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Comment Re:Race to the bottom (Score 1) 192

And why do you think it is unreliable or will stop working? Slow is not an issue for most of the educational apps. There is also a difference in expectation of speed when reading a book, and when playing angry birds.

What you are unable to grasp is that these tablets are intended for kids/folks who have NOT used a tablet/PC ever in their life. They do not have any per-conceived expectations regards speed/responsiveness. The computers that were around in the 80s and 90s, in no way compare to the laptops you may own now. You will throw those old ones in trash, if someone gave you one for free. But back in that time period, they were just fine.

I really cannot understand the "let them eat cake" mentality. There ARE kids in rural areas of India, who want to study but usually don't get the opportunity due to school being many miles away(with no roads) and inability to even buy books. And you have no idea about the sheer population v/s size of India either. The government just doesn't have the kinds of resources to make it happen. But put in a solar panel in a village(already done in many places), and even one such tablet can help those kids, if government can make it cheap enough for mass distribution...

Here is one example of what I am talking about :

See the kids gathered around the screens? Those are actual really really low end PCs embedded in the walls. They work just fine for the purpose intended. They do not stop working and are pretty usable, for the definition of use intended.

I am not venting off at you in particular. It is the simply non-comprehending, patronizing "let them eat cake" attitude of folks like you, who for some reason make assumptions that if it is not the latest Samsung galaxy tab or the IPhone 4gs, it just won't work, and the people in Indian government are just dumb folks, who are investing in tablets that stop working after 2 weeks. (Hint : they are just very very slow, and you need patience to work with them. But they are reliable).

Comment Re:Race to the bottom (Score 1) 192

>>They already know how to run their lives, thank you very much. They don't need me to tell them anything.

But you seem pretty content to tell us what we should or should not buy, and what we should be allowed to have, eh?

Here is a clue. One of the many uses for this tablet is to get them on internet, and have educational apps/websites to help teach poor illiterate kids in villages, where there is serious lack of educational material, and even teachers. It is about giving them an opportunity.

Having a cheap affordable tablet can help the government to distribute one in practically every village, and provide current information to those who would not have it otherwise.

It is incredible, how an arrogant know-it-all like you, who has no idea whatsoever about the ground realities in India, feels compelled to spout off his patronizing opinions in any case, without understanding the least bit what use these tablets are meant for. (hint : it is not for playing angry birds!).

Comment Re:Can Anyone figure out what he's arguing here? (Score 2) 240

Because if US companies are the ones writing USA laws, in total disregard for jurisdictions or possibility of abuse, etc. then it is entirely feasible that they can eventually move this up a notch and get a kill-switch enabled in say microsoft windows, MS Office. Oracle databases, whathaveyou and simply put the Competitor's entire network/infra-structure out of commission. "Pay up or we disable that oracle database, the moment it connects to internet for updates, license be damned".

Internet, like say managing international flights, is too much of a global thing to be controlled by any one country. World was playing along on the premise that USA was not abusing its control of internet, so far, and thus was trusted to follow a fair approach. The moment you start abusing that power, you lose everyone's trust and force them to look for alternative solutions, thus causing the internet to splinter. Worse, it says that "we don't at all respect your own laws or even international trade laws/norms etc!"

And when USA abuses in such a blatant manner, the trust in one thing, why should it at all be trusted in others? Is it supposed to be "Oh we screwed you with the internet thing, but please become entrenched with our proprietary software, till you just can't function without them, and do continue hoping we won't screw you there as well"?

It is all about trust.

I assume that answers your query well enough.

Comment Re:Let's first get this right: (Score 1) 240

If your law makers are already this insane and so blatantly for sale, who is to say that they may not pass a law enabling a built-in kill-switch for say whatever proprietary OS or telecommunications solution is being used heavily in some other country, just so that they can enforce their latest extortion scheme?

Any country with slightest amount of sense will dump US based proprietary software products immediately, and move to open-source to escape this.

