Passos Coelho anuncia novas medidas de austeridade antes do futebol O primeiro-ministro vai fazer hoje às 19h20 horas uma declaração ao país, anunciou o gabinete de Passos Coelho através de uma nota oficial. A nota do gabinete do primeiro-ministro não adianta o tema da declaração. Passos Coelho afirmou, esta semana que, após a quinta avaliação da troika, não se poderia descartar a possibilidade de um novo aumento de impostos, embora isso não fosse desejável. O Diário Económico avança que o Governo estaria a ponderar um novo aumento do IVA em alguns bens e serviços, de forma a compensar a necessidade de reverter o corte de um dos subsídios na Função Pública. No entanto, apesar das especulações, ainda não foi possível apurar quais serão as medidas a anunciar por Passos Coelho. O Presidente da República, Anibal Cavaco Silva, esteve presente na inauguração de uma fábrica de nanomateriais em Coimbra onde insistiu na ideia de que é preciso repartir os sacrifícios.
Sony Ericsson FH Mobile Phone Concept by Du Jun The Turning Point For A Phone I love covering concept phones that may not have substance to them (tech-backing), but nevertheless are fun to read about. Featured here is a concept Sony Ericsson FH Mobile Phone that has a pivotal point to it. It flips vertical on a pivot to mimic a phone and rotates sideways to become a viewing screen for the media functions and web browsing. Features - Beyond Façade: Pattern Matching for Natural Language Applications Beyond Façade: Pattern Matching for Natural Language Applications By bruce wilcox [Is the age of natural speech here? Telltale's Bruce Wilcox delves into techniques for natural language processing and contrasts AIML and Façade's approach against his own award-winning ChatScript, showing a path forward for word-based game technology.] Understanding open-ended simple natural language (NL) requires huge amounts of knowledge and a variety of reasoning skills. But speech is a coming interface. Scribblenauts accepts text nouns and adjectives in its latest puzzle game and Telltale Games has a planned product mixing nouns and verbs. In this paper I will look at successive refinements to NLP (natural language processing) as they apply to games, reviewing AIML, Façade, and ChatScript. This paper will make the following general points: Unrestricted NL input has existed for decades – chatbots like Eliza and A.L.I.C.E. A.L.I.C.E is written in AIML. Pattern Matching AIML is simple. Recursive Substitution
Grafeno y siliceno, los nuevos materiales de la tecnología · ELPAÍS.com Un móvil que se dobla y se convierte en reloj o una tableta tan elástica como la goma. Así serán los aparatos del futuro gracias a los nuevos materiales que se cuecen en laboratorios. Según los investigadores, el grafeno, el siliceno (derivados del grafito y el silicio), los polímeros conductores o determinados óxidos de metales revolucionarán la electrónica de consumo, al permitir construir baterías flexibles, procesadores más rápidos y pantallas transparentes más finas que el papel. Ya se hacen chips 500 veces más pequeños que los de silicio, y más rápidos Tiene una pega: es 1.000 veces más lento que un chip de silicio, el material que hoy alimenta las tripas de casi cualquier aparato. Científicos de la Universidad de Aalto (Finlandia) y Nagoya (Japón) han obtenido procesadores de plástico y a bajo coste. Otro material de moda, el grafeno, podría acabar con el problema. "Es el único material que se puede estirar hasta un 10% de forma reversible.
Spray-on clothing becomes a reality | Science A Spanish fashion designer has developed the world's first spray-on clothing that can be worn, washed and worn again. Manel Torres joined forces with scientists at Imperial College London to invent the spray, which forms a seamless fabric on contact with the body. Torres took 15 minutes to spray a T-shirt onto a male model in a demonstration today, ahead of his spring/summer collection at the Science in Style fashion show in London next week. The spray consists of short fibres that are mixed into a solvent, allowing it to be sprayed from a can or high-pressure spray gun. The fabric, which dries when it meets the skin, is very cold when it is sprayed on, a limitation that may frustrate hopes for spray-on trousers and other garments. "I really wanted to make a futuristic, seamless, quick and comfortable material," said Torres.
TrueSkill Ranking System So, what is so special about the TrueSkill ranking system? In short, the biggest difference to other ranking systems is that in the TrueSkill ranking system skill is characterised by two numbers: The average skill of the gamer (μ in the picture).The degree of uncertainty in the gamer's skill (σ in the picture). The ranking system maintains a belief in every gamer's skill using these two numbers. On the right hand side, a belief curve of the TrueSkill ranking system is drawn. Maintaining an uncertainty allows the system to make big changes to the skill estimates early on but small changes after a series of consistent games has been played. The actual number of games per gamer can be up to three times higher depending on several factors such as the variation of the performance per game, the availability of well-matched opponents, the chance of a draw, etc.
