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Comment Re:can we stop paying them aid now? (Score 1) 93

If India can afford a space program and nuclear weapons, they can afford to provide clean water and shelter for their population.

If only that were true... It would cost much more to provide food, clothing and shelter to 600 million people than it would take to send a rocket to the moon. Either way, the American aid package India can definitely do without.

Comment Re:can we stop paying them aid now? (Score 1) 93

Actually, I wonder if it would make an impact to the Indian economy if the U.S aid money stops. U.S aid to India totals to 91 million dollars a year. This token amount is primarily for the strategic benefits of the US maintaining a relationship with India (vis-a-vis China and the anti-terror assistance w.r.t Pakistan). Compare that with aid to Isreal, a nation of 8 million people that receives a funding of 30 billion dollars in annual funding. Or the 1.5 billion dollars U.S gives to Pakistan, a state where most people want to burn the U.S to the ground. The aid to India is a drop in the bucket really.

Comment Re:Thought I'd get here... (Score 1) 26

The way I look at it is like this: Let's say there is this fat guy. So you tell him he needs to lose weight. He agrees that he needs to do weight. But like most fat people he finds it difficult to stick to a diet/exercise regimen. A couple of months later, you hear that this guy has picked up a guitar and is trying to learn to play it. Sure, he is still fat, but from the looks of it, he seems to be a quick learn when it comes to playing the guitar. Do you now appreciate how well he is playing, or would you rather chastise him for not having done enough to lose weight first?

Comment Re:Best C++ IDE (Score 3, Insightful) 20

Absolutely true. If you see how clunky Visual Studio and the new versions of XCode are (Xcode = 2.x was such an awesome IDE), and then use QtCreator, you are never going to go back to anything else. I find it surprising how hard it is for me to convince any of my colleagues to give it a try. In addition to the shame that people associate it to be something used only for Qt, is the shame that Qt itself is thought of as only a GUI. QtCore and QtNetwork make non-Qt applications a breeze to code in C++.

Comment So, the same as TrueCaller and 100 similar apps? (Score 2) 78

Only, worse. Since telemarketers probably don't bother creating a FB page. So FB won't notify you of that. TrueCaller gathers information by uploading your contacts list to their servers. And doing the same from millions of people who use. Is this a crazy breach of privacy - sure, it is - but so is everything about Facebook. Telemarketers hate it since once a few of report it as a spam call, it shows up with a warning saying as much when the same person calls someone else. Oh, and you can block that number too.

Comment Re:Qt? (Score 0) 54

I am sure you are going to get a series of comments denouncing Qt, most of them ignorant of the current state of things, most of them coming from script kiddies who find anything to do with C++ frightening. Whether Qt would be ideal for what you call a native app depends on what you are emphasizing with the word 'native'. If the emphasis is on 'native'-look and feel, then it might or might not suit your needs. QtGui module sure lets you create GUIs with native controls, however the QtQuick module is where all the awesomeness is at. Using QtQuick, one can write an entire application with a beautiful declarative UI mark up language, that brought everything that the ReactJS people did, only 5 years ago, but then the GUI does not 'look' native, even though it will be a 'native' application. However, when the emphasis is on native application like performance, Qt is THE tool for the job. Add to that the fact that QtCore gives you really useful tools (signals and slots), and OS agnostic threading, QtNetwork gives you OS agnostic sockets and all of the above work identically (on Linux/Mac/Windows/iOS/Android - seriously), Qt is the choicest tool for 'native' cross platform development. So let the script kiddies whine, while I just push a commit and watch an automated build run for 5 platforms all at once without paying a cent for any API licensing.

Comment Failiure of the Press, Not Science (Score 1) 958

Everyday I see the following scenario: researchers conduct an experiment that might show possible correlation between A and B, but like good scientists, provide adequate riders and caveats. Some eager reporter from a leading daily reads the synopsis and puts out a story screaming "People! You have GOT to try taking copious amounts of A! I will do a whole lot of B for you!!"

Comment Re:Not UBER's fault! (Score 1) 277

Here's a form the Delhi police accept with employee fingerprints, in order to track them if things go wrong.

Yeah, I am sure the police light a few of those to keep warm during the Delhi cold waves when they are dutifully out on their patrols at night. That is why Delhi is such a safe and welcoming city for women. Right?

Comment Re:Not UBER's fault! (Score 2) 277

There are ways to confirm police clearance certificates - its just those ways aren't readily available on the internet. You gotta beat leather on the streets.

And UBER is expected to do this for all the drivers that register with them? Do you understand their business model at all? Anyone who actually lives in India, will have far less faith in the efficacy of getting the police here to do anything. Consider that this guy is a serial offender and they weren't able to get a proper conviction for over a decade!

to save costs of actually hiring someone to take driver fingerprints and gumshoe the form over to a local police station?

Oh believe me when I say that the real costs accumalate AFTER getting to the police station. Try getting these guys to do ANYTHING without... um... "encouragement".

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".