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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

tanveer1979 Deep Cover...? Naah Deep pockets more like it (175 comments)

Corruption is Rampant in India.
Often people with deep pockets bribe officials. That is why it was not part of the official request but told verbally

6 hours ago
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Experiment Suggests Monkeys Can Do Basic Math

tanveer1979 Not news (86 comments)

I know many who can even code

2 days ago
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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

tanveer1979 This will blow your mind really... (175 comments)

A programmer is instructed to develop a software which generates a random sales tax registration number. This software will be used for random raids.
The officer in charge gives him a small slip with few numbers, and verbally instructs that these numbers should never be generated.
So how do you deal with corruption like this
1. Option 1 - Blow the whistle - No proof. They may come after your family
2. Option 2 - Comply
3. Option 3 - Make software so that first 3 months the numbers never come, but after 3 months the probability of the said number increases by 10X :) Evil ethical developer eh?

2 days ago
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IPCC's "Darkest Yet" Climate Report Warns of Food, Water Shortages

tanveer1979 Lemme try and explain (703 comments)

I come from a farming family, we do produce lots of crops including wheat.
If temperatures go warmer by a degree. It won't matter. Really it won't.
however, as temperatures change, rainfall patterns change.
For example, we get rain from westerlies in Northwest India from Dec-End feb.
So wheat gets water at times of growth, and while harvesting end march - late april there is hardly any rain.

Over the past 10 years it has changed. It can rain heavily in march-april also, which will destroy almost ripe wheat crop.
Heck, westerlies are active into may now.

Such change in rainfall patterns can destroy crops.

Another example, the himalayas got a lot of snow this year. Much more than normal. Good thing. But all of it started in feb in some regions, which will result in poor apple crop this time in some regions.

Any climate change which alters patterns(not necessarily warming or cooling, but change) has the potential to destroy agricultural yields. So climate change is a bad thing in general for agriculture unless it happens over millenia.
I would not mind climate change if it happened gradually like in olden times. We would adapt. But rapid change in rainfall patters over 3 decades. Everything goes for a toss.

about 1 month ago
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Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:

tanveer1979 Big effing missing option (201 comments)

Digital camera.
Seriously, even unguided, a DSLR like a D7000 with 50mm 1.8 can catch so much at a dark location.
For example, simple 50mm shot of the Andromeda galaxy
10s exposure at ISO 6400 F1.8 (Hence some CA)
http://tanveer.smugmug.com/Tra...

about 3 months ago
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Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

tanveer1979 But..... (162 comments)

The people I am talking about are not Americans.. they are Indians :)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

tanveer1979 Get an android dongle (420 comments)

http://www.rikomagic.com/en/index.html

Lots of options.
Basically, it attaches to your TV android port. You can run any media server like xbmc etc., or whatever.
You can go online, use an app to view videos, or simply use network file system.... Possibilities are endless

about 3 months ago
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Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

tanveer1979 Most miss the point (162 comments)

I have a lot of friends who proudly contribute to google maps. Whenever I try push them towards OSM, the response is. Its not good enough. roads are missing. POIs are less.
Its like a big whoosh.
OSM is user generated. More users will mean better maps. Looks at Europe. We did a trip in norway, and we could navigate perfectly just with OSM. Why? Because of local participation.
Secondly, we have lost a lot of battles. Today facebook decides what content to show. Want your status update to be seen? Well pay money. The corporations have one agenda. Gamify and monetize. We need to get out and reclaim whatever we can.
And OSM is just one of the pieces of the puzzle. If more and more people started contributing, there is no reason for OSM to be inferior. For example, the Indian city of Chennai is as well mapped as google.
More users means more developers come and develop better routing algorithms. Better POI searches. Better map features.
So if you don't like OSM in your area, Fix it. Its not too difficult. To get something, if you expect some corporation to come and do it for you, remember they will do it in a way it benefits them. To get what you want, you have to make an effort.

about 3 months ago
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Smart Toothbrush Aims For Better Brushing Habits

tanveer1979 Coming up next (102 comments)

Smart toilet paper role......

about 3 months ago
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YouTube Expands Live Streaming To All Channels

tanveer1979 Oh really? (71 comments)

Can you let me know of some sites where I can host my videos for free, and also earn a share of the advertising?
Youtube is more or less the only option.

about 4 months ago
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Copyright Takedown Requests to Google Doubled In 2013

tanveer1979 Thanks Bucc (117 comments)

I make time lapse videos as a hobby, and I spend hours searching for CC licensed music. After finding such music, I go through the license type to make sure I am not using the music in a way it was not intended to.
Yet, anybody can file a claim.
Remember that fiasco about the video that had no music, just some background of birds chirping?
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120227/00152917884/

It was so ridiculous that everybody from slashdot to tech portals picked it up, and the guy won. However, what about countless others who are impacted every day.

