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Comment Good concept (Score 1) 113

I like this model of portable work. However, what needs to happen is that the companies that want to use this must allocate a fund or must pitch in so that they are paying some amount even if they dont have any work requirements currently. Its a sacrifice they need to make in return for the flexibility to hire people for only a short duration as per their work needs. In return, the workers get a little extra security and maybe some flexibility in deciding what they want to do as well.

Comment Noble Idea (Score 4, Insightful) 66

This sounds like a great idea. I am tempted to be a volunteer. Not sure how it keeps the idiots out who may abuse this. (Yes, there are such people out there!) The FAQ only mentions "People who misuse the system will be excluded from the network." - but it could be too late by then? Perhaps they could 2 volunteers per requester and one of them could be "a moderator"? and silently observe the process to ensure safety of the blind requestor.

Submission + - At Least 100,000 Private Snapchat Photos and Videos Released by Hackers (

parallel_prankster writes: A giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years.Underground photo-trading chat rooms have been filled in recent weeks with hints that something big was coming. Thursday night it finally arrived: A third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every single photo and video file sent through it for years, giving hackers access to a 13GB library of Snapchats that users thought had been deleted.Users of 4chan have downloaded the files and are creating a searchable database that will allow people to search the stolen images by Snapchat username.

Comment Re:So what exactly is the market here. (Score 1) 730

I had the same thought earlier but I think there is a market for a wearable which is not as bulky as a phone and allows you to be in sync with a main device like a phone which you can use when large screen size is needed or maybe when calling someone. I am not sure that a "watch" is really the answer to that problem. But it is easier to read messages/notifications or do some tasks using a watch than having to get the phone out of the pocket. Even Apple hasnt really come up with great solutions to how do we respond to the millions of notifications we are going to get. At some point I think people are going to get tired of having to lift their hands and turn their wrists to read/send messages. I always thought the Google glass was a good solution to this problem but alas it got bad publicity by being always on.

Comment And make video available when asked (Score 4, Insightful) 170

There have been numerous instances where the cops have reported "malfunctioning" devices to avoid providing videos of situations which may have provided incriminating evidence. Just yesterday there was news about how a guy fell from a cop car into the water below while handcuffed and the police couldn't provide any video evidence! Maybe there should be strict penalties for losing video recordings as well.

Comment Re:Seems good to me. (Score 2) 146

This COULD be a bad thing. A good economy is one that maximizes productivity while helping workers find a work-life balance. If this trend continues, soon we are going to see an increase in the number of people with illnesses related to stress/fatigue etc. Besides, it could also be due to the fact that american workers have lesser bargaining power than workers in other nations. Again, I am not saying all of this is all good or bad. There are obvious benefits with our capitalist economy as well. Just that we need a good balance between approaches and currently, we are little outside of average, that's all. Whether that average is the right balance point, no one knows.

Comment Re:Can we dumb it down some more? (Score 5, Informative) 144

This is what I understood. They first split the beams into upper and lower paths and filtered out the neutrons from the lower path using their spin state . They double checked this by using limiting/filtering neutrons on one of the paths each time and measuring the number of neutrons after re-combining and filtering out the lower path. This way they made sure that the neutrons coming out after re-combining and filtering must have taken the upper path. Then they applied magnetic field on both paths. But it seems like the neutrons which supposedly could only have come from the upper path had been affected by magnetic field from the lower path. This implies as if their "positions/mass" took one path while their spin took another?

Submission + - India building Highest Railway Bridge in the World ( 1

McGruber writes: Up in the Mimalayas, Indian engineers have restarted work on the world's highest railway bridge. When completed in 2016, the arch-shaped steel structure will be 359 metres (1,177 feet) high — 35 metres (115 feet) taller than the Eiffel Tower!

The bridge is part of the Jammu Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Railway Link
(, a railway line being built to connect the state of Jammu and Kashmir with the rest of the country. When completed, the route will shorten the travel time from Baramulla to Jammu to six-and-a-half hours, almost half the time it currently takes.

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