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Comment: Re:Conversion? (Score 1) 129

by ananthap (#44855297) Attached to: Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. 1 Released in HTML Format
PDFs are static in the sense that you can't change the page dimensions once you create the PDF. Imagine, if the PDFs were created in book format (2-up) and you had scroll up and down to read the the text. The problem would be worse for people on the move who have to use tablets. OTOH HTML .. The drawback with pure HTML (just HTML) is that it's not possible to bookmark a page. In the balance, I would prefer HTML. OK

Comment: Not just in the sense of areas to avoid, but .. (Score 1) 452

by ananthap (#44804351) Attached to: Could Technology Create Modern-Day 'Leper Colonies'?
Not just in the sense of areas to avoid, but in the sense of having fewer modern conveniences that we might take for granted, these places already exist. This lack of facilities and conveniences engenders frustrations that eventually boil over and end up as neighborhoods controlled by gangsters or terrorists (as in the "les banlieues" of France).

Imagine the situation in the large and restless cities of Asia, Africa and LatAm.

Some of the facilities that they lack are - Access to banking, good sanitation and housing etc.


Comment: It isn't about unions. (Score 1) 1103

by ananthap (#44171773) Attached to: Employers Switching From Payroll Checks To Prepaid Cards With Fees
It isn't about unions.

It's about banks charging fees to their customers - who happen to be mass enrolled daily wage employees - with the connivance or at least knowledge of their employers.

Banks should introduce a zero balance, no frills (and no charges) category for these accounts.

It isn't about unions. Should it be about class action?


Comment: Yeah, yeah. (Score 1) 169

by ananthap (#43980749) Attached to: India To Develop Military Robots For Warfare
As they developed and distributed the world's cheapest tablet to students. .. As they built the best power infrastructure. ..

I mean, as an Indian I am really worried that off the cuff pronouncements with no real basis in facts and figures, or budget will soon become policy.

AFAIK, this gentleman (Mr. Avinash Chandar) is the new appointed chief of the DRDO. (Defense Research and Development Organisation) and this piece is from an interview hye gave when he took over.

This is not say that the DRDO hasn't done any good work. More and more their defense discoveries find applications in the public space.


Comment: A point of view (Score 1) 304

by ananthap (#43945225) Attached to: Hacker Exposes Evidence of Widespread Grade Tampering In India
(1) Considering that for most students this is an important selection test, for which many students prepare single mindedly for at least an year,I wasn't surprised when the marks fall into a bi-modal pattern. I mean where people are programmed to study the same subjects in these mass teaching shops, you would expect this type of pattern.

This bears out the experience I had with a school in South India about 14 years back (when my son was a 12th grader and I helped his school analyses the results). Most marks were in the 90% bracket and a few in the 50% bracket (just pass). The 90% people are mostly well settled engineers, bankers, chartered accountants etc.

(2) Secondly, ICSE ties up with most major newspapers and news sites to publish/link to a published copy of the web pages. CISCSE doesn't give direct access to their database and Mr. Debarghya Das (the hacker) has apparently looked at one such web site. This was in the electronic news in India yesterday.So while CICSE may claim that nothing really was hacked, they have been casual and careless in allowing easy access to everyone's marks.

PS: I am from India.


Comment: Since oracle v 7 (or 8) (Score 1) 187

by ananthap (#43897387) Attached to: Opposition Mounts To Oracle's Attempt To Copyright Java APIs
Since oracle v 7 (or 8), Oracle has released their data base products first on NT and then on Unixes (Solaris, HP-UX etc). Oracle's plaint will mostly help microsoft by attempting to finish off java. If they finish off Java as an open source product we can only hope that oracle corporation doesn't get a cease and desist injunction for all past version of the API that are floating about. OK

Comment: Seems unstable (Score 1) 551

by ananthap (#43761003) Attached to: A Computer-based Smart Rifle With Incredible Accuracy, Now On Sale
Seems like a highly unstable device that will shoot only when it's aligned correctly. I wonder how well the borderline cases like not found after so many seconds have been tested. I mean, if a novice cant get it to shoot, he will usually reverse the rifle and try to look down the barrel. OK

Debug is human, de-fix divine.