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Comment: Open Tech is closing? (Score 0) 108

No wonder Open Tech is closing in Microsoft. It is the brilliant minds of Microsoft that conceived of putting " shut down " in the "start" menu. It was so bad it became good, and now even Microsoft is not able to get rid of the start button. Same way they might find it impossible to close their open tech.

Comment: Ken Burns documentary a couple of weeks back (Score 3, Interesting) 21

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49487877) Attached to: New Chemical Tools Lead To Targeted Cancer Drugs
NPR had a Ken Burns documentary on cancer, the emperor of maladies (or mother of all diseases or something similar).

It was a typical Ken Burns documentary, history etc. One salient part of the documentary was that cancer is not a single disease. It is a huge variety of diseases causing uncontrolled cell divisions. Further the cancer a patient has changes, evolves over time. Many promising drugs work very well initially but the cancer adapts to the drug.

Another salient part of it is the exponential increase in the cost of treatment. It has gone upwards of 100,000$ per patient per year in drugs. I am sure the researchers in Caltech know more about it than I do, but still, one wonders are they raising hopes needlessly and prematurely.

Comment: Not as impressive as the first achievement. (Score 1) 13

The call for papers have always been difficult to read pieces of work. You quickly glance at the deadlines to see if you can get one in, then the location to see if it is worth going there and pass on. Except for the more aged members of the academia who sit in panels and act as editors to pad up an useless CV no one cares about all these names in these calls.

So it is not as difficult to create spurious call for papers.

Comment: Just follow the software industry's lead. (Score 1) 46

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49472851) Attached to: The Makerspace Is the Next Open Source Frontier

when building physical products we can't always afford to build and test new physical hardware for it to then crash and burn ...

Well, it should just follow the software industry's path breaking achievements in shaping user expectations and user behavior.

First there should be an EULA claiming the body and soul of the user, with added clauses to add more demands later any time.

Then user should be made to accept, "it is going to crash and burn. Can I get get something done in the mean time?".

If it builds we ship. Then the customer feedback is how we know whether what we built works. This is the software industry standard.

If you don't want to be evil, you will very generously call your product "in beta".

Comment: Re:Erm.. Why a computer? (Score 1) 342

That is not the game played by lottery. To keep the pot at 200 million, and nplayers=20, we need to raise the price of the ticket to 10million + house margin. Something like 22 million. (Yes, the pot is less than 50% of the collection) So would you pay 22 million bucks for 1/20 chance of winning 200 million dollars?

Comment: Re:This dimwit became a grandmaster? (Score 2) 237

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#49472493) Attached to: Chess Grandmaster Used iPhone To Cheat During Tournament
Looks there was an Indian boy who was using a blue tooth device sewn into his cap and an accomplice. It went undetected for a long time, and he qualified for the nationals as the top seed. Even he shows more "thinking" than "run-to-the-toilet-and-look-at-iPhone" grand master.

Comment: Re:Erm.. Why a computer? (Score 1) 342

Yes, lottery is a tax on mathematically challenged.

But such people exist, and if the government does not provide it, more unscrupulous operators will fill the vacuum and skin them alive even more. Ideally we should educate the people so that they slowly stop gambling. In the mean time, provide slightly better alternatives than criminal gangs.

Comment: This is nothing. Think lik multi trillion dollars (Score 1, Insightful) 238

Around the time Dubya took office, we had a surplus and the debt was being repaid and was going down. Then he cut taxes, income taxes, inheritance taxes, all kinds of taxes and promised millions of jobs and prosperity for all. All the money ended up with his cronies, and the economy lost millions of jobs and we came to the brink of total financial collapse. In fact all the trickle down economics and tax-cut politics are simply means to transfer wealth to the rich, keep the middle class despo enough to accept abysmal wages and working conditions. All in the names of "jobs jobs jobs" and "job creators".

All the tax-cuts since the Reagan administration actually creation millions of jobs and explosive economic growth, in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, Indonesia... The rich took all the tax cuts, shafted America and invested them all abroad. All our economic woes can be traced to middle class naively believing the Republicans promises of wealth and prosperity by giving tax cuts to the rich.

It's not so hard to lift yourself by your bootstraps once you're off the ground. -- Daniel B. Luten