Here see, they take down classical public domain music
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110421/10280813987/uk-music-publishers-issue-dmca-takedown-public-domain-sheet-music.shtml

Search google and stories are literally unlimited. Its a sad state of affairs, with everything heavily stacked in favour of those who can afford an expensive lawyer.

about 5 months ago
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Copyright Takedown Requests to Google Doubled In 2013

tanveer1979 I have been on the receiving end (117 comments)

I made a time lapse video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVbBfUWq3mU

I used background music from ccmixer
Gave the full attribution too!

Music : Improvisation On Sunday, by Alex Beroza(http://ccmixter.org/files/AlexBeroza/...)
Uses : http://ccmixter.org/files/The3amAssoc... again under the following license.

And got a notice that it matches. I filed a dispute, and haven't heard from them again, and my video is up and running. However, if they had filed a counter claim, they would have taken it down? My account gets a copyright strike? I dunno

anyways, I notified the actual music composer about the claim, and maybe he is also trying to get it removed from their DB.

But its scary, if somebody puts a takedown notice, I cannot seek recourse. I am not in the USA and that makes it even more difficult.

about 5 months ago
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India's Mars Mission Back On Track After Brief Hiccup

tanveer1979 The real Triumph.... (73 comments)

This is exciting. Really exciting. First the successful moon mission and now this.
However, from a ISRO's standpoint, this is more significant from another angle too.
With such low cost, now others are looking at India as a satellite launch country. Even before, those who wanted satellite launches, often came to ISRO if cost was an issue. But success rate was not too good.
With this mission reaching this stage, ISRO has shown that it can launch any type of satellite. From satellite launch perspective, this is a complete success. No doubt about it.
All these dollars invested will come back over the next few years, as more and more companies gain more trust in ISRO launch capabilities. I won't be surprised if ISRO recovers all the costs of this mission from commercial launches within the next 5 years.

about 5 months ago
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Puzzled Scientists Say Strange Things Are Happening On the Sun

tanveer1979 Nooooo (342 comments)

After witnessing the Aurora, I say this is sad news. Quiet sun means fewer displays like this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEHRoyvh_Ec

And maybe no more of those wild sun moments when satellite engineers go berserk in fear.

about 5 months ago
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Android KitKat Released

tanveer1979 Hall Effect Sensor? (358 comments)

I was looking at the tech specs. Sensors are very important to me(eg Pressure, magnetic etc.,)
So I went through the list on the tech specs page, and apart from the regular proximity and stuff, there is a Hall Effect sensor too. Haven't seen it in the high end Note 2 also, or maybe Samsung calls it by a different name.
I know what is a Hall effect sensor, however, I am wondering what will it be used for here? Will it be used for whether a flip cover is open or not? For that I think you can use the light sensor too.
Answers please?

about 6 months ago
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No, Oreos Aren't As Addictive As Cocaine

tanveer1979 Black is just fine (285 comments)

Indian premium brands like Taj Mahal are excellent for black tea too.
In India, few people use flavoured tea. However, they do flavor their tea.
If you want a lemony flavor - Just add a few drops of lemon juice(Fresh squeezed)
If you want aroma - Cardamon
If you want Spice - Cinnamon

Flavoring tea like this has better results than pre flavored tea. When you refer to Earl grey and such , I figure you are buying Twinnings?

about 6 months ago
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No, Oreos Aren't As Addictive As Cocaine

tanveer1979 Tea?? (285 comments)

Brewing tea is quite easy. Go to an Indian store and buy a 1kg pack. We get 1KG pack for your 300 INR in India for excellent tea. Thats less than 5$. With markup and all 1KG tea of good quality(eg. Taj Mahal) should be around 10-20$ in Indian stores in any big city.
That 1KG pack will brew around 500 150ml cups of tea for you.
Add milk and sugar to taste.

Here is the recipe. Remember this is how tea is made in India, which is kind of like the home of Tea. British just borrowed it and consider those silly tea bags as tea.