Comment Re:Can Anyone figure out what he's arguing here? (Score 2) 240

Let me see... I have a site that does not violate any of the laws of *my* country... but a company in USA can just cook up a case and get it shut down regardless, in an instant.

And all this because, the internet is controlled by USA. So does this law passes out of any US national security concerns? Does it take into account of juridictions etc? Nope. This is done at behest of some corporate suits, who want to buy yet another island somewhere.

Direct implication : USA based companies are writing the US laws, and if I use US based products, my competitor can simply disrupt my business, if someday, they manage to pass yet another law that gives such a power to them. Inference. Do NOT use USA based products, since US laws can now be simply purchased by your competitors, and can be completely in violation of international norms or even fairness.

Comment Running the numbers? (Score 4, Interesting) 240

One of the major arguments for SOPA have been the trillions of dollars of theoretical losses of sales by the Media companies. As has been pointed out repeatedly ad nauseum, these losses are only theoretical.

But has someone on the senate actually done some estimation of possible loss of revenue, if the internet actually becomes splintered and USA loses its control? Or of even more foreign governments just turning to open source solutions, instead of to, say Microsoft? China, for example, is a big competitor already for the control of internet. They control a sizable part of it already. Let us say that they actually get it in their head to actually set up an alternate mechanism and act as the controlling authority? Even USA doesn't really dares to stand up to them... so all in all, we are talking of China ultimately controlling the distribution of said media/softwares, and who knows what terms they will set for the USA based companies?

I will admit that chances of above happening are remote at the moment. But what are these media folks, and their employees in the senate, smoking? Why even take the chance?

Comment Re:Wow, I first read that as "*isn't* a crime" (Score 1) 536

Step 1. Build site with small print in ToS "It will be in violation of this site's policies for you to ever close this website, to stop looking at the website, to move away from the computer displaying this website, to perform any voluntary actions apart from looking at this site, or to allow the computer displaying the site to ever be powered off".
Step 2. Send mails with links saying "Urgent! Please take a look at this site. New wikileaks stuff here! Pure dynamite!", to Obama administration and DoJ officials.
Step 3. Do we really need a step 3 after step 2?

Comment Re:Sometimes they get it right (Score 1) 225

>We shouldn't allow water in planes, I tell you.

Humans are 60-70% water aren't they? We really need a way to dehydrate folks before they board the planes. I propose feeding people to a giant sugarcane crusher, as soon as they clear security!

(Laugh if you must, this will probably soon be implemented by folks who brought us the arrest-pilot-for-mentioning-that-searching-pilots-for-weapons-is-stupid-since-they-can-crash-planes-anyways and kick-kid-off-plane-for-reading-book-with-bomb-image-on-cover!!! you never know!)

Comment Re:Passenger can opt out... (Score 1) 225

Dear clueless, opting out does not mean you do not get searched/screened. You can only opt-out of this specific mode of screening and be screened by an alternate method instead. But I guess you are either an exhibitionist or a voyeur, depending on which side of the scanner you happen to be. Personally I would prefer a non-xray and zero-health-risk form of scanning that obscures my actual body by representing it as silhouette or line drawing instead. We need machines that are sophisticated enough to accommodate the fact that the security personnel do not need to look at every mole and scar on my body, and need only to look at the external objects I am carrying on my person(and/or hidden objects concealed inside the body).

But seriously, way too many more folks die in just road accidents. Why are we wasting all this effort and money on this instead of putting all that funding into automated driver-less cars, instead of going overboard with something that has statistically caused far few deaths... I mean assuming the goal is actually to save human lives and not just massage the ego of certain countries.

Comment Re:Congrats! (Score 1) 106

Collaboration as a species only works if the other portion of the said species is also interested in such a collaboration.

What you need to be asking is, is this a friendly nation? or is it a rival? And if latter, then will you be comfortable if the rival supersedes you at some point, or has an equal military technology/might? Last I checked, this situation did not sit so well between USA and USSR. And China happens be yet another semi-communist/fascist country, if I am not wrong.

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