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Ground-Based GPS Mimic Is Inch Perfect

ghoul Infrastructure sucks (140 comments)

Any system which needs you to install additional hardware sucks. We can very well use the system planes used before GPS was deployed. INS using compasses and gyroscopes. You just need everyone to have a compass and gyroscope in their pockets. Wait everyone with an iPhone4 or a NexusS already does. Wifi based GPS enhancements are the buggy whip manufacturers of our day. Even the best and most accurate will be going out of business.

more than 2 years ago
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Seagate To Pay Former Worker $1.9M For Phantom Job

ghoul Re:Just shows how far HR is from people doing the (354 comments)

Flip side is they do this to fresh graduate students all the time. Hire them and they get started on OPT and then when they start in June Oh sorry we missed the deadline for H1B and we will try to do something about it. The guy works like crazy for a year but at the end of the year he just goes back to his country as he is out of status as his OPT training period is over.

more than 3 years ago
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Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police

ghoul Re:Lose lose situation (878 comments)

Its not just filling prisons. A lot of corporations use prison labor for manufacturing toys, license plates etc. Even some call centers are run from prisons. What makes this profitable is that prisoners dont have to be paid minimum wage so they are even competitive with Chinese labor costs. Next time someone tells you why not buy American when American goods are only a little more expensive than the Chinese goods be aware that the goods were probably manufactured by prisoners pushed into prison on such flimsy charges. So if you really like freedom buy Chinese.

more than 3 years ago
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Rugged Laptop/Tablet Suggestions, 2010 Version?

ghoul Re:At that temp the operator dies anyway (249 comments)

Delhi and other places in the northern Indian plains regularly hit 45 in the shade so if you are out in a construction site it definitely hits 50. If you dont believe right now its March and its already 39 C. People function by wearing loose long sleeved clothes, hats and wrapping handkerchiefs soaked in water around the back of their necks but water would not be a good solution for a laptop.

more than 4 years ago
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Rugged Laptop/Tablet Suggestions, 2010 Version?

ghoul Re:A fan-less computer (249 comments)

Heat Sunks wont be very effective in a desert nvironment where the ambient air temp is hitting 50 C. Even an atom would need a fan in the desert

more than 4 years ago
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Alan Turing Gets an Apology From Prime Minister Brown

ghoul And Nobel invented Dynamite (576 comments)

Brown's an ass. What kind of guy says that Turing is most famous for breaking Enigma codes. Turing is famous for his contribution to AI and most importantly the Turing test and the Turing award (Computer Science's Nobel prize equivalent) If Gordon Brown was paying tribute to Alfred Nobel he would probably forget to mention the Nobel prize and talk about how Nobel made his money selling dynamite to the Czar. As I said what an ass. Pity the brits that they have idiots for leaders (its not new started with Thatcher)

more than 4 years ago
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World's Cheapest Car Goes On Sale In India

ghoul Re:And will be unavailable anyplace else.... (571 comments)

Well yes a war would be needed. Of course such a war will never happen unless the entire world gets disgusted with the US. Thats when they will all agree together so in order to prevent the rest of the world from coming to such a consensus some lip service to the environment is needed hence Kyoto.

more than 5 years ago
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World's Cheapest Car Goes On Sale In India

ghoul Re:And will be unavailable anyplace else.... (571 comments)

NO I am assuming that if we are fighting wars over oil , oil by definition is more valuable than human life so why would we waste oil on machines when we can just use human wave attacks. After all politicians in the US dont care about the little people making up the army. So the machines will be parked in their sheds to conserve oil and fighting will be on foot on both sides. And elephants are a damn lot intimidating than cavalry. Of course both can be scared off by loud noises so it comes down to hand to hand fighting and believe me anyone who has riden a public bus in India is much better at hand to hand fighting than any pussy SEAL or DELTA

more than 5 years ago
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World's Cheapest Car Goes On Sale In India

ghoul Re:And will be unavailable anyplace else.... (571 comments)

NoNoNo The purpose of Kyoto and all other environmental treaties is to get a good image before the world wakes up to the fact of who has done most of the pollution and decides to impose a Morgenthau Plan on the US. For those who dont know about Morgenthau he was the US Secretary of treasury during WW2 who proposed Germany be punished for the holocaust by being changed into a agriculture only nation by dismantling and destroying all German industry. Fortunately the Truman administration realized if they did that given Germany's high population density millions would starve to death (Germany cant grow enough food to feed its people and needs to export industrial goods to import food)However America does grow enough food to feed its people and has already polluted more than all other nations combined. The nations of the world may get fed up and decide to impose a Morgenthau Plan on America. As long as America keeps paying lip service to the Environment the other nations keep quite.

