April 30, 2005

The 2005 university rankings

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Journal prints rejected paper - as ad

"If you don't like getting your paper rejected before it even reaches peer review, ask David Egilman how to get around the process: In what may be an unprecedented move, when the Brown University researcher's paper was recently rejected from an occupational medicine journal, he simply bought two pages of ad space and printed the entire article in the same journal."
The Scientist
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April 29, 2005

Car lands in top floor of house

'Police are investigating exactly how the car managed to "take off" from street level and crash into the house in Basingstoke, Hants, on Wednesday.'
Link thanks to Dave.
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April 26, 2005

If you've met one man, you really have met them all

"Research published last month in the journal Nature reveals that women are genetically more complex than scientists ever imagined, while men remain the simple creatures they appear."
The Sun Herald
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April 21, 2005

Papal hopeful is a former Hitler Youth

Times Online
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Picking the Pope's Domain Name

Wired News
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Bogus blogs snare fresh victims

"Cyber criminals are starting to use fake blogs to snare new victims."
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What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

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The Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club

The Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club
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Google Personalizes the Web

Say goodbye to bookmarks: Google has rolled out a seriously cool search history feature that automatically keeps track of all of your web searches and every page that you view from search results.
Search Engine Watch

Google - My Search History
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Whale Found in Egypt Desert

National Geographic News
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Implicit Association Test

"It is well known that people don't always 'speak their minds', and it is suspected that people don't always 'know their minds'. Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology.
This web site presents a method that demonstrates the conscious-unconscious divergences much more convincingly than has been possible with previous methods. This new method is called the Implicit Association Test, or IAT for short."
Implicit Association Test
Link thanks to Tristan.
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The Public Whip - How They Voted 2005

"Choose how you feel about each of these issues. We'll tell you how your ex-MP and each party voted on them in parliament over the last 4 years."
The Public Whip
Link thanks to Vanessa.
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April 14, 2005

Tactical voter

"At the last general election thousands of voters swapped their votes online and backed tacticalvoter.net approved candidates to beat the Tories."
Tactical voter
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Who Should You Vote For?

"The aim of this site is to provide voters in the 2005 UK general election with a simple tool to see how the main parties represent their views. While this site is not pursuing any political agenda we would obviously urge all users to research the issues in greater detail themselves before making their final voting choice. This site is not funded by any political party or interest group."
Who Should You Vote For?
Link thanks to Vanessa.
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April 12, 2005

SCIgen - An Automatic CS Paper Generator

'SCIgen is a program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. It uses a hand-written context-free grammar to form all elements of the papers. Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence.

One useful purpose for such a program is to auto-generate submissions to "fake" conferences; that is, conferences with no quality standards, which exist only to make money. A prime example, which you may recognize from spam in your inbox, is SCI/IIIS and its dozens of co-located conferences (for example, check out the gibberish on the WMSCI 2005 website). Using SCIgen to generate submissions for conferences like this gives us pleasure to no end. In fact, one of our papers was accepted to SCI 2005! See Examples for more details.'

MIT LCS Parallel and Distributed Operating Systems' SCIgen

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Tory cyber squatter shock!

"My Lib Dem opponent is apparently upset that internet users get my web site when they type in markoaten.co.uk

Mr Oaten is an experienced politician and he should have bought all of his own web addresses. He’s had eight years to do it.

Didn't he know this is common practice in business? And also, it would seem, with Lib Dems who registered PlaidCymru.co.uk presumably to get one over their Welsh competition.

I think I would be failing in my duty not to try and reach out to any potential Lib Dem voters and lead them back to the path of common sense policies like locking up murderers for life - something Mark Oaten doesn't believe in.

And if they don't want to read my site all they have to do is type in the correct address and get Mark's face and not mine. It's not like I am pretending."

George Hollingbery's markoaten.co.uk

Screenshot and item thanks to Emma

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April 11, 2005

5-year-old girl married to dog!

