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Comment Re:What's more important - velocity or acceleratio (Score 1) 277

though i am gonna loose all my moderation done in this post... i wholeheartedly agrees with you.

talent can get you upto speed, skill means you are already upto speed. next just boils down to how much time(+resources) can be provided in a project. if project is in design phase or already in maintenance mode with few devs working for new requirements, (i personally) will search for talent. but if something needs be solved within 2 hours and my sysadmin is on vacation, i better get some skilled person!
again as in posts above, there are ideas guys/ gals, quick troubleshooters, people who understand business or users and they do also have their own use in their own time.

Comment Re:Going to Hell in a (brightly lit) Handbasket (Score 1) 328

am i the only one here watching non-nerdish office comedies? this to me seems to be direct copy of idea here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1479423/ where phil and lam try to use this same idea to put firefly genes into plants (only side effect being the squirrel eating those plants died as she cannot sleep in that light)


Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Google Releases Street View Images From Fukushima Ghost Town 63

mdsolar writes in with news that Goolge has released Street View pictures from inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima disaster. "Google Inc. (GOOG) today released images taken by its Street View service from the town of Namie, Japan, inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. Google, operator of the world's biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement. All of Namie's 21,000 residents were forced to flee after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the town, causing the world's worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl. Baba asked Mountain View, California-based Google to map the town to create a permanent record of its state two years after the evacuation, he said in a Google blog post."

Comment Re:Is there a significant secretarial presence her (Score 1) 240

i have to agree with you (mostly perl & shell coding for me). true if it is something small (checking if a module works in so far untested way), then coding is mostly faster, but anything more than, more time is taken in thinking what to do in next few lines then typing. as for me, quite sometime is also wasted on thinking what to call a variable! so comparing is mostly useless unless LoC is really a metric!
but as far as simple commands on bash goes, well, it quick (followed by a jerkish enter) unless it has something like dreadly rm :)

Comment Re:Please it is a Joke (Score 2) 135

Our Minister Kapil, is a good comedian... Minister Kapil wont be there that long.

hey... celebrating world optimism day today are we?
you see, just like managers, these dickheads are expected to come up with "next big idea", spent a lot of money and move on. and that is what this is, just like the akash tablet project, the complete literacy project, remove proverty project and what not.

Comment Re:With the level of corruption in India ... (Score 2, Funny) 104

photographed... just that!?! you are just humiliating us sir!

they will initially be photographed and on front page tomorrow. by evening 5 of the 12 phones will develop some "technical" issue. As this happens, opposition will uproar about the quality of phones. by weekend, there will be a leaked tape circulating in media about backroom deals involved in buying of these phones. Of course, there will be demand for "very high level" enquiry from opposition and govt. critical media types, and ofcource, govt. will try to calm people that there is nothing major and that just a "high level" enquiry should be sufficient. Finally, maybe within next 5-6 years, a "judicial enquiry" will be setup, submitting its first report in next 10-12 years.
in the meantime, by next month, there will be some people on road asking govt. to come clean. after some he said-she said, and some roiting, govt. will decide maybe this needs to be done better. After a loan of 2.4 Billion USD, a study will be done how this should be done better.
Ah! and those 12 students... how can we forgot those poor souls. Complete analysis will be done on what is their caste/ creed/ social group/ religion/ state are. The one less represented have all rights to demand more, including state level strikes. But certainly, the ones which are over-represented will deny the claim saying they are still less and need more phone.

and you think just photographed... talk about knowing other cultures
(Disclaimer: me no govt. employees, so some few issues might have been left out)


Submission + - New OpenGL version released (khronos.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The specification for OpenGL 4.3 has been released by the Kronos Group at the SIGGRAPH 2012 conference in Los Angeles. New functionality includes compute shaders, shader storage buffers, improved debug message output, memory security improvements, robustness improvements, texture parameter queries, and more.