more than 5 years ago
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World's Cheapest Car Goes On Sale In India

ghoul Re:And will be unavailable anyplace else.... (571 comments)

Nah if it came down to a fight for oil who do you think can field a larger army a nation of 1 billion or a nation of 300 million. And in a world where wars are being fought over oil forget using machines to even the advantage- Infantry rules!!!

more than 5 years ago
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World's Cheapest Car Goes On Sale In India

ghoul Re:And will be unavailable anyplace else.... (571 comments)

And hippies!! Dont forget the hippies!! Before Ford came along America was basically an Agricultural nation with most of the population living on farms. Now most of the population lives in cities and thank god for that. Rural areas are the cess pit of the human condition and the faster India can get its people into cities the better and if it takes cheap cars to do it fine (though I would prefer mass transit) At least if we get the air polluted enough the hippies will stop backpacking here to shit on our streets !

more than 5 years ago
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World's Cheapest Car Goes On Sale In India

ghoul MillionBilllion (571 comments)

Count the zeroes. You said 29 billion and not 29 million. Even the entire worlds population including babies and children is still 6 billion :) Granted reading everyday about the govt doing billion dollar bailouts, trillion dollar stimuluses and million dollar bonuses people cant really be blamed for mixing up their millions with their billions.

more than 5 years ago
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World's Cheapest Car Goes On Sale In India

ghoul Re:And will be unavailable anyplace else.... (571 comments)

But oh thats OK . We will keep sending the excess off to America. After all its pretty much empty (most of the land is owned by the Federal department of Interior) and smart people are needed in America all the time. So everyone benefits. India keeps its population almost constant till it reaches the level of development where people stop having a lot of kids an the population starts falling . Meanwhile America gets a lot of smart people to keep their economy running.

more than 5 years ago
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World's Cheapest Car Goes On Sale In India

ghoul Idiot (571 comments)

Who's the idiot who modded parent insightful. The inbred redneck does not even know that telling lies is not the same as being Insightful Rush Limbaugh notwithstanding. Indian pollution standards are stricter than America's and California's.They match European standards and the Nano meets the future Euro V standard which even Europe has not shifted to yet. Car insurance is compulsory and everyone has at least 3rd party insurance. Every car has to go through a pollution check after every year and cars older than 15 years are mandatorily junked. Seat belts are compulsory. Air Bags are not as most Indian traffic is inside cities and at lower speed collisions Air bags cause more injuries than they prevent. People who plan to do cross country drives buy larger more expensive cars with air bags. The so called American way of life is just 80 years old and based on cheap Texas and Alaska oil and industrial farming on empty farmland(grabbed through genocide). I dont see Americans as any superior/innovative/industrious than the Sheikhs who traded in their camels for BMWs when they found oil. The American century has been built on a resource boom. Whatever innovation has happened has been done by first generation immigrants. Now that the cheap resources are running out , the smart people will stop immigrating and the center of the world is bound to shift back to India-China which have for 99% of history been the biggest economies of the world. As for gas prices India already has high gas taxes to encourage fuel conservation. Gas costs around 5 dollar a gallon currently and people drive accordingly with no wasted trips.

more than 5 years ago
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Calif. Politican Thinks Blurred Online Maps Would Deter Terrorists

ghoul Re:Why stop online? (597 comments)

Like a cave called the USA and everyone else is the other? Been there done that even won reelection for doing that- regards George

more than 5 years ago
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How To Rack Up $28,000 In Roaming Without Leaving the US

ghoul Re:200 Miles of U.S. territory (410 comments)

If you like reading fine print you may also discover that EEZ and territorial waters are not the same thing. EEZ only gives you the right to economic exploitation like fishing etc but you do not have any police powers. It would be perfectly fine for a boat to anchor 12 miles from San Francisco and serve cannabis on board. Also all territorial water and EEZ limits are applicable only when there is not another country with claim to the same water. e.g. If there are two island nations 5 miles apart there territorial water would be only 2.5 miles as the line would be drawn equidistant. While this does not become a factor as often for the 12 mile limit for the 200 mile limit it is in effect pretty much of the time. Otherwise Florida would be inside the Cuban EEZ as it is definitely less than 200 miles from Cuba.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Rack Up $28,000 In Roaming Without Leaving the US

ghoul Re:Still 290$? (410 comments)

