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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

abhisri Re:Toronto Municipal Gov't divided (169 comments)

*sigh*

What exactly is the problem here? Anyone who runs someone over, MUST be a taxi company employee? What do you do if you get hit by an individual car driver? As far as objections, go this is idiotic. "Oh, I wish the car that hit me, belonged to some multimillion dollar company so I could milk them for extra money". I repeat, what happens if the person causing the accident is a private individual?

about a week ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

abhisri Re:Subsidies (516 comments)

And that does not applies to non-conventional energy industry exactly how? I am still waiting for the reason why this is justified only in case of one set of industries.

about a week ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

abhisri Re:Toronto Municipal Gov't divided (169 comments)

Sorry, but you are just dumb.

You seem to have a tendency of irrationally deciding that something is "evil"(TM), and THEN trying to assume supposed hypothetical flaws and then avoid even checking facts. Insurance policies are available for US, for uber.

http://blog.uber.com/rideshari...

You need to get therapy, mate. All this confirmation bias, and trying to grind an axe, just because you don't like something is just going to make you miserable in long term.

about a week ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

abhisri Re:Eric Schmidt walks (138 comments)

Our hero! Walking 20 miles to work every day and back, and going all the way to China, on a long walk. :)

about two weeks ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

abhisri Re:Makes Sense (225 comments)

I think the evidence was posted ALL over the internet, if you were paying attention.

about a month and a half ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

abhisri Re:lol I did (237 comments)

Uh. You do realize that you can use more than ONE panel? You know? Generate as much power as you need, limited only by the area you can spare?
Initial installation is the only major cost. With no fuel being consumed and near negligible operations/maintenance cost, you can easily break even in 8-12 years.

For all your arguments, the model seems to have worked exceptionally well for Germany etc. where they are actually producing more than they can consume. Perhaps you might want to investigate how that "miracle" works, despite your "mathematics".

http://www.treehugger.com/sola...
http://inhabitat.com/germany-q...

For the record, Germany gets very limited amount of sunlight. And they still produce enough to start considering selling excess power to other nations.

about a month and a half ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

abhisri Re:Yes, it does. The light either hits corn or pan (237 comments)

Any reason why you think that the panels cannot be installed on non-farming land or a bit higher up?
Next you will be arguing that because you saw some fellow build a house on prime farmland, we should all live in caves instead. Do you actually use your brain?

about a month and a half ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

abhisri Re:500 lux vs 110,000 lux (237 comments)

Speaking about getting arithmetic wrong, did you flunk basic maths? Looks it. Also, I was under the impression that sunlight kept increasing every minute usually, till noon, and you were storing this generated power to use later, thus saving on your power bill.

about a month and a half ago
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Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

abhisri Re:I don't buy it (265 comments)

Here is the biggest difference maker. Found a serious issue in your closed-source router? Wait for next 2 years for the vendor to fix it.

Open-source? There is at least a chance that you are not hostage to the whim of some mid-level manager deciding what goes in next dozen releases. Unlike in case of corporations like oracle/microsoft, you could reach out to the developers and argue the case of fixing the issue early or even(assuming you have the skill) come up with a fix yourself. Vendor of a popular product closes shop or kills off a much-needed feature? You don't have a prayer. Open-source? Project may just get forked, as happened in case of MySQL. Security? Truecrypt can be audited by a third-party, to confirm that it is actually secure *because* code is open-source. How does that even work for a closed-source proprietary encryption product?

about a month and a half ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

abhisri Key question (108 comments)

Will the DBAs actually need to take the test again and again, each time to keep their certification?
Else all this is going to prove is whether you paid the tithe to oracle or not.

about a month and a half ago
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The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

abhisri Re:Can we not have this political bullshit on /. ? (769 comments)

It is not "donations". In medieval ages, any ruler/rich person who hoarded things too much, had a very short life-expectancy. Things like french revolution etc. are a bummer. So today, you are allowed to get rich only to the extent, till public thinks you are not messing with the world too much. Numerous examples abound actually. I think the whining should be about evil billionaires buying the laws wholesale, irrespective of WHO they donated to.

about 6 months ago
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Genome Pioneer, X Prize Founder Tackle Aging

abhisri Re: Why the fuck do you want to live forever? (130 comments)

Considering that evolution essentially requires the gene pool to be constantly adapted to ever changing environment and circumstances, you sound even more suicidal on the species level. You will selfishly be hogging the resources, that your newer replacements(children) would need. And replacements there must be, since you yourself may not be best equipped to survive in a warmer planer or a world with more carbon mono-oxide. But there you will be, using artificial methods to hang on. As long as you live, you will be consuming resources, and therefore competing with and risking the survival of the children. That is not to say that your life has no value or that you should kill yourself at the earliest, but once you have raised your kids, once you are past your prime age to be an active contributor in general, it is time to let go. Medicine should be focusing on removing diseases and pain, not curing or postponing natural death. You should be enjoying a healthy life, not necessarily a very long one. If you really do actually love your children and their children that is.

about 9 months ago
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IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

abhisri Re:The power of AI... (182 comments)

Need not take that long. Remember that line "if you build it, they(he) would come"? Once a new technology is made available to the public, people tend to hack it and tweak it to purposes that were not thought possible till then. Remember the PC kits apple used to sell out of a garage? Or consider the IOS app market.

