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Intel Offering 3-D Printed Robot Kits

pradeepsekar Software not hardware (26 comments)

Robots are more about software than hardware. Though having smart hardware looks and feels good. Intel's success would be dependent on doing a good job on the software and making is user friendly.

about 2 months ago
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EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

pradeepsekar Re:Reckless (184 comments)

Just wait till someone sends a bomb threat using your Wifi and you find police at your doorstep wanting to arrest you! The legal framework and the enlightened enforcement do not exist as yet for sharing your internet connection safely with strangers.

about 2 months ago
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China Deploys Satellites In Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

pradeepsekar Re:They'll never find the island it landed on. (142 comments)

The is flight 370 - not 714... :-)

My best guesses are
a) The pilot flew the plane at a very low altitude to a deserted island, where there is no mobile signal. Why? We will find out...
b) The pilot dropped the plane intact into the sea (and hence no debris). Why? No one knows...

I think we will find out in the next few days...

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Workers Strike In Germany As Christmas Orders Peak

pradeepsekar Who is right? (606 comments)

"The union says Amazon workers receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs"

"Amazon has defended its wage policies, saying that employees earn toward the upper end of the pay scale of logistics companies in Germany."

So who is right? Is Amazon avoiding paying overtime because they schedule worker shifts in an intelligent manner that does not require overtime (resulting in lower earnings per employee), or because they dont pay overtime even if people work overtime?

"The union says that by classifying its centers as "logistics" centers, Amazon can pay lower wages" - so what is the right definition - Can they be called "retail", or as "mail-order" jobs... can someone enlighten... based on facts...

There are so many nuances that just cannot be understood from a simple media article... Oh well... this is slashdot....

But what I'd rather have is that Amazon, and its workers and its worker councils and its unions sort the matter out in an amicable manner, than to inconvenience their paying customers, which can only result in something negative for all the parties involved.

about 8 months ago
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Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

pradeepsekar Re:And google will retain that info exclusively. (195 comments)

The article does not state of all images would be cached automatically even if you have not read your mail. It only says that images would be served through a Google proxy server, which caches the images.

So if Google proxies and caches the images when you open the mail, there is no protection added from marketers, except for the fact that Google can scan the images for exploits.

And if Google proxies and caches the images as soon as the service receives the mail, marketers can verify if the address is a valid gmail address or not by just sending mails and waiting for Google to cache the image. Expect more spam if this is the case.

There will be true protection from email tracking only if Google caches the images in all emails it receives, even if the email address is invalid - and that would increase the load on Google servers quite a bit.

about 8 months ago
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WindowsAndroid Lets You Run Android 4.0 Natively On Your PC

pradeepsekar Virtualization (190 comments)

Such emulators have been around for long where one can use apps of one platform on another (Wine anyone). Whats the news here...? I can understand why someone would want to play an Android game or use some such app that is not available for the PC using this. But why would one want to run a browser inside Android when a perfectly good browser could be used directly from Windows. The novelty of it would wear away soon I guess.

BTW, Bluestacks runs Android apps on both Windows and Mac machines. WindowsAndroid can claim to be better than Bluestacks when they get their platform running on Mac *and* Linux too! Or perhaps when it can run Android on a Windows phone at native speeds (well, that would be an awesome one if it could be done).

about a year and a half ago
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Is the Earth Gaining Or Losing Mass?

pradeepsekar Re: as the temperature of the Earth goes up...!? (356 comments)

When something is burnt, energy is only being converted - from chemical energy to heat energy. Even when someone talks about the (supposed) nuclear reaction inside earth's core, the mass lost really is converted into heat which is spread on to the mantle and perhaps the atmosphere, but definitely not radiated away. This increased energy would add to an equal amount of mass as lost by the (supposed) nuclear reaction if calculated using E=MC^2. The quantity (E+M*C^2) is conserved in a closed system.

The only real increase to this would be the energy from the sun, which would be approx 173 petawatt, of which 30% is reflected out (Albedo). Given that 25million kilowatt-hour is a gram, this would only contribute to an increase of just 4.8tons.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Intros 310 Series Mini SSDs

pradeepsekar Re:Windows (122 comments)

The "join" command in DOS could do this too... way back in the 90's...

more than 3 years ago
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India Now Wants Access To Google and Skype

pradeepsekar Re:how is this NOT an outlawing of encryption? (366 comments)

Encryption is not going away. Any half good programmer can whip together a 3-DES or RSA routine together - why, many programming languages even have ready APIs for it.

Most governments go through this growing up phase with respect to encryption. Even US had export control norms for encryption software till they realised that directly controlling it is plain impossible (PGP was born outside the borders of the country due this very reason).

The Indian Law permits the Government to ask for the encryption key. Now, if someone asked for an encryption key to a SSL session, pray tell me how it can be retrieved... Some parts of the law are not very compatible with the technology that exists today. I do hope someone brings some sanity into this situation.

What India also needs to do is to have a due process to ask for encryption keys (warrant sounds fine to me), develop the ability to break encryption if the keys are not forthcoming (bruteforce the simple stuff - or get access to unencrypted material stored on the mail server), and importantly, learn who they should approach for the encryption keys (i.e, not the ISP).

