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  • Bees Beat Machines At ‘Traveling Salesman’ Problem
    By on October 26, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments


    eldavojohn writes “Recent research on bumble bees has proven that the tiny bee is better than computers at the traveling salesman problem. As bees visit flowers to collect nectar and pollen they discover other flowers en route in the wrong order. But they still manage to quickly learn and fly the optimally shortest path between flowers. Such a problem is NP-Hard and keeps our best machines thinking for days searching for a solution but researchers (more…)



  • The Fall of Samus Aran
    By on October 26, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The manner in which Metroid: Other M destroyed the franchise’s credibility accomplishes is a testament to its status as a paradigm of video game vomit. Firstly, it lacks every gameplay element that has defined the Metroid series The game destroys the character of Samus, turning her into a frail and whiny brat. It is beyond me why anyone expected the creators of Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball to paint a respectful portrait of a female character, (more…)

  • Planets in ‘habitable zone’ may provide answers
    By on October 25, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The Gliese 581 system has been making headlines recently for the most newly announced planet that may lie in the habitable zone. Hopes were somewhat dashed when we were reminded that the certainty level of its discovery was only 3 sigma (95%, whereas most astronomical discoveries are at or above the 99% confidence level before major announcements), but the Gliese 581 system may yet have more surprises.

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  • Rangers Knock Off Yankees to Earn Trip to Series
    By on October 25, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The Texas Rangers will head to the World Series for the first time in franchise history after defeating the Yankees in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

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  • 10 Athletes Who Might Not Be Total Douchebags
    By on October 25, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    How hard is it to find likable athletes? Harder than you would think. Here are 10 athletes who might not be total Douchebags.

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  • 5 Reasons Gaming on a Mac Will No Longer Suck
    By on October 25, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    For quite some time, the Mac gave PC and console gamers something to agree on: Playing games on a Mac is a joke.

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  • Blizzard Unveils Custom StarCraft 2 Game Types, Encourages Map Design
    By on October 24, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    StarCraft 2 launched in July, and since most of the developers’ efforts since then have gone into tweaking balance issues, fixing bugs and further developing Battle.net integration, the second part of the trilogy is still quite a ways off. So, in lieu of announcements about Heart of the Swarm, the devs are using Blizzcon to showcase the map-editing tools and encourage the community to get more involved with custom maps and game types. Using the map (more…)

  • Will Someone Please Shut Krugman Up
    By on October 24, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    I see old Kruggers, Nobel prize winner and New York Times columnist, is at it again. Not content to lecture his own country’s administration about how they are not spending enough, Professor Krugman lambasts Britain’s coalition government in his latest column for its deficit reduction plan, which he reckons will condemn the UK to a depression.

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  • Button downbeat on title chances
    By on October 24, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    McLaren’s Jenson Button admits his title chances are all but over after finishing 12th in Korea.

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  • The State of Linux IO Scheduling For Desktop?
    By on October 24, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    pinkeen writes “I am using linux as my work & play OS for 5+ years. The one thing that constantly drives me mad is its IO scheduling. When I’m copying a large amount of data in the background, everything else slows down to a crawl while the cpu utilization stays at 1-2%. The process which does the actual copying is highly prioritized in terms of I/O. This is completely inacceptable for a desktop OS. I’ve heard about the efforts of Con Kolivas and (more…)