Graceful, Slim HRP-4 Humanoid Robot Unveiled; Destined for Menial Labor Japan's newest RoboCop-looking humanoid robot practices yoga, tracks faces and objects and, in what seems to be a robo-requirement these days, pours drinks. The industrial HRP-4 robot was designed to coexist with people, and its "thin athlete" frame is meant to be more appealing, according to Kawada Industries, which built the robot with Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The 5-foot-tall, 86-pound robot is a deliberately downsized version of its larger sibling, the HRP-2. HRP-4 has 34 degrees of freedom and can move its arm seven ways. HRP-2 bots have already been proven helpful around the house, pouring drinks and washing the dishes. [Singularity Hub]
LAMS LAMS, the Learning Activity Management System, is an open source Learning Design system for designing, managing and delivering online collaborative learning activities. It provides teachers with an intuitive visual authoring environment for creating sequences of learning activities. These activities can include a range of individual tasks, small group work and whole class activities based on both content and collaboration. LAMS is 'inspired' by the concept and principles of IMS Learning Design. LAMS is developed in collaboration with LAMS Foundation, LAMS International, and the Macquarie E-learning Centre Of Excellence (MELCOE), all based in Sydney, Australia, in affiliation with Macquarie University. LAMS has been developed since 2003. Community The LAMS community website is a global community website for teachers and developers who use the LAMS software. LAMS creates "digital lesson plans" that can be run online with students, as well as shared among teachers. Notes
Magnetic Thinking Putty: Bouncing Putty infused with magnetic properties Thinking putty with mind-blowing magnetic properties Overview: Magnetic Thinking Putty takes regular "silly" putty and turns its awesomeness up to 11. Millions of tiny micron-sized magnets are embedded in each handful of Magnetic Thinking Putty. Ages 8+. Features & specs: Dimensions (metal container): 4" diameter x 1.375" tallPutty weight: 3.2 ouncesIncludes strong ceramic magnet Ages 8+Made in the USA Magnetic Thinking Putty is infused with millions of micron-sized (one-millionth of a meter) magnetic particles. Use the included magnet to pull tendrils of the putty in all directions. Use the included ceramic magnet to control tendrils of your Magnetic Thinking Putty like a snake charmer. While Magnetic Thinking Putty is a more highly evolved form of regular putty, it can still do all of the "normal" things that you love about putty. Bounce, stretch, and tear Magnetic Thinking Putty like any other "normal" putty. Playing with magnets is just plain fun. How does this work? A: Nope. A: No.
Downloads - LAMS 2 This page is a collection of all the different "bits" that you can download for LAMS. The instructions for using the "bits" is given elsewhere so please see the Instructions link in each section for further help on what to do with the installers, etc. LAMS 2.4 for Windows new! Previews releases LAMS 2.3.5 for Windows (only 32 bits) Windows Installation Instructions What do I download? For production installations, use this table to determine which files to install. New install Upgrade from previous versions Previous Releases LAMS 2.3.5 for Mac OS X Mac OS X Installation Instructions What do I download? Current Release: LAMS 2.3.5 New install Upgrade from previous versions Previous Releases LAMS 2.4 for Debian, Ubuntu LAMS 2.4 has been tested with Debian 6 and Ubuntu 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.10 servers (32 and 64 bits). You can download the deb packages using the links below, or add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list file (the trailing slash is required): Or download the two packages below #!
Wipeout recreated with an RC car and lots of cardboard – Video Games Reviews, Cheats If you’ve owned any of Sony’s PlayStation consoles then there’s a good chance you’ve also played one of the Wipeout, games. It’s a high-speed racing game that helped make the PSOne popular, and it’s now been recreated using a remote control car. The project is the idea of Malte Jehmlich. He decided to create a track out of cardboard reminiscent of the Wipeout tracks. The finished “game” has the player controlling the car through the eye of the camera while sitting in the cabinet. It’s surprisingly true to the Wipeout experience, but cost a lot less to produce than any one of the digital games. Read more at the Racer Demo Vimeo page, found via Akihabara News Matthew’s Opinion With the cost of wireless cameras dropping all the time, and Arduino readily available, I think this would be an easy experiment for other people to try. It would be great to see this project develop adding features like a score system that ticks up as long as your car is moving.
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