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Comment: Re:Amended quote (Score 4, Insightful) 743

by indian_rediff (#44709269) Attached to: Snowden Spoofed Top Officials' Identity To Mine NSA Secrets

From the first three paragraphs of the second TFA:

When Edward Snowden stole the crown jewels of the National Security Agency, he didn’t need to use any sophisticated devices or software or go around any computer firewall.

All he needed, said multiple intelligence community sources, was a few thumb drives and the willingness to exploit a gaping hole in an antiquated security system to rummage at will through the NSA’s servers and take 20,000 documents without leaving a trace.

“It’s 2013 and the NSA is stuck in 2003 technology,” said an intelligence official.

Doesn't look like he is portrayed as 'brilliant'. Just a bad quote taken from the article to 'made you look!'

Comment: Re:Winkflash (Score 1) 350

by indian_rediff (#39931615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?

I second this reference to http://www.winkflash.com./ I have used their service for many years and their quality is very, very good. I have experimented with Costco (used them for a long time), WalMart, CVS and Target. WinkFlash came out to be the least expensive - and they mail your stuff home. No need to trudge to the nearest location to pick up photos. Of course, the negative is that there is no instant gratification. The price at which they are most competitive is the 4 x 6.

As is normal with other online sites, you can save your pictures there etc. But the nice thing is that they have multiple sizes, canvases, books, calendars - all the additional features that online sites give you. I haven't tried most of the other formats.

Last but not least, their single click tweaking to make printed pictures seem better than what you see on screen, they have a setting called 'Enhancement' that tries to compensate for underexposed or overexposed pictures. It has worked for most of my pictures.

They have occasional sales - and no - I am not a salesman for WinkFlash - just a long-time customer.

Comment: Re:Let them try (Score 1) 146

by indian_rediff (#38701404) Attached to: India OKs Censoring Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo

This article also got Subramanian Swamy taken off the Harvard School professorship. No explanation offered. There was an online petition or two that got the support of many Harvard students and some of the staff. Harvard did not explain anything other than saying that the publication of the article.

My suspicion is that this has happened only because SS is not an American. Noam Chonsky of MIT has held similar firebrand views in the US - but his political views have not had him fired - because he is a Computer Science professor.

SS was a professor of Economics at Harvard - his article had nothing to do with Economics.

Censorship in the US anyone?

Indian Rediff

P.S. I suspect this will get me a Troll moderation - but please, read what I am saying a little dispassionately before rating me a troll. I am NOT supporting SS - but I DO support his right to free speech.

Comment: Re:Faulty Reasoning (Score 5, Interesting) 653

by indian_rediff (#38282134) Attached to: Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

Mod parent up. The number of people that discount the short-term thinking of outsourcing cannot be overstated (parse that - hopefully I wrote it right).

I have looked time and again for over 10 years (having been laid off twice - once directly attributable to outsourcing and the second time to the current downswing) as to when this wave of outsourcng will change.

PHBs will look at the bottom line alone.

Let me give you an example. At a bank I worked at, we had a memo right from the top - for every local hire, there MUST be at least 7 overseas - otherwise the local hire is not allowed. I found the quality of work being done there sucked! Of the 800 odd people on various projects, there were more than 700 offshore - the rest were onshore - and I was privy to those rates. Offshore rates were 1/5 of the onshore equivalent. I remember one of the local bosses railing at one of the onshore representatives of the minions at the quality of code being delivered. It seems if a zero was entered into a field instead of a non-zero number, the web app would crash (or it was something equally stupid - please don't hold me to actual issue).

Given that these banks took such a large amount of money from US taxpayers, the least they should do is to ensure that any new jobs they have are given to onshore people. Instead, they have gone extreme - and are offshoring more than ever. Ingrates R Us.

Background: I am originally from India, one of the original outsourcers and have seen, with mine own eyes, the precipitous fall in quality of the offshore developers. Until about the mid- to late- 90s, things were not so bad. But Y2K changed all that. All and sundry became s/w developers. And the rest, as they say, is history.


