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Comment: Re: The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 1) 117

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48674029) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny
Instability in Arab lands and Russia will affect us as much as the instability in Sierra Leon, Sudan or Rwanda. We try to stabilize Arab lands because they have the oil that is necessary for the world economy. We could not afford let their internecine quarrel crash the world economy. So we are forced to step in. If we don't need their oil, we can simply stand aside and watch them destroy each other, their infrastructure, their oil fields everything. We would not care We would not have to intervene. Let them stew in their own juices.

The day we don't need Arab oil, we can down size our military even more. Almost all the defense factory workers are basically on welfare. Their companies and factories have not produced anything efficiently to compete in real free market.

Comment: Re:The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 2) 117

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48673865) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny
Mitt Romney tried to paint this as a dismal state of affairs and was smacked down hard by Obama in the debate.

Aug 14 1945 was the V-J day. US Navy had just finished battling other nations that had navies that were comparable, and sometimes even bigger than US Navy. Now the highly shrunken US Navy dwarfs all other navies of all other countries by an order of magnitude, I am sure tonnage of the next five navies would not match US Navy's today.

All we need to do was to keep the oil price below 60$ a barrel for the next three years. All the terrorist sponsors including Saudi Arabia will go bankrupt. Russia will further disintegrate. Crimea will be to rejoin Ukraine. We can cut the navy down by another factor of two then.

Comment: Re:Petrostates (Score 1) 263

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48666375) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help
There was a time USA did not have EPA, NLRB and OSHA.

Rivers caught fires then. . The value of real estate with clean river front property dwarfs by orders of magnitude any industrial production that came of those fatories run by dimwitted idiots who could not make anything without crapping all over the country.

You can see what happens without OSHA in India where the workers are still making asbestos sheets or in china where they are melting used electronic plastic or in Bangladesh where the break down ships with bare hands and a welding torch. The value provide by these agencies are subtle, hidden and never fully appreciated or articulated. But those crappy executives who think they can't make this quarters number because they have to provide masks for workers shoveling coal ash, they aggressively paint the picture that all the woes of America are due to these agencies.

Added property value due to clean waterfront is never accounted for. Increased real estate value on properties adjacent to tax funded highways is never recognized when people blindly "government never creates value". All the agricultural output from deserts watered by the big dams built by the government is never recognized. Government by its mere existence creates value. Our founding fathers realized it and gave the Government the power to tax anything without providing any justification whatsoever. If the government decides to tax bandwidth of internet connections or financial transactions, it can, it is constitutional. You might question the wisdom of it, or the political expediency, but it would be constitutional.

Remember the day you make the government weaker than the strongest person, that person will drown it in the bath tub and that person will rule you as a tyrant. Courts have ruled corporations are persons, endowed with religious beliefs and all the rights of citizens. Be afraid, my friend, be very afraid. Not of the government, but the corporation that is going to rule you as a tyrant.

Comment: Re:Oil prices loom is more like it... (Score 1) 263

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48666283) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help
The Middle 'East oil cost of production is quite low, and they turn a profit at very low prices, as low as 5$ a barrel for some Saudi fields. But their economy can not survive at these low prices. The government is subsidizing so much, and they are committed to spending so much, merely turning a profit is not enough. I read in Wall St Journal (curiously in a Qatar Aiways flight) the oil price needed to sustain the Arab economies. Saudi need it at 105$. Iran, Iraq above 120$. Only Qatar and another minor player would survive at 60$.

Saudi Arabia planned for this low oil price for two years, accumulated enough reserves and has indicated that it could survive for two years at 60$. Other Arab nations are not prepared. Russia certainly is not prepared and it can not survive for two years if the oil stays below 60 for two years.

Comment: Will the convetioneers vote with their dollars? (Score 1) 291

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48661243) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi
If my trade group picks a venue where they stop me from using my hotspots and charge inordinate amounts for an internet connection, I would strongly protest. I would demand my trade association to pick only those venues that do not block local wifi. Already I am being charged arm and a leg because almost all the convention venues use some kind of unionized labor where I can't move my own computer without calling a carpenter, or plug the computer into the wall without calling in the electrician... Now this?

Comment: Why the banks support a standard 2 factor system? (Score 3, Interesting) 71

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48659591) Attached to: JP Morgan Breach Tied To Two-Factor Authentication Slip
I got a RSA dongle from E-Trade. Schwab too has an RSA dongle 2 factor system, but they insist on me using a new schwab dongle. They would not work with E-Trade to register that dongle with their system. Each bank/brokerage wants to send out a dongle and expect the customers to jingle a dozen dongles like Mr McBeevee. Google with millions of customers allows you to get the second factor through cell phones and one-time pads. For free. Banks/credit cards in India send you an SMS every time there is a transaction. US financial institutions are worst in the world when it comes to implementing security for themselves, or helping the customers stay secure. Damn, they won't even let me freeze my credit reports. They let any Tom Dick or Harry pretend to be me, if they know my social security number.

Why can't they introduce two level log-ins for customers? First level log-in should be read-only, without any ability to modify anything. If you really want do a transaction, create a second level password. E*Trade used to have the system of "trade passcode" to be entered for doing actual trade, and the regular log in will only let you browse positions, balances, and set up alerts/watch lists. They took it away!

It figures, if they are that careless with their own servers, they don't give a rats tail about the customers security concerns.

Comment: That is the way it should be. (Score 1) 136

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48659173) Attached to: Does Journal Peer Review Miss Best and Brightest?

