Answer by Justin Franco:
My wife and I use the word poodle as a sort of safe word when we’re discussing issues that might force one of us to lie just to make the other happy (we stole it from a Chuck Palahniuk novel). It’s a standalone question, “Poodle?” Or a confident statement, “Poodle.” Basically, it means I’m being completely truthful.
For example, my wife might want me to accompany her to a dance costume expo in Atlanta on a Saturday morning. She really wants company because her dance teacher friend had to cancel at the last minute, so she asks me. I reluctantly agree.
She asks, “Are you sure you’re ok going to this dance costume expo?”
I answer, “Yes.”
She replies with, “Poodle?”
Ugh. If I reply with “Poodle,” it means I’m being completely truthful about wanting to go, but I’m not really, so it forces me to admit that I’d really just rather lie around in my jammies playing videogames.
When one person invokes poodle, you’re not allowed to lie in response. It’s a staunch rule. That means it also has to be used sparingly.
We have never explained this rule or our reasoning for the word poodle to our three-year-old daughter, and yet one evening as we’re cuddling on the couch, I squeeze my daughter and say, “I love you.”
She looks lovingly up at me and asks, “Poodle?”
What rights do I have if I have been arrested by the police in India? by Tejasvita Apte
Answer by Tejasvita Apte:
The first thing you need to know is –
Every person who is arrested is supposed to be taken before the nearest magistrate within 24 hours of the arrest. (Time taken to travel to the Magistrate is excluded from the 24 hours)
This is the most important thing you need to know.
You then have the following rights –
1. Right to be silent / Right against self – incrimination
You have the right to remain silent. In fact the police is supposed to tell you that everything you say may be used against you in the court of law.
Regardless of whether they tell you this or not, remember you have the right to remain silent.
2. You have the right to legal aid-
You have the right to call your lawyer. If you ever get a call from a Police station and they ask you to come and answer some questions, even then, first contact your lawyer. Do not walk into the station. You can ask the police officer to summon you in writing.
3. If there is a warrant, you are entitled to see it –
Remember you can be arrested even without a warrant. But if the Police say that they have a warrant, you have a right to see it.
4. Right against Handcuffing and torture
You have a right to not be handcuffed. Only if the police suspect that you are likely to run away, should they handcuff you.
You cannot be subjected to torture and it is a crime.
5. Right to have someone informed
If you are arrested without anyone's knowledge or presence, you have a right to inform someone. The law puts an obligation on the law enforcement agency to inform another person.
6. You cannot be illegally detained –
If you are being detained by the Police and are not produced before the Magistrate within 24 hours, it is illegal. You (you friend / relative) have the right to directly approach the High Court and file the writ of Habeas Corpus.
7. If you are a woman, you cannot be arrested after sundown and before sunrise unless there are extraneous circumstances. If there are, Magistrate's written permission and the presence of a woman police officer is required to make that arrest.
Some other useful important points –
1. After detention, you are the responsibility of the Police. Remember that. If you think that procedure is not followed, be mindful and make mental notes of everything around you. Names and designations of officers, etc.
2. The Police officers cannot do anything they want with you. They are bound by law. Co-operate if it is not going to incriminate you.
3. Do not resist an arrest and try to run. You cannot. If you are being arrested, be mindful and assert your rights. Let them know, you know.
4. If someone you know is detained but you don't know where, you can file an RTI application in the Police station you suspect and they are bound by law to give you information within 48 hours as to the whereabouts of your friend.
5. Sometimes people are arrested on Friday/ Saturday and kept in custody till Monday morning with the claim that Magistrate isn't available. That is not true. A magistrate is available 24*7. Know that.
6. The Police officer cannot force you to make a confession. Confessions made to Police officers are inadmissible in evidence.
7. If you are arrested for a Bailable offence, you can get bail from Police itself. If you are arrested for a Non-bailable offence, only the court can grant you bail. If you get a bail, it doesn't mean the trial is over.
(Bailable offences are less serious offences in which bail is a right. In such cases you must get bail immediately from the police. Non-bailable offences are serious offences where bail is a privilege and only the courts can grant it.)
8. If you anticipate being arrested, you can move the court and take an anticipatory bail.
9. Unlike, what is normally believed, a traffic police officer can also arrest you. He is also a Police officer who has just been given traffic duties.
Thank you for the ATA,.
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What's the worst thing about Elon Musk?
Answer by Nishanth Salinamakki:
It’s true that Elon Musk is seen as nearly perfect (especially in the Quora community). It’s because a very few percentage of people can start one successful company, and he’s founded three (Zip2, SpaceX, PayPal) and been involved in others (Tesla, SolarCity, OpenAI). He’s now leading two companies in two completely different industries that have long-term goals that resemble science fiction. His companies are striving to change the way we live, not consume goods. That kind of success and drive is unprecedented; that’s why Musk is hailed as one of the greatest entrepreneurs and the reason why everyone is obsessed with him. Everyone wants to be like him.
However, no one is perfect, and everyone has a dark side, especially insanely successful men like Elon Musk (often because of the traits that make them successful). Musk’s flaws are highlighted in Ashlee Vance’s comprehensive biography on Musk:.
Elon Musk is not the best with relationships. He even whispered to his first wife during the wedding, “I am