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Comment: Easier to deal with even numbers than odd (Score 1) 304

by neosaurus (#43926731) Attached to: Hacker Exposes Evidence of Widespread Grade Tampering In India

All the exam papers are hand corrected and manually totaled. During the grading process, the graders tend to give marks which total to an even number. For example, say the total up until the previous question is 23. Then if the next question is for 6 marks, the grader might assign 5 marks for that answer to get the total so far to 28. Mental arithmetic of even numbers is easier and this saves the grader from going over two passes to obtain the total at the end. All of these several hundred thousand papers are manually graded between the end of exams in April and the declaration of results in June.

The graders only work with a roll number and school number so they have no information about the identity of the student when grading. This has nothing to do with the caste system as some people here are suggesting. The identity of the student is matched with the roll number *after* the papers are graded.

Comment: Re:Going to get worse ... (Score 5, Interesting) 90

by neosaurus (#42060707) Attached to: Outrage In India Over Arrests For Facebook Posts
I'm from the region. FWIW that post had nothing to do with religion and Shiv Sena are a chauvinistic bunch of goons in the guise of politicians who are against everything and everyone who is not a native of their state irrespective of religion. They pander to the lowest common denominator and frequently vandalize all around the state and force city shutdowns with political clout and blatant violence. Unfortunately even the Central government has been responsible for similar arrests and attempts to curb free speech and expression in the recent past.

Comment: Next time you're on the bus (Score 1) 317

by neosaurus (#36721770) Attached to: 25% of Car Accidents Linked to Gadget Use
Look out of the window at the cars passing by. One in ten will be fidgeting with their smartphones with one or no hands on the wheel. Not only does this behavior increase accidents, it contributes to slowing flow and causes jams. And then we shift the onus of safety from us onto the vehicle and go buy a big SUV to be 'safe'.

+ - Bombay High Court rules astrology to be a science.->

Submitted by neosaurus
neosaurus (1621105) writes "In India, the Bombay High Court recently ruled astrology to be "a time tested science more than 4000 years old." This not only does it stretch the definition of science[] , but also reaffirms people's faith in pseudosciences at a broader level."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:AT&T's Fault? (Score 1) 265

by neosaurus (#35079262) Attached to: AT&T Sued For Systematic iPhone Overbilling
We've experienced this with the iPhone 4. I've had the second generation iPhone which is the primary phone and the iPhone 4 which is on WiFi on all days except on the weekend. iPhone 2 with unlimited data plan didn't go over 200 Mb per month for two and a half years but the iPhone 4 transferred 65 Mb **when the phone was on WiFi**. And the data transfers were at odd hours. And this was with the phone on it's default settings, no apps and all notifications turned off. Sure enough we talked to AT&T about this who just told us to complain to Apple. We went ahead and filed a complaint with FCC.

Comment: Re:It's never the speed that gets you (Score 1) 480

by neosaurus (#34377380) Attached to: Which Shipping Company Is Kindest To Your Packages?

That's both anecdotal and marred by my own recollection of the story, but it supports the "never underestimate the bandwidth of a truck full of backup tapes on the highway" saying.

A variation of the example and the above quote are from Andrew Tanenbaum's book on Computer Networks.

Comment: Re:A step in a right direction (Score 1) 334

by neosaurus (#33759060) Attached to: Jaguar's Hybrid Jet-Powered Concept Car
The current spec Formula 1 engines are 2.4 liter V8 engines which have a typical life of about 2500 km on the race track. The efficiency of the engines is much better than that of a Prius but it burns about 150 kg of race fuel per race, not including qualifying and practice sessions. The engine rules are set to change for 2013 though to employ technology which can be transferred to road cars. Another energy saving measure introduced last year was KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) which stored energy generated from braking which could be used as addition bhp during the race.

When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it.