Till the Government heeds solid technical advice on how to manage encryption, I am sure we will continue hearing such headlines.

more than 3 years ago
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Comparing the Freedoms Offered By Maemo and Android

pradeepsekar Re:The writer is clueless about end users (244 comments)

In the GSM world, all you have to do is try your SIM on a different device, and you know if it is the network or the device. I prefer manufacturers who get users the features they need in their handsets, and telcos who look after networks. All artificial restrictions go away when you combine this with number portability.

There is no shortage of bundled and locked handsets and plans in the GSM world too. So subsidizing upfront purchase prices for the particular segment of buyers is very much possible, and happens quite a bit.

The CDMA platform may be more spectrum efficient, but IMHO, GSM wins out overall - from an user perspective at least.

more than 4 years ago
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Low-Power Home Linux Server?

pradeepsekar ASUS Eee Box PC B202 (697 comments)

ASUS Eee Box PC B202 runs Ubuntu Server like a dream. Have configured it as a PDC for my Windows Boxes, and trying to get Free Radius working for my Wifi network. Have got BIND, Squid running to provide the caching I need. Have not got started with the filtering, but thats the next stop after Free Radius. And VPN so that I can get back into home when I am travelling. Syslogd will also be nice to log my Internet Traffic. But that would be all I require. (My backups are on a DNS 323, so I dont plan messing with it. Anyway, this Eee box has only 160GB, hardly enough for the task at hand) It sits as a headless box in a corner and I just SSH in when I need it. Pretty, and pretty impressive for the small box it is. Atom N270, 1GB RAM is enough for what I do - CPU hardly ever spikes beyond 10-15%, and RAM is more like 25% peak that I have seen when I am logged in and swap does not really get touched. I have only one wish - a distro where all this is preconfigured or works out of the box...

more than 4 years ago
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NASA To Trigger Massive Explosion On the Moon In Search of Ice

pradeepsekar Life (376 comments)

If there is a chance for water there, there may also be a chance for life. Hitting that area in this manner may just reduce that probability to zero.

more than 5 years ago
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India Sleepwalks Into a Surveillance Society

pradeepsekar Re:Reality is different. Re:Morality police (292 comments)

For those in power who know how to wield it, such laws simply become an excuse to harass anyone and everyone as they please. The current system is full of laws and regulations that make even the most law abiding person wilt under scrutiny. The only defense is anonymity - in the large number of people in the nation. Just hope that no one notices you - and if they do, well, ...

more than 5 years ago
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Is Open Source Software a Race To Zero?

pradeepsekar Re:Yes, and there's nothing new with that (729 comments)

Value = What you get - what you pay.

Consumer gets more value in the long run with Open Source. The value that the software company declines. Overall, Open Source is good for the user, and bad for those trying to compete with it.

more than 5 years ago
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German Doctor Cures an HIV Patient With a Bone Marrow Transplant

pradeepsekar Re:Like to see this replicated (639 comments)

We do not sterilise people just because antibiotics have helped them survive an infection.

more than 5 years ago

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Indian Govt to service Citizens electronically

pradeepsekar pradeepsekar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pradeepsekar (793666) writes "The first draft of Electronic Delivery of Services Bill-2011,has proposed that all Ministries and Govt. departments in India compulsorily deliver services to Citizens electronically,through the Internet and mobile phones.The Bill proposes completely phasing out manual distribution of services, as the Govt.aims to plug leaks in the system, minimize losses and ensure delivery to the intended beneficiaries. This would require each Ministry/Department to identify the basket of citizen centric services to be delivered through electronic means along with the delivery channels, with stipulated timeline and service level for each service. Each Ministry will assess its readiness and accordingly fix the timelines for mandatory electronic service delivery. However no department will exceed a cut off date fixed for the country. Benefits would include efficient, transparent and reliable delivery of web enabled public services in a definite and time bound manner to citizens, thereby transforming Governance. This will eliminate the need for a citizen to go to Government offices to seek services."
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Indian regulator on IT & Information Security

pradeepsekar pradeepsekar writes  |  more than 3 years ago

pradeepsekar (793666) writes "The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has placed on its website the report of the Working Group on information security, electronic banking, technology risk management, and cyber frauds.

The objective of the Working Group was to provide a set of guidelines to banks covering the entire gamut of electronic banking. This would serve as a common minimum standard for all banks to adopt as well as lay down the best practices for banks to adopt in a phased manner for a safer and sounder banking environment. The Group felt that there was a need for banks to follow a consistent approach in each focus area, to minimize differing interpretations.

The report covers various areas such as IT Governance, information security (including electronic banking channels like internet banking, ATMs, cards), IT operations, IT services outsourcing, Information System Audit, Cyber frauds, business continuity planning, customer education and legal issues.

The Group recognised that the recommendations are not “one-size-fits-all” and the implementation of these recommendations need to be based on the nature and scope of activities engaged by banks and the technology environment prevalent in the bank and the support rendered by technology to the business processes.

The Reserve Bank will begin implementing the recommendations of the Working Group shortly."

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Vista Explorer thinks 647MB>219GB

pradeepsekar pradeepsekar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pradeepsekar (793666) writes "The latest error I have noticed on my Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit is that copying a 647MB File to a partition with 219GB free gives a 'not enough disk space' error — both on using Explorer and the Move command from the prompt. Smaller files (27MB) copy fine. Thankfully, xcopy managed to copy the files without complaining. Once the file (647MB) had moved to the large drive, copying it again to another drive with 219GB free worked fine...

Interestingly, this very same error appears to have existed in XP in 2005 — http://west-wind.com/WebLog/posts/1556.aspx"

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