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UK Gov't Plans To Give 'Greater Freedom To Use Copyright Works'

TechMouse Never Fear (48 comments)

I'm sure they will do a complete U-Turn on this shortly.

about 2 years ago
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New Credit Card Includes Display and Keypad

TechMouse Re:What am i missing? (118 comments)

You need to enter a passcode to get the OTP. Something you have (the card) plus something you know (the code).

about 2 years ago
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The Deepest Picture of the Universe Ever Taken: the Hubble Extreme Deep Field

TechMouse Re:Wow. (185 comments)

In most readily acknowledged forms I broadly agree, but that's a bit of a narrow concept for what god could actually be, no?

about 2 years ago
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Stubborn Intel Graphics Bug Haunts Ubuntu 12.04

TechMouse Re:Yep (320 comments)

PATIENT: Doctor! Doctor! It hurts when I do this...

DOCTOR: Well stop doing that then.

Ah, the old ones...

about 2 years ago
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Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'

TechMouse Re:dibs (266 comments)

I would be divorced if I were him.

about 2 years ago
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A Look Inside Oak Ridge Lab's Supercomputing Facility

TechMouse Re:Topology matters more than GFLOPS (59 comments)

I don't remember reading any stipulation about the nature of where the cars are placed.

I guess my point is that with ideal conditions, i.e. an infinitely wide and straight track (plus no mechanical failures, infinite tyres, come on we all understand the meaning of the words "ideal conditions"), then collectively 1000 cars cover the same distance as one car going 1000 times the speed.

Similarly with ideal conditions, i.e. perfect data parallelism, then collectively 1000 processors can process the same amount of data as one processor which is 1000 times as fast.

So I don't think it's a completely meaningless statistic provided you understand that there are other limits imposed upon what you can and can't do than sheer processing grunt.

about 2 years ago
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A Look Inside Oak Ridge Lab's Supercomputing Facility

TechMouse Re:Topology matters more than GFLOPS (59 comments)

Here's a (somewhat dumb) analogy. Let's say a Formula 1 race car can do a nominal 250 MPH. (The real number doesn't matter.) If you had 1000 F1 cars lined up, side by side, then how fast can you go? You're not going 250,000 MPH, that's for sure.

No... but collectively you cover the same distance, right?

about 2 years ago
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Space Vs. Poverty Debate In India

TechMouse Re:birth control is cheap (315 comments)

I don't think population reduction is a specific goal here. Why would the Indian government want to reduce it's major competitive advantage? A huge inexpensive workforce covering a lot of manual and service industries.

about 2 years ago
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Space Vs. Poverty Debate In India

TechMouse Re:Thoughts... (315 comments)

Isn't the point more that as the population grows we need more land for agriculture?

about 2 years ago
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Tata Intends To Sell Air-Powered Car In India

TechMouse Practicality (398 comments)

They are going to have to massively increase the ground clearance on that for Indian cities.

more than 2 years ago
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Tata Intends To Sell Air-Powered Car In India

TechMouse Re:NEVER (398 comments)

Taxis? Not really. There are a few kicking around, mainly operated for hotels and corporate. Now auto-rickshaws are a different matter. You can get a decent used one for Rs 1 lakh (around $2K) and they run on LPG. I suspect that's not the market these guys are after.

more than 2 years ago
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Joe Cornish To Write and Direct Snow Crash Movie

TechMouse Re:Really? Snow Crash? (256 comments)

(Minor Spoiler) There is one plot point from The System of the World which is critical to the narrative, but IMHO unfilmable. Specifically around the character of Sean Partry. I've been racking my brains and I can't see how you'd do it.

more than 2 years ago
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Symantec Looks Into Claims of Stolen Source Code

TechMouse Re:Outsourcing (116 comments)

that's what happens when you outsource your programmers to India.

The Indian military outsources to India? Impressive.

more than 2 years ago
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India Moves To Censor Social Media

TechMouse Re:Typical politician (171 comments)

The public ridicule of the prime minister is more-or-less unthinkable, and would be widely condemned, possibly in a very ugly manner.

If that's the case, then why make such laws? If someone tries to ridicule authority figures, they'll feel the backlash from the public itself, without the need for the government to be authoritarian.

Just to clarify, I'm not saying I agree with the concept. It's ridiculous and it wont work. I'm just saying that it's a mistake to assume that the general population here wouldn't support such a move.

I live in Karnataka and it's illegal to have drinking and dancing in the same place here. Plus all the bars and clubs shut at 11:30. The younger more affluent people here think that's ridiculous but they are very much in the minority. On a practical level this is difficult to enforce, but the reality is that the police use this as a blunt instrument to elicit bribes. It's difficult to overstate the level of endemic corruption in the system.

They also ban the sale of alcohol on election day in case one of the candidates decides to set up shop outside a polling station and hand out free booze to anyone voting for him. Never mind that a smart politician could simply buy up a load of beers the day before. This is not a state that runs on the practicality of it's legislation.

Besides which, when was this kind of political grandstanding ever about actually achieving anything? It's more about banging a drum and painting yourself in a particular light. This is no different to the west. How many politicians in the US campaign on the pro-life issue, despite the fact that short of the Supreme Court overruling itself that is never going to change? It doesn't matter that the policy is unrealistic and unworkable, it's an emotionally loaded issue and automagically gains you the support of a lot of voters.

more than 2 years ago
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India Moves To Censor Social Media

TechMouse Re:Typical politician (171 comments)

Mr. Sibal also said there were images of Congress party personnel that were ‘ex facie objectionable.’”

Unfortunately a politician's view of "objectionable" is usually what the general population of their countries calls "political satire" or a "joke".

Which isn't surprising, seeing as these kind of censorship attempts are a joke in and of themselves.

Context: I am a British national living in India.

I once showed an episode of UK panel show "Have I got News for You" to some of my Indian friends. They found it hilarious, but at the same time were also a little uncomfortable with - if not genuinely shocked by - the content.

When I asked about their reaction they explained that Indian culture, for better or worse, revolves around respect for authority figures. Whether that's your parents, your boss, your elders or political leaders, it is what is expected. The public ridicule of the prime minister is more-or-less unthinkable, and would be widely condemned, possibly in a very ugly manner.

There is a lot of progress here, and a steadily growing middle class that may one day turn some of the more ridiculous polocies of the government around, but we're not quite there yet.

Remember that this is a country of 1.3 billion people, the vast majority of which live very traditional, religous lives - mainly in remote rural areas - well below any western notion of a poverty line, with very long standing ideas about their culture and society. It's a mistake to ascribe western notions of what is reasonable or sensibe to the "general population".

more than 2 years ago
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Of Diamond Planets, Climate Change, and the Scientific Method

TechMouse Re:There's a reason for that (821 comments)

Do you think that the academic left have vastly superior resources to the entire petro-checmical industry?

No, but politicians do.

Broadly disagree, but there you go.

about 3 years ago

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