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Comment: Re:Wellll, ya know, (Score 2) 90

by gopla (#42425867) Attached to: Odds Favor Discovery of Earth-Like Exoplanet in 2013

It is not like farmers predictions. The progress we have been making is quite impressive, as there are 800 know exoplanets by now, and more are getting discovered.

Scientific discoveries come in batches. There is nothing for a long time, then suddenly the lull ends and a breakthrough is achieved. Lot of similar discoveries occur simultaneously. This prediction is from people who know their stuff. Even though they may not come true this year it is still good prediction.

Comment: Re:Incidentally... (Score 3, Insightful) 70

by gopla (#42162255) Attached to: A Tale of Two Companies

After all, there isn't any reason why a company needs to struggle to perpetuate its existence forever(any more than a company would struggle to perpetuate the existence of a given product line forever).

That would be equivalent to euthanasia for companies. But there are real reason why it is not universally accepted. For all companies that have died there are enough examples that have struggeld and come out stronger. Nokia and Apple comes to mind immediatly. They diversified and successed beyond immagination.

The message is: don't quit too easily.

Comment: Re:Alleged cause? (Score 4, Informative) 101

by gopla (#41034503) Attached to: Indian Gov't Bans Bulk SMS, Investigating Social Media

You already seem to have a grasp of the situation here in India.

People of northeast of India have a mongoloid features, which marks them as different from rest of Indians that have aryan features.

There is some ethenic violence going on in Assam, a state in notheast of India, between Bodo (ethenic Assames people with mongoloid features) and Muslims. So other Norhteastern people living in rest of India are therened by Muslims.

Most of these people are students and migran labours. Their parents got worried about their safety and called them back. Mass hysteria got generated when evey norhteastern person just started exodus from rest of India back to their hometown.

Comment: Few corrections (Score 5, Informative) 101

by gopla (#41034431) Attached to: Indian Gov't Bans Bulk SMS, Investigating Social Media

The ban on bulk SMS is for 15 days at the most. This is not censorship, but an effort to avoid mass hysteria.

Those of you who know India will understand what I mean. Even before the era of mobile phones it was somhow easy to spread roumours and generate hysteria in India. For example read for one hysteria of 1995 regarding idols that drink milk, or 2006 where sea water turned sweet.

These efforts are to help crub the new hysteria. But I am doubtful about its effectiveness.

Comment: Re:Soulskill, please re-read the title of TFA ! (Score 1) 329

by gopla (#40229209) Attached to: China Secretly Clones Austrian Village

You go to India, and you will find towns that looks so much like what you get in England, with English bangalows and everything

Except that Bunglow itself is an Indian word adopted in English. And the Indian bunglows are more suited for the tropical climate conditions of India more than the English whether.

Comment: Re:Computers are hard, lolz (Score 1) 200

by gopla (#38622824) Attached to: Want To Get Kids Interested In Programming? Teach Them Computer History

Computers should be appliances, for the consumer.

The story is about programming, not computers. Getting is interested in programming is like teaching music, dancing and a sport to a kid. Even though films, tv, big games are available for consumption that does not mean general public should just sit and watch and don't get involved themselves.

Comment: Piracy accepted in US? (Score 2) 528

by gopla (#38582272) Attached to: US Survey Shows Piracy Common and Accepted This is not acceptable, when in rest of the world there is an effort to curb piracy. It is appalling that in US public opinion piracy is acceptable. This is all due to Hollywood glorifying them through films like Pirates of the Caribbean.

Comment: Re:No idea, doesn't matter. (Score 1) 216

by gopla (#38248880) Attached to: For 1 kWh of electricity, I pay ...

Flat rate unlinked with actual usage is bad, does not make economical sense. You should buy an EV and charge it for free, thus saving expenses on gas.

World over people are being encouraged to save electricity and use it judiciously. Flat rate encourages wastage and defeats the whole purpose of the smart grid initiatives on which several carbon reduction targets depend.

Comment: Re:No idea, doesn't matter. (Score 2) 216

by gopla (#38248816) Attached to: For 1 kWh of electricity, I pay ...

The grand parent obviously did not know what he was talking about. But your post regarding smart grid is interesting.

Still GP has a point. There are far too many people who don't care / don't know about their electricity bill. The electricity bill is less than 10% of their monthly income, hence they don't care. With smart grid features like time of day, seasonal or demand response load adjustment even if we can reduce their bill by 20%, It would still be too minuscule reduction for them to notice or care.

Hence, sometime I wonder if all these investments in smart grid would fetch the promised benefit at all or not.

A smart gird researcher here.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.