All I hear is blah blah blh Blame the big corporation. Well I have news for you . The cruise company is also a big corporation and the correct people to sue in this situation. The customer should enter a joint suit with AT&T and the international service partner and sue the cruise company for triple damages for switching on an international cell tower where its not supposed to be. However it should not be too difficult to have a way of the switching on and switching off of the tower be automatic based on gps signals. Then if the tower switches on wrongly you sue the GPS provider .Oh wait GPS is provided by the US govt.
BTW as the port of Miami is surrounded by high rise buildings which are using micro cells maybe there is no signal on the water. And the system could have been configured to first search for a home signal and only then go to roaming and still ended up on roaming. Only in such a case would AT&T be liable.

more than 5 years ago
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Slumdog Millionaire Takes Home 8 Oscars

ghoul Re:Oscar betrays its Western centerednes (317 comments)

Oh cmon Rambo 1 may have been about fighting the system but by Rambo 3 it was following the official CIA approved line on Afghanistan.Incidentally Osama was doing the same thing then as now , preventing the education of girls but as it was schools started by Russians CIA felt it perfectly legitimate to provide C4 for suicide bombing the schools. And Die Hard was just blowing up things and people dying in new and creative ways. How does that have ANYthing to do with standing up to the system.

more than 5 years ago
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Slumdog Millionaire Takes Home 8 Oscars

ghoul Re:Oscar betrays its Western centerednes (317 comments)

Oh really you spent time in India? How many times did you find somebody jumping into a tank of shit to get an autograph? To put it simply Slumdog is as realistic a depiction of India as Die Hard is of America. If you are the juvenile type who believes things like Die Hard happen than sure you might believe Slumdog too. Actually if Danny boy had stuck to pure dark comedy it would have been better. Here he tries to parody the Hindi film industry but the parody is too subtle and ends up offending by appearing to be a serious movie. Of course when most of the people(B list directors and technicians mostly) who vote for these awards have not even got passports (their idea of a foreign country is Canada) it is too much to expect cultural sensitivity.

more than 5 years ago
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Slumdog Millionaire Takes Home 8 Oscars

ghoul Oscar betrays its Western centerednes (317 comments)

Would Slumdog have been even noticed had it not been made by a British Director? Thousands of movies have been made about poverty in India. They get as much attention as movies made about drugs in American cities. People deal with this shit in their everyday life and dont want to watch it when they pay to enter a theater for some relaxation. Only people who have never seen poverty get their rocks off by watching something like Slumdog. Then again probably why Rambo and Die Hard were so popular outside the States was that guns are a big deal in countries with gun control.

more than 5 years ago

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Cricinfo turns 20

ghoul ghoul writes  |  about a year ago

ghoul (157158) writes "Before Facebook, Before Web 2.0, Before Google and Yahoo. Hell before Web 1.0 was a website which gave live text commentary on Cricket. Cricket a game followed like crazy in large parts of the world but oddly enough not followed at all in other parts of the world. For cricket fans living in these secondary parts (USA I am looking at you !!) the coming of Cricinfo in 1993 was a godsend. Cricinfo has an article on it. It may be a bit self congratulatory but think of it; this was a website launched when Larry Page was in Grade 4, Zuckerberg in grade 3 and it is STILL AROUND."
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So long manila and thanks for all the fish

ghoul ghoul writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ghoul (157158) writes "CNN reports that hundreds of Dolphins are behaving very wierdly by entering Manila bay. Scientists are not sure why but I personally think they are trying to tell us about a construction project."
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OPT extended to 29 months

ghoul ghoul writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ghoul (157158) writes "According to this press release on the DHS website OPT for students in STEM fields has been extended to 29 months. This takes care of students graduating in May by when H1 quotas for the year are already over and when their 1 year OPT runs out in next May they are stuck with a gap till next October. Now anyone whose H1 application has been approved for October can keep working till October. Also for STEM graduates (Bachelors, Masters or PhD) the OPT will be 29 months. This should make life a lot less stressfull for foreign students graduating from US universities. Wish they had done this last year .... but I have already left and wont bother coming back. Wonder how many other valuable people the States lost. BTW I personally believe the H1 is an evil program leading to indentured servitude but hopefully now with 29 months of OPT people should be able to get their Green Cards while on OPT without jumping through the H1 loop."
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AMD on the hunt for IP

