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The Star That Exploded At the Dawn of Time

mrops "expanding by a light year per second" (55 comments)

Further how is this possible, if the speed of light is absolute... well you can't move matter more than 1 light second in one second and that too requires infinite enregy, no?

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

mrops Pizzo crystals (188 comments)

Looking at the pictures, I don't think it uses fins at all. I am guessing the bullet has pizzo crystals or some other material that changes dimension when electricity is applied. Put 3 such crystals so the bullet can itself bend and you essentially need a multicopter stabilizer modified to keep the bullet locked onto its target, much like how multicopters use gyros/accelerators to stay level, only the bullet is using feed from camera instead of gravity to stay level to the target.

about 2 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

mrops A few days earlier (702 comments)

Employees: We demand a raise, we have to face rude passengers and put our hands at weird places.
TSA Manager: Well, there is no budget for a raise, here is what we are going to do instead.....

about 2 months ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

mrops Can I have a pinch of salt with that (288 comments)

Being an Indian, I understand the frustration when support goes out to some dude in India who barely speaks English. I have been there myself, not only that, I have been asked how I made it to Canada.

Nonetheless, those that do make the H1B cut are not the same that answer those phone calls. H1B may be fresh grads, however most have engineering degrees, at the start of which they had to compete against 500,000 applicants for a under 10000 seats. Further, seats in Computer engineering which are valued more so than others are probably around 1000.

Furthermore, there is a contrast in fee, in US, a student might have to bail out if he cannot afford the education, so not only do you have to be smart, you have to be rich, contrasting that to peanuts, the competition gets very very tough back in India.

So joke all you want, those that do make it to US are rather smart and hard working.

I'm not saying they are not exploited, they are. The solution is simple, the employer has to prove, H1B is needed as local talent cannot be found, if thats the case, do not tie H1B to an employer, let the employee roam free. You will see a drastic cut in H1B and abuse of new immigrants.

about 4 months ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

mrops It won't work.. second entity can short (342 comments)

Even the 500ms won't work. HFT have a lot of infrastructure and resources. You can simple model your HFT in a way that there are two entities trading, one buys it, if the HFT system decides to sell it and is restricted to do so for 500ms or a week, the other entity shorts the same trade, in effect achieving the same results. IMO, you should be allowed to short trades along with this 500ms block for this to properly work.

Obviously, you can have multiple entities trading on behalf of the HF Traders.

about 5 months ago
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NASA Knows How Mars Got a Jelly Doughnut

mrops Aliens (61 comments)

Actually, if its the rover, then its definitely the Aliens who put it there.

about 7 months ago
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Japan To Create a Nuclear Meltdown

mrops Re:Great (222 comments)

Yah, but can we please do it on the moon!

about 8 months ago
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Google Acquires Boston Dynamics

mrops Safety (104 comments)

With 8 stitches in my hand, not more than 12 hours ago. I have just gained new respect for multirotors, they are powerful beast.

I really really hope that Amazon puts proper protection in them drones so there are no injuries. The little toy one I have spins at around 5000 rpm with rotors with 16 inches propellers. It can cause serious injuries, just ask my hand.

Who will be responsible if an injury does occur, which they will. If you look at the Amazon prime air demo, the customer asks the drone to descend via his smartphone. Say there is a 5 year old standing under this thing or comes running in its direction, are there smarts in the drone to abort the mission. Who is responsible for the injury, Amazon or the customer who sent the descend order?

about 9 months ago
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Drone-Mounted Laser Weapons Are On the Way

mrops Sharks (116 comments)

better update their LinkedIn profile

about a year ago
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Syrian Gov't Agrees To Russian Chem-Weapon Turnover Plan

mrops Regime is not stupid either (362 comments)

What I don't get is that when rebels had momentum, they did not use chemical weapons. Now that the rebels are losing ground and the Asad military machine is winning and gaining grounds, they go ahead and use chemical agents.

Personally, it doesn't add up. IMO, the most to gain with this show was actually the rebels. Nonetheless, politics played by Putin and Asad turned this into an advantage, once they hand over the weapons, the regime can crush the rebellion in the most brutal way followed by negotiating a peace on their terms (we can hope can't we).

Personally, I would support the devil I know, i.e. the Asad regime. The other devil have significant extremist elements, aka al-qaeda.

1 year,6 days
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Kim Dotcom Resigns From Mega To Fight Extradition, Run For Office

mrops Re:Busy lil' feller... (109 comments)

"Busy huge' feller..."

There corrected it for you.

1 year,12 days
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US Forces Ready To Strike Syria If Ordered

mrops fool me once, shame on â" shame on you. (918 comments)

Fool me â" you can't get fooled again.

Its becoming apparent that Americans are dumber than G. W. Bush Jr, or at the very least powerless in a so self proclaimed beacon of democracy, liberty and freedom.

G.W.Bush misquoted a proverb, at least you couldn't fool him twice.

Please mod flaimbait, but ain't this the truth.

1 year,20 days
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Syrian Rebels Claim Hundreds Killed By Poison-Gas Attack

mrops Re:The US should stay out of it (222 comments)

Good at least one westerner who is partially correct.

