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Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 155 155

by arvindsg (#49790683) Attached to: Heat Wave Kills More Than 1,100 In India

Without monsoons whole of the Indian subcontinent would be a dessert, they are single handedly responsible for most of the rainfall (consequently irrigation and agriculture) in india.
From Wikipedia

Due to its effect on agriculture, flora and fauna and the general weather of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc., among other economic, social and environmental effects, a monsoon is one of the most anticipated, followed[3] and studied weather phenomena of the Indian subcontinent. It has significant impact on the overall well-being of subcontinent residents and has even been dubbed the "real finance minister of India"

Comment: Re:Missing the key point (Score 1) 421 421

by arvindsg (#49789407) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

1.) Double the resources doesn't imply mean double the ability, depends on what ability we are talking about.Car Analogy: Double the amount of fuel you have in tank does not double the max speed you can achieve,(though it does double the distance)
2.) Computers might not have pee breaks but what about Garbage Collection breaks?

Comment: Re:E for reference, tree's my preference (Score 1) 261 261

by arvindsg (#49125089) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

For me its other way round, I can read linear content on ebooks easily, but for notes and reference material where i am going to be jumping around a lot i prefer physical book . Though a properly hyper-linked e-book does work too but that is not always available.

Comment: Ereaders are still way behind books (Score 1) 261 261

by arvindsg (#49125071) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

I Personally feel the user interface in ebook readers vs a physical book is completely lacking in features. Consider the following areas in which books certainly excel
1.)Browsing Around: A real book allows you to move forward or backward way more easily then small next/forward,scroll bar does on a ereader. Further when moving between pages, the discontinuous screen refresh in any ereader contributes to you loosing focus.
2.)Viewing Multiple Pages: On a real book you use your hand as a temporary bookmark to quickly jump between two pages, On a ereader this might involve navigating menus, waiting for screen refresh and other annoyances.
3.)Taking Notes: Handwriting beats typing any day for small notes which may contain figures, underlines Symbols. Even with a $1 pen beats any stylus out there.

Of course there are numerous areas where e-readers excel like augmented content, search tools, information to weight ratio etc. I am sure all these will change in time some with ui innovations and other with improved technology.

I am personally surprised no body used a physical knob(iWatch like but larger) for navigating between pages on a ereader.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers