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Comment: Credit cards blocked in Africa? (Score 1) 146

by Paktu (#31972166) Attached to: Bridging the Digital Divide In Uganda, By Freight
"Most merchants and payment gateway providers automatically block all credit cards from Africa"
Would someone knowledgable explain the reasoning behind this? I know Africa has more than its share of scammers, but why couldn't a merchant simply set rules requiring the funds to clear, a minimum amount of time between the purchase date and ship date, etc.? Why is an outright ban needed?

Comment: Re:Indian Copyright Bill (Score 1, Insightful) 192

by Paktu (#31965178) Attached to: Indian Copyright Bill Declares Private, Personal Copying "Fair Dealing"
I suspect I'm going to get modded down for saying this, but...
You might be able to make the case that Indians work hard, but are they actually productive. I read one anecdote after another about terrible performance from Indian web designers, programmers, call center workers, etc.

I am very reluctant to believe that Indians are somehow inherently "better workers" than Americans.

Comment: Re:Disclosure At the Table (Score 5, Insightful) 217

by Paktu (#30974794) Attached to: Mum's the Word On Google Attack At Davos
I am seeing countries continually regressing in the moral and ethical obligations, a degradation of honesty, transparency, and openness all in the name of making more money. I hear this mantra repeated on /. and elsewhere that the whole world is in moral and ethical decline. Really? Please give me a time period, anytime in world history, where nations were upstanding, moral, open, and fair to everyone. It's fine if you want to argue that globalization has negative consequences that outweigh its positive effects. But don't act like there was some bygone golden age in the past where everything was awesome. Societies act solely in their own self interest, always have, always will.

Comment: This stat is rather curious (Score 3, Interesting) 157

by Paktu (#30843160) Attached to: New Study Shows Youth Plugged In Most of the Day
The survey taker's school "doesn't use grades" for 0% of heavy users, 3% of medium users, and 10% of light users. This statistic by itself makes me unconvinced about the overall you mean to tell me that 0% of heavy internet users attend schools that don't give grades? What the hell is the sample size, anyway???

Comment: Maybe if this was any other company I'd be excited (Score -1, Offtopic) 155

by Paktu (#30247160) Attached to: Facebook Putting Batteries On-Board Its Servers
Facebook's IT department is a joke. Rather than this stupidity with putting batteries on the servers, how 'bout fixing Facebook chat so it actually works more than 20% of the time? Marketplace is useless too, it used to be good a couple years ago but then they did a crappy redesign and no one uses it now.

Comment: Re:moore's law is "reversing" too (Score 3, Informative) 757

by Paktu (#29782271) Attached to: The US's Reverse Brain Drain
i've been monitoring different computer performance benchmarks over the years, and back in the days up to the P4, double times were about thirty months. now they are up to three years, or more. the heartrate of the dream is what is slowing down....

That's a pretty bold claim you're making. Let's have a look at some actual numbers, shall we?

This chart indicates that not only are we keeping up with Moore's law, for the past 2-3 years we've actually moved ahead of where we'd expect to be. And the graph doesn't even include AMD's R800 graphics chips, which have even higher transistor densities than RV770/GT200.

The Media

Wikipedia Bans Church of Scientology 665

Posted by timothy
from the there's-no-pleasing-some-people dept.
El Reg writes "Showing a new-found resolve to crack down on self-serving edits, Wikipedia has banned contributions from all IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology. According to Wikipedia administrators, this marks the first time such a high-profile organization has been banished for allegedly pushing its own agenda on the 'free encyclopedia anyone can edit.'"

Comment: Poll question is confusing/misleading (Score 1) 354

by Paktu (#26587251) Attached to: How Many Hours Of Work Do You Do Per Workday?
Normally, I'm at work for 9 hours per day (9-6, plus an hour for lunch). But obviously I'm not working all the time; I take short breaks in addition to lunch as I find I'm more productive that way. I think the poll would have been more interesting if it asked how many hours a day are you actually working at your job...or if that was the intended question, stated it more clearly.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming