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Comment: Re: People are creative (Score 1) 498

by red crab (#49224285) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide
What is your statistical computation for this, that if things are bad now they'll get worse? If everybody started thinking like that, we would see failures occurring everywhere, more road accidents, more loan defaults, poorer grades in exams in general etc. In fact if you try to view things statistically, things tend to get better in future, followed by another phase of gloom. Its just like a waveform pattern, and as we grow older, we get better at handling failures, and avoiding big failures from happening at first place from our experience. You seem to be confusing suicide with euthanasia and that's a different subject altogether. Euthanasia is acure for terminal illness, not depression.

Comment: Re:Wow. The linked thread... (Score 1) 338

by red crab (#49213179) Attached to: Google Chrome Requires TSYNC Support Under Linux
I've been using Chrome and its open-source counterpart Chromium on my OpenSUSE laptop since 2009 or so and have noticed that their CPU usage is way higher than Firefox. Especially while handling Flash pages, the CPU usage climbs to 100% and it remains at that level even after I close the Flash site. The only way to bring back CPU usage to normal is to promptly close the application. My machine has decent specs, its got a i5 processor and 8 GB of memory and frankly this kind of performance is puzzling.
Firefox, on the other hand has kept improving on Linux with very release all over these years. I can therefore see no compelling reason to use Chrome or Chromium on Linux.

Comment: Re:Ah...BBC..! (Score 1) 356

And what is the point in letting this pervert voice his opinion on TV; one who had showed no remorse during the trial too. Delhi rape was a very unfortunate incident, it has made a deep imprint in collective conscience of Indian society. Bringing it up again in this manner is painful; to be very precise. If the documentary's purpose was only to show if anything has improved after this incident, it was fine. Fine that they interviewed the policemen, the lawyers and victim's family, but why should this remorseless sadomasochist put his views on TV? There is a limit up to where Press freedom should be allowed and sadly its only the Government who can stop the Press. I would generally detest the former's interference in latter's affairs but sadly sometimes its the latter that is deviant as in this case; and it does need to be reined upon (For the record, i am the OP AC).

Comment: Re:Ah...BBC..! (Score 1) 356

Same AC who posted the above, the BBC does have a right to report those; I am talking of its focus on those topics and the tone in which these events are reported. Try reading BBC's reporting on India, you couldn’t miss the irony and sarcasm, and that is only specific to India.

Comment: Re:Science... Yah! (Score 1) 958

by red crab (#48967715) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness
And this is something science cannot explain - why does eating 2 doughnuts a day makes me fat; and not my cousin brother (who is as old as I am; and is a couch potato like me). At a deeper level, science also cannot explain why some people get the frequent urge to eat; and why some don't. Calorie count and exercise are just a couple (albeit too much emphasized) of many factors that come into play that control a individual's health. Scientists have not been able to satisfactorily determine the other factors so far; so they keep harping on how the right combination of diet and exercise that can make any person lose weight; although its pretty evident that such combination actually doesn't exist.

Comment: Re:Entitlement (Score 1) 325

by red crab (#48743673) Attached to: Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8
You surely can erase OSX off your Mac but what else are you going to put on it? Will it actually run Linux or Windows? By running another OS i imply getting the same level of functionality as Apple's OS provides. As for the archaic GB notation; every hard disk manufacturer/OEM reseller these days adds a footnote in tech specs saying that the actual storage space will be lesser than advertised space; as the OS uses a different (i.e. proper) method to compute the available space. I wonder in what age and what part of the world are you living in.

Comment: Re:Entitlement (Score 1) 325

by red crab (#48716451) Attached to: Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8
Not quite. I might not install an OS at all on the computer; could just boot it off from a live CD and all the 250GB will be at my disposal. The point is that apart from Apple, no other OS vendor (count Unix vendors out) sells you a computer directly - the OEM bundles the OS for you; and in some cases you can opt out of a preinstalled OS. With Apple you can't. I think the litigants do have a point here; if Apple claims to sell a xGB device, then all of the xGB should be available to the user; akin to boot space of a car. How would you react if your car's gearbox takes up 23% of the boot space?

Comment: Re:Solar Lanterns already available (Score 1) 143

by red crab (#48545731) Attached to: Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

Kinda of hard to do that in the dark. Oh and in Bangalore, they are talking about the poorest of the poor. the lowest caste who CAN"T sell to others ans contact with them makes those people outcasts. But other than that you are sadly correct.

I don't where you come from; but I can certainly tell you one thing that one can sell or buy anything in Bangalore irrespective of his or her caste. Unfortunately, Slashdot doesn't allow to mod and reply to the same discussion. So I had to make a tough choice between trolling you down or replying to your post. I've opted for the latter so that at least you can think before you post the next time.

Comment: Re:Good for him! (Score 1) 223

by red crab (#48378721) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
Mere incompetence occasionally should also imply an accidental underbilling. But that never happens. I'd call it a common business practice; the goal is make more out of customer's negligence and reluctance. I recall how I was regularly fleeced by HSBC Bank, with whom I used to hold a savings account. They once "upgraded" my account to a "Turbo Account" (of course without my consent) and started deducting a considerable monthly penalty for not keeping the minimum balance required for a turbo account. I noticed that a couple of months later in my statement and demanded a downgrade and refund of penalty charges. They responded by downgrading the account but the money was never refunded. Also later, they kept revising the minimum balance once in every months and intimated this well after a penalty was deducted. I could and should have moved to court; but I simply didn't have the time and resources for that; and they (the companies) know that very well.

Comment: Re:Good for him! (Score 1) 223

by red crab (#48378627) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
Mere incompetence occasionally should also imply an accidental underbilling. But that never happens. I'd call it a common business practice; the goal is make more out of customer's negligence and reluctance. I recall how I was regularly fleeced by HSBC Bank, with whom I used to hold a savings account. They once "upgraded" my account to a "Turbo Account" (of course without my consent) and started deducting a considerable monthly penalty for not keeping the minimum balance required for a turbo account. I noticed that a couple of months later in my statement and demanded a downgrade and refund of penalty charges. They responded by downgrading the account but the money was never refunded. Also later, they kept revising the minimum balance once in every months and intimated this well after a penalty was deducted.

I could and should have moved to court; but I simply didn't have the time and resources for that; and they (the companies) know that very well.

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