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How Missile Tracking Cameras Are Remaking The NBA

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Sports

From www.fastcodesign.com

SportVU can tell you not just Kevin Durant’s shooting average, but his shooting average after dribbling one vs. two times, or his shooting average with a defender three feet away vs. five feet away. SportVU can actually consider both factors at once, plus take into account who passed him the ball, how many minutes he’d been on the court, and how many miles he’d run that game already.

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Ouster of Paraguay′s president sparks criticism - Yahoo! News

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: World

From news.yahoo.com

President Fernando Lugo′s rapid impeachment and ouster by lawmakers has plunged Paraguay into crisis and unleashed a wave of criticism by fellow leftist leaders in Latin America. The former Roman Catholic bishop elected on a pledge to help Paraguay′s poor said he would step aside following Friday′s Senate vote to remove him from office, even though he called it a blow to democracy.

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French Politics: The Center Did Not Hold--or Did It?

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Politics

From artgoldhammer.blogspot.com

he Socialist Party is no longer a workers′ party. Most of the "workers" it retains are in fact public sector employees: schoolteachers, government workers, etc. Socially liberal professionals are plentiful in both Socialist and centrist ranks.

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Older means wiser to computer security

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.net-security.org

78% of 18 " 25s respondents do not follow security best practices, while cybercriminals are launching new and more sophisticated attacks on consumers. In comparison, 56 " 65s are more concerned about security and privacy and are twice as likely to protect their computers with additional security software.

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Microsoft′s ′Audible,′ Apple′s Siri Are the Future of UIs

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.eweek.com

While voice-command or speech-recognition technology is still evolving, Siri and Audible indicate that it is starting to come of age. According to the Website Quora, an online reference source, Siri is based on a project called CALO that was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and was part of DARPA′s Personalized Assistant that Learns (PAL) initiative.

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Microsoft May Be Late to Tablet Fight, But Has the Cash to Keep Sparring

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Technology

From www.wired.com

Microsoft was never in the business of increasing its hipster cachet. The company never convincingly set out to delight customers. For decades, they have made software that works well enough for businesses.

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The rainmakers

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Science

From www.ft.com

Today, weather modification is seen as a sort of quasi science, located at the indistinct crossroads of meteorology, cloud physics and atmospheric research and hampered by a lack of evidence. But in a world of rapidly changing weather patterns, drought-plagued farmers continue to demand its implementation and scientists across the world continue to investigate it.

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The effects of money activation on social preferences and social behavior in young children

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Behavior

From www.sciencedirect.com

After money activation, children were more selfish in economic games, revealing less prosocial preferences and were less prone to help the experimenter than children from the control group. Even if children at this stage do not understand the economic mechanisms of money and are not able to use money properly in the instrumental context, they react to symbolic activation.

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How The ′Man Crisis′ Makes Women′s Perfectionism Worse

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Society

From www.rolereboot.org

There’s no question that internalized oppression is a very real phenomenon, just as there’s little doubt that more men than ever are starting to suffer from poor body image and eating disorders. But these realities, as important as they are, shouldn’t obscure the reality that there’s another force driving women’s intensifying pursuit of perfection: the much-hyped “man crisis.

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The Google-Trolley Problem

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Technology

From marginalrevolution.com

Suppose that you are a programmer at Google and you are tasked with writing code for the Google-trolley. What code do you write? Should the trolley divert itself to the side track? Should the trolley run itself into a fat man to save five? If the Google-trolley does run itself into the fat man to save five should Sergey Brin be charged? Do your intuitions about the trolley problem change when we switch from the near view to the far (programming) view? I think these questions are very important: Notice that the trolley problem is a thought experiment but the Google-trolley problem is a decision that now must be made.

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How Texas Inflicts Bad Textbooks on Us

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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Society

From www.nybooks.com

When it comes to meddling with school textbooks, Texas is both similar to other states and totally different. It’s hardly the only one that likes to fiddle around with the material its kids study in class.

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In Flawed, Epic Anonymous Book, the Abyss Gazes Back

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Internet

From www.wired.com

It’s hard to report on Anonymous. It’s a non-organization of pranksters-turned-activists-turned-hackers-turned-hot-mess-of-law-enforcement-drama — a story that is hard to get, and hard to write.

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Liposuction Might Have ′Boomerang′ Effect

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Health

From news.yahoo.com

Women who have the popular plastic surgery procedure known as liposuction may be trading one form of fat for another, as a new study reveals that the sudden removal of abdominal fat seems to trigger a buildup of fat around the internal organs.

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Gambling Through The Recession: A True Story Of Horses, Dreams & Sleeper Sofas

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Category: Sports

From chicagosidesports.com

The Human Computer convinced his wife to let him buy a personal computer, so he could track winning horses. Her mistake: The Human Computer fell in love. He picked a 6-1 winner, and hit a $300 Pick Three.

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