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Stanford's Authoritative Alternative To Wikipedia

totally_mad Really newsworthy? (355 comments)

There have been several other attempts in to setup similar wikis. For example, Scholarpedia is exactly this model of a peer-reviewed topical encyclopaedia, but for mathematical sciences. There were two comments from other Slashdotters, complaining that a group of academics, or any group of people will often struggle to reach consensus. But I think that there are qualitatively different types of disagreements. Some are about writing or presentation style ("where the place the word 'the'"). But, some are more substantive, especially in topics that are not entirely resolved. For example, there is little disagreement that Newton's laws are wrong, but nearly exact for certain spatial and time scales. But, if you were to write an article on information coding in neurons, there are probably as many opinions as there are labs working in that area!

If only Wikipedia became more widely used than it is presently, especially in academic circles, then more groups will be interested in having articles reflect debates. To reflect different opinions is particularly important in fields involving subjectivity (pretty much every thing other than Mathematics). If there is enough interest among academics in Wikipedia, then the current state of debates on various topics is bound to be reflected in the articles.

Given that Stanford's plato website is simply a fledgling effort, I do not see why it is newsworthy. If for example, someone cited an article from the plato website in a peer-reviewed journal article (and reviewers accepted it), that would be newsworthy. Short of that, it is simply yet another effort at collaborative information sharing. It cannot be newsworthy simply because it is from a well known university.

more than 4 years ago

Computer Virus Aboard the ISS

totally_mad Re:Solid proof!!!! (290 comments)

You don't really understand. There is nothing they could have done to prevent the worm. The astronaut was installing Outlook which asked them to "close all software like antivirus and firewall which may interfere with the installation". The rest is history...

more than 6 years ago



Google acquires Boston Dynamics

totally_mad totally_mad writes  |  about a year ago

totally_mad (1061918) writes "New York Times reports that Google has acquired Boston Dynamics, a company that is primarily a concept robot maker for the military. The robot wars appear to be heating up between the big corporations, with Amazon recently announcing plans to have 30 minute home deliveries using drones. Perhaps Boston Dynamics', or now Google's, Cheetah will outrun the drone!"
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Inaccurate, but powerful CPUs

totally_mad totally_mad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

totally_mad (1061918) writes "BBC reports (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/10134655.stm) on research from UIUC (http://passat.crhc.illinois.edu/projects.html) that points to scaleable solutions for stochastic CPUs. Higher "performance" at the cost of accuracy at the hardware level. Is there indeed an optimal error-rate for maximizing FLOPS?"
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NASA has a space-faring computer virus

totally_mad totally_mad writes  |  more than 6 years ago

totally_mad (1061918) writes "NASA has said that a Worm (Gammima.AG) has infected the laptop of an astronaut on the International Space Station. In the same breath as calling for an investigation, they have also admitted that laptops carried by astronauts do not have any anti-virus software. Go figure! Complete news article at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7583805.stm"
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