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Month: September 2009

I Hate System.out.println()

I Hate System.out.println()

Java programmers love this deadly API – System.out.println(). It is easy to use and versatile. A definite improvement over the old printf() from my C Programming days.But I hate the damn thing. Hate it with a loathing that only someone who has spent days and weeks trying to get some other idiots code to work knows. This innocuous Java statement prints a string to the standard console. It will print whatever you want it to. Which is great if you…

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India Still Living In The Dark Ages

India Still Living In The Dark Ages

India may be one of the fastest growing countries in the world but it seems to be living in the Dark Ages. When it comes to providing electricity to its cities, towns and villages, it ranks abysmally low as compared to its developed peers. As today’s chart of the day shows, the electrification rate in India is as low as 56%. In comparison, other countries forming the BRIC nations, chiefly China and Brazil have electrification rates of 99% and 98%…

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An Indian Solution To The Very Indian Problem Of Spitting On Stairwells

An Indian Solution To The Very Indian Problem Of Spitting On Stairwells

I recently visited the SBI Zonal Office in Secunderabad and noticed that their stairwells were clean! No Red Pan Stains at all! And that threw me. These bright red stains adorn almost all Indian buildings, particularly public buildings like Banks. So what was SBI’s solution? I found that the mandarins at SBI have found an uniquely Indian solution to an Indian problem. First of all they have put up a plaque requesting people not to spit. But then everybody does…

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Home Minister Sabita Indira Reddy Out of Favor?

Home Minister Sabita Indira Reddy Out of Favor?

The AP Home Minister, Ms. Sabita Indira Reddy, lives in the lane beside our apartment complex. As a result we haven’t had power cuts for the last couple of years! Regular power cuts are a part of life for most Hyderabadies. And if it rains heavily not only do the city roads flood but we also loose power for a few hours. Well, not for us lucky people who have Ms. Reddy for a neighbor! Power failures do happen. But…

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DERIVING LICENSE APPLIKASON PHOROM

DERIVING LICENSE APPLIKASON PHOROM

DERIVING LICENSE APPLIKASON PHOROM NOTE: Pleej do not soot the person at the applikason kounter. He will give you the licen. If you dont know how to fill ,copy from your phriend (dost) applikason. For phurthar instructions, see bottom applikason. 1. Last name: (_) Yadav (_) Sinha (_) Pandey (_) Misra (_) Dont no (Check karet box) 2. phust name: (_) Ramprasad (_) Lakhan (_) Sivprasad (_) Jamnaprasad (_) Dont no (Check karet box) 3. Age: (_) Less than phipty…

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India’s Dismal Spending on Healthcare

India’s Dismal Spending on Healthcare

  Data Source: The World Health Organisation   They may be the two fastest growing economies in the world with the biggest population but India and China do not seem to have done much to improve the quality of life of its people. India’s healthcare expenditure as a percentage of GDP leaves a lot to be desired. What is also appalling in India’s case is that between 2000 and 2006, the spending on healthcare has actually reduced whereas the same…

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JXIRR Page

JXIRR Page

Moved the JXIRR page to this web site: http://gautam.satpathy.org/software/java/jxirr I just haven’t had time to upgrade this code but badly need to do so. Anybody interested in helping out? Drop me a line – gautam @ satpathy . org.

Hyderabad! Prepare for a Nuclear Attack?

Hyderabad! Prepare for a Nuclear Attack?

Should the twin cities of Hyderabad & Secunderabad prepare for a nuclear attack? In the last couple of days we have had news of a Pakistani Nuclear Facility that is visible on something as ubiquitous as Google Earth. That was followed up with a news report today that said that the father of the Pakistani Nuclear program and the person responsible for the worst proliferation of nuclear technology is free to go where he pleases. What does this mean to…

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