Don't freaking interfere. CIA finally admitted its role in Iran too, somehow Iran is the monster for wanting nukes against a proven adversary.

You can think all you want that Muslims are lunatics, the matter of fact is all these guys, Sadam, Osama, Muslim Brotherhood and Kuwait were friends. Why would a friend be pissed at a friend. I mean, the only friends I am ever pissed at are the ones where I realize he is no friend at all.

This brings us to what Winston Churchill once said, "Countries don't have friends, they have interests". (and I am paraphrasing)

So, keep in your mind, its not that Muslim's hate you because you are an infidel, its because of the US policies of its own interest, cognitive dissonance is satisfied fine by saying that its because we are infidels that they hate us, the fact is, its the foreign policies. America was never a friend of anyone, it was their interest in cheap oil to keep the imperial engine running or keep Russians in Afghanistan at bay. Some half smart people figured out, be it Osama or Kuwait and saw it for what it really is, not a friendship but an American interest. Go blame them all you want.

1 year,26 days
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Camels May Transmit New Middle Eastern Virus

mrops Re:Conspiracy Theory (163 comments)

I am sure there is a joke in their somewhere....

An arab and a camel walk into a bar... ... ... ... ...
You got the virus....

about a year ago
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Indian FOSS Evangelist Atul Chitnis Dead At 51

mrops Re:Rest In Peace (39 comments)

I can second that, I was in second year Computer Engg and recall the fan fair when this issue was to be released. Our local shop was taking orders with pre-payment to reserve a copy. Got my first intro to Linux with this distribution, at 100 hr total internet access for the entire year, at 14.4kbps dial up speeds, there wouldn't haven been any other way.

Introduced Linux to my university as well as had an early exposure of this OS that is still paying the bills today in some form.

Ironic as it may be, I didn't know this person was behind it till now. RIP Atul.

about a year ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

mrops Second that (623 comments)

Grade 5, dad gets an Atari 800XL.

I asked for games, he bought in few books that had code for games in BASIC, 1000s of lines had to be punched in and saved on cassette tapes.

Soon enough I learned how to cheat with friends where I would get an unfair advantage during game play, the rest is history.

about a year ago
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Watch a Lockheed Martin Laser Destroy a Missile In Flight

mrops Useless after ballistic trajectory (177 comments)

2KM is kinda useless once the missile has achieved ballistic trajectory.

At speed of 2.5km/second, the missile will whiz pass this thing quicker than any damage can be done to it.

Note both the videos show the missile at launch, when they are not at top speed, may work for Hamas to Israel scenario, won't work for North Korea to South Korea type of scenario.

about a year ago

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New RCMP policy says Tasers potentially lethal, li

mrops mrops writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mrops (927562) writes "In 2007, a dazed and confused immigrant, Robert Dziekanski, died after a Taser was used on him for 24 seconds by RCMP
His death sparked a public inquiry.
As the result of the inquiry have come in, RCMP has revised its Taser use policy.

This is a step in the right direction, Taser use should be classified as torture. Other security enforcement groups should learn from this."

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Risks of using The Onion Router (TOR)

mrops mrops writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mrops (927562) writes "Few days back there were terrorist attacks in India. Apparently an email was sent claiming responsibility. Police raided an American living in India and seized his computer believing the email was sent from this computer.

We live in interesting times where governments are not afraid to go to extra ordinary lengths to "protect" their citizens, or so they claim. Countries like US and Britain, which were once a beacon to freedom and liberty now justify torture.

My question to the Slashdot community is what if his computer was an end point of a TOR identity. Real perpetrators safely sitting elsewhere. Are the risks of running TOR end point worth it?

TOR is an excellent excuse for someone from west, but say I was in Pakistan, will the authorities buy this or will they be too quick to judge and I will dis-appear never to be seen?"

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Blu-Ray vs HD DVD in stalemate

mrops mrops writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mrops (927562) writes "Sony corps CEO believes that Blu-ray and HD DVD are in a stalemate. The fight is becoming more interesting, however I believe that HD DVD will be the eventual winner, 200$ players (and 100$ in some cases) and wide availability of titles makes it a clean winner.

In case we are heading towards a stalemate, we are already seeing dual blu-ray HD DVD drives like this LG drive featured at Best Buy.

One thing that is becoming clearer every day is that Blu-Ray will be your new Betamax."

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Scientists Invent 30 Year Continuous Power Laptop

mrops mrops writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mrops (927562) writes "Your next laptop could have a continuous power battery that lasts for 30 years without a single recharge thanks to work being funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The breakthrough betavoltaic power cells are constructed from semiconductors and use radioisotopes as the energy source. As the radioactive material decays it emits beta particles that transform into electric power capable of fueling an electrical device like a laptop for years.

I have two questions?
1) It gives off Tritium (Hydrogen with two neutrons) as a by product, which is somehow collected in porous silicon, Will this explodes? If it does, you wont be there to sue anyone.
2) When can I have this in my Prius."

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