Lets say you want to make 300ml of tea(2 cups)

Take 300ml water.
Add sugar to taste. If you have a sweet tooth you would need around 4 teaspoons, otherwise most people do fine with 1 teaspoon each or 2 for 300ml. Use cane sugar.

Start boiling the water, and as you start seeing the steam coming, put in the tea leaves. Add 1.5 tea spoons
This figure is relative. Some like tea bitter, so you would need 2 tea spoons

Keep boiling the water with tea leaves. Once it starts boiling, i.e reaches around 100 degree C(violent water) keep boiling it for 1 minute or so.
By the end of a minute or so you would have 250ml water left. Add 50ml milk. Or add 70ml if you want it whiter.

Bring it to a boil(the mixture would start rising) and turn off the gas, and cover it for couple of minutes, sitting there.
Now pour the mixture from a sieve and throw away the spend leaves.

Drink and enjoy. Not expensive.

Some further tips. If you like a strong spicy flavor, add 1/4th teaspoon of cinnamon powder along with tea leaves.
If you like to have gingery flavor(excellent sore through remedy), put around 1 table spoon of crushed fresh ginger
If you like aromatic, add 3 small crushed cardamom cloves((a pack of 100 cloves costs around 3-4$ at Indian stores.

Some links
Tea -> http://shop.khanapakana.com/brooke-bond-taj-mahal-tea-15-8-oz-450-grams/ 6$ for half kg. you may find cheaper
Cardamon pods -> http://nhastore.com/Cardamon-Pods-Whole-Green-1-Pound-Bulk--P884492.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=Product_Search&utm_campaign=google_base

Remember one cup tea needs 1 clove of cardamom so even a 30$/1lb pack will last you for 500 cups or so or even more.
If you ever make a vacation to India, buy 5kg tea and store in air tight container(it will not spoil). Will cost 15$ or so. Cardamom will be 5-6$ for 1kg pack.

Once again, lemme tell you, british do not know tea. That is not tea.
When british first discovered tea, they used to bew tea, throw away the water and eat the bitter spent leaves, and then complain that Indians eat such vile stuff
Tea has to be brewed, and the first 10-15 cups will not taste very good.
Slowly you will realize how much milk, or how much sugar, or how much tea leaves you need to add.

Watch some Indian youtube videos for tea making. You will find some where 300ml water + 70ml milk and mixed and then boiled. After the boil the burner is kept on slow and tea leaves are added which are then brewed on slow flame for 5 minutes.;
These are all variations. Experiment, and you will find what you really want.
And its a cheap cheap way to prepare tea.

In India we often make 10 cups, keep in a thermos, and for the next 5 hours we can keep microwaving and having. However after 4-5 hours, the taste starts going bad.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Drops Price on Nokia's 41-Megapixel Phone

tanveer1979 The real problem is... (197 comments)

That its not really a smartphone.
I use android, and recently, aquired a lumia 520 running the latest windows OS. Basic things like file rename, send file as attachment in an email is not possible.
If you use an app to open a file from web, if you delete that app, all files related to that app go away.
So its kind of like a featurephone.
With here maps, its wonderful for the 520. You get an amazing GPS featurephone with great touch etc.,
However, as you spend more, you can get a smartphone so high end win os phones will never fly off the shelves.

about 7 months ago
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Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business

tanveer1979 You like many other.... (535 comments)

posters here, are a fanboi. And I am not going to give you any counter argument, because any counter argument to fanboi's is useless.
As for me, I believe the best OS is the one which makes you productive. If there was one best OS, we would all use that one best OS. So different folks, different strokes, but fanbois do not understand such simple logic.

about 8 months ago

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Taking on an unmanaged VPS

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  about 9 months ago

tanveer1979 (530624) writes "For years,I have been an on and off Linux Guy. Though I use linux quite often, I am not too gung ho on the admin front esp when it comes to webservers and hosting.

