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Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

khoonirobo Re:People there are used to this (413 comments)

The problem is because it's a grid failure, high priority endpoints like railways and metro which would normally not lose power in regular load shedding are down. Homes and offices are less affected ofcourse due to backup generators.

But hundreds of trains have been cancelled, power was out in big government hospitals like AIIMS and Safdarjung (which would not normally be targeted during load-shedding).

Delhi Metro was not working causing traffic chaos as commuters took to private vehicles, taxis, autos and buses.

So all in all was a big deal

more than 2 years ago
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Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

khoonirobo Re:Some facts (just to avoid all the BS flying abo (413 comments)

Difference between first world and third world country. But I'll explain somewhat.

Imagine the following scenario:

1 Fridge, 1 TV and 2 Fluorescent lights in a family of 7-8. Not that unusual for somebody doing manual labour. This is infact better than family of somebody doing manual labour in unorganised sector. Such a family would be living in a temporary shelter like a tarpaulin tent or a hutment even in the middle of a city or a slum. Possibly using no electricity and cooking with foraged firewood.

Ofcourse the middle class would be much more comfortable though still using less energy per-capita than the developed world. For eg. washing machines have a spin dry not a heat dry because that uses much more energy.

more than 2 years ago
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Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

khoonirobo Some facts (just to avoid all the BS flying about) (413 comments)

Background:

I'm an Indian, presently in Gurgaon (within National Capital Region) and yes, there has been a blackout since past few hours.

As to homes and office, situation is not so bad because blackouts are such an everyday occurrence that diesel generators in apartment complexes and offices are *very* common. The immediate real effects are to infrastructure i.e. Railways and Delhi Metro (mass transport).

Now to address the system, a good reading : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_sector_in_India

relevant parts from first paragraph:

The per capita average annual domestic electricity consumption in India in 2009 was 96 kWh in rural areas and 288 kWh in urban areas for those with access to electricity, in contrast to the worldwide per capita annual average of 2600 kWh and 6200 kWh in the European Union. India's total domestic, agricultural and industrial per capita energy consumption estimate vary depending on the source. Two sources place it between 400 to 700 kWh in 2008–2009. As of January 2012, one report found the per capita total consumption in India to be 778 kWh.

India currently suffers from a major shortage of electricity generation capacity, even though it is the world's fourth largest energy consumer after United States, China and Russia. The International Energy Agency estimates India needs an investment of at least $135 billion to provide universal access of electricity to its population.

India's electricity sector is amongst the world's most active players in renewable energy utilization, especially wind energy. As of December 2011, India had an installed capacity of about 22.4 GW of renewal technologies-based electricity, exceeding the total installed electricity capacity in Austria by all technologies.

We do have a major problem on our hands.
1. Demand *far* outstrips supply.
2. Distribution losses are high. Illegal tapping, faulty meters, old equipment and corruption being leading causes.
3. Free/cheap electricity provided to agriculture sector and collection of dues waived due to vote-bank politics.

But we are working on it:
1. Looking into renewable energy like wind and hydro in a major way. (see quote above and wiki)
2. Major investment into Nuclear energy.

Environmental groups are slowing down development of the above though.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Is Wikipedia So Ugly?

khoonirobo Wikipedia ugly? (370 comments)

From the full article :

Here is an empirical truth about Wikipedia: Aesthetically, it is remarkably unattractive.

How is that an empirical truth?

Personally I find the site's design really suited to it's purpose. It's clean, no bright colours or extraneous graphics. The content even though dense is easy to read. It is as far as I'm concerned, perfect for the job it is intended to do.

Now the article after making this broad unsubstantiated statement makes one and only one specific complaint. That editing wikipedia pages is too complex. I agree, it could possibly be easier but wiki markup is the best we have come up with so far. If you have suggestions on how to improve that. That is concrete steps that can make writing wiki pages easier, please share them, most of us are all agog.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Choice of Linux Laptops For Elementary School?

khoonirobo Re:Lenovo mini (310 comments)

I'd also like to point out the lenovo x120e. It comes with the AMD APU which has quite decent graphics compared to the Intel Atom. Might be useful if there is some OpenGL app or game that the kids might like (like Celestia).

more than 2 years ago
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iFixit's Kyle Wiens On the War On DIY Electronics

khoonirobo Re:don't buy the fucking thing then (760 comments)

I think the reason a lot of people which get outraged by such practices (nerds as you call them) are outraged not because we expect everybody to be able to do these things. In most cases, even we don't have the time and or energy to all these things and hire a professional. But we get outraged because it becomes difficult or impossible for these things to happen.

The point is, it's not necessary that everybody should fix their dishwasher. But it should be possible to do so, if somebody is so inclined. For the world to head in a direction where the only possible way to replace a battery in a personal electronic device is to go to the manufacturers service centre and have it fixed is akin to eroding of our rights as a consumer of the goods.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Puts 41MPixel Camera In a (Symbian) Phone

khoonirobo Re:Get the facts (204 comments)

Really, just please read the whitepaper.

And if that is too much, then here is an abstract.

The sensor is 41MP. Then they use a technique they are calling oversampling wherein multiple pixels are used to calculate a perfect average pixel and as far as I understand the final res of the saved image is configured. For an example, they say a 5 MP image.

Pretty cool stuff and as an engineer "Doh" moment stuff.

And yes, Mod Parent up.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Expanding Streaming Service to The UK and Ireland

khoonirobo I use worldwide roaming (78 comments)

http://unblock-us.com/

I understand that there are copyright laws involved which make distribution country specific. But seriously, this is the 21st century, get your laws in order. Something designed to work in the 19th century just no longer cuts it.

more than 2 years ago
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Imagining the CLI For the Modern Machine

khoonirobo Re:Advantages of CLI (317 comments)

Copied from somewhere, but you should get the drift.

When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Gmail

khoonirobo Because i'm a 11 year old kid (399 comments)

Well not me, but my niece is a 11 year old kid, can and does use gmail but does not own a phone. Also my mom, who is a stay at home housewife just keeps her cell switched off, but again uses her email regularly.

Btw, as long as this is an optional if you are worried about security and not mandatory, iId say it was a good thing.

Also really: "Won't someone think of the children? (the ones without cell-phones)"

more than 3 years ago
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Did Stuxnet Take Out 1,000 Centrifuges At Natanz?

khoonirobo Really? (189 comments)

Well Doh!!

The malware seems to have specific code to target the centrifuges. There is reportedly sub par performance and high replacement rate for the centrifuges.

Do you need a diagram too?

more than 3 years ago
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Autonomous Audi TT Conquers Pike's Peak

khoonirobo Re:New Delhi (187 comments)

Yeah, the metro in New Delhi is driverless, too.

Uhh ... I live here (New Delhi) and no, the DMRC trains aren't driverless.
Included are some links that tell about an accident that happened when a driver did something stupid.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_driver-started-metro-train-before-getting-signal-dmrc_1282211

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/driver-started-metro-train-before-getting-signal-dmrc/501738/2

more than 3 years ago

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