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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

thePig Re:How about... (482 comments)

User will create 4 woman fake profiles, and send the content to them too, all the time.
issue solved.

about a month ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

thePig Re:Police have legal immunity (455 comments)

More than that - this will bring every aspect of citizen behavior under the purview of law - which is quite dangerous.
The way the laws are structured, everyone breaks multiple laws daily - most of the policemen turns a blind eye to them - since from a human point of view they know that these are not important.
With camera following them all the time, they will have to leave their humanity aside and will start following the rules mechanically - which I think is more dangerous.
I voted for - not required - since I value a lenient law as more valuable than human excesses which can happen in any job.

about 2 months ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

thePig Re:Wow. (204 comments)

It is more similar than it is different. Both uses a set of fins (in jetboil, it is underneath the pan) to effectively reroute the energy that otherwise would have dissipated. Actually, with the fins being on the outside for this design, I think it would be less efficient compared to jetboil.

about 4 months ago
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Moon Swirls May Inspire Revolution In the Science of Deflector Shields

thePig Re:Weak magnetic fields on the moon. (76 comments)

Just wondering why would Mars lose its oxygen and hydrogen to solar wind if such a small magnetic field can provide such big deflections?

about 5 months ago
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Indian Hustle: How Fraudsters Prey On Would-be US Tech Workers

thePig Re:Why the exodus ? (124 comments)

I do see a lot of bigoted comments in the whole chain.
Do understand that all the things mentioned here are part and parcel of developing countries where concept of equality etc takes time to manifest.
Since we are going the anecdotal way, amongst my friend circle it is quite different. None of us bar one stayed in America and not because manual work is beneath them. Everyone wants to stay in India now, due to myraid reasons ranging from bigger opportunities, parents a,d relations etc.
Similar to Japan being made,fun of and then later respected, I believe similar path will follow for all the developing countries china, India and Nigeria included.
Please consider that just 3 years back this same forum used to make fun of code quality etc, which nowadays I don't see. Consider first that humans are equal other than,in the opportunity that they get, then all these things wil be secondary.

about 8 months ago
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It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

thePig Re:what's "interesting"? (206 comments)

Does this also mean that if you sleep less, you become older fast?

about 9 months ago
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Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

thePig Re: Call it... (263 comments)

Or binary hadron collider?
Is it possible to have two circles of say same circumference each and then redirect the electron/protons to a junction between them where it can collide? With such a contraption, we can keep on revolving the protons until it reaches the required speed.
Obviously this would have been amongst the first ideas to be checked and rejected, but what are the negatives in this idea?

about a year ago
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The Physics of the World's Fastest Man

thePig Re:need biochemists (137 comments)

This is slander. Unless he is tested positive, it is extremely unfair to him and the hours he put in to be labelled a cheat without a shred of evidence against him. Cynicism is all well and good - but this goes beyond that. Shame to the mods also.

about a year ago
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Container Ship Breaks In Two, Sinks

thePig Re:Tough ship (361 comments)

Since one possible reason is overloading, when they were towing it, how many containers did they drop to sea. If they had dropped enough they could have saved the remaining? Or is my lack of shipping knowledge showing here?

about a year ago
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Reasons You're Not Getting Interviews; Plus Some Crazy Real Resume Mistakes

thePig Re:Yvonnee Lee's resume is awful! (246 comments)

Personal attacks on anyone - especially on things people have no control of - is rather distasteful and takes focus away from the actual issue - slashvertisements.

about a year and a half ago
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Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

thePig Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (732 comments)

We should see how this affects e-commerce though.
This could be one salvation for the brick and mortar stores. They were being run out of business by e-commerce - and now the extra 3% could come as salvation.
E-Commerce might now push the Cash on Delivery then :-)

about 2 years ago
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Should Inventions Be Automatically Owned By Your Employer?

thePig Re:irrelevant (291 comments)

Very true. I always wanted to be an inventor, and have now more than a few patents. My first few patents were taken by the company where I was working during that time - even though it had absolutely nothing in common with the work I was doing for them - even the domain was completely different.

Primarily due to this, and partly due to the fact that they did not even implement the patent and try to sell it - rather they wanted the patents to bolster their resume when they went to their clients -, I left them and decided to work for my own. Started 2 companies till now, nothing has gone anywhere - but at least my patents are mine now.

