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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 3 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 4 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 6 months 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.

about 9 months ago
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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.

about 9 months ago
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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 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago
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President of Brazil Lashes Out At NSA Espionage Programs In Speech To UN

abhisri Re:International Diplomatic Fallout? (260 comments)

The real consequences are already happening. By Brazil making a "noise" about it now, it weakens US position regards other nations disregarding international laws. It runs the risk of say, other nations disregarding their Intellectual Property treaties with US. If US tried any actual actions to prevent this, they would just counter it by demanding punishment of concerned parties. Don't assume that US still has the clout it used to enjoy before. Think of China for example. USA just handed China a license to act in similar fashion against it, and it has by itself, undermined any ethical or moral position it could have had to prevent it.

about 10 months ago
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Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

abhisri in the real world... (768 comments)

if you asked ANY criminal, "did you commit this crime", do you honestly think they will say "yes"?

about a year ago
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Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

abhisri What supreme court says... (768 comments)

"a witness may have a reasonable fear of prosecution and yet be innocent of any wrongdoing. The privilege serves to protect the innocent who otherwise might be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances."

about a year ago
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NHTSA and DOT Want Your Car To Be Able To Disable Your Cellphone Functions

abhisri Re:Tech solution for a social problem (405 comments)

You can easily solve a social problem with technological features. Just the approach needs to change. Government only needs to push for the switch to autonomous cars instead.

about a year ago
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The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

abhisri Re:That's nice (717 comments)

The thing is, that if you had a gun, and I had one too, then if I was a criminal, instead of checking the local state laws, I would simply opt to shoot you dead, instead of running the risk of being shot dead. Hell, the easy availability of guns would make me do so just to play it safe, even if I did not see a gun in your hand. Who knows? You might pull one hidden away, and shoot me. Criminals elsewhere? They would loot you but have no pressing need of seeing you dead, unless you can identify them.

For the record, you do not get a huge number of folks getting clubbed/stabbed to death either, on a daily basis in Japan. Nice straw-man.

about a year ago
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The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

abhisri Re:That's nice (717 comments)

And pray thee, why would your average thug want to actually beat you to death? Rob you, sure. Knock you out maybe. Run up a murder charge, when your intent was just robbery?

It must be an American thing to value your possessions more than your life? Or perhaps the American thugs are more psychotic than thugs elsewhere.

about a year ago
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The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

abhisri Re:That's nice (717 comments)

Actually, if the other guy has a gun too, logically your best bet at survival is to shoot and kill him first. If you do NOT do that, AND you are trespassing, you stand a high chance of being killed... especially because US laws allow the home-owners to kill you.

If you are trespassing, and the other guy does NOT have a gun, then you have the option of NOT murdering him since you yourself are at no risk. He will lose his stuff, but you will probably not risk a death sentence, if you were masked and he couldn't identify you.

Socio-economics do not matter. If we both had a gun, and you were pointing at me, I WOULD shoot first, to save myself. And burglars are the ones who would shoot first, since you are legally allowed to kill them anyways.

about a year ago
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The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

abhisri Re:That's nice (717 comments)

You pulled out that old canard that people shot dead are more dead* than people beaten to death with cricket bats, wrenches, or tire irons, or stabbed to death.

So how good do you rate your chances of beating to death, a fleeing victim who is 10 feets away from you, with just a cricket bat, wrench or tire iron?

Also, If you did NOT have guns being sold like chewing gum everyplace, the thugs and gangs might have a harder time procuring one too. Works for Japan and Singapore at any rate.

about a year ago
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Icelandic Court Rules: Wikileaks Will Get Contributed Credit Card Money

abhisri Re:Good decision by Icelandic court (168 comments)

Does this means you will be returning the billions of dollars worth of wealth(after including interest) that you Brits stole from India? You can start with sending back the crown jewels for starters, which were also stolen from India by you guys. I believe *that* is the right thing to do.(Especially with all the lip-service you are giving to "doing the right thing").

about 2 years ago

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