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Hacker Exposes Evidence of Widespread Grade Tampering In India

neosaurus Easier to deal with even numbers than odd (304 comments)

All the exam papers are hand corrected and manually totaled. During the grading process, the graders tend to give marks which total to an even number. For example, say the total up until the previous question is 23. Then if the next question is for 6 marks, the grader might assign 5 marks for that answer to get the total so far to 28. Mental arithmetic of even numbers is easier and this saves the grader from going over two passes to obtain the total at the end. All of these several hundred thousand papers are manually graded between the end of exams in April and the declaration of results in June.

The graders only work with a roll number and school number so they have no information about the identity of the student when grading. This has nothing to do with the caste system as some people here are suggesting. The identity of the student is matched with the roll number *after* the papers are graded.

about a year ago

Outrage In India Over Arrests For Facebook Posts

neosaurus Re:Going to get worse ... (90 comments)

I'm from the region. FWIW that post had nothing to do with religion and Shiv Sena are a chauvinistic bunch of goons in the guise of politicians who are against everything and everyone who is not a native of their state irrespective of religion. They pander to the lowest common denominator and frequently vandalize all around the state and force city shutdowns with political clout and blatant violence. Unfortunately even the Central government has been responsible for similar arrests and attempts to curb free speech and expression in the recent past.

about 2 years ago

Advertisers Blast Microsoft Over IE Default Privacy Settings

neosaurus Two birds with one stone (558 comments)

Good for the consumers and bad for competition, namely Google.

about 2 years ago

Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

neosaurus Motivation? (612 comments)

What did you do when you had to do stuff which was boring but you knew that it had to be done? Following from that question, did you run into periods of lack of motivation where you didn't get ideas or solutions easily? If so, how did you resolve these?

about 2 years ago

How Would Driver-less Cars Change Motoring?

neosaurus Security (648 comments)

It will be interesting to see how network security is handled on automobiles as we'll soon be in an age of constantly connected automobiles. How long until someone remotely hacks into a car and takes control?

more than 2 years ago

25% of Car Accidents Linked to Gadget Use

neosaurus Next time you're on the bus (317 comments)

Look out of the window at the cars passing by. One in ten will be fidgeting with their smartphones with one or no hands on the wheel. Not only does this behavior increase accidents, it contributes to slowing flow and causes jams. And then we shift the onus of safety from us onto the vehicle and go buy a big SUV to be 'safe'.

more than 3 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Gets Delayed - Again

neosaurus DNF? (222 comments)

In racing terms, DNF stands for 'Did Not Finish'.

more than 3 years ago

AT&T Sued For Systematic iPhone Overbilling

neosaurus Re:AT&T's Fault? (265 comments)

We've experienced this with the iPhone 4. I've had the second generation iPhone which is the primary phone and the iPhone 4 which is on WiFi on all days except on the weekend. iPhone 2 with unlimited data plan didn't go over 200 Mb per month for two and a half years but the iPhone 4 transferred 65 Mb **when the phone was on WiFi**. And the data transfers were at odd hours. And this was with the phone on it's default settings, no apps and all notifications turned off. Sure enough we talked to AT&T about this who just told us to complain to Apple. We went ahead and filed a complaint with FCC.

more than 3 years ago

Which Shipping Company Is Kindest To Your Packages?

neosaurus Re:It's never the speed that gets you (480 comments)

That's both anecdotal and marred by my own recollection of the story, but it supports the "never underestimate the bandwidth of a truck full of backup tapes on the highway" saying.

A variation of the example and the above quote are from Andrew Tanenbaum's book on Computer Networks.

more than 3 years ago

EPIC Files Lawsuit To Suspend Airport Body Scanner Use

neosaurus Re:another Obama disappointment... (559 comments)

Obama could fire the director of TSA tomorrow and end this bullshit policy if he was so inclined.

