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When can crowdsourcing compete with supercomputers?

Human Brains as Supercomputers (via slashdot) Data analytics are valuable because of their ability to filter huge volumes of data, pick out the bits that are relevant to a specific question, and set those aside for analysis. The process may be valuable, but can also be expensive. It’s also potentially……

Soul singer Lester Chambers assaulted over song dedicated to Trayvon

Beyoncé, Jay-Z and A Tribe Called Quest also pay tribute to the 17-year-old shot dead by George Zimmerman The soul singer Lester Chambers was allegedly assaulted at a concert on Saturday night, after he dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin. Hours after George Zimmerman was acquitted for Martin’s murder, the leader of the Chambers…

U.S. sprint star Tyson Gay out of world championships after failing drug test

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, two of the four fastest men in history, sent shockwaves through the blue riband 100m when both men failed drug tests. Gay, the 30-year-old American who was world champion in 2007 and the fastest man in the world this year, tested positive for a banned…

Nearly 300 dead after typhoon and rains lash China

At least 295 people have been confirmed dead or missing after rainstorms and Typhoon Soulik hit China, causing floods, landslides and buildings to collapse, the government said Monday. Torrential rains have battered the southwestern province of Sichuan since July 7 and have led to 68 deaths, with another 179 people…

Prague railway station becomes Holocaust memorial

A Prague railway station that saw tens of thousands of Czech Jews leave for ghettos and Nazi death camps between 1941 and 1945 is to become a memorial for those who died. Czech Jews and Holocaust survivors have for years been calling for a memorial for the Prague-Bubny station, which…

Lebanese soccer ref testifies: I got match-fixing instructions via YouTube

A Lebanese football referee jailed for accepting sex in exchange for agreeing to rig matches testified Monday that a Singaporean businessman used YouTube to show him how to fix a game. Ali Sabbagh, speaking on the first day of the trial of Eric Ding Si Yang, said the businessman sent…

South Korea using smartphone app to curb military leaks

South Korea’s defence ministry said on Monday it has ordered its staff to install a smartphone application that restricts key functions like the camera in an attempt to prevent military leaks. The ministry said that, from Monday, its 1,500 staff are no longer allowed to bring smartphones into their offices…

Chinese court compensates rape victim’s mother after labor camp sentencing

A Chinese court awarded damages to the mother of a rape victim after she was sent to a labour camp for demanding her daughter’s attackers be punished, a spokesman said on Monday. Tang Hui, who became a figurehead for critics of the “re-education through labour” system after she was condemned…

Greenpeace activists break into French nuclear power plant

Several dozen Greenpeace activists broke into a nuclear plant in southern France early on Monday, unfurling banners against atomic power, the organisation and police said. The activists snuck into the grounds of the Tricastin plant in the southern Drome region around 5:00 am, Greenpeace and local police said. They hung…

Group laying groundwork for ‘Clinton 2016′ campaign already being offered million-dollar donations

How formidable a potential candidate is Hillary Clinton? A group laying groundwork for her possible 2016 presidential campaign said it is being offered million-dollar donations — before she has even announced a run. “We have turned away seven-figure checks,” Adam Parkhomenko, executive director of Ready For Hillary, told AFP in…

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