Censored Religious Debate Video Released After Public Outrage 717

Posted by samzenpus
from the on-second-thought dept.
First time accepted submitter tkel writes "On October 12, 2011 Theologian John Haught publicly debated prominent evolutionary scientist and atheist Jerry Coyne at the University of Kentucky. Although both agreed to a videotaping of the event, Haught later prohibited its release because he felt he had been treated unfairly. Coyne released blog posts addressing the matter as an offense to free speech. Reviewing their new status in the blogosphere, Haught and his associates at the University of Kentucky have decided to release the video."

Comment: Steve Jobs - the 20th Century Rennaisance man (Score 1) 1613

by indian_rediff (#37624834) Attached to: Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Learning the news as I did this morning, I was in tears. I am not a fan of Apple (although I own an iPhone). But Steve Jobs has done in one lifetime, what many, many people put together could not do in many lifetimes. Any one of his achievements would qualify as genius. He has reinvented the term genius. Steve Jobs: May he rest in peace. My thoughts are with his family and with the Apple employees.

Indian Rediff

Comment: Re:Euro (Score 5, Informative) 252

by indian_rediff (#32927380) Attached to: India's New Rupee Symbol Won't Show On Computers

The old symbol for Rupee did not exist. You either said Re for Rupee (singular - but hardly used these days since the single Rupee is worth so little) or Rs for Rupees.

Side note: I remember in the old days on the IBM 1403 printers (running with the IBM 1401 machine) there was a symbol that used the space of one character and still printed Rs very close to each other. That was the closest that India ever came to having a symbol for the Rupee.

Until now.

The proposed symbol (which I believe looks very good) is symbolic of a few things:
1) The symbol looks like an R with the vertical leg removed and a horizontal line through it (much like the $ is simply an S with a vertical line | through it).
2) It is also the Hindi symbol for the first letter in the word Rupee in Hindi - with a line through it.

Hope this makes sense

Indian Rediff


NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass Into Space 115

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the it's-all-in-the-name-of-science dept.
ByronScott writes "Early this morning NASA kicked off Operation LENS, an ambitious plan to concentrate and collect solar power using a giant magnifying glass in outer space. Long speculated to be a rumor, the 7,000,000 ft. wide lens was fabricated over the course of the past three years and launched from Cape Canaveral much to the dismay of almost every scientist in the world. While the first phase went exactly as planned, the plan hit a major snag when the magnifying glass began to work a bit too well, and ended up scorching large regions in the western hemisphere."

AMD Readies "Lottery-Core" CPUs 80

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the don't-roll-snake-eyes dept.
Barence writes "AMD has announced a radical shake-up of its CPU strategy, in an exclusive interview with PC Pro. The company has revealed that the next generation (codenamed Tyche) will be offered as a single 'lottery-core' SKU, with the number of functional cores in each part left for the customer to discover. 'We know gaming is very important to our customers,' explained regional marketing manager Ffwl Ebrill, 'and we're innovating to bring that win-or-lose experience out of the virtual world and into the marketplace.' Anyone discovering more than ten functional cores could consider themselves 'a lottery winner,' while unfortunates discovering their new CPU had no working cores at all would be encouraged to 'roll again.'"

First LHC Data Hint At New Particle 124

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the still-no-black-holes dept.
Anonymous Dupeur writes "Only 12 hours after the start of operation of the Large Hardon Collider at an unprecedentedly high energy level, a discovery had been made. Today, in its press release, CERN disclosed the observation of a new class — paleoparticles. 'It's awful,' explains Alain Grand, still shocked by the discovery. 'It left horrible tracks inside the detector that made the physicists on duty at the time feel quite sick.' No wonder. The particle consists of two strange quarks and one top quark but no beauty or charm quark. The physicists have nicknamed it the 'neutrinosaurus.' This marks a first success of the — finally — started experiment."

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