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Comment: Fair Wage (Score 1) 123

by prayag (#37259128) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Makes an API For Human Intelligence
There has been a lot of question about fair wage in the thread. So to answer everybody, the fair wage depends a lot on region, currency etc. We partner a lot of with local organization such as NGOs. Many of our members are house wives or are unemployed for whom the big difference having no access to work at all. Average wages vary from $1.50 to $2 per hour (this is in developing countries mind you).

Comment: Mark Zuckerberg (Score 5, Interesting) 317

by prayag (#31747404) Attached to: Facebook Crawler Speaks Back
Mark Zuckerberg is the most unethical guy in the industry today. As is obvious by the origins of Facebook, his infamous hacking of the journalists passwords during the the-facebook era and countless other fiascoes that come to news from time to time. Everyone who has ever dealt with him says have bad things to say about him.
If he is the face of the next generation entrepreneurs, then god saves the industry.
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+ - Spam Filters Force Magazine Name Change->

Submitted by krou
krou (1027572) writes "After 90 years of publication, a Canadian history journal is being forced to change its name because of spam filters. The Beaver, which chose its name because of Canada's iconic dam-building creatures, has been forced to change its name to Canada's History, because 'attempts to reach a new online audience kept falling foul of spam filters — particularly in schools — because beaver is also a slang term for female genitalia.' They 'also noticed that most of the 30,000 or so visitors to their website per month stayed for less than 10 seconds', and they probably correctly suspected that those visitors were not interested in 'learning about the trade in beaver fur which built Canada's early economic fortunes'."
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+ - Suicide Bombers Wreak Havoc in Moscow->

Submitted by reporter
reporter (666905) writes "About four hours ago, two women wearing belts loaded with explosives walked into two subway stations — the Lubyanka station and the Park Kultury station — in Moscow and detonated the belts. Twenty-two people died at the former station, and 12 died at the latter. Both stations are near the heardquarters of the Federal Security Service, the successor to the K.G.B. "Moscow's red Sokolnicheskaya line, where the first explosion occurred, is used by members of Russia's security service to get to work."

The news wires are lighting up with this story. See the reports at "Times Online", "The New York Times", "Telegraph.co.uk", and "guardian.co.uk""

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+ - 12 button keypads better than touchpad keyboards 1

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prayag writes "Using phones with touchpads is more demanding than using traditional mobile phones. Even small external interferences complicate writing SMSes on a touchpad, according to results achieved by implementing a new research method developed by a research institute from Finland. "If you can write using your phone without anything disturbing you, it is fastest to type them with a Physical-Qwerty keyboard, the small keyboard similar to one in a normal computer. If you have to concentrate on something else while typing or if you, for instance, cannot see the phone while typing, the ITU-12 keypad, the most traditional mobile phone keypad with 12 buttons is fastest for typing SMSes," said Antti Oulasvirta, Senior Researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT. Oulasvirta's research group's study will be published in April at CHI 2010. Original paper can be found here"

Comment: Re:How much free speech do you need at aged 6? (Score 5, Insightful) 368

by prayag (#31596970) Attached to: Sergey Brin On Google and China
You obviously haven't lived in a totalitarian country. My girlfriend is from a Soviet-Era-communist country. She was very young when the communist regime was repelled but she has distinctive memories of the era, how you could only get state television channel, how going abroad was almost impossible, how it was impossible to get foreign made goods, how the country was everything and criticizing the country was frowned upon. In addition, please remember that Antisemitism in Soviet Union was a de-jure policy after WW2. Also remember, that Sergey Brin's parents were academics, which made them an active target of the government. If you live not under a fear of the government but also under the fear of a government openly hostile to your community and your parents are marked people, it makes a pretty damn good impact on your childhood. In addition, do you think as a child his parents would've never talked about their life in Soviet Union ? These are the experiences that shape your thinking. Just because he was young doesn't mean he doesn't know how it was.

Comment: Re:State vs Internet (Score 2, Informative) 186

by prayag (#31082592) Attached to: India Suspended From PayPal For "At Least a Few Months"
Actually money transfer to India is not difficult at all. I use bank and wire transfer and it works fine to transfer money to and from India. The problem is that Indian government wants to keep a full track of where and how money crosses border. It always had. Transfers through PayPal, unless it registers itself as a bank, are difficult to track. That is why the problem.
BTW, for this reason, hawala transfers are illegal in India and have come under heavy fire.

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