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Comment: Tech needs more such new companies (Score 2) 570

by nikkipolya (#48867485) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Google and Android are now getting old. And so are Apple and its iPhone's and Mac's. It's about time we see newer companies like Microsoft, Xiaomi etc. come up with amazing new products. Although I do agree that it will be hard for a new and small company like Microsoft to break-in into big markets, but so were Google and Apple many years ago. I wish companies like Microsoft, Xiaomi all the best.

Comment: Re:Arrow of Time (Score 1) 107

by nikkipolya (#48557087) Attached to: 2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

I think the article is referring to time-translational symmetry. Which is what results in conservation of energy. If you claim that time translational symmetry is violated, then you are also claiming the violation of the conservation of energy. Although nothing forbids either, but it would have been big news. And I haven't heard it!

Comment: Here's the Pope's new version of how it all began (Score 1) 669

by nikkipolya (#48308159) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

God and his room-mate Chugs were arm wrestling. When...
Chugs: You're going down, man.
God: Pprrrrrrrrrrrrr (farts)
Chugs: Oh, dude, that is sick.(God wins, thanks to the stink)
God: Yeah! Undefeated! Oh, wait, wait, wait. Here comes another one. Quick, give me your lighter.
God: Pprrrrrrrrrrrrr (farts outreal loud. A big bang is heard)
God: You smell that?

Then, over millions of years, evolution took its course.

Comment: Re:Um, no! (Score 1) 534

by nikkipolya (#48035921) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Not true. The dharma-karma reincarnation point of view is not mandatory in Hinduism, its but one point of view. One of the earliest schools of Hinduism was the Samkhya school. Which is an atheistic school with adherents even to this day in India. The later schools range between various shades of atheism to theism. Jainism and Buddhism are off-shoots of Hinduism and both are largely atheistic.

Comment: Re:Fund an institution (Score 1) 224

by nikkipolya (#48000347) Attached to: Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

1. Hey but Nick Leeson is making a killing out of it. He was convicted and jailed. And so is Kevin Mitnick and a host of others. The whistleblower should go beyond the facts of his whistleblowing and start from his childhood. How he dreamt of freedom and how fiercely he fought to save it on his school playground. Defending the hapless kids from the bullies.... blah blah blah... That makes a wonderful story. Then he can go about narrating his life after he lost his job, making ends meet. How he was determined to fight it out, all alone vs the state. How he survived the fallout... How he is the savior of morals and values. Of courage, grit and determination. blah blah...

2. At least they should make an attempt. Even if the book doesn't fly and the movie never happens, they can become a public speaker. If not in the US, definitely abroad. They can get into talking about leadership skills, entrepreneurial skills, self help blah blah blah... there is a big market for it. I know of people who have not done anything noteworthy in their lives but are making a killing by going to companies and talking about leadership, emotional intelligence, x habits of a leader, innovation and bull like that. These guys atleast have some real life story to tell.

3. Mitnick, Leeson are on the top of my head. He can walk clear of those states where such laws exist. In fact they can walk out of US and not bother. Nothing much there anyways. Earth is a big planet.

4. Launch a fight against the ammo in full public view and make a story out of it too!! Like we read on slash the other day of that Italian restaurant that came up with a neat idea to fight the extortion attempts of Yelp!

Comment: write a book about their experience (Score 3, Insightful) 224

by nikkipolya (#47993005) Attached to: Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

By being a whistleblower they have displayed to the world that they have a lot of risk taking abilities. Now that they have appeared on slashdot, they should consider writing a book about their experiences. The hesitation, the resistance they faced at their work-place, then the moment... They can then sell the rights to their story to movie studios too!! That's the way forward to high risk takers such as whistleblowers. Make it all or loose it all!! They can then go around delivering lectures about their experiences, their book. Go independent, I mean!!

Comment: They didn't factor in the cost of R&D (Score 2) 200

by nikkipolya (#47992779) Attached to: Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

It was so cheap because India relied on the R&D done by developed nations. And then it forgot to include the cost of its own R&D for the program. It just included the cost of the mission in an as is where is condition. Vallah!! we have a cheap Mars mission. How else can they score some brownie points? They are certainly not the first to go around Mars. But hey, if they say they are the first at being the cheapest to go to Mars, well that's a first in some way!! And they scored some brownie points.

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