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Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

justaguy516 Re:Tax evasion (323 comments)

zakat is not entirely a tax, it is supposed to be a voluntary donation of about 10% of one's income to charity. It goes directly to the wakf, the charitable board, which maintains mosques, feeds the poor, etc. The purpose of jaziya is also to balance the fact that non Muslim conquered people were not required to serve in the army (in fact, there was an actual prohibition) but Muslims were. /Indian Hindu, but I see the logic, really.

3 hours ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

justaguy516 Re:Duh. (235 comments)

Wierdest is when folks IM you asking for your extension number, so that they can call. When there is a fully working directory service. One of the reasons I had to permanently log out of sametime.

about two weeks ago
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If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

justaguy516 partly as a result, work culture is also haphazard (135 comments)

As it happens, Americans are too nice about their own time. If a meeting is more than 5 minutes overdue Scandinavians (and Germans) will brusquely get up and leave. Americans sit around and chew the fat waiting for somebody else to make the move.

about a month ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

justaguy516 Re:It's healthcare debt, stupid (570 comments)

In many countries, these problems are partially solved by having third party administrators, who actually take care of verifying medical bills and making payments - insurance companies are not directly allowed to process bills, they only administer the policy and calculate premia, etc.

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

justaguy516 Re:Take some leave some (274 comments)

If nothing else, you may be able to help some of these twenty somethings as they transition into becoming mature adults with families and children in their lives. I have one such guy in my team now - he still doesn't understand that with a pregnant wife, he had better damned well push back on unnecessary stuff so as to go home in time every evening. None of the other guys, including the completely asocial punk of a team lead understands; I am the only one who can stick up for him, having been in the same situation 10 years back.

about 4 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

justaguy516 Re:Ass time (499 comments)

Its more complex than that. People who tend to eat much more processed food also numb their tastebuds, so freshly cooked, mildly flavoured food actually is tasteless to them. The problem is that their tastebuds no longer work. It takes some time for a person to start enjoying home cooked food - their tastebuds have to catch up

about 4 months ago
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You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

justaguy516 Re:Not possible. (499 comments)

Plus they will drop dead earlier due to colon cancer, from eating too much meat.

about 4 months ago
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Why the IETF Isn't Working

justaguy516 Re:Most organizations break down (103 comments)

I have seen IETF in operation about 12 years and I have worked with industry bodies such as 3gpp - worked on one particular standard which actually went through the standardization process. Standards bodies are supposed to be slow and stodgy, that is their purpose. There was a time when we used to get objections based on corner cases which (we believed) were irrelevant, but, in any case, the objections were made in good faith. I used to enjoy the debate, trying to get another, obviously very smart person to see my point of view. Nowadays we get objections which, you know, are because of some directive from the other guy's C*O level or some legal or marketing directive, which he is powerless to oppose. You feel embarrassed for the guy, because you know that he isn't allowed to change his stance and therefore all debate is immaterial. This is the effect of corporatization.

about 5 months ago
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Why the IETF Isn't Working

justaguy516 Corporatization (103 comments)

The working groups are infested by corporate types, from Cisco, Google, Microsoft, you name it. IETF was made what it was due to academics - van Jacobson, Jonathan Postel, Sally Floyd, Henning Schulzrine. No wranglings about patent rights or the need to keep their respective companies competitive edge.

about 5 months ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

justaguy516 Re: Combined with the ringing phones ? (382 comments)

They don't actually 'poll' the the tower, they monitor the paging channel. They do re-register with the network every 30 minutes or so, so as to let the system know where they are. However, this is for a static phone; a phone moving inside an airplane would be updating its registration every few minutes as it went from one cell to the other.

The ringing tone is sent back by the local switch once the remote party's location has been verified and an ALERTING mesage has been forwarded to it. So, it is not entirely meaningless when you hear a ringtone on your phone.

about 6 months ago
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Nokia Takeover In Jeopardy Due To Alleged $3.4B Tax Bill In India

justaguy516 Re:what's the basis for the dispute? (226 comments)

"The alleged tax evasion pertains to royalty payment made against supply of software by its parent company, which attracts a 10 per cent tax deduction under the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) category."

