Interesting. Only today I was thinking, having been rejected by Random House for my first novel, that I should go to Amazon and do my own ePublishing. However, I told myself that I must ride on the wisdom of the rejection and probably price the book as low as I can. Perhaps, 1$. I don't want the money now, but the fame. Of course, I can probably go free too. I will think about it once I figure out Amazon's Kindle space. But it would be a compliment if 100K people read my book/heard my music. I was a nobody. I became a somebody now.
Oh boy! I am a photographer from India, currently residing in the US. A couple of years ago, after the Mumbai Pakistani terrorist episode, I was visiting home and I happened to be at a railway station. I took out my XTi to shoot a stray dog lying besides the tracks and cops pounced on me. They wanted to know if I had the permission to shoot and demanded to see the papers. I tried to tell them that I was only a hobbyist and showed them all my pictures. I tried to argue that there were no signs saying that photography was prohibited and that since I was an out of town person, I would not know if that was an implicit rule. Indian cops are poor, underpaid and susceptible to bribery and flattery. My brother in law, who happens to be a cadet at the defense academy, whipped out his student ID and told the cop that I, his brother in law, was his BIL and, instantly, the cop turned into a giggling schoolgirl. He shook my BIL's hands and said that he was proud of him,etc..Then he looked at me and his demeanor turned instantly and he chatted up with, even asking to see the other pictures. Point is, it is technically illegal to shoot in a railway station without a permit of sorts.
I must say that the Pakistani people have other pressing issues to investigate such as, say, the death of Benazir Bhutto.
Yes. I think, maybe, you need to look at the profit density of different media: Dollars made/products sold and see how movies and music albums stock against each other. If movies and albums have been earning disproportionately, then, well, too bad. The public has spoken.
This is the problem with India! With a chunk of the populace illiterate and a chunk of the politicians handling portfolios they never understand properly, the laws that come out are pretty absurd. The way to solving terrorism is not by curbing the lifeblood of its new economy, but by increasing and training its law enforcement agency. India's clash with terrorism goes way back before 9/11. Yet, the number of leads and successful case records are almost zero. Bomb blasts are de riguer. The police make a lot of smoke and fire by arresting suspects and then bank on the same thing each time: the public memory is short.
Indians are resilient and extremely shrewd. They find a way around problems, especially technical problems. You are talking about a country whose street vendors software-hacked open the iPhone even before it was made available legally in the country without any jailbreaking software. The computer tech support guy will fix your Vonage router even though it is not technically sold in the country. And you would think that after the WiFi ban (if it can be implemented), people won't find a way around it?
As usual, the public will forget this also without holding the politician's feet to the fire about terrorism preventive measures.
Why, of course, the computer is always right. The rules stipulate that if the ball is out, it is out. Now, if the human eye, at its measly 25 fps capture rate is not in a position to make a call, that does not quite obviate the word of the law. Consider the game of Cricket. Now, computers essentially make the decision for the more crucial kinds of outs while the obvious ones (such as getting Bowled, caught, etc...) are just a matter of rigmarole.
Of course, if this were the trend, then all the spoofs that keep getting made in Hollywood (Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans, etc...) which directly mock the originals would be in trouble. JK is getting obnoxious and too materialistic with her creations and might end up alienating a sect of people who have not read Harry Potter and were waiting for all the volumes to be out (and the crowd of tweens and teens to stop losing sleep and breath over it). Yeah, so I'm one. Wanna fight?
What an astute argument! Kudos to this line of analysis.
Little known and researched fact is that the H1B visa does not give certain privileges. The privileges I talk would be critical for anyone who has an H1B and is not in the IT field. Mainly researchers such as myself are unable to work as freely with the DoD and NASA as it should be possible. Thus, jobs and projects go begging with skills unable to cross the thick line of security. Of course, this is all for a reason, but the fix around that is to get a GreenCard which takes an eternity and a year.
The current H1B system for US-educated students is definitely better than what it used to be...but why is it even there? Why even have a quota for the students who were educated here? They were put through the same tests and rigors as the American students. The H1B system should regulate the influx of the "techno-coolies" who come here to do the dirty IT jobs that no one else wants to do (at the rate) and who form more than 80% of the visas.
Well, I don't know what the sample set was and what the game was, but when I am playing Halo, and I just stole the tank, and I climbed all the way to the corner of the board, I sort of just hang out there and "snipe" until someone takes me out. I mean, I don't want to get off the tank and then walk all the way to base.
Besides that, playing FPS has given me super-human reflexes.
Techdirt, please point your extremely analytical analysis to the H1B quota. That will decide the fate of the tech sector in this country. There is an alarming trend going on. There are many contractors/consultants who ostensibly make business happen between students fresh out of colleges from India and big firms here that do not want to hire someone full time. The very fact that the H1B quota is lapped up in a day last year is an ominous prediction of the future. With the majority of the H1B vacancies taken up by these full time H1B visa filers so as to enable husbands and wives the H1b, many students graduating from American universities with an undergrad are fighting this deluge. This system is so inefficient that many students who graduated, spent 5 years in the states, will have to return home without a job here because they cannot obtain a H1B.
There was a difference made between the ordinary person and a person having a MS or PhD applying for H1B. I think this needs to also include undergrad students graduating, because these students have a huge loan to payback and they need the job in the country.
H1B is a very convenient, profitable way of importing skilled labor to perform mundane/exciting/cutting-edge/rote work for the country. H1B is valid for 3 years (Subject to renewal for another 3). Max 6. Thus, in 6 years, an "immigrant" makes MasterCard's PayPass a reality in your local starbucks or installs a card reader in your favorite stripper's ass. Whatever s/he might do, it will directly benefit the average Schmo.
What he cannot do is design the next-generation nuke or rocket booster, scramjet missilies or spaceports. For that s/he needs security clearance and all that jazz.
Applying for an H1B by an individual working for a firm > 25 employees will cost him upwards of 2000$, not including lawyer representation fee. 2000$ for what? Multiply that by the number of H1B quotas given out each year and raise your eyebrows at the disgusting burp Congress heaves.
Its time for that xenophobic redneck to check his family tree and shoot Billy Bob or whichever brother his mom banged and quit whining.
Enter e-Ink and the e-Reader. There is no other solution.
As a chronic Orkut user and also someone who has benefited from Orkut's groups (just check my website) I think the article has hit the problem on the nail. I have been very frustrated with the scores of idiots and retards trolling communities and posting messages like "Let's play a game. check my profile and rate me". And this was in communities called Physics, Mathematics. This had resulted in many genuinely interested physicists and mathematicians leaving in a huff, creating tightly moderated communities and kicking out trolls (I am now a moderator of 4 communities (one MATLAB)). The system corrects itself over time and no external force is needed.
The army is working on terminating sensory data on the surface of the tongue. This would be another nice application for that technology.
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