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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

bayankaran Barack Barack Bork Bork (134 comments)

If you have the exploit, you can exploit the exploit.

5 days ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

bayankaran Correction to the headline... (292 comments)

Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover.

National Geographic is running out of "great" things to discover.

about a week ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

bayankaran Re:Standards of living... (870 comments)

Full circle again, please go back and read all the posts.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

bayankaran Re:Standards of living... (870 comments)

And instead of dirty and dangerous manufacturing jobs, people are moving to service and white collar jobs in a big way.

We will not have this conversation if the service and white collar jobs DID offset the loss of manufacturing jobs and any losses due to automation. That was the whole thread/post/page about.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

bayankaran Re:Standards of living... (870 comments)

...you are contradicting your own premise.

I was only making a larger point. Automation will result in reduction of number of hours, but unless some type of allowance makes up the deficit in income both with reduced number of hours and reduced work opportunities, the existing quality of life might decrease further. I was not contradicting any premise. Its also a complex issue with many possible permutations and combinations as outcome.

That is not something we can adopt, and it solve absolutely nothing.

"Lavish pensions" is only a symptom, not a cause. State will not be able to keep up the benefits unless some new revenue opportunity or tax base comes up. The same time, the automation will reduce existing tax base further. Its sort a double whammy. I have no idea about any solution.

Labor participation rate steadily increased throughout the 20th century despite the supposed decline of the kinds of "mass employment" job categories you imagine.

20th century was an exception...rapid industrialization happened which employed millions. Now that phase is over...no need for more factories to produce widgets, and existing factories are getting automated. Look around yourself.
Whether I pulled my statement out of thin air...lets wait for the future to decide. You can come back here in ten years and decide for yourself.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

bayankaran Re:Standards of living... (870 comments)

That is, if automation makes things twice as efficient, it means everybody can work half time and enjoy 20 more hours of leisure a week.

The above can be possible, but you may not get full time work even if you wanted. Not everyone can be retrained for software programming or robotics, and even if they were, you don't need millions and millions of people with such skillset.
That's why a growing acceptance or realization that some type of guaranteed allowance will have to be given to a majority when the jobs vanish. Many countries are already in that path - in US you have social security which kicks in after retirement, what if it kicks in early? (You need political will, and much greater acceptance to the truism "jobs are not there".) In India there is 'Right to Food', which can be the beginning of such programs.
Indian politicians and Chinese have may be a decade of "more growth for prosperity" philosophy to work its charm. US and other developed nations got no such space.

Of course, it's not actually true because people have an amazing capacity to come up with new products and services.

Here is the issue, the new products and services may not generate "mass employment". Amazon, Facebook and Google are great examples. The same with Tesla.
"Mass employment" happens with manufacturing or may be Walmart (not only employment at their stores, but building the stores to the driving the trucks), not with the new products or services you have in mind.

about three weeks ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

bayankaran Standards of living... (870 comments)

Your question has the answer you are looking for.
First define "standards of living".
The standard of living - even for the lower class - in most of the developed world, and for a decent percent of the developing world is already good. The advances in health care, communication, and transportation has made sure what was available to the upper class or 1% of the early 1900's is now available to the rest. That is indeed progress.
So, the next level of mechanization and automation is not going to push the "standard of living" higher by a greater margin. Here is a car analogy - what matters is you have a car to go from point A to B, you still reach B whether you travel in a 2000$ beat up old car or a new costly luxury version. Another analogy - there was a huge difference between VHS and DVD, but there is no such difference between DVD and BluRay. Good content can be equally enjoyed on both, and both the discs are equally durable.

about three weeks ago
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3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

bayankaran Hype vs reality... (251 comments)

I almost bought an entry level 3D printer in 2010. And I am glad I did not.
3D printing is way over hyped like Segway or Bluetooth. It has its niche market/uses, but the proponents and true believers claim that will "change the world", everyone will start printing at home, things will be cheaper, more available, better, faster, stronger, wider and so on is pure BS.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

bayankaran Re:My mother (287 comments)

My mother (who is a grandmother to my kids) runs Debian Wheezy with the XFCE desktop environment.

Are you sure its your mother? Me thinks its Linus Torvalds in drag.

about a month and a half ago
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How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

bayankaran The gain for Ireland? (288 comments)

What's the gain for Ireland?
I am sure they don't see much of the offloaded offshore profits.
So what does Ireland gain - other than may be few employees manning a registered office and may be a miniscule percent of the funds?
Is it a case of something is better than nothing?

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

bayankaran What happens next? (704 comments)

How will the protocol handle stolen bitcoins?
How do you identify the stolen coins and remove them from circulation/flag it/return to the rightful owner? If not, how will a merchant/buyer/seller can successfully handle a transaction?
Answer to the above will also give a clue if the exchange owners themselves stole the coins.

about a month and a half ago
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Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

bayankaran The issue with whole foods... (794 comments)

The issue with Whole Foods and organic food movement can be seen with the idea behind veganism and other related lifestyle choices.

I asked a vegan friend when he was coming to my home if he will eat eggs. He replied 'yes' provided if the hen are kept free range and ethically treated. Yes, they are...but what if I kill and eat the birds after you are gone (which is what will happen to most of the birds - some hippie ecologist may plan for proper burial and cemetery service, but that's an exception.)

There are many foods/food items which do not deserve the organic label and/or should not be militant about such classification. I have seen "organic coconut powder" in Whole Foods. This is ridiculous - there is no "inorganic coconut powder". Its impossible for any coconut farmer not to use fertilizers, and coconut trees do not need insecticides - so such classification is pure money grabbing operation.

The above are examples - no ideology should be taken to the extreme, and organic food movement is no exception.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

bayankaran Re:Google top honchos are strategic masters (178 comments)

Some of what you write is true, the rest pure bollocks!
Whatsapp does not work on most feature phones - the Nokia Asha series is an exception. Its used primarily on Smartphones - even in India. On a Smartphone there is no reason to text message...that part is true.
Heavy text message users - in India and other countries - still use text messages. A basic 2G/3G package will cost Rs 100 a month - plus the added cost of the smart phone - for most users.

about 2 months ago
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How Jan Koum Steered WhatsApp Into $16B Facebook Deal

bayankaran I use Whatsapp... (136 comments)

I use Whatsapp. Its useful - especially when you don't have to block ads.
Facebook gets an address book and can mine whatever the user types into Whatsapp to generate sophisticated profiles of their users. At some stage your profile will be sharper than your friends/relatives know about you, even you about yourself. This can be used for showing ads.
Here is the issue...where will you show ads?
Mobile has a serious real estate issue. A decent text ad - like the GMAIL ads - will not work as you cannot cram many characters into a small space. What will work is annoying flashy ads, which irritate everyone.
Showing ads on websites...we are at a saturation point. And Facebook will have to compete with Google - the biggest ad agency in this planet.
Whatsapp and Tumblr were seriously overpriced. I hope the founders will use some of the proceeds for altruistic causes, that's what the world needs...not more ads.

about 2 months ago
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Death By Metadata: The NSA's Secret Role In the US Drone Strike Program

bayankaran The money quote (202 comments)

From the TFA...
Obama once reportedly told his aides that it âoeturns out Iâ(TM)m really good at killing people.â The president added, âoeDidnâ(TM)t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.â
I don't think even Mitt Romney will be this callous and arrogant.

about 2 months ago
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Can Commercial Storage Services Handle the NSA's Metadata?

bayankaran Here is the solution America... (67 comments)

America should go for Mongo DB...its web scale. And in addition its "high performance" and supports sharding.

about 2 months ago
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Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

bayankaran Outsourcing... (255 comments)

Corporates have no problem when outsourcing is cheaper to their bottom line...the same drug companies which want US to take punitive action against India will have the their IT operations outsourced to India as its cheaper.
They want it both ways...pure psychopathic behavior.
Here is the exact quote from Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers...âoeWe did not develop this product (Nexavar) for the Indian market, letâ(TM)s be honest. We developed this product for western patients who can afford this product, quite honestly, it is an expensive product.â
Poor Indians should die. If this is not psychopathic behavior I don't know what is! This guy needs help.
And don't tell me "it costs a lot to develop these drugs". Yes, it does and the costs are recovered with sufficient profit margin from the first world.

about 2 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

bayankaran Beta vs Classic Slashdot... (250 comments)

What are the ways this community can keep alive the classic Slashdot...if not today, tomorrow some sort of 'improvement' will be forced up on the site and it will be too late.
What about a new website following open source ideals? Or what about a fund to buy Slashdot from Dice? Or bribe the managers and PHBs so that they keep the classic version alive?
There should be a way out.

about 2 months ago
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India To Build World's Largest Solar Plant

bayankaran National Grid and bordering states... (253 comments)

Even 8 hours would be too short, because you'll need 2 or 3 factories working in parallel for 8 hours a day to produce as much as a single factory can in 16 or 24 hours.

India recently announced a National Electricity Grid with southern grid joining, the north, east and west. So its a single grid which is supposed to do all sort of wonders (which I don't know much about, but sounds good anyway.)
Plus Rajasthan borders Delhi and Gujarat...two of the most industrially developed states which will consume any electricity thrown at it, and Madhya Pradesh - one of the backward states - think of Appalachia - where your contention "what air-conditioning in India" rings somewhat true.
So me thinks the people behind the planning and execution are on to something...and definitely they know better about the local conditions than we on Slashdot.

about 2 months ago

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Arvind Kejriwal - Magsaysay Award Winner to be the Chief Minister of New Delhi

bayankaran bayankaran writes  |  about 4 months ago

bayankaran (446245) writes "In the dramatic development of the worlds biggest democracy India, the anti corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal, ex-civil servant turned politician of AAM AADMI Party (Common Man's Party) is to be sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state of Delhi. AAM AADMI party did not win an outright majority, but is forming the government with the backing of Indian National Congress.
A former civil servant, the 44 year old Mr Kejriwal was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award for Emergent Leadership, widely described as Asia's Nobel prize, for social work and initiatives to fight corruption in 2006.
Two years ago, he set up a group called India Against Corruption aimed at putting pressure on the government to bring about tough anti-corruption laws.
For India, this is the first time in post independence history a new political leader has emerged with strong middle class pan-Indian support and an anti-corruption platform. The other major sociopolitical movements in the last thirty years have been regional and based on people empowerment — whether it is the right wing Shiv Sena organized by Bal Thackeray in Mumbai or the Dalit/untouchables/lower caste Hindu's coming under the umbrella of Kanshi Ram of BSP — Bahujan Samaj Party.
Kejriwal's cabinet members are between 27 and 46 years of age. True to form, Kejriwal and his cabinet members will be reaching the Ramlila grounds for swearing in traveling in the Delhi Metro."

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bayankaran bayankaran writes  |  more than 7 years ago

bayankaran writes "New York Times (registration needed) carries a report on Kerala's (south Indian state) plans to encourage use of open source and free software. One of the problems with the "report" of NYT/IHT is the unnecessary tone — the news will further unsettle foreign investors in this state.

Kerala recently banned Coke/Pepsi when a CSE (Center for Science and Environment) study showed that Coke/Pepsi products had high levels of pesticide content and that decision is coupled with the promotion of FOSS to portray the state as anti-market/anti-capitalistic. Recently there was a long standing agitation against a Coke bottling plant in North Kerala as it was depleting well water in nearby areas (though banning the products was a political knee jerk reaction). You would be also interested to know that Coke/Pepsi are used by Indian farmers as a pesticides controlling agent.

Kerala has more than 90% literacy and its human development indices are comparable to western countries."

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