from the start-coding dept.
A recent comment thread here considered SoylentNews' headline capitalization policy. As this has been an ongoing challenge for submitters and editors alike, I'd like to throw this out to assess the SoylentNews community's view on it.
For background, consider that our policy is basically Title Case. Alternatives include: sentence case, initial caps, all caps, and small caps. These variations are well-described in that Wikipedia article, and especially in the section Headings and Publications.
Of course, the devil is in the details! If we were to naïvely use initial caps throughout, it would produce "The Doj And The Fbi Seek Answers". If, instead, we folded everything to lowercase and capitalized the first word, we would have "The doj and the fbi seek answers". So, there would need to be some need to preserve, by default, all words that arrive as all-caps. One would also need to make specific allowances for "iPad" and "iPhone" as well as "Apple Computer" and "Isaac Newton's apple".
I fail to see a simple algorithmic solution to the problem that produces an aesthetically pleasing result. But, maybe there is something that can get us most of the way there coupled with a simple ad hoc solution employing manual capitalization of proper nouns, 'initialisms', and acronyms.
So, what say you fellow Soylentils? Pseudo-code solutions are welcome!
Researchers from University College London and the Universities of Gdansk, Singapore, and Delft are suggesting that rather than being an immutable fundamental law, the second law of thermodynamics is more precisely a probability-driven process.
According to Science 20, "The researchers found that not only does the second law hold at such small scales, but there are actually many other second laws at work. In other words, just like larger systems, small systems also tend to become more disordered. But there are additional second laws which constrain the way in which disorder can increase."