"A five-year-old girl was married to a dog at a village near here on Wednesday evening. The bride groom went through the motions with a perplexed look, while there was much rejoicing on bride Kuni Munda's side."
The Times of India
Link thanks to Tristan
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April 10, 2005

Spammer gets nine years

"A US judge has sentenced a man to nine years in prison for violating anti-spam laws by sending out millions of unsolicited e-mails using fake addresses."
Australian IT
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April 9, 2005

The "Art" of Computer Science

Idle Words: Dabblers and Blowhards
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Life's top 10 greatest inventions

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Archaeologist finds 'oldest porn statue'

"Stone-age figurines depicting what could be the oldest pornographic scene in the world have been unearthed in Germany."
Guardian Unlimited
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Girl held for sex with dog

"Three dogs were put down after villagers allegedly caught a 12-year-old girl having sex with one of the animals."
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Woman breastfeeds tiger cubs

"A lactating woman in Myanmar is voluntarily breastfeeding a pair of endangered Bengal tiger cubs at a Yangon zoo. The cubs were separated from their mother because she is too aggressive and actually killed a third cub from the litter."
Exploding Cigar
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Hole Drilled to Bottom of Earth's Crust, Breakthrough to Mantle Looms

"Scientist said this week they had drilled into the lower section of Earth's crust for the first time and were poised to break through to the mantle in coming years."
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Cheggers Plays Pope

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April 7, 2005

Betting on the next Pope

Father Dougal McGuire: 1,000-1 outsider
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April 6, 2005

Commercial Property Prices

Source: Cushman & Wakefield’s '2005 Business Space Across the World'.

Mayfair prices due to the influx of hedge funds!
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April 4, 2005

Uncovered positions in hedge fund world

Alan Lewis is managing director of Sthenos Capital, a London hedge fund manager that closed its funds at the end of 2004. Daniel Loeb is chief executive of Third Point, a US hedge fund manager. Mudlark has confirmed that the e-mail exchange below - reproduced verbatim apart from minor style changes - is genuine.

From: Alan Lewis To: Daniel Loeb March 22 2005 Daniel, thanks for calling earlier today. Enclosed is my CV for your review. I look forward to following up with you when you have more time. Best regards, Alan.

From: Daniel Loeb To: Alan Lewis March 28 2005 What are your three best current European ideas?

From: Alan Lewis To: Daniel Loeb March 28 2005 Daniel, I am sorry but it does not interest me to move forward in this way. If you wish to have a proper discussion about what you are looking to accomplish in Europe, and see how I might fit in, fine. Lesson one of dealing in Europe: business is not conducted in the same informal manner as in the US. Best regards, Alan.

From: Daniel Loeb To: Alan Lewis March 28 2005 One idea would suffice.

We are an aggressive performance-oriented fund looking for blood-thirsty competitive individuals, who show initiative and drive, to make outstanding investments.

This is why I have built Third Point into a $3bn (£1.6bn) fund with average net returns of 30 per cent over 10 years. We find most Brits are a bit set in their ways and prefer to knock back a pint at the pub and go shooting on weekends rather than work hard. Lifestyle choices are important and knowing one's limitations with respect to dealing in a competitive environment is too. That is Lesson one at my shop. It is good that we learnt about this incompatibility early in the process and I wish you all the best in your career in traditional fund management.

From: Alan Lewis To: Daniel Loeb March 28 2005 Daniel, I guess your reputation is proven correct. I have not been in traditional fund management for more than 11 years. I did not achieve the success I have by knocking back a pint, as you say. I am aggressive, and I do love this business.

I am half American and half French, and having spent more than half my life on this side of the pond I think I know a little something about how one conducts business in the UK and Europe.

There are many opportunities in the UK and Europe, shareholder regard is only beginning to be accepted and understood. However, if you come here and handle it in the same brash way you have in the US, I guarantee you will fail. Things are done differently here. Yes, place in society still matters, where one went to school etc. It will take tact and patience (traits you obviously do not have) to succeed in this arena. Good luck! Alan.

From: Daniel Loeb To: Alan Lewis March 28 2005 Well, you will have plenty of time to discuss your "place in society" with the other fellows at the club. I love the idea of a French/English unemployed guy, whose fund just blew up, telling me that I am going to fail.

At Third Point, like the financial markets in general, "one's place in society" does not matter at all. We are a bunch of scrappy guys from diverse backgrounds (Jewish Muslim, Hindu etc) who enjoy outwitting pompous asses, like yourself, in financial markets globally.

Your "inexplicable insouciance" and disrespect is fascinating; It must be a French/English aristocratic thing. I will be following your "career" with great interest.

I have copied Patrick so that he can introduce you to people who might be a better fit. There must be an insurance company or mutual fund out there for you. Dan Loeb.

From: Alan Lewis To: Daniel Loeb March 28 2005 Hubris.

From: Daniel Loeb To: Alan Lewis March 28 2005 Laziness.


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