Comment Re:"Thanks" go to Bollywood (Score 1) 123

i see, so if i get it right, and pray almighty i do, you are implying that since people cannot pirate for free, they will not watch stupid [bt]ollywood movies, and in time, will clear the mind of useless nonsense and will get smarter and realistic and the effect of bollywood will diminish further and everything and so things will get better and better and the fun will begi....

wait, my initial hypothesis is wrong... or yours or...

does not COMPUTE!!!!

Comment Re:Not Blocked (Score 3, Informative) 123

Moral of the story - Just choose a good ISP.

i agree overall with this sentiment, but fact remains its not so easy specially if you live outside centers of town...
most of the places the only choice is BSNL (the "Big Setup, No Link" (almost) govt. monopoly) or Reliance datacard. BSNL Service is unreliable as hell (i had connection for 3 months, out of them for 2 it never worked!) and if Reliance dumps you, there is no options for most of the rest people!

Comment Re:Furriners? (Score 1) 229

China and India. Fraud and plagiarism are pretty prevalent in both.

Of course, they don't get much fraudulent or plagiarized work into big journals, and the big journals prefer researchers with a good reputation

congrats being the citizen of a reputable country.
TFA: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/17/science/rise-in-scientific-journal-retractions-prompts-calls-for-reform.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1334958458-PxivQM3BpvGZR636Xup/Qw&pagewanted=all
QUOTED: http://iai.asm.org/content/79/10/3855.full

QUOTE in asm: "Of more than 28,000 articles in its 40-year history, Infection and Immunity has issued only 15 retractions. Six of these were issued this year and arose from a single laboratory (52,–,55, 87, 89). ..."
lets check what these bad bad chindians are doing:
ARTICLE: (52-55, 89):
RESEARCHERS: (Naoki Mori1,*, Kazunori Oishi2, Borann Sar2, Naofumi Mukaida3, Tsuyoshi Nagatake2, Kouji Matsushima4 and Naoki Yamamoto1)
Department of Preventive Medicine and AIDS Research1 and Department of Internal Medicine,2 Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University, 1-12-4 Sakamoto, Nagasaki 852-8523,
Department of Pharmacology, Cancer Research Institute, Kanazawa University, 13-1 Takaramachi, Kanazawa 920-0934,3 and Department of Molecular Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0033,4 Japan

(found to contain digital figures that had been inappropriately manipulated)
ARTICLE: (78):
RESEARCHERS: (Junghee J. Shin1, Anton V. Bryksin1, Henry P. Godfrey2 and Felipe C. Cabello1,*)
1Departments of Microbiology and Immunology
2Pathology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York 10595

(two were unable to confirm their original results (42, 67))
Awdhesh Kalia1, Mark C. Enright2, Brian G. Spratt3 and Debra E. Bessen1,*
A Reynaud, M Federighi, D Licois, J F Guillot and B Joly
- Author Affiliations
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut,1 and
Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY,2 and Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College School of Medicine, University of London, St. Mary's Campus, London W2 1PG,3 United Kingdom
Laboratoire d'Analyses Vétérinaires et Biologiques Département du Puy de Dôme, Clermont-Ferrand, France.

(and three found a critical reagent to be impure (19, 49, 61). The remaining article was retracted due to extensive plagiarism (43))
19, 49 and 61:
D R Cue and P P Cleary
Paola Marcato, George Mulvey and Glen D. Armstrong*
I M Orme, S K Furney, P S Skinner, A D Roberts, P J Brennan, D G Russell, H Shiratsuchi, J J Ellner and W Y Weiser
Biswajit Khatua, Angana Ghoshal, Kaushik Bhattacharya, Chandan Mandal, Paul R. Crocker and Chitra Mandal
- Author Affiliations
Department of Microbiology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis 55455, USA.
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H7, Canada
Department of Microbiology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins 80523.
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H7, Canada
Infectious diseases and Immunology Division, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology,
College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 5EH, UK

so, 1 indian of all these and no chinese!!!
i think someone should listen to you and ban indians ad chinese from publishing - right?

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