ghoul ghoul writes  |  about 7 years ago

ghoul (157158) writes "AMD is at it again . After having bought the DEC alpha IP and making a success out of Opteron now AMD is again looking for fresh ideas and is investing in Transmeta according to this story Why is Intel able to develop cool ideas in -house and AMD always gets them by buying up design teams about to be laid off? Maybe the fact Intel spends loads more on research has something to do with it."
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ghoul ghoul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ghoul (157158) writes "According to this article in New York city the police can arrest you and take away your handycam if you do not have a permit to shoot. Apparently it only happens to brown skinned people. Does this remind you of the Iranian morality police who go around confiscating cameras from white skinned Western visitors. Since when did New York become an Islamic Republic and what happened to freedom of the press? Is it even worth spending blood and money fighting Islamic terror abroad if our own cities are becoming just as fundamentalist?"
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ghoul ghoul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ghoul (157158) writes "According to this article Indian Railways has started the process of equipping railway stations with Wi-Max facilities. These will provide wireless access to within 5-6 km radius of railway stations as compared to the current 100-200 m radius of Wifi. I wonder why Google is using Wifi for San Francisco when WiMax is now available. This is another example of leapfrogging of technology. India never managed to roll out a complete copper landline system but ramped up mobile access so fast that there are now more mobiles than landline. Hence now there is phone connectivity and they have saved the cost of all that copper and fiber. Similarly they will save money on not having rolled out Wifi and going to WiMax directly. Also given that India has the largest network of railway stations in the world most villages do fall 5-6 km within the radius of a railway station so when this rollout is completed the entire country should have wireless access. Drawbacks — its not free and it wont work on moving trains"
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ghoul ghoul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ghoul (157158) writes "Congress is talking about shifting to skill based immigration instead of family based immigration. This should immediately make it easier for Indian and Chinese Engineers and Scientists to immigrate on green cards without needing to go through the H1B no mans land. This is because under the current system they get stuck as the quota are set to be 7% of total from any country in the world irrespective of population size. This means the Vatican gets the same sized quota as China or India. In the new system the losers are Latin Americans who are mostly unskilled labourers (note mostly I know quite a few Brilliant latin american post grads) but used to be able to get in easier as there being a large number of latin american countires each country got 7%. How does the Slashdot community which has strong opinions on H1B feel about this? As these new workers will be on Green cards they wont be beholden to companies and should not depress the market as they wont take any shit from companies. In fact if the green card process can be shortened down to 6 months H1Bs can be abolished all together. Given this if people still feel this is not right are we still talking about protecting jobs or about fear of the stranger? Canada, Britain and Australia seem to be doing very well with these kind of point based systems."
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ghoul ghoul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ghoul (157158) writes "This article on Time shows the stupidity of Animal Rights activists. They have campaigned for and successfully got eating dog meat banned in Phillipines where it has been a traditional food . I wonder how Americans would feel if Hindus told Americans you cant eat beef as Hindus find that disgusting as Americans find eating dogs?"
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ghoul ghoul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ghoul writes "According to this CNN article Jim Gray — one of the person responsible for Google Maps is lost at sea. This would seem to be the height of irony. Maybe he forgot to take any hard copy maps with him and instead thought Google Map should be enough. Good time for Google- The new Evil Empire to start using its fleet of earth observing satellites or have we been misled to believe Google Omnipotence?"
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ghoul ghoul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ghoul (157158) writes " USA , Russia , Israel and now India !! India shocked strategic observers by carrying out a successfull ABM test on Monday. The report in India Today (Sorry subscribers only) and also here gives us details on how India modified its Prithvi into an effective High Altitude (50Km up) interceptor. India already has low altitude interceptors Aakash and Trishul for taking out Aircraft and Cruise missiles. So the entire troika of defence against nuclear weapons from Pakistan is complete. As soon as this system gets deployed Pakistan's nuclear umbrella will be worth nothing so maybe they will stop fomenting terrorism in India. Also this should prove to those crying about outsourcing that outsourcing to India is done not just for money but also for talent"

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