So while getting a VPS, a managed VPS does make better sense. However, since I am setting something up on a small scale, I think I can afford to be a little "adventurous". So I have decided t go for an unmanaged VPS, and start from scratch, setup apache, configure domains/subdomains, setup email and take care of the security, and then going on to setup a CMS(The part I am familiar with). So what do you suggest as a good guide to get started. The web is full of tutorials and advice, but I was to sift through the clutter. So help me out, and suggest the best resources for a newbie like me."
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Novartis denied patent on Newer version of Cancer Drug in India

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  1 year,23 days

tanveer1979 writes "In a world where patent offices are bending over backwards to grant patents on anything and everything, finally some sanity from India. The Supreme court of India has dismissed a plea by Novartis to be granted a patent on the newer version of its Cancer drug Gilvec.India has refused protection for Glivec on the grounds that it is not a new medicine but an amended version of a known compound. By contrast, the newer form of Glivec has been patented in nearly 40 countries including the United States, Russia and China.

Pfizer Inc's cancer drug Sutent and Roche Holding AG's hepatitis C treatment Pegasys lost their patented status in India last year, and Monday's ruling will make it tougher for them to win back patent protection."

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Vodafone sues for defamatory facebook messages

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tanveer1979 (530624) writes "If this comes to pass, complaining about poor service may be a thing of the past. Vodafone India is suing a customer for posting defamatory status messages on his facebook wall.

Dhaval Valia, was disgrunted with vodafone after getting poor 3G service. Apparently, vodafone has only 50% of cell sites supporting 3G connection in Mumbai. After lot many heated arguments with the management and customer care, he vented his ire on his facebook page, as a result of which, vodafone India sent a legal notice to the customer."

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Indian state buying 1.4 million laptops

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tanveer1979 (530624) writes "Indian state of Tamil Nadu is planning to place an order for 1.4 million laptops. In the recently concluded elections, the winning party had pledged one laptop for each +2 student(equivalent of highest class in school).

The estimated number of students fitting the profile is 1.4 million. To put things in perspective, total laptop sales in India for the year 2009-2010 were approximately 2.5 million. This order, by conservative estimates is worth almost 80 million USD, but actual costs are expected to be much higher(even when taking an ultra low price of 150$/laptop)."

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75% of Himalayan Glaciers Receding

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tanveer1979 (530624) writes "In a first of its kind comprehensive study of the Himalayas, Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) has revealed that 75% of the himalayan glaciers have retreated in the past 15 years.

The project studied 2190 glaciers using satellite imagery, as well as visits by experts. From the study "75% of glaciers have retreated, 8% have advanced, and 17% show no change". This brings back the focus on Himalayan ecosystem and its susceptibility to global climate change. These glaciers collectively serve as water towers to almost 1 billion people in South-East Asia, and such drastic change can wreck havoc on crop patterns. This brings back into focus the Climategate scandal, and it can be said without doubt that this study will go through intense scrutiny."

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Wikileaks causes political storm in India

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tanveer1979 (530624) writes "White in the west wikileaks cable releases have been met with skepticism and negativity towards the messenger, the scene in the developing world is quite different. Unlike their western counterparts, the Indian press is taking the govt to a task, and opposition parties are stalling the parliament.

More than the content of the leaks, what is really interesting is the way the reactions to the cables have been in the general public. While most western voters stood by their leaders, and even called Assange a traitor, in India its quite the opposite, with everybody baying for govt's blood. It could be because democracy is more democratic in India, or maybe because the general notion of the public that all politicians are crooks, and if there is a bribery allegation, it must be true!"

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US Authorities GPS tagging duped Indian Students

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tanveer1979 (530624) writes "Indian students duped by the dodgy Tri-Valley university in California have been fitted with GPS radio collars by the immigration authorities.

Scores of Indian students were caught in a scam where the university violated immigration norms and illegally got the students F1 visa and immigration status. To keep a track on the movements of the students, the authorities put GPS radio tags. This is spiraling into a major diplomatic row between India and USA, with the former calling the practice inhuman and unwanted."

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Indian Scientists decode TB Genome, and Opensource

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  about 4 years ago

tanveer1979 (530624) writes "Indian scientists have decoded the Tuberculosis genome, and released all data under open source. Anybody in the world can use the data and develop the drug based on it.
From the Article
"OSDD is a completely new formula across the world. Here we are making all our progress available to public. Anyone can take advantage and develop a drug based on our research. The aim here is not patents but drug discovery for a neglected disease"
Hopefully, this will pave the way for new age drugs for this neglected disease which kills millions every year."

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Should Internet forums be liable for defamation

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  about 5 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "The story itself is pretty mundane. User buys car, is conned at some point. This has happened to many, and thousands of forums all over the internet have such complaints.

Often the user goes to courts, but along with that also goes to various internet forums, and posts his/her grievance for all to see. Lot of people reply, and there are many comments, like "Boycott" etc., etc. This could have been a simple story, user unhappy with Skoda, user posts thread. This thread could have been like those countless threads. Skoda could have kept quiet, life would have gone on.

However someone, somewhere in the corporate ladder thought this should stop, and they should threaten. So in come the big guns and the lawyers, and put up a threatening post. So what happens then. Everybody cows down? Obviously Skoda India had never heard of Streisand effect and trouble starts. The Forum refuses to bow down, and a new thread is created dedicated to this thread. In just a few days it has 86000+ views. and the first results on google for Skoda India point to this blunder. Other forums also link to the same article, because the question is very relevant. Its the freedom of expression of a dis grunted customer which is at stake. What do slashdotters think? Does a company has the moral right to threaten a customer who posts a negative review. Legally corporations have enough muscle to do as they please, and the whole episode shows that you should never underestimate the power of the internet."

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India Scientists develop ~ 2000$ artificial heart

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "Indian Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur(IIT-KGP), have developed an artificial heart which costs just 2000$, a fraction of the 60,000$ heart available in the market currently.

The research team says trials of the prototype lab--constructed heart have been successful on small animals and the gadget is being perfected on goats. The institute has applied for permission to conduct human trials. The development of this heart took 4 years, and scientists say that they have bettered the reliability of the existing artificial heart at a tiny fraction of the cost, and very soon this heart could be in the reach of the common man."

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JAL makes first Boeing BioFuel flight

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "Japan Airlines made the first successful test flight of a Boeing airplane run on Biofuel. The Fuel in this case was a blend of traditional ATF(Kerosene) and a Bio fuel made of Camelina which is a non food energy crop.

In this test one of the engines of the Boeing 747-300 aircraft was running on the cocktail. The flight lasted 90 minutes. According to JAL, when Biofuels are sufficiently abundant and readily available, they hope to be the first ones to start using them. Apart from Camelina, which is the primary ingredient, the the fuel contains algae and jatropha."

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India sets record, 10 satellites on one rocket

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "India's ISRO has set a world record by injecting 10 satellites into space with one PSLV rocket. PSLV weights 230 tonnes.

Out of the 10 satellites eight were foreign, and two were Indian. The satellites also include the high resolution mapping satellite CARTOSAT 2A. Full news coverage here"

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No DL in Michigan for non permanent Legal resident

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "Michigan has passed a law, wherein to get a Drivers License you need to be a Permanent Legal resident. Though this move is to prevent illegal immigrants from getting a Drivers License, this will also affect thousands of H1/Student/L1 etc., VISA immigrants who are legally in the state.

These people can drive in Michigan with their home country drivers license, so apparently it will have no effect. But the question now arises, what will these people do when traveling to states which require a US drivers license? What if these people are unable to travel to their home country when their DL expires? Traveling overseas is a huge expense. Moreover, carrying a DL is very important as its an important identity document, not everyone will be comfortable carrying their passport around at all time!"

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Patent granted for Sports photography

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "It cannot get any stupid than this. Photocrazy has been granted a patent for shooting events photography.
The gist of the patent is
Do you shoot participants in sporting events?
Do you associate a unique identifier (such as bib number, name or time) with each image?
Do the participants find the images using a unique pre-determined identifier?
By default cameras will assign an unique image name, and the EXIF data will have unique data/time. Your clients will use either image name, or tag name(of participant) to search for photographs.

And do not think its not enforceable. Many Photo companies including Smugmug, Printroom etc., have been sued. Printroom has already caved in, and as per a response on dgrin, even smugmug has partially caved in. The settlement with printroom is posted below


Printroom user now have an option in a gallery to participate in the printroom sports license program.
Printroom paid Peter Wolf a substancial fee to license for the technology/workflow, and as part of the agreement now Printroom sellers, can select this option if they feel they fall into the area covered in Peter Wolf's license.
Printroom has three questions:
* Do you shoot participants in sporting events?
* Do you associate a unique identifier (such as bib number, name or time) with each image?
* Do the participants find the images using a unique pre-determined identifier?
If your answer is yes to all the above printroom suggests you enable the licensing within that gallery.
Any image sold will have an additional fee of $1.50 added to the end user (customer buying the a print or prints from one image). (excluding photographer orders, and ordering all images in a gallery).
Just some information I received tonight from my contact at PR."
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tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "Being a Partner for Linux Asia 2007 may be a great move by Microsoft, but the Linux India community, esp the are not happy about MS trojan horse in the event.

