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  1. [Rant] Having a terrible ordeal with Flipkart India, no idea where else to vent my feelings

    So I had ordered this Pigeon Induction Cooker from Flipkart as it had great reviews and ratings, but mine arrived yesterday a damaged piece. The damage was that the device simply didn't turn on,...

    So I had ordered this Pigeon Induction Cooker from Flipkart as it had great reviews and ratings, but mine arrived yesterday a damaged piece. The damage was that the device simply didn't turn on, it just gave a beep and then no display, nothing. There was also a slight surface scratch but since the major problem was electrical, I cited "Electrical Problem" as the reason.

    I've been a Flipkart customer since almost a decade, so I thought they'll replace this damaged good for me without any fuss. However, this simple process is turning out to be a nightmare for me! Though my replacement request was approved, the Flipkart person who came adamantly refused to give me the replacement. He said since there was the surface scratch, you should've cited "Damaged Product" as the reason and not "Electrical Problem". Said he simply can't accept the return good as it was "damaged".

    I then contacted customer support who cancelled my replacement request and raised another one citing "Damaged Product" this time. But this time, I had to take a snap of the product through Flipkart App and only once they approve the "damage" will it be processed further tomorrow. I just hope their verifiers will be able to see that tiny scratch on the image and won't cancel this request again!

    Tried escalating by contacting their twitter support but to no avail. They keep following their usual bureaucratic process which is to keep assuring that this will be resolved soon.

    I've somehow lost the sprit to live and faith on this world after this incident. I know it seems stupid having such attitude for a mere induction cooker costing 1500 bucks. However, I'm feeling that the world has become more and more "process oriented" and less human oriented or empathetic. It could be that I'm a bit selfish due to my own personal issue but I remember a time when humans cared about other humans, a time when humans were treated as such and not a mere number or statistic on the issue tracker.

    Edit (Day 2 - 17-05-2022)

    Still unresolved. They haven't yet approved my new replacement request or even done the image verification. Though the app says it should be done by today, God only knows how long this ordeal is going to last.

    Edit: Day 3 - 18-05-2022

    Still no luck. The image verification was going to happen yesterday but it didn't. The return order status is showing as "We are processing your request for return". Might call them in the afternoon if there is no update by then, though I'm not sure how helpful even that would be.

    Edit: Day 3 (08:00 PM):

    Just received a call from Flipkart Escalation Team's executive who approved my return request and assured me that it'll reach by 20th. I just hope it's replaced without any fuss this time! Once again, thanks for staying with me.

    Edit-4 - 20-05-2022 (01:30 PM):

    At long last, the replacement arrived today! It was a 5 day long ordeal which seems to have had some happy ending at the end. In an ideal world, I should have returned this piece too as it had a slight bend on the lower left corner - but obviously, I don't want to put up with the hassle all over again and the device is working perfectly otherwise. Thank you friends, for staying with me during this ordeal.

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  2. Comment on Covid testing company "selling customers' DNA" in ~health.coronavirus

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    If this were Europe, would GDPR help prevent this?

    If this were Europe, would GDPR help prevent this?

    2 votes
  3. Comment on How to organize your research for blog posts: A comprehensive guide in ~creative

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    It's not easy but it's still very important to do it because otherwise, it'll all be lost and won't be useful. The thing is that ideas strike at most inappropriate times and when they do, you...

    It's not easy but it's still very important to do it because otherwise, it'll all be lost and won't be useful. The thing is that ideas strike at most inappropriate times and when they do, you better have it all organized at one place instead of having to scavenge from your search history, bookmarks, etc!

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  4. Comment on How to organize your research for blog posts: A comprehensive guide in ~creative

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    Interesting! My method is similar in that instead of Notecard IDs, I create simple text files for each topic such as tech/github, tech/facebook, tech/linux, health/yoga, etc. and one of them can...

    Interesting! My method is similar in that instead of Notecard IDs, I create simple text files for each topic such as tech/github, tech/facebook, tech/linux, health/yoga, etc. and one of them can refer to another by simply name.

    I haven't used any app though, there are just too many and I don't know which can be truly useful in the organization process. Are there any good ones?

