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Comment: That would violate the second law of thermody (Score 4, Funny) 161

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) 437

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) 437

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.

Comment: Re:Google's Beta (Score 1) 40

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48618057) Attached to: ODF Support In Google Drive
Well, almost all the software we pay for has boilerplate EULA that says, "We promise you lots of stuff. But if the software you bought for does not do it, well, tough luck buddy, suck it. Cant sue us". In fact some software actually said, "this software is not fit to do anything. not nuclear reactors definitely".

Comment: Google is very strategic. (Score 3, Interesting) 40

by 140Mandak262Jamuna (#48616253) Attached to: ODF Support In Google Drive
Everyone knew as long as MS-Office franchise is delivering money to Microsoft in fire hoses, there is no way anyone can compete with it in *any* sphere. It will sustain losses year after year to deny revenue to the competition. Once the competition folds it has the market for itself. Look how long it was able to sustain losses to gain dominance with XBox franchise. Everyone knew that. Many people had ideas to attack it, but lacked the resources. People with resources, I am looking at you Sun microsystems, lacked the competence to pull it off.

Google went about it strategically. First it peeled of the low hanging fruit, people who don't need all the bells and whistles of a full suite with Google docs/apps. Then it leveraged the central server doing the edits, to create a collaborative edit features that were well ahead of MsOffice when it was introduced. Priced it cheap, pitched it to the enterprises. When it was forcing Microsoft to scramble to offer collaboration tools, Apple helped in the upgrade tread mill battle. In an earlier era, the top exec gets the latest and greatest laptop every six months with latest Office pre-installed and starts belting out documents in the latest format. IT will upgrade rest of the corp. But Apple took all the top execs with its iPad, and now PC is not the latest toy these top honchos were getting. Side effect: The corporate upgrade treadmill slowed down significantly.

Now it is going for the last section that really needs all the bells and whistles of a full fledged office suite. Instead of spending the money to reinvent the wheel inside google docs, it is just using the well established code base of OpenOffice and the ODF. Even though Microsoft lost the mind share and the market share in percentage terms, its cash cows were producing milk at the same old prodigal rate. Cutting off a significant portion of the MsOffice revenue stream is important for Google's business ops in other spheres. Else Microsoft will under cut it. It even tried to pay people to use Bing.

Google does not really want to make much money off its google docs franchise. It uses it just to crimp the revenue stream of Microsoft. It is making money elsewhere.

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