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Comment Hm.. (Score 2, Interesting) 54

"While they are working to make a better Facebook Home experience"

$ ping
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=87 time=59.217 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=87 time=58.550 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=87 time=58.887 ms
--- ping statistics ---

Try harder.

Comment I worked at NRC. (Score 2, Interesting) 3

I worked at an NRC institute from 2002-2011. It was a fantastic place though it had faults. Each Institute was a mini-fiefdom in which the respective Director Generals held all the power. A lot of blue sky research was done, however in reality a lot of it would be considered "mental masturbation"; papers were published but never referenced. Or papers would be whipped up so people could attend conferences in nice locales . For too long NRC acted like an academic environment where money didn't matter: there was always a new bag of money next year.

Many Institutes had overlapping work with other Institutes but didn't collaborate. In fact the way the IT infrastructure developed was also very silo'd, it was next to impossible to work with other sites because of various local policies.

NRC has needed a good kick in the ass for a number of years. Previous presidents talked the talk but did nothing. In the end the Old Boys Club endured. The current president has been given his orders and is executing them. He's collapsing ~15 years of pain into ~3. Much of the blame for this should be put on the previous presidents.

That all said, I'm not a big fan of everything that is going on, but if you look at this as a soft reset for NRC, things will get better.

Bottom line: if anyone at NRC says things were Just Fine before, they are delusional or lying.

Submission + - Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write

An anonymous reader writes: A Microsoft server accesses URLs sent in Skype chat messages, even if they are HTTPS URLs and contain account information. A reader of Heise publications notified Heise Security. They replicated the observation by sending links via Skype, including one to a private file storage account, and found that these URLs are shortly after accessed from a Microsoft IP address. When confronted, Microsoft claimed that this is part of an effort to detect and filter spam and fishing URLs.

Submission + - Heins: BBM coming to iOS and Android (

grub writes: "Thorsten Heins just broke what has to be the biggest news out of BBLive this morning: BBM is breaking out of its walled garden. Starting this summer, users running iOS 6 and Android ICS or higher will be able to download the BBM app for free."

Comment Re:What's mild to moderate? (Score 1) 190

Aspirin is actually used as the generic name in the US (and Canada?) from what I understand. It's certainly easier to read and remember, but doesn't say anything about the structure of the molecule.

Neither does acetylsalicylic acid. The IUPAC name is needed for that, which is 2-acetoxybenzoic acid.

Submission + - Chinese Hackers Infiltrate US Army Database, Compromise Safety Of Thousands Of D ( 1

coolnumbr12 writes: Chinese hackers have infiltrated a sensitive U.S. Army database that contains information about the vulnerabilities of thousands of dams located throughout the United States. TheU.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ National Inventory of Dams (NID) has raised concerns that information gathered in the hack attack could help China carry out a cyberattack on the national electrical power grid.

Submission + - Turbulenz HTML5 game engine goes Open Source (

davidgaleano writes: We’re excited to announce that we have released the Turbulenz HTML5 game engine as open source under the standard MIT license. The open source project is available on GitHub at

You may have seen Turbulenz mentioned somewhere and wondered what it was. Turbulenz provides a game engine that delivers all the building blocks developers need to rapidly create high quality and hardware accelerated 2D and 3D games playable across mobiles, tablets and the web.

We started developing the Turbulenz Engine a little over 4 years ago in early 2009, when HTML5 was still in its infancy and before WebGL even existed. We recognized that JavaScript and the web development platform offered a huge opportunity for creating high quality games and as a mechanism and market for dynamically distributing content.

Today, the Turbulenz Engine powers the highest quality 2D and 3D HTML5 games online, which you can play for free at

Submission + - Our Solar System: Rare Species in Cosmic Zoo (

astroengine writes: Pulling from 20 years of research since the first discoveries of planets beyond our solar system, scientists have concluded that Earth and its sibling worlds comprise what appears to be a relatively rare breed in a diverse cosmic zoo that includes a huge variety of planet sizes, orbits and parent stars. The most common systems contain one or more planets one to three times bigger than Earth, all orbiting much closer to their parent stars than Earth circles the sun, says astronomer Andrew Howard, with the University of Hawaii.

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