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Comment: What is the resolution? (Score 1) 59

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) 189

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.

Comment: That would violate the second law of thermody (Score 4, Funny) 192

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48635125) Attached to: Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated
If something gets simpler, the entropy of the universe decreases. It can't happen. It is the law, everything should get more and more complicated as time goes by. Why, the next generation will have easier time to pass Quantum Mechanics I PH304 MWF 10:00-11:30 than I did? Would not stand for it.

Comment: Re:Hope they win this case. (Score 1) 469

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48635087) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
I agree with you, they should have rallied behind a better figure. The black leaders in 1960 did a very good job of picking who to make the face of the movement. Rosa Parks was very carefully chosen. They should have done something like that.

But look at the New York incident, how that guy selling loose cigarettes was being demonized in the right wing media. His tax evasion is nothing compared to the millions of dollars evaded by Cliven Bundy. Still, that racist white thug is a media darling, till he was caught on tape being undeniably racist. You look at yourself in the mirror. Recall what your feelings were with respect to the Bundy ranch incident and with loose cigarette guy in New York. Judge yourself, if your views are tainted by racism or not.

Comment: Re:Hope they win this case. (Score 3, Interesting) 469

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48632781) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
The second amendment might apply to all Americans. But, on the ground, the reality is, it applies only to White Americans. Black/brown/yellow Americans with guns, even toy guns are being shot at sight by police. White guys with long guns get deferential treatment from police. Blacks kids with toy guns get shot within seconds.

None of the gun rights guys are standing up for the blacks who were shot merely because they had real or toy guns with them. I am sure there will be tons of comments demonizing the dead victims. Will NRA stand up for the blacks to own guns for self protection and to fight against the tyranny of the police?

Comment: Re:Google is not as strategic as MS (Score 1) 40

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48622627) Attached to: ODF Support In Google Drive
My S&P400 company gives us all both MsOffice and Google docs. Free to use whatever we want. I see Google docs being preferred over MsOffice for almost all the documents. Some fancy presentations with animations is the only time people fire up MsOffice. Send a link to all, and they get the most updated version of the document, don't have to bother working through comments and change history and emailing docs back and forth. Almost all the corporate back office forms are google spreadsheets now. All team leads directly post their budget proposals for the next year and it all gets consolidated and gets reported to admin.

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