By timothy from Slashdot's boncha-porftis-hworkin department
An article in The New York Times highlights two growing collections of words online
that effectively bypass the traditional dictionary publishing system of slow aggregation and curation. Wordnik
is a private venture that has already raised more than $12 million in capital, while the Corpus of Contemporary American English
is a project started by Brigham Young professor Mark Davies. These sources differ from both conventional dictionary publishers and crowd-sourced efforts like the excellent Wiktionary
for their emphasis on avoiding human intervention rather than fostering it. Says founder Erin McKean in the linked article, 'Language changes every day, and the lexicographer should get out of the way. ... You can type in anything, and we'll show you what data we have.'Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's what-evil-lurks-in-the-hearts-of-men department
wiredmikey writes "New research from Kaspersky Labs has revealed that the platform dubbed 'tilded' (~d), which was used to develop Stuxnet and Duqu, has been around for years. The researchers say that same platform has been used to create similar Trojans which have yet to be discovered. Alexander Gostev and Igor Sumenkov have put together some interesting research, the key point being that the person(s) behind what the world knows as Stuxnet and Duqu have actually been using the same development platform for several years."
An anonymous reader adds a link to this "surprisingly entertaining presentation" (video) by a Microsoft engineer, in which "he tells the story of how he and others analysed the exploits
used by Stuxnet. Also surprising are the simplicity of the exploits which were still present in Win7." See also the report at Secureist
from which the SecurityWeek story draws.Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's please-be-safe-out-there department
PolygamousRanchKid writes "Ford says its new Fusion, which will debut at the North American International Auto Show in a couple weeks, will be the first mainstream midsize sedan in North America to offer a lane departure system. Lane departure systems are aimed at warning drivers, especially drowsy ones, if their vehicles wander out of their lane. A digital camera mounted on the windshield ahead of the rear-view mirror keeps a watch. The system not only causes the steering wheel to vibrate if it senses an unintentional lane departure, it will also steer the car back into the right lane. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes occur every year as a result of drowsy drivers, leading to 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses."
I'd just like to know how hard the AI will fight if it misinterprets a driver's intentional
lane change.Read Replies (0)