Oh yes. And the headline next day would be that he supports the terrorists.

more than 3 years ago

'Cellphone Effect' Could Skew Polling Predictions

neosaurus Vote for or against (836 comments)

Has there been an election or study where the voter has *one* vote which can be exercised either for *or* against a candidate? This would be a useful option when faced with the a bunch of candidates who are all unspectacular.

more than 3 years ago

Jaguar's Hybrid Jet-Powered Concept Car

neosaurus Re:A step in a right direction (334 comments)

The current spec Formula 1 engines are 2.4 liter V8 engines which have a typical life of about 2500 km on the race track. The efficiency of the engines is much better than that of a Prius but it burns about 150 kg of race fuel per race, not including qualifying and practice sessions. The engine rules are set to change for 2013 though to employ technology which can be transferred to road cars. Another energy saving measure introduced last year was KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) which stored energy generated from braking which could be used as addition bhp during the race.

more than 3 years ago

Today's Children Are Officially Potty Mouths

neosaurus Re:We now idolize the prison and degenerate cultur (449 comments)

Unfortunately this is not limited to the US. American pop culture reaches more parts of the world through the media and the internet than any other culture. And somehow children all over the world take what they see happening in America to be cool and something they should follow. For example, reading and having an interest in classical music is considered nerdy and uncool in most parts of urban India.

more than 3 years ago

Google CEO Schmidt Predicts End of Online Anonymity

neosaurus Re:Worrying (591 comments)

So many replies into this and no one has yet wondered if Schmidt is just 'warming' the public up to the idea that this might happen in the very near future? It is quite probable that Google is considering changes in its privacy policies resulting from constant pressure from world governments and powerful institutions.

more than 4 years ago

Lost Ends

neosaurus Re:My take (955 comments)

I thought that apart from leaving aside some things to the domain of metaphysics, they could've had a semi-plausible explanation of a number of things. Since the island was shown to have a core of extremely high electromagnetic activity that caused the plane to crash in the first place, they could've shown that to be the reason for the island having a warped spacetime. The flashes could've been portrayed as times when wormholes were generated which connected different spacetimes. Once the donkeywheel was fixed in place, this didn't happen anymore and the bunch was stuck in the 70s until the subsequent flash and the second plane crash. Due to the extremely warped spacetime, the clock time on the island would go really slowly as compared to the clock time in the present world. One can only guess as to what it is like in such a region of spacetime and that would've given the writers considerable leeway as to what they could get away with transformation between states of matter (smokey). The explosion of the bomb would've been a good shot at what might happen if one was faced with the Grandfather Paradox and if that would prevent the course of events from the time cone from that point on. Also, it would've been a good take on what happens when a tremendous amount of energy is released at the source of a tremendous electromagnetic field. The bunch could've lived a lifetime on the island which had a slow time clock and still this lifetime might seem like a fraction of a second in the real time during their flight on Oceanic 815.

more than 4 years ago

Genetic Disorder Removes Racial Bias and Social Fear

neosaurus Asocial behavior? (319 comments)

I wonder what the implications of a lack of social fear result in. Would these individuals be more likely to commit asocial activities? A lack of fear of being ridiculed might make one of them come up with a radical theory while it might make another commit a crime without thinking of the social implications.

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Say Women Secretly Desire Hairy Geeks

neosaurus Re:um... (130 comments)

Are you a tall, dark and handsome fellow who's obviously not happy with these findings?

more than 4 years ago

How Easy Is It To Cheat In CS?

neosaurus Re:Expelled (684 comments)

I was a Teaching Assistant for a freshman year C++ course for two years in grad school. We divided the assignment scores of the students we caught cheating by 1000. Btw, we used Moss [] as well.

more than 4 years ago

Lawyer Demands Jury Stops Googling

neosaurus Re:Score (-1) Off-topic (517 comments)

By affixing spelling and stabilizing it, you preserve access to the past generations' writings. By allowing changes, you end-up with incomprehensible documents

Hardly. Purists never will accept such change but that is how languages develop. Short forms in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics eventually led to the usage of one symbol and a group of symbols used in conjunction to convey different meanings and express abstract ideas. This shortened form was frowned upon by the erudite of the Egyptian civilization too. I hate misspellings and 'lolspeak' as much as anyone else but they variations in language used by the masses lead to the evolution of language.

about 5 years ago



Indian ISPs selectively blocking websites

neosaurus neosaurus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

neosaurus (1621105) writes "There was a kerfuffle on the internets in the last few days with a UK judge ordering the Pirate Bay to be blocked. This has already been happening in India for quite a while now with ISPs blocking file sharing sites as well as video sharing sites like DailyMotion."
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Bombay High Court rules astrology to be a science.

neosaurus neosaurus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

neosaurus (1621105) writes "In India, the Bombay High Court recently ruled astrology to be "a time tested science more than 4000 years old." This not only does it stretch the definition of science[] , but also reaffirms people's faith in pseudosciences at a broader level."
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