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In India, the Dot Dash Is Done

ProgramErgoSum Multiple hops in a telegram ? (86 comments)

How was the wiring done to ensure that just with a pair of PIN (or ZIP) codes the telegram arrived at its destination ? Was there some sort of DNS servers ?

about a year and a half ago
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Indian Supreme Court Denies Novartis Cancer Drug Patent

ProgramErgoSum Re:It's a good thing... (288 comments)

Open source the chemical and initiate "3D printing of the molecule" !

about a year and a half ago
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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover

ProgramErgoSum North...? East...? (101 comments)

The UI for navigating the image has N pointing ahead/upward. Is it same as Earth North ? And, Martian East is the same as the direction of sunrise ?

about a year and a half ago
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4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover

ProgramErgoSum Re:Dirty wheels? (101 comments)

Perhaps, the tread in the wheels scuffed up some ? Valid observation though...

about a year and a half ago
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Petition For Metric In US Halfway To Requiring Response From the White House

ProgramErgoSum Re:while you're at it (1387 comments)

+1 !

about 2 years ago
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Campaign To Remove Paper From Offices

ProgramErgoSum Re:Gee (285 comments)

Indian Railways has been accepting the SMS sent by their reservation system with a valid photo ID as a valid ticket for travel. And, yes, every time I board the train, I can see fewer and fewer passengers showing printed tickets. https://www.irctc.co.in/VRM.htm/

about 2 years ago
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Campaign To Remove Paper From Offices

ProgramErgoSum Bills, Acts, Treaties.... (285 comments)

Most images of Head of States signing something into a law show that person actually signing with ink on paper. Suppose that were to be digital ? Could that set a trend to actually implement paperlessness ?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?

ProgramErgoSum Yes, but... (364 comments)

What is with the Starter Dot paper notebook ? Wouldn't it work on normal paper .... ?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Feed Africa?

ProgramErgoSum Re:How about we just stop "helping" (592 comments)

I think, it was Mahatma Gandhi who said, "Nature has enough for every man's need but not for his greed."

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Tops "Most Patents List" For 19th Straight Year

ProgramErgoSum Is it also 19 years of .... (47 comments)

top crap patents ? IBM is a great company; but some of its patents are just laughable !

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Granted Your-Paychecks-Are-What-You-Eat Patent

ProgramErgoSum Re:Smarter planet? (455 comments)

In a smarter planet only IBM and its patent mongers will exist ...

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Watson To Battle Patent Trolls

ProgramErgoSum And, IBM frivolous patents.... (93 comments)

It would be great if Watson could filter out the frivolous patents. If it had a hilarious bone (chip ?), it would tickle (burn ?) till it hurt (smoke ?).

about 3 years ago
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Just Months After Jeopardy!, Watson Wows Doctors

ProgramErgoSum What's up, doc ? (291 comments)

Patient: The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Watson : The wine is good but the meat is rotten.

more than 3 years ago
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Why We Have So Much "Duh" Science

ProgramErgoSum Duh... (299 comments)

Because it is proportionate to readership ?

more than 3 years ago
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Tech That Failed To Fail

ProgramErgoSum IBM mainframe. (428 comments)

Period.

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Files the Patent Troll Patent

ProgramErgoSum Re:Awful article, legitimate patent (109 comments)

ok, I am going to use type-writers and telegrams. Or, perhaps, I will just use pen and paper and communicate with postal mail or pigeons. No computers, just good ol' vintage commerce style. The wheel has turned full circle ?

more than 3 years ago
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Race On To Fingerprint Phones, PCs

ProgramErgoSum Annonymiser...? (139 comments)

...coming soon a Firefox add-on/applet/daemon/distro that is fingerprinting-proof.

about 4 years ago

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Ask Slashdot : Educating kids about older technologies.

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  about a year ago

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Horse carriages, vinyl records, telegraphy, black and white television are all great examples of technology that held tremendous sway decades ago and eventually faded away. Other systems such as railways and telephony too are 'historical' but have advanced into current age too. I think, not being aware of the science behind such yesteryear technologies (or, its history) is not right. I feel, it would be most beneficial to encourage kids to explore old technologies and perhaps, even try simple simulations at home or school.

So, what websites or videos or other sources of information would you reach out to that teaches the basics of say, telegraphy ? Or, signalling in railways ? Etc. etc."
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Plane Finder iPhone app - aid to terrorist ?

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "The Plane Finder AR application, developed by a British firm for the Apple iPhone and Google's Android, allows users to point their phone at the sky and see the position, height and speed of nearby aircraft. It also shows the airline, flight number, departure point, destination and even the likely course-the features which could be used to target an aircraft with a surface-to-air missile, or to direct another plane on to a collision course, the 'Daily Mail' reported. The programme, sold for just 1.79 pounds in the online Apple store, has now been labelled an 'aid to terrorists' by security experts and the US Department of Homeland Security is also examining how to protect airliners.

The new application works by intercepting the so-called Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcasts (ADS-B) transmitted by most passenger aircraft to a new satellite tracking system that supplements or, in some countries, replaces radar."