The finding suggests that unconventional research that falls outside the established lines of thought may be more prone to rejection from top journals

That is the way it should be. It is not a bug, it is a feature. Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence. The signal to noise ratio is very poor when it comes to unconventional research and findings. For every deserving paper made to jump through the hoops, there are 100 papers sent to the dust heap of history very deservedly.

Think about it, Einstein was a patent office clerk. Srinivasan Ramanujam was a clerk on Madras Port Trust. Eddington destroyed the Chandrashekar on the first international presentation Chandrashekar made [*]. That paper the defined what later came to be called "Chandrashekar Limit" for black holes got Nobel Prize. But on the conference in 1935. It took 15 years before that paper was noticed and gained prominence. Science found them and made heroes out of them. If the unconventional research has any merit, it will jump through the hoops, become the accepted research and it will be highly cited too.

[*] Apparently Chandrashekar had referred to a paper by Eddington's arch rival, without being aware of the rivalry between them. That irritated Eddington enough to have a grudge against Chandrashekar. Not realizing these undercurrents, Chandrashekar, young and quite naive, freely shared all his research work with Eddington for weeks prior to the conference. All the while Eddington was gathering information silently to destroy Chandrashekar's presentation publicly in the upcoming conference. Eddington at that time has Himalayan reputation as an astrophysicist. He had confirmed the predictions of Einstein's theory of relativity by direct observation during a solar eclipse. In retrospect, today, Eddington is seen more as a competent astronomer, like Tycho Brahe. But when it comes to astrophysics the prize goes to Chandrashekar (and Kepler, not Brahe). Proving, if you have the merit, science will find it.

Comment: Wish he would create Galt's Gulch (Score 1) 439

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48654305) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years
That would teach him how much of his life depends on the poor people doing their part. If pirates attack is Galt's Gulch island or the mercenary soldiers he had hired to protect the island, imprison him and take over all his wealth, would he just shrug and accept his fate?

By the way whats wrong with John Galt? Supposedly brilliant chap, and just because one stupid railroad executive refused to build a railroad track to his pet project he just gives up? For all that brilliance could he not build a railroad? John Galt was an idiot, so are the people who mistake that fiction to be their guiding philosophy.

Comment: I will say this much. (Score 1) 73

University of Illinois Professor Jennifer Wiley is very creative. I am not sure how drunk she was when she made this bold connection. Other professors probably made the connection too but they had not been loosened up enough to actually present it as a scientific paper. Or may be her grad students came up with this "project" to drink beer and send the tab to the university.

We thought someone got a Nobel prize for staring into a stein of beer. Turns out that was not true. So first Nobel prize for drinking beer and calling it research is till up. She can go for it.

Comment: Ice House in Chennai, India. (Score 4, Interesting) 83

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48651245) Attached to: How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market
To this day, one of the important bus stops in Chennai, India is called The Ice House, (though the building has been renamed now[*]). The Boston ice, packed in sawdust made its way all the way to the tropical heat of Chennai, India. . The whole neighborhood was and sometimes still is called The Ice House, because ice was such a novelty in the tropics. Brief history of ice in chennai

Local politicians in India have this predilection to rename everything. Costs very little financially and works as a kind of vote bank politics. Madras to Chennai, Bangalore to Bengalooru, Bombay to Mumbai, Calcutta to Kolkatta, Orissa to Odisha what the hell? There was guy named A Brito who was well known for his Letters to the Editor, Indian Express, Bangalore. When the local mayor renamed yet another road (which had been named for a British officer) after some local politician he wrote: "... To celebrate his grand achievement of renaming $road, I hereby propose we rename the Queen Victoria statue in the $park Mayor Butte Gowda statue. The resemblance is, after all, so striking that ..."

Comment: What is the resolution? (Score 1) 123

It ca be made pretty high. A wall of LEDs and photodiodes form the basic scanning unit in a flatbed scanner. They easily go 600 dots per inch or even 1200 dots per inch. So the resolution can be high. But, on the other hand, the distance between the source and the detector seems to be rather large and if the laser beams have to be collimated optically it could be come expensive. It is a nice technology.

Comment: Re:Fundamental failure of process design (Score 5, Informative) 212

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48646261) Attached to: Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

Where is the big-arse power switch?

It is a bloody blast furnace. They could hold anywhere between 20 and 120 tons of liquid molten iron. They are designed to hold that much of liquid metal continuously for five to 10 years. They keep adding raw materials, keep pouring batches and batches of it out. But it always 50% to 100% full of liquid metal. Once in 10 years, they drain, and essentially dismantle the lining of the furnace, and relay the refractory bricks. A three to six month process typically. I don't know the details, I am sure they have a safety pit lined with refractory bricks to drain the furnace in an emergency, like earthquakes, floods or factory fire. It is possible that process was triggered in this instance.

Comment: You can block all slamming in T-mobile (Score 1) 51

T-mobile says here it is possible for the customers to block ALL third party service provider billing.

Third-party service provider billing Certain third-party charges (games, apps, ringtones, etc.) may be included on your T-Mobile bill. If you want to block those third-party charges from being included on your T-Mobile bill, you may do so at no charge by visiting www.my.T-Mobile.com or calling T-Mobile Customer Service.

I have used it and I have not seen any such slammed bills over a number of years. But one constant complaint I have is that, every time I go to Niagara Falls, (I am an Indian American, all my relatives and friends from India insist on visiting Niagara when they come here. I have gone there some 35 times, might qualify as a guide too ;-)), my T-mobile phone would connect to Rogers Wireless and they will bill me through T-mobile. I have blocked international calls, international roaming and general roaming. Still it gets through and I have to call them to have these reversed.

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