Basically, Nokia India pays Nokia International royalty for each copy of software that it loads onto the phone - as per Indian IT law, they should deduct 10% tax at source. Nokia claims that this is not applicable to them because they are in a Special Economic Zone and the IT department disagrees.
This is an old dispute and the inflation is due to penalties (Nokia has been operating in India for a long time). It has nothing to do with the Microsoft deal - the whole issue has come to the forefront because Microsoft may refuse to go through the deal if this issue is not settled first.

about 9 months ago
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China Leads in "Clean" Energy Investment

justaguy516 Re:Long term vs. short term (313 comments)

The entire public transport system in New Delhi was switched over to compressed natural gas ten years ago. A city of 16 million people.

about a year ago
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Rutgers Student Ravi Convicted of Bias Intimidation and Spying

justaguy516 Re:Damn unfortunate (714 comments)

Actually, it has been reported in all Indian newspapers and few news channels. I don't think many people were paying attention, but things might change if deportation all of a sudden became a consideration.

more than 2 years ago
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Leaked Heartland Institute Documents Reveal Opposition To Science

justaguy516 Re:Relevant portion of one of the documents (615 comments)

Except that is not how science works. 99% of climatologists can be in agreement with AGW and it doesn't mean a thing. Please don't fall into the trap of the deniers by going down to their levels.

The problem in the AGW science that exists today is that there is no one single experimental result which conclusively demonstrates a prediction of AGW theory (AFAIK, would be happy to be corrected). Verifiable predictions are the heart of modern science; it is very hard (and very wrong) to make the case using empirical data only. Unfortunately, it is not easy to setup experiments in an area like this, so we are looking for predictions of results in specific situations. And we don't have that yet.

more than 2 years ago
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The F-35 Story

justaguy516 Comsat killer? (509 comments)

Wasn't this the program which caused Lockheed Martin to shut down comsat labs?

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Set To Take No. 2 Spot From Firefox

justaguy516 Re:Chrome (585 comments)

God, I hope your message goes through to Mozilla. I am seriously contemplating stopping using firefox altogether on my work comp. It eats 345MB of page memory and completely destroys everything else.

more than 2 years ago
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HP Begins Laying Off WebOS Developers, Potentially Firing CEO

justaguy516 Re:Does this surprise anyone? (178 comments)

This is why I am increasingly of the opinion that capitalism is dead. The employee (CEO) gambles with his employer's money and walks away with a nice parachute when he is done. The capitalists (share holders) are left to pick up the pieces. They cannot effectively punish the CEO (the board was packed with his cronies anyway, all CEOs somewhere or the other) and he will jump into the CEO's seat in some other company and proceed to ruin that one.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Man Jailed For Being a Jerk On the Internet

justaguy516 Re:Propaganda or Bad reporting? (898 comments)

Free speech would be an issue if he had restricted himself to making his own web-page about the subject. But when he went and posted offensive comments on somebody else's tribute page, he crossed the line and became a nuisance.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Math Curriculum To Understand General Relativity?

justaguy516 Re:A lot of work (358 comments)

Multivariable calculus, differential operators, manifolds, tensors and Stoke's theorem

about 3 years ago

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Aspect Oriented Programming

justaguy516 justaguy516 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

justaguy516 writes "Recently, I was asked to attend a session on aspect oriented programming, which is being rolled out in our organization. I was pretty aghast; we are creating a way to bypass the (imho) the only useful feature of OO. In my mind it is a complete recipe for disaster. We are a software services organization (focussing on the communications domain) and mostly C/C++/embedded in nature, and reliability is a very important aspect; 99.99% availability is a standard requirement. Anybody has any stories/experience to share in this?"
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