Allegations are flying thick with explanations being demanded from the Organizers(FOSSI). Their official response on the list has not gone down well with the members of the community who equate the move to having KFC sponsor a vegetarians conference. The biggest gripe is that having Microsoft as "Interoperability partner" led to the entire OSS spectrum at the event being overshadowed by them, and also prompted many key figures of the Indian OSS movement away from the event."
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tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "New Delhi, India was host to the Lunux Asia 2007 event from Jan 31 — Feb 02. While most LUGs would have a reason to celebrate the event polarized the Delhi LUG.

The issue? Microsoft is a partner of the event, they had the best stall with the biggest eye candy, and probably Linux Asia peddled VISTA more than LINUX! The gory details can be read in the ILUGD mailing list archives. For specific threads are here and here. Allegations are flying left right and center with some saying that our weakness is money, and others saying that we are too willing to please everyone. That said the event was more a matter of embarrassment than pride for the OSS community of Delhi in Particular and India in general."
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tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "In a new study being prepared by scientists, the world has just 10 years to reverse climate change before its too late to prevent Global meltdown.

The stark warning comes from scientists who are working on the final draft of a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.The report, due out this week, will draw together the work of thousands of scientists from around the world who have been studying changes in the world's climate and predicting how they might accelerate. Previous predictions have been talking about a 25-50 year timespan, but this new study predicts that extremely hot summers, destruction of amazon rainforests, migration of millions from coastal areas is inevitable in the next 10 years unless something is done to prevent it."
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tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "A thought came to my mind on building a car climate control system, the likes of which are found in high end cars. All that is needed is a dual temparature switch. for example if temparature set is T degrees, at T-1 degrees heater should be activated and at T+1 degrees AC should be activated.

I googled, checked out automobile systems websites, forums etc., but most modders are of the opinion that it is very complicated to do and very expensive too, thats why its found on more expensive cars. I disagreed. Such a switch cannot be very expensive. Even if you use 2-3 sensors on different corners of the car and use an algorithm to determine AC or Heater activation, or fan speed, how expense can it get.

Can I be pointed to a circuit diagram, an DIY help page etc.,. parts needed to construct such a thing which I can connect to Heater/AC and Fan speed switches? On High end cars, such a system translates to about 200-300$ extra in the cost of the car, but it is hard to believe that the manufacturer is actually having to spend this much extra for such a system. My estimates say that for a complex system with Microprossor control and sensors in 3 different places in the car, the cost should not exceed around 80$.

What gives me faith is that I was able to construct a camera wired remote for 2$ when the list price was 20$.

So in this case too such a solution may exist. so asking for your help slashdotters"
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tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

tanveer1979 writes "I recently converted a few people to firefox from IE on windows. Only to see them go back after a couple of days. The reason : On "live" sites like gmail, firefox would often hang for a few seconds while typing, while opera/IE would show not problem.

So, as a test, I took one of those PCs tried every anti-spyware(Lavasoft, MS, Spybot), couple of antivirus like AVG/Avast etc., and tried gmail. Same problem. Hang in firefox, and during that period you cant even move the mouse. Tried opening the Task manager to see usage, but same problem. Hang. So no updation. So now I have 3 people who went back to IE, because firefox is not just usable. Any ideas how to go ahead and tackle the problem? Where to start debug?"

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Nuts isnt it

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 11 years ago Yea your entry got moderated as troll. you have all the moderators, they didnt publish your story.
Real pain in the ass. Excellent KARMA is worst, now i gotu worry to keep it that way

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patent !!

tanveer1979 tanveer1979 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well, this is one thing that irritates me. patents for real stupid things that really are tehre in the first place. Tommorow somebody patents my genecode, what will i do commit suicide, but the way the patent offices are functioning the day is near.
Not only in software, you look everywhere, most of the guys up there dont have any idea about the subject. The submitter hasto wacky enough or rich enough.
People have patented ways of cleaning animals, something our ancestors used to do even when they roamed nude.
Soon somebody will patent email as "Transmission of data in pre determined sequence adhering to blah blah blah protocol blah blah bullshit"
I think i should patent bullshit, then the people who use bullshit onslashdot will pay me.

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