I consider these total takeover of any work done to be a big deterrent to innovation overall. If I am coming with an idea, it should be mine and mine only. I am being paid for the work they expect me to do in the company - not thinking of ideas of my own. The companies doesnt even pay well for those patents and then complain that they are not innovative etc. I do understand that a very small percentage of patents make money, but for an inventor, it is his baby - giving pennies for it is like insulting him.

about 2 years ago
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1976 Polaroids of an Apple-1 Resurface

thePig Re:And this is news? (120 comments)

I would prefer this much more than the umpteen politics and yro posts here.
So, even though it might not pique your interest, there would be many others who might be interested.
Also, look at the comments on that site. It is quite illuminating and does give an idea of how computers really came through.
History does teaches lessons a lot.

about 2 years ago
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With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

thePig Re:*different* scores for *standardized* tests (622 comments)

I feel this more Anti-Black and Anti-Hispanics than anything else.
My understanding is that the biggest factor to a persons growth is the expectation upon him/her.
If a person is expected to be incompetent, more often than not, they grow to that role.
This is very well elucidated in Tipping Point, wherein a research found that if there are more than 5% of high-income people in a locality, automatically, within 10 years, the high-income people percentage goes up (to around 40% - I dont remember now), because the overall expectation on others goes up - from their parents, spouses etc.

Here, when the expectation is that Blacks and Hispanics are of lesser competency than Asians and Whites, they will grow to fill that role.
Such a rule, from a group of scholars, is quite shocking indeed.

about 2 years ago
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Pakastani Politician Detained By US Customs Over Opposition To Drone Strikes

thePig Re:It's just not cricket. (560 comments)

Another factor here is that Imran Khan is one of the few politicians who stands up against extremism. He was previously the captain of their cricket team (and a very capable player and leader - I must say), and was even then known for his secular, non-conformist views and opinions. Of all the people from Pakistan to detain, he should be the last.

about 2 years ago
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How Big Pharma Hooked America On Legal Heroin

thePig Re:More hype and angst (499 comments)

You should really read about Ayurveda.
This was/is a very widely used/implemented/tested set of traditional medicine in India, and can be very effective in many cases.
The studies associated with it are not very scientific, and the efficacy of the medicine for many serious diseases are not very good compared to Allopathy, but it can be very effective for many types of diseases - especially minor but quite debilitating diseases.
Do read about it, because it is not correct to completely disregard some types of medical practices without intimate knowledge about them.

I had done a study myself - we come from a very large family of very accomplished doctors - all of them allopathic - and my current view is that the Homeopathy, Reiki etc are quite a sham, while Ayurveda is quite a serious area of science. YMMV though.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?

thePig Re:Be your own boss. (708 comments)

I disagree on this moderately.
Unless you take the risk, there is a low chance of escaping out of the drudgery. You play your cards well, and the maximum that can happen is that you will lose out on a job - and maybe 1 year savings (which you should keep before you start out on your own). Which can happen anyways in such a toxic atmosphere (as mentioned by the OP) anyways - the difference is that with entrepreneurship you have a chance of safety and even hitting it rich, while in the job, you have nothing.

I have tried to be an entrepreneur twice, both after I was middle aged, have a kid, with mortgage, both times failed, but still am in a better position (job wise, not financially) than what I would have been - had I been in a job. One thing I did was that I never took any loan to start the company - that would have messed me up though.

The biggest part of both the adventures was that it was fun - it was nerve wracking, extremely panicky at some times, had a bad temper - but in the end, it was fun. Daily job is no fun after some time - so I prefer this energy compared to the daily job. And now I have assets - the code and programs I wrote during this time is mine - and I always have a hope that I will be able to sell it some time - with a job - do we have any assets?

Anyways YMMV.

more than 2 years ago
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Astronauts Open Dragon Capsule Hatch

thePig Re:Nice to see, but not really revolutionary (138 comments)

I actually would congratulate Obama on this. He forced everybody's hand on this, and it looks like a completely new future is beckoning...

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Solve Mystery of Ireland's Moving Boulders

thePig Re:Well holy god (127 comments)

My understanding is that they have not solved it, rather they have just suggested a mechanism. They found that even when there are no tsunamis the rocks are moving. They now think that storm waves could be a reason for it. If I understand correctly, they have not done the calculations for it.

So, now we have a hypothesis. Once the calculations and simulations are done, only then we will know for sure. Moving such big rocks means a lot of energy. Especially when it doesnt float. Can a positive feedback loop generate this much energy ? If so, who knows, positive feedback tidal waves could be the next big thing in renewable energy :)

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Comparing worths of different professions

thePig thePig writes  |  more than 4 years ago

thePig writes "BBC reports that a research, carried out by think tank the New Economics Foundation, finds that hospital cleaners are worth more to society than bankers or tax accountants. The salient point of the study, as suggested by Eilis Lawlor, spokeswoman for the New Economics Foundation, is that "A pay structure is needed which rewards those jobs that create most societal benefit rather than those that generate profits at the expense of society and the environment". About time, I think."
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thePig thePig writes  |  more than 8 years ago

thePig writes "High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL, Bhopal, India) has come up with a cheap (~1 cent) vaccine to prevent avian flu in birds. Scientists there had developed Elisa tests for diagnosis of avian influenza earlier. With the Chinese scientists coming up with their own effective avian flu vaccine for humans, the possibility of curbing avian flu pandemic looks bright indeed."