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Space is the final frontier for evolution, study c

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Charles Darwin may have been wrong when he argued that competition was the major driving force of evolution.

But new research identifies the availability of "living space", rather than competition, as being of key importance for evolution. The study conducted by PhD student Sarda Sahney and colleagues at the University of Bristol is published in Biology Letters. ...

Professor Mike Benton, a co-author on the study, explained that "competition did not play a big role in the overall pattern of evolution".

"For example, even though mammals lived beside dinosaurs for 60 million years, they were not able to out-compete the dominant reptiles. But when the dinosaurs went extinct, mammals quickly filled the empty niches they left and today mammals dominate the land," he told BBC News."

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India not taking American jobs: US Chamber of Comm

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Corporate America has come down heavily against all those in US who of late have been alleging that Indian companies grab most of the H-1B work visas thus taking away most jobs from Americans.

In a latest report on immigration, US Chamber of Commerce, which is world's largest chamber with more than three million members, asserted that such an allegation against Indian companies is "hyperbole".

"While some have expressed fears that H-1B professionals hired by Indian companies threaten the US workforce or have expressed concern that Indian companies do not sponsor many of their employees for green cards the actual numbers are such as to make any concerns overwrought, even if using a simplistic, zero-sum view of the labour market," US Chamber of Commerce said in its latest report."

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Windmill generates electricity at any elevation.

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Birudev Hazare, a 34-year-old from Manjari village in Pune has invented a unique windmill, which generates electricity in any desired quantity.

The innovation can be constructed anywhere, he says, unlike regular windmills that require elevated areas for their installation.

The 50-horsepower windmill, which initially requires electricity to start, does not need any fuel to run.

Link to Australian patent : http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/ols/auspat/applicationDetails.do?applicationNo=2009100798"

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Indian scientists hail 'multi-purpose' chillis

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes ""Scientists in India say their chilli stun grenade for fighting terrorists could be adapted for other purposes. They say that "civilian variants" include the use of chillis for crowd control and chilli-based aerosol sprays as a "safety device" for women. But the scientists say that the main aim of their work with chillis will still be to neutralise terrorists and insurgents. ... Classic Tabasco sauce and Jalapeno peppers measure anywhere from 2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units. One bhut jolokia packs more than 1,000,000 Scoville units, the scientific measure for a chilli's spiciness.""
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Microsoft shuts down global spam network

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Microsoft has won court approval to shut down a global network of computers which it says is responsible for more than 1.5bn spam messages every day.

A US judge granted the firm's request to shut down 277 internet domains, which it said were used to "command and control" the so-called Waledac botnet."

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IBM hits graphene transistor breakthrough

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "IBM Research on Friday will announce that it has demonstrated a radio-frequency graphene transistor with the highest frequency (100 GigaHertz) so far.

Graphene is a special form of graphite, consisting of a layer of carbon atoms packed in honeycomb lattice. In a nutshell, graphene is like a 'atomic scale chick wire''. Graphene's properties could lead to faster transistors.

IBM's paper, which will be published in Science, details how the latest graphene breakthrough could enable new communications devices and electronics. The paper was penned by Phaedon Avouris, IBM Fellow and manager of the company's nanometer scale science and technology research team."

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Google Sued by Indian Portal for Trademark Infring

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ProgramErgoSum writes "Google has been sued for trademark infringement by an Indian portal company, Consim Info, which claims that the search company uses its trademarks to drive business to its competitors.

Consim Info runs a number of portals including a popular matrimonial portal called BharatMatrimony.com. The company also targets different communities and castes in India with matrimonial portals designed for each of these groups.

When a user does a search on Google for BharatMatrimony.com or related matrimonial sites of the company, the user is served up advertisements of its competitors, Consim CEO Murugavel Janakiraman said in a telephone interview on Monday.

Consim objects to Google offering Consim trademarks as keywords for bidding in its advertising program, Janakiraman said. "This certainly translates into loss of business for us," he added."

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Hydrogen Road Tour 2009 - US to Canada (1700 mi)

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Hydrogen Road Tour 2009 brings fuel cell vehicles to the West Coast. Traveling 1,700 miles from Chula Vista, California to Vancouver, British Columbia, the Hydrogen Road Tour 2009 highlights the communities where fuel cells and hydrogen stations are entering early commercial markets. Join the caravan as it stops along the way and get a hands-on experience with fuel cell passenger vehicles, fuel cell buses, hydrogen stations, and fuel cells for stationary, off-road and portable power."
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IBM develops technology to talk to Web

ProgramErgoSum ProgramErgoSum writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ProgramErgoSum (1342017) writes "Giving a new dimension to the internet, the Indian research arm of the US-based IT giant IBM has developed a technology that will allow users to talk to the web and create voice sites using mobile phones.

"People will talk to the web and the web will respond. The research technology is analogous to the internet. Unlike personal computers it will work on mobile phones where people can simply create their voice sites," IBM India Research Laboratory Associate Director Manish Gupta said."

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