So imagine someone hooking up Watson to a load of medical books, and then the system can suggest causes and tests to be taken, based on symptoms. Or maybe forecast trends in the financial market... there are applications that already do this, but this one has the potential to do it faster with more sizable chunk of data. It will take just one "angry bird" style success to win the folks over and start the gold rush. It all depends on the kind of support IBM provides or the sort of developer community it manages to foster.

about a year ago
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Arizona Commissioner Probes Utility's Secret Funding of Anti-Solar Campaign

abhisri Re:Its a shame. (207 comments)

Correction ...Sun is closer to Germany and/or sun is a communist.

1 year,26 days
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Arizona Commissioner Probes Utility's Secret Funding of Anti-Solar Campaign

abhisri Re:Its a shame. (207 comments)

Clever arguments... a bit too clever.

I think folks in the energy/power sector are just worried about things turning out the way they did in Germany.

http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/13/08/20/2140215/germany-produces-record-breaking-51-terawatt-hours-of-solar-energy-in-one-month

Well... until and unless you actually want to argue that Germans are better at this stuff than Americans. But I doubt that so I will wait for some more clever explanation and excuses why the Germany story was a one-off and Sun is closer to the sun and/or sun is a communist.

1 year,26 days
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"Squishy Joints" May Have Helped Dinosaurs Grow To Giant Sizes

abhisri Critical thinking missing (56 comments)

Evolutionary paths.

Insects on average are smaller than most mammals. Mammals too come in all sizes.

Analysis of air trapped in amber fossil shows that oxygen ratio in that period was higher, which may have permitted evolutionary path of such giant creatures.
http://minerals.cr.usgs.gov/gips/na/amber.html

Squishy joints? Considering how cause and effect get frequently confused, it seems more likely that the joints may have became "squishy" in order to support the larger size permitted by the oxygen-rich high-metabolism environment, not necessarily actually the cause.

about a year ago
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India's Billion User Biometric Odyssey

abhisri Re:Got mine 2 years ago, why is this news now? (81 comments)

Do you know how many illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are in India and where?
 

Your indignant vitroil and personal attacks aside, cannot answer where, but majority of them are located in slums in Delhi and Mumbai and other various major cities, and quite a few all over India. How many? As per census difference extrapolation and media reports the number is anywhere between 2 million to 20 million...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_immigration_in_India#Bangladeshi_immigrants

Do you think even if all of them were given citizenship and free beer, they will even make 0.05% dent to the number of voters in an Indian constituency?

If congress moves these across to certain key constituencies to rig the election there, hell yes. You could pretty much block the opposition key candidates from even clearing the election. Like I said muslims vote en masse, unlike hindus.

I am not commenting on the feasibility of this strategy. But this IS what congress is attempting. Here are the various media reports btw..

http://www.dailypioneer.com/todays-newspaper/illegal-bangladeshis--pan-out-in-india-to-cement-their-aadhar.html

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2012-12-14/news/35820254_1_aadhar-cards-bangladeshi-intruders-bjp-leader

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/15-illegal-Bangladeshi-migrants-held-one-with-Aadhaar-card/Article1-988057.aspx

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/aadhaar-cards-supreme-court-uidai-illegal-immigrants-anil-divan/1/311349.html

All of above are very respected and established news medias in India. Not sure if they are flaming racist xenophobic.

Now, you were saying?...

about a year ago
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India's Billion User Biometric Odyssey

abhisri Re:Got mine 2 years ago, why is this news now? (81 comments)

"Bid to control welfare fraud"... that is just the cover story, considering that the system is full of intentional loopholes and bugs. The real reason why the ruling congress party wants this, is due to its relying on the muslim vote bank. Muslims vote en masse in India, based on whichever party is promising more benefits to them, but as of yet muslim citizens of India are a minority in the country.
 

Congress is trying to change this by using this scheme as a backdoor method of providing legitimate identity papers(and thus citienship) to millions of illegal muslim immigrants from neighbouring bangladesh and thus inflating their vote bank. The nearest oppositional rival party BJP has a more pro-hindu stance.

about a year ago
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Senators Push To Preserve NSA Phone Surveillance

abhisri Re:As a world traveler (252 comments)

What is the point of passing any bills or laws related to this? It is not like NSA is going to obey the laws in first place, which is the actual problem.

If your government refuses to respect the very constitution that is supposed to give it its power in the first place, and do unconstitutional acts, your government's behavior is not so different from that of Pakistan's previous president Musharraf's imprisonment of all his political rivals during election and then declaring himself to be the "democratically elected representative".

In the meanwhile, Americans continue debating between "republicans" v/s "democrats" and "Bush" v/s "Obama".

about a year ago

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