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Comment: Lemme try and explain (Score 4, Informative) 703

I come from a farming family, we do produce lots of crops including wheat.
If temperatures go warmer by a degree. It won't matter. Really it won't.
however, as temperatures change, rainfall patterns change.
For example, we get rain from westerlies in Northwest India from Dec-End feb.
So wheat gets water at times of growth, and while harvesting end march - late april there is hardly any rain.

Over the past 10 years it has changed. It can rain heavily in march-april also, which will destroy almost ripe wheat crop.
Heck, westerlies are active into may now.

Such change in rainfall patterns can destroy crops.

Another example, the himalayas got a lot of snow this year. Much more than normal. Good thing. But all of it started in feb in some regions, which will result in poor apple crop this time in some regions.

Any climate change which alters patterns(not necessarily warming or cooling, but change) has the potential to destroy agricultural yields. So climate change is a bad thing in general for agriculture unless it happens over millenia.
I would not mind climate change if it happened gradually like in olden times. We would adapt. But rapid change in rainfall patters over 3 decades. Everything goes for a toss.

Comment: Most miss the point (Score 1) 162

by tanveer1979 (#45962247) Attached to: Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

I have a lot of friends who proudly contribute to google maps. Whenever I try push them towards OSM, the response is. Its not good enough. roads are missing. POIs are less.
Its like a big whoosh.
OSM is user generated. More users will mean better maps. Looks at Europe. We did a trip in norway, and we could navigate perfectly just with OSM. Why? Because of local participation.
Secondly, we have lost a lot of battles. Today facebook decides what content to show. Want your status update to be seen? Well pay money. The corporations have one agenda. Gamify and monetize. We need to get out and reclaim whatever we can.
And OSM is just one of the pieces of the puzzle. If more and more people started contributing, there is no reason for OSM to be inferior. For example, the Indian city of Chennai is as well mapped as google.
More users means more developers come and develop better routing algorithms. Better POI searches. Better map features.
So if you don't like OSM in your area, Fix it. Its not too difficult. To get something, if you expect some corporation to come and do it for you, remember they will do it in a way it benefits them. To get what you want, you have to make an effort.


Snapchat Update Addresses Security Hole 58

Posted by timothy
from the you've-got-mail dept.
Snapchat has released an update to address the security problems exposed recently by Gibson Security and subsequently (and quickly) exploited. From the article: "Snapchat also said researchers could email the firm at for any vulnerability discoveries. 'We want to make sure that security experts can get a hold of us when they discover new ways to abuse our service so that we can respond quickly to address those concerns. The best way to let us know about security vulnerabilities is by emailing us:,' Snapchat said."

Comment: Thanks Bucc (Score 1) 117

by tanveer1979 (#45592205) Attached to: Copyright Takedown Requests to Google Doubled In 2013

I make time lapse videos as a hobby, and I spend hours searching for CC licensed music. After finding such music, I go through the license type to make sure I am not using the music in a way it was not intended to.
Yet, anybody can file a claim.
Remember that fiasco about the video that had no music, just some background of birds chirping?

It was so ridiculous that everybody from slashdot to tech portals picked it up, and the guy won. However, what about countless others who are impacted every day.

Here see, they take down classical public domain music

Search google and stories are literally unlimited. Its a sad state of affairs, with everything heavily stacked in favour of those who can afford an expensive lawyer.

Comment: I have been on the receiving end (Score 3, Interesting) 117

by tanveer1979 (#45581523) Attached to: Copyright Takedown Requests to Google Doubled In 2013

I made a time lapse video

I used background music from ccmixer
Gave the full attribution too!

Music : Improvisation On Sunday, by Alex Beroza(
Uses : again under the following license.

And got a notice that it matches. I filed a dispute, and haven't heard from them again, and my video is up and running. However, if they had filed a counter claim, they would have taken it down? My account gets a copyright strike? I dunno

anyways, I notified the actual music composer about the claim, and maybe he is also trying to get it removed from their DB.

But its scary, if somebody puts a takedown notice, I cannot seek recourse. I am not in the USA and that makes it even more difficult.

Comment: The real Triumph.... (Score 4, Interesting) 73

by tanveer1979 (#45410671) Attached to: India's Mars Mission Back On Track After Brief Hiccup

This is exciting. Really exciting. First the successful moon mission and now this.
However, from a ISRO's standpoint, this is more significant from another angle too.
With such low cost, now others are looking at India as a satellite launch country. Even before, those who wanted satellite launches, often came to ISRO if cost was an issue. But success rate was not too good.
With this mission reaching this stage, ISRO has shown that it can launch any type of satellite. From satellite launch perspective, this is a complete success. No doubt about it.
All these dollars invested will come back over the next few years, as more and more companies gain more trust in ISRO launch capabilities. I won't be surprised if ISRO recovers all the costs of this mission from commercial launches within the next 5 years.

Comment: Hall Effect Sensor? (Score 1) 358

by tanveer1979 (#45297733) Attached to: Android KitKat Released

I was looking at the tech specs. Sensors are very important to me(eg Pressure, magnetic etc.,)
So I went through the list on the tech specs page, and apart from the regular proximity and stuff, there is a Hall Effect sensor too. Haven't seen it in the high end Note 2 also, or maybe Samsung calls it by a different name.
I know what is a Hall effect sensor, however, I am wondering what will it be used for here? Will it be used for whether a flip cover is open or not? For that I think you can use the light sensor too.
Answers please?

Comment: Black is just fine (Score 1) 285

by tanveer1979 (#45185775) Attached to: No, Oreos Aren't As Addictive As Cocaine

Indian premium brands like Taj Mahal are excellent for black tea too.
In India, few people use flavoured tea. However, they do flavor their tea.
If you want a lemony flavor - Just add a few drops of lemon juice(Fresh squeezed)
If you want aroma - Cardamon
If you want Spice - Cinnamon

Flavoring tea like this has better results than pre flavored tea. When you refer to Earl grey and such , I figure you are buying Twinnings?

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.