse evolve” with the ease that we can reverse engineer the artifacts of purposeful design. The beauty of compounding iterative algorithms (evolution, fractals, organic growth, art) derives from their irreducibility. Google itself is a complex system that seeks to perpetually innovate. Leadership in complex organizations shifts from direction setting to a wisdom of crowds. The role of upper management is to tune the parameters of communication. Leaders can embrace a process that promotes innovation with emergent predictability more than they can hope to dictate the product of innovation itself. Innovation is critical to economic growth, progress, and the fate of the planet, yet it seems so random. While innovation may appear inscrutable at the atomic level, patterns emerge in the aggregate nonetheless. A critical pattern, spanning centuries, is that the pace of innovation is perpetually accelerating, and it is …
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Not a Spotify fan? Then perhaps a Google Music client will suit your tastes a little better. Gooroovster has just shed its beta cocoon to reveal its new Windows Phone wings. Available on trial, the full app will set you back $ 3.99 and offers streaming access to your whole library, the usual collection of music player controls and the ability to refresh the 500 most recent additions to your library. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any caching options — so it’s largely a Windows Phone-skinned copy of the web-based player, although it doesn’t look all that official and you’ll also need a Windows Phone device running the Mango upgrade. The typical Google Music provisos apply: check your data allowances and if you’re out of US, you’re (still) out of luck. That is, unless you know how to beat the system.
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…realized I love WebOS but think the Pre is an underpowered POS. Can upping the processor to 1Ghz really fix this? Probably not…
gdgt – new in gadgets
There’s not much a humble blogger can do when faced with such a straightforward product. It’s work gloves, with LEDs that attach in a number of places so you can see what you’re doing. In the immortal words of Jay-Z, “What more can I say?”
I guess I could say that it looks like there are two attachment points on the index finger, one on the back of the hand, and one somewhere I can’t see.
They only cost $23, which is a great price, if you ask me. If you work under your car a lot or are planning some home improvements necessitating lots of running wires through crannies and so on, these could be quite helpful.
[via Unpluggd and Dvice]
Props to CrunchGear