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+ - Cricinfo turns 20

Submitted by ghoul
ghoul (157158) writes "Before Facebook, Before Web 2.0, Before Google and Yahoo. Hell before Web 1.0 was a website which gave live text commentary on Cricket. Cricket a game followed like crazy in large parts of the world but oddly enough not followed at all in other parts of the world. For cricket fans living in these secondary parts (USA I am looking at you !!) the coming of Cricinfo in 1993 was a godsend. Cricinfo has an article on it. It may be a bit self congratulatory but think of it; this was a website launched when Larry Page was in Grade 4, Zuckerberg in grade 3 and it is STILL AROUND."

Comment: Infrastructure sucks (Score 1) 140

by ghoul (#36960454) Attached to: Ground-Based GPS Mimic Is Inch Perfect

Any system which needs you to install additional hardware sucks. We can very well use the system planes used before GPS was deployed. INS using compasses and gyroscopes. You just need everyone to have a compass and gyroscope in their pockets. Wait everyone with an iPhone4 or a NexusS already does. Wifi based GPS enhancements are the buggy whip manufacturers of our day. Even the best and most accurate will be going out of business.

Comment: Re:Just shows how far HR is from people doing the (Score 1) 354

by ghoul (#34337996) Attached to: Seagate To Pay Former Worker $1.9M For Phantom Job

Flip side is they do this to fresh graduate students all the time. Hire them and they get started on OPT and then when they start in June Oh sorry we missed the deadline for H1B and we will try to do something about it. The guy works like crazy for a year but at the end of the year he just goes back to his country as he is out of status as his OPT training period is over.

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US Embassy Categorizes Beijing Air Quality As 'Crazy Bad' 270 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the it-totally-sucks dept.
digitaldc writes "Pollution in Beijing was so bad Friday the US embassy, which has been independently monitoring air quality, ran out of conventional adjectives to describe it, at one point saying it was 'crazy bad.' The embassy later deleted the phrase, saying it was an 'incorrect' description and it would revise the language to use when the air quality index goes above 500, its highest point and a level considered hazardous for all people by US standards. The hazardous haze has forced schools to stop outdoor exercises, and health experts asked residents, especially those with respiratory problems, the elderly and children, to stay indoors."

Comment: Re:Lose lose situation (Score 1) 878

by ghoul (#33046124) Attached to: Facing 16 Years In Prison For Videotaping Police

Its not just filling prisons. A lot of corporations use prison labor for manufacturing toys, license plates etc. Even some call centers are run from prisons. What makes this profitable is that prisoners dont have to be paid minimum wage so they are even competitive with Chinese labor costs. Next time someone tells you why not buy American when American goods are only a little more expensive than the Chinese goods be aware that the goods were probably manufactured by prisoners pushed into prison on such flimsy charges. So if you really like freedom buy Chinese.

Medicine

PARC Builds iPod-Sized HIV Detector 93

Posted by timothy
from the use-the-y-jack dept.
MikeChino writes "Right now it's difficult, if not impossible, to quickly detect HIV in patients living in impoverished countries. That may all change soon, though — researchers at a California outfit called the Palo Alto Research Center have built an iPod-sized handheld device that can provide an immune check-up in under 10 minutes — all with a prick of the finger. With millions of people around the world without access to a full-size laboratory, PARC's device could revolutionize the detection and treatment of HIV."

Comment: Re:At that temp the operator dies anyway (Score 1) 249

by ghoul (#31644400) Attached to: Rugged Laptop/Tablet Suggestions, 2010 Version?

Delhi and other places in the northern Indian plains regularly hit 45 in the shade so if you are out in a construction site it definitely hits 50. If you dont believe right now its March and its already 39 C. People function by wearing loose long sleeved clothes, hats and wrapping handkerchiefs soaked in water around the back of their necks but water would not be a good solution for a laptop.

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Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn 819

Posted by kdawson
from the revenge-of-the-lawn dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that Orange County officials are locked in a legal battle with a couple accused of violating city ordinances for replacing the grass on their lawn with wood chips and drought-tolerant plants, reducing their water usage from 299,221 gallons in 2007 to 58,348 gallons in 2009. The dispute began two years ago, when Quan and Angelina Ha tore out the grass in their front yard. In drought-plagued Southern California, the couple said, the lush grass had been soaking up tens of thousands of gallons of water — and hundreds of dollars — each year. 'We've got a newborn, so we want to start worrying about her future,' said Quan Ha, an information technology manager for Kelley Blue Book. But city officials told the Has they were violating several city laws that require that 40% of residential yards to be landscaped predominantly with live plants. Last summer, the couple tried to appease the city by building a fence around the yard and planting drought-tolerant greenery — lavender, rosemary, horsetail, and pittosporum, among others. But according to the city, their landscaping still did not comply with city standards. At the end of January, the Has received a letter saying they had been charged with a misdemeanor violation and must appear in court. The couple could face a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for their grass-free, eco-friendly landscaping scheme. 'It's just funny that we pay our taxes to the city and the city is now prosecuting us with our own money,' says Quan Ha."
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Prolonged Gaming Blamed For Rickets Rise 254 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-let-the-scurvy-get-you-down dept.
superapecommando writes "Too many hours spent playing videogames indoors is contributing to a rise in rickets, according to a new study by doctors. Professor Simon Pearce and Dr Tim Cheetham of Newcastle University have written a paper in the British Medical Journal which warns of the rickets uptake – a disease which sufferers get when deficient in Vitamin D. The study boils down to the fact that as more people play videogames indoors they don't get enough sunlight and this has meant the hospitals are now having to combat a disease that was last in the papers around the time Queen Victoria was on the throne." At least the kids are eating enough snacks with iodized salt that we don't have to worry about goiters.
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PhD Candidate Talks About the Physics of Space Battles 361 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the load-photon-torpedoes dept.
darthvader100 writes "Gizmodo has run an article with some predictions on what future space battles will be like. The author brings up several theories on propulsion (and orbits), weapons (explosives, kinetic and laser), and design. Sounds like the ideal shape for spaceships will be spherical, like the one in the Hitchhiker's Guide movie."

Comment: And Nobel invented Dynamite (Score 0, Troll) 576

by ghoul (#29385395) Attached to: Alan Turing Gets an Apology From Prime Minister Brown

Brown's an ass. What kind of guy says that Turing is most famous for breaking Enigma codes. Turing is famous for his contribution to AI and most importantly the Turing test and the Turing award (Computer Science's Nobel prize equivalent) If Gordon Brown was paying tribute to Alfred Nobel he would probably forget to mention the Nobel prize and talk about how Nobel made his money selling dynamite to the Czar. As I said what an ass. Pity the brits that they have idiots for leaders (its not new started with Thatcher)

Comment: Re:And will be unavailable anyplace else.... (Score 1) 571

by ghoul (#27307685) Attached to: World's Cheapest Car Goes On Sale In India

Well yes a war would be needed. Of course such a war will never happen unless the entire world gets disgusted with the US. Thats when they will all agree together so in order to prevent the rest of the world from coming to such a consensus some lip service to the environment is needed hence Kyoto.

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