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Comment: Re:lol I did (Score 1) 236

by abhisri (#48148629) Attached to: Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Uh. You do realize that you can use more than ONE panel? You know? Generate as much power as you need, limited only by the area you can spare?
Initial installation is the only major cost. With no fuel being consumed and near negligible operations/maintenance cost, you can easily break even in 8-12 years.

For all your arguments, the model seems to have worked exceptionally well for Germany etc. where they are actually producing more than they can consume. Perhaps you might want to investigate how that "miracle" works, despite your "mathematics".

For the record, Germany gets very limited amount of sunlight. And they still produce enough to start considering selling excess power to other nations.

Comment: Re:I don't buy it (Score 2) 264

by abhisri (#48147881) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Here is the biggest difference maker. Found a serious issue in your closed-source router? Wait for next 2 years for the vendor to fix it.

Open-source? There is at least a chance that you are not hostage to the whim of some mid-level manager deciding what goes in next dozen releases. Unlike in case of corporations like oracle/microsoft, you could reach out to the developers and argue the case of fixing the issue early or even(assuming you have the skill) come up with a fix yourself. Vendor of a popular product closes shop or kills off a much-needed feature? You don't have a prayer. Open-source? Project may just get forked, as happened in case of MySQL. Security? Truecrypt can be audited by a third-party, to confirm that it is actually secure *because* code is open-source. How does that even work for a closed-source proprietary encryption product?

Comment: Re:Can we not have this political bullshit on /. ? (Score 1) 769

by abhisri (#46858759) Attached to: The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

It is not "donations". In medieval ages, any ruler/rich person who hoarded things too much, had a very short life-expectancy. Things like french revolution etc. are a bummer. So today, you are allowed to get rich only to the extent, till public thinks you are not messing with the world too much. Numerous examples abound actually. I think the whining should be about evil billionaires buying the laws wholesale, irrespective of WHO they donated to.

Comment: Re: Why the fuck do you want to live forever? (Score 1) 130

by abhisri (#46435435) Attached to: Genome Pioneer, X Prize Founder Tackle Aging

Considering that evolution essentially requires the gene pool to be constantly adapted to ever changing environment and circumstances, you sound even more suicidal on the species level. You will selfishly be hogging the resources, that your newer replacements(children) would need. And replacements there must be, since you yourself may not be best equipped to survive in a warmer planer or a world with more carbon mono-oxide. But there you will be, using artificial methods to hang on. As long as you live, you will be consuming resources, and therefore competing with and risking the survival of the children. That is not to say that your life has no value or that you should kill yourself at the earliest, but once you have raised your kids, once you are past your prime age to be an active contributor in general, it is time to let go. Medicine should be focusing on removing diseases and pain, not curing or postponing natural death. You should be enjoying a healthy life, not necessarily a very long one. If you really do actually love your children and their children that is.

Comment: Re:The power of AI... (Score 1) 182

by abhisri (#45914641) Attached to: IBM Dumping $1 Billion Into New Watson Group

Need not take that long. Remember that line "if you build it, they(he) would come"? Once a new technology is made available to the public, people tend to hack it and tweak it to purposes that were not thought possible till then. Remember the PC kits apple used to sell out of a garage? Or consider the IOS app market.

So imagine someone hooking up Watson to a load of medical books, and then the system can suggest causes and tests to be taken, based on symptoms. Or maybe forecast trends in the financial market... there are applications that already do this, but this one has the potential to do it faster with more sizable chunk of data. It will take just one "angry bird" style success to win the folks over and start the gold rush. It all depends on the kind of support IBM provides or the sort of developer community it manages to foster.

Comment: Re:Its a shame. (Score 1, Informative) 207

Clever arguments... a bit too clever.

I think folks in the energy/power sector are just worried about things turning out the way they did in Germany.

Well... until and unless you actually want to argue that Germans are better at this stuff than Americans. But I doubt that so I will wait for some more clever explanation and excuses why the Germany story was a one-off and Sun is closer to the sun and/or sun is a communist.

Comment: Critical thinking missing (Score 4, Interesting) 56

by abhisri (#45232241) Attached to: "Squishy Joints" May Have Helped Dinosaurs Grow To Giant Sizes

Evolutionary paths.

Insects on average are smaller than most mammals. Mammals too come in all sizes.

Analysis of air trapped in amber fossil shows that oxygen ratio in that period was higher, which may have permitted evolutionary path of such giant creatures.

Squishy joints? Considering how cause and effect get frequently confused, it seems more likely that the joints may have became "squishy" in order to support the larger size permitted by the oxygen-rich high-metabolism environment, not necessarily actually the cause.

Comment: Re:Got mine 2 years ago, why is this news now? (Score 2) 81

by abhisri (#45035775) Attached to: India's Billion User Biometric Odyssey

Do you know how many illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are in India and where?

Your indignant vitroil and personal attacks aside, cannot answer where, but majority of them are located in slums in Delhi and Mumbai and other various major cities, and quite a few all over India. How many? As per census difference extrapolation and media reports the number is anywhere between 2 million to 20 million...

Do you think even if all of them were given citizenship and free beer, they will even make 0.05% dent to the number of voters in an Indian constituency?

If congress moves these across to certain key constituencies to rig the election there, hell yes. You could pretty much block the opposition key candidates from even clearing the election. Like I said muslims vote en masse, unlike hindus.

I am not commenting on the feasibility of this strategy. But this IS what congress is attempting. Here are the various media reports btw..

All of above are very respected and established news medias in India. Not sure if they are flaming racist xenophobic.

Now, you were saying?...

Comment: Re:Got mine 2 years ago, why is this news now? (Score 5, Interesting) 81

by abhisri (#45033853) Attached to: India's Billion User Biometric Odyssey

"Bid to control welfare fraud"... that is just the cover story, considering that the system is full of intentional loopholes and bugs. The real reason why the ruling congress party wants this, is due to its relying on the muslim vote bank. Muslims vote en masse in India, based on whichever party is promising more benefits to them, but as of yet muslim citizens of India are a minority in the country.

Congress is trying to change this by using this scheme as a backdoor method of providing legitimate identity papers(and thus citienship) to millions of illegal muslim immigrants from neighbouring bangladesh and thus inflating their vote bank. The nearest oppositional rival party BJP has a more pro-hindu stance.

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