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thePig thePig writes  |  more than 8 years ago

But, is there anyting called loyality, esp. in case of people with 10 etc years of experience?
I am not too sure.
As people become older (and thereby wiser), the concept of loyality etc goes out of the window.
Most people are there in the company because
1. They are too lazy to check out other jobs
2. It is risky moving
3. When there is good experience, it is difficult to start off in a new company.

The problem is that company is much older and thereby much more wiser than the employee.
So a company also dont have loyalty.

I have seen that the smaller the company is, the better they treat their employees.
I think the reason is the same... i.e. the company is not old/wise enough.

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What is laziness?

thePig thePig writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I always feel sleepy and will start yawning once I start studying.
Why is it so?
Is it because, I am using my brains more when I study, and since I use it more,
my brain burns more energy. Now I need more Oxygen so I yawn.

Whn I yawn it also means my brain is tired and I need to sleep (at least hard wired
due to experience).

So I want to sleep.

Does this explain a little bit about laziness?

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thePig thePig writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I dont know why people are sticking to batteries - even now.. with all their inherent dangers and incompatibility with the current gas based vehicle systems?

My thinking is in the following lines -
A + B --electricity--> C
C + O2 -> A + B + Heat

In this case, we should be able to store C only (similar to petrol), and whenever needed, just jack in the power.

Wishful thinking, but possible, I guess.

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thePig thePig writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Just a guess -
Why moon base is an advantage ?

One of the problems with nuclear powered space travel is that people are afraid of the fallout incase of accidents.
Send huge nuclear engines - fully manufactured - to moon base.
It can be put into huge lead boxes - which can withstand high impact etc...
Now from moon base join it to the rocket and send it across..

Easier said than done.. But if they are planning for a moon base, there are indeed other advantages than just having lower gravity.
He3 is another.

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thePig thePig writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Shouldnt memory play a role in this?
I was under the impression that memory (basically hippocampus and amygdala) was the reason we chose items.
For example -
Grape - Appropriate synapses of the looks of the grape colour,look etc all get burned up in hippocampus
Also, when we eat it - the synapses for amygdala set for pleasure also gets set up.
Also a combination path way neuron for both also gets hardened due to electrons going there - (in hippocampus).
Now next time I see a grape, this compination path gets a signal when we see a grape - so a signal goes to the other one (for pleasure also), thus the memory of pleasurable experience when a grape is eaten comes to me.
This is memory.

Now, for a choice, depending on the amount of pleasure, my synapses fire more and I go for that.
For example - if there is bittergourd and grape, I will go for grape only.
I thought the monkeys choice depended on these neurons rather than the one they speak about.

Or is this the intelligent choice they are talking about - where in I go for bittergourd instead due to the higeher nutrition content ??? .. I thought that also could be expressed in the earlier way mentioned.

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Idea for decreasing txn power in mobile

thePig thePig writes  |  more than 8 years ago

The transmitter would be the one which would be using the max power in any cellphone.
In that case, make the antenna directional.
But then, we do *not* know the direction to which I have to sent the signal.
That can be done by maybe -
1. Changes needed for Towers
            Sent downstream a small pilot signal of the same freq as the upstream signal which the phone emits for that call.
2. Changes needed in the Cell
            Have a direction sensor in your mobile for this pilot signal. Once direction the highest amp for the pilot signal is obtained, sent the signal back in the same direction.

Instead of the wasted signal going all around, we have a signal which has very good directional properties. Thus the power of the signal to be sent can be reduced to maybe even 1/10th or 1/100th.
Thus the battery life also will have a propotional increase.

Adv of this system -
1.We dont care how many changes in direction the signal took and all.. Since the pilot came this way, my signal (almost the same freq, so almost the same refractive/reflective properties)will reach the tower proper.
2. Worries about your head getting fried by signal now over. Supposing that your head occupies 90 degrees of the phone directionality, now there is 1/4th time the power goes through you. In anycase, I dont think there is a high probability of the max amp pilot signal coming through your head.. So much less say1/10th of the time upstream signal goes through you.

Prob -
Changes needed in all towers.
Is a antenna which can change direction depending on a signal already there ? If not the idea wont work at all.

Just an idea.

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