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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Ajay Anand Ballot Stuffing (611 comments)

The results prove that KDE facilitates ballot stuffing the most while LXDE absolutely doesn't.

about 4 months ago
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In First American TV Interview, Snowden Talks Accountability and Patriotism

Ajay Anand If Mr. Snowden is not right (389 comments)

How can Mr. Snowden be not right when we are not yet ready put each and every action of our government (including security agencies) to a "democratic test"?

about 4 months ago
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

Ajay Anand Re:Can we update the title please? (129 comments)

Reed-solmon is theoretically best. I hope this new encoding is practically better than Reed-Solmon.

about 4 months ago
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PHP Next Generation

Ajay Anand Re:Reinventing the wheel (213 comments)

You didn't have to write such a long explanation to my small comment. Whatever you have written is all well known. JavaScript got its JIT module some time around 2008-2009 while PHP is still trying to locate the axle. JavaScript is beautiful not just from the programming point of view but also as an embedded language in virtually any software developed in any programming language. You are correct that Node.js is still getting there but only time will tell what will dominate the already divided market.

about 4 months ago
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PHP Next Generation

Ajay Anand Reinventing the wheel (213 comments)

Why not use Node.js that has already got the wheel (JIT) rather than drilling holes in PHP to fit an axle?

about 4 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

Ajay Anand That's why we already have SQL stupid! (422 comments)

It would be stupid to continue with Spreadsheet and not realizing that SQL was a better choice.

about 4 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

Ajay Anand Say yes to crowd funding and no to all forms of IP (405 comments)

Let an author release first book in public domain. If readers really like that work, there will be enough fans to fund the next work which can again be released in public domain (as it has already been paid for).

Had this model been an ancient and well established old model of publishing all works of art there was never a need of IP or any domain other than public domain.

about 4 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Ajay Anand Re:OS X (611 comments)

I admit having a journey that contrasts yours (switching from OS X to Unity to Gnome). I also admit that many recent functionalities and features of Unity and Gnome are more aligned with those of OS X than Windows (XP/7). And this shift from Window-ish alignment to OS X-ish alignment is what has been major design shift that has disappointed many users. I honestly believe that both Unity and Gnome have reached a point where they are now better than OS X itself.

about 4 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Ajay Anand Re:OS X (611 comments)

Having used OS X exclusively for 4 years it took me not even a week to like, love and admire Unity. Try Unity and you'll know how much OS X sucks. Try Gnome and you'll know that Unity sucks too! And both LXDE/XFCE rule systems with low memory. It's not merely a passionate statement, its direct experience with wide array of old and new devices.

about 4 months ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

Ajay Anand Cannot live without super key on Gnome (611 comments)

Cannot live without super key on Gnome that previews all open windows and allows launching any application using few keystrokes. It cannot get better.

about 4 months ago
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Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

Ajay Anand The most likely scenario (453 comments)

By the time they receive our signal, our Sun would have eaten us up.
Of course those bacteria would be more interested in newly discovered sexual mode of reproduction than our signal falling on them and would be hoping to completely switch over to the new mode before their sun eats them up.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?

Ajay Anand If you naturally blend with younger people (274 comments)

If you are one of those kinds who easily blend with younger people then it's fine but you don't have to be one like that if you are not already that otherwise it's going to be an disaster.

about 4 months ago
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Finally, Hi-Def Streaming Video of the ISS's View of Earth

Ajay Anand Add "flash required" as a tag (97 comments)

What's the point of HD if it needs flash.

about 4 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Ajay Anand Re:In Academic Projects (435 comments)

Even in 3D graphics and image processing one can not afford the slow performance of STL. Imagine if a feature detection algorithm on a single high resolution image takes 20% less time without STL, one will go for it. Practically it takes at least one order of magnitude less time.

about 5 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Ajay Anand Re:In Academic Projects (435 comments)

3D animation of real world scenarios, object recognition in images and vidoes, ream time speech analysis. Using classes and templates is important for us so we can not use plain C. We need to be platform agnostic, hence C++ is the language of choice.

about 5 months ago
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C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

Ajay Anand In Academic Projects (435 comments)

We use C++ exclusively for academic projects but we rarely use STL for performance reason. Some of the C++11 functions really come to rescue like number to string conversion, time keeping etc that may save a day but in general we use "templates" almost everywhere but use of STL is limited to some once in a while operations like loading data from an input file.

about 5 months ago
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The Ways Programming Is Hard

Ajay Anand Overgenralized scenario. (278 comments)

When people work in a group as a team this inevitably happens and that's all right. Building a perfect software that satisfies everyone is a hard NP problem. What's the point of being perfectionist if that 10% you wish to polish it going to consume 90% of your time and money.

about 5 months ago
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How the USPS Killed Digital Mail

Ajay Anand Outbox lacked innovation (338 comments)

There was nothing revolutionary in the approach of Outbox. The inefficiencies were hard to ignore. Simply a bad and stupid business model. This is what happens when you try to blindly imitate aspects of digital world ignoring the constraints of physical world.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/2...

about 5 months ago
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Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

Ajay Anand The Final Explanation (360 comments)

Two phenomena are at work:
1. Atmospheric pressure is needed to take the fluid till the apex. It will not affect the rate of siphoning but it is a necessary barrier that has to be overcome.

2. Once atmoshperic pressure has done its work, the rate of flow of fluid will be completely determined only by the difference between the heights of two ends of the pipe and the amount of gravitational force.

about 5 months ago

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Fabulous MIT Software Makes Selfies Professional Portraits

Ajay Anand Ajay Anand writes  |  about 4 months ago

Ajay Anand (2838487) writes "Researchers at MIT have developed this cool algorithm (PDF) to convert humble snaps to dramatic images in a way such that style of any professional photographer can be mimicked. It uses dense mapping between a given selfie and an example portrait using 66 facial features and turns the selfie into a similar looking portrait.

Quoting the authors, "Headshot portraits are a popular subject in photography but to achieve a compelling visual style requires advanced skills that a casual photographer will not have ... We introduce a technique to transfer the style of an example headshot photo onto a new one. This can allow one to easily reproduce the look of renowned artists." Link to the video. MIT news link."
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Eola's Web Patent Claim Invalidated by US Court

Ajay Anand Ajay Anand writes  |  about a year ago

Ajay Anand (2838487) writes "A US court has upheld a decision to invalidate a tech firm's claim to own technologies underpinning the web.

Eolas's claims revolved around a series of patents it had been using to extract licence fees from hi-tech firms such as Microsoft and Oracle.

However, Eolas's claims were disputed by many others including web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The ruling will also mean an end to many other lawsuits Eolas mounted against hi-tech firms."

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