    2 votes
  5. Comment on America is facing a great talent recession in ~finance

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    That's really strange because over here in India, the narrative is that "brain drain" is carrying all our useful talent abroad! Pichai and Nadella are often scorned upon as the Indians who...

    That's really strange because over here in India, the narrative is that "brain drain" is carrying all our useful talent abroad! Pichai and Nadella are often scorned upon as the Indians who betrayed their own country to go and help the "westerners" instead of starting their own institutions here!

    4 votes
  6. Comment on America is running on fumes | In film, science, and the economy, the US has fallen out of love with the hard work of ushering new ideas into the world in ~humanities

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    Is it really that different than before though? I'm not from the US but from what I've heard, today's Silicon Valley Engineers earn way more than those who founded the Tech companies. Michael Dell...

    Is it really that different than before though? I'm not from the US but from what I've heard, today's Silicon Valley Engineers earn way more than those who founded the Tech companies. Michael Dell literally worked out of his basement before forming Dell company! Same goes for the Hollywood stars too. We had people like Richard Stallman, Linus Torvalds, etc. who used to contribute heavily to open source while living in minimum wage conditions while people hardly do that today unless it's to polish their own resumes! My own opinion is that today's generation has become more self centered and demanding the moon.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Facebook alternatives in ~tech

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    A Wordpress powered self-hosted blog might sound like an overkill but it will allow you to publish news letters to those who subscribe and also let you share your thoughts in form of blog posts.

    A Wordpress powered self-hosted blog might sound like an overkill but it will allow you to publish news letters to those who subscribe and also let you share your thoughts in form of blog posts.

    3 votes
  8. Comment on A satellite finds massive methane leaks from gas pipelines in ~enviro

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    Might feel like a stupid question but how is a satellite that is revolving at several thousands of meters above the earth's surface be able to detect a gaseous substance like methane living near...

    Might feel like a stupid question but how is a satellite that is revolving at several thousands of meters above the earth's surface be able to detect a gaseous substance like methane living near the earth's surface? Are there any kind of sensors that detect methane in the air and tell that to the satellite's software (the way fire alarms work)?

    3 votes
  9. Comment on Python: Please stop screwing over Linux distros in ~comp

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    Agree totally. pip install method has served me best over the years and I've rarely found the need to install a distro's python package.

    Agree totally. pip install method has served me best over the years and I've rarely found the need to install a distro's python package.

    4 votes
  10. I think Keyword Research doesn't work at all. Prove me otherwise!

    Keyword Research and SEO are entire industries today. There are tools like ahrefs and semrush that promise to give you "trending" topic keywords for a sum of monthly subscription money. However,...

    Keyword Research and SEO are entire industries today. There are tools like ahrefs and semrush that promise to give you "trending" topic keywords for a sum of monthly subscription money.

    However, you can discard all their claims using a similar logic that you use to discard the claims of Astrologers, Voodooists, Stock Experts who "recommend" stocks, etc:

    1. If an Astrologer knows the future of everyone, wouldn't they profit massively from it themselves using the information rather than telling the trick to everyone else (just for a pittance)?
    2. If a Stock Expert knew that a stock's price will go up (and how much), won't they invest thousands and make millions themselves instead of giving those "tips" to "subscribers" and again, earn only a pittance?
    3. If SEO and Search Marketing companies knew exactly which keywords can rank your blog or site in the Google Search Engine, won't they write articles on those topics/keywords themselves and profit massively with the page views instead of revealing that secret to you for merely a few cents!
    6 votes
  11. Comment on After ruining Android messaging, Google says iMessage is too powerful in ~tech

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    We should ALL unitedly support XMPP based open source software like jitsi. That's the only way to escape these walled gardens.

    We should ALL unitedly support XMPP based open source software like jitsi. That's the only way to escape these walled gardens.

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Breaking of "colors" and "faker" NPM libraries show that everything isn't right in the FOSS ecosystem in ~comp

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but unlike other ecosystems like Github and NPM (where all contributors work more or less individually), the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) works as one unit. Since Log4J...

