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Comment Re:500 years? (Score 1) 246

Yeah really, considering how long Canaveral had their Saturn V outside exposed to UV and Florida thunderstorms that's a bit presumptuous, the Saturn V was a MUCH more import vehicle and yet for ~40 years NASA themselves couldn't/wouldn't spend the money to preserve it to last even 100 years.

Actually, there is no Saturn V rockets outside in Cape Canaveral. The largest rocket in the rocket garden at Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Center is a Saturn 1B. The only Saturn V on display in Florida is housed inside the Apollo/Saturn V center.


Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."
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Submission + - Whites prefer Facebook, minorities: Myspace 1

hSrd writes: A new study on Internet usage in America is shedding light on how different people across the country are using social websites. The report, prepared by the Pew Research Center, shows that usage of popular social networking sites are divided among race, ethnicity, and socio-economic behavior. As with the usage of social networking sites in general, the specific sites on which adult users maintain their profiles also varies by educational attainment.

Comment Avagadro (Score 1) 154

I would recommend Avogadro. It is a molecular editor and viewer released under the GPL. For high school students, it could be used as a substitute for the ball and stick model kits. It has a simple interface and most of its basic functions can be learned within an hour or two.

Comment Re:Any progress? (Score 1) 113

I'm not an expert, but I do have several years of experience with molecular dynamics(GROMACS) and quantum chemistry(GAMESS) software. From my experience, the task of running a simulation using pre-packaged software is relatively simple. The difficult part is knowing enough biology, chemistry and physics to set up a meaningful simulation and being able to analyze and interpret the results. So yes, you could read the software documentation and learn something, but you are attacking the problem from the wrong end.

Comment Two suggestions... (Score 1) 1006

If you like the company and/or your job, I would get a copy of the license agreement for the software that you believe is pirated and show it to the boss. Explain how what you have observed violates the license and suggest that the company either pay for the software or make the transition to free software. Alternatively, if you don't like the company, I'm sure you've seen the BSA ads all over Slashdot.

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