    Correct me if I'm wrong but unlike other ecosystems like Github and NPM (where all contributors work more or less individually), the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) works as one unit. Since Log4J is maintained and published as an Apache software, they must have some responsibility too?

  13. Comment on Breaking of "colors" and "faker" NPM libraries show that everything isn't right in the FOSS ecosystem in ~comp

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    Is that really a fix though? What if the "big bad corporation" simply agrees to comply with GPL terms ;-)

    fix that makes your code unavailable to big bad corporations while extending the rights of users and small businesses: the GPL license.

    Is that really a fix though? What if the "big bad corporation" simply agrees to comply with GPL terms ;-)

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  14. Comment on Breaking of "colors" and "faker" NPM libraries show that everything isn't right in the FOSS ecosystem in ~comp

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    The thing is that we all depend on the skills and talents of millions of unnamed people every day without even realizing. Right from the Uber driver on who's driving skills you depend on to the...

    The thing is that we all depend on the skills and talents of millions of unnamed people every day without even realizing. Right from the Uber driver on who's driving skills you depend on to the anonymous pilot dude who safely shuttles your flight to that anon chef who prepares your dinner, you don't know any of their names. They can all turn out to be Maraks some day by doing a strike and causing "immediate effect on your business"! The question is are they ethically justified in doing so?

    A similar maintainer of Log4J Java package recently brought down the NHS systems. Does the problem lie with NHS in this case? The ethical problem with these devs is not coming off clean with their intentions. Contributing to the society was clearly never the intention of these guys, it was going after these corporations for money. This was never the ethos of open source at all, why not they form their own corporations or even dual license their code to keep commercial entities away (like JetBrains does)?

    5 votes
  15. Comment on Bitcoins - can't it only go down from here? in ~talk

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    I certainly don't claim to be an expert on bitcoin, however, this is my take: But the other side says that bitcoins can be fractioned and divided to whatever extent you want unlike fiat currency....

    I certainly don't claim to be an expert on bitcoin, however, this is my take:

    Only a certain number of bitcoins can be mined

    But the other side says that bitcoins can be fractioned and divided to whatever extent you want unlike fiat currency. For example, 1 BTC has a million satoshis and you can send half, quarter or even a tenth satoshi to someone if you want to!

    Bitcoin is already consuming so much energy that countries are starting to actively discourage mining

    Again, I don't know much about this but from what I've heard, even sustainable energy sources (like nuclear or solar or wind) can be used for mining.

    This implies that any substantial increase in bitcoin price will result in substantial regulation of the bitcoin industry as it impacts the supply and price of electricity to other industries

    Even assuming that's true, bitcoin is probably just the first chapter in the story or journey of blockchain technology. There are many other crypto currencies (like Nano) that don't need to burn electricity to validate payments. If I'm not mistaken, this is the area where the crytpo technologists are looking forward.

    A significant portion of bitcoin investors are speculating on an asset rise

    But there are also a significant number of blockchain enthusiasts who are here for the technology, not the asset or dollar value of BTC. These enthusiasts are only found on reddit forums and github PRs, not on BBC/CNN which is why you don't get to hear about them. But in reality, these enthusiasts are the real drivers of BTC and blockchain technology, not the Wall Street people!

    4 votes
  16. Comment on Do you feel like many systems are on the verge of collapse? in ~talk

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    The system will not collapse as long as the people are willing to make the necessary adjustments. If most people are willing to stay at home in lockdowns, order stuff online through Amazon, etc.,...

    The system will not collapse as long as the people are willing to make the necessary adjustments. If most people are willing to stay at home in lockdowns, order stuff online through Amazon, etc., even work from home and tutor their kids through Youtube, etc. (you guys even have degree colleges that offer online courses like Penn Foster, right?), it's possible that the system might hold good.

    In my country (India), about 80% of population stays in rural areas and doesn't know a thing about online systems. Most systems are manual and happens through files and papers. Lockdowns aren't easy to impose, the administration has to invoke strict laws like Section 144 for a curfew, and deal with the angry public. I often wonder how such a clumsy system can still be holding at all during a pandemic! If this can hold, I'm pretty sure systems in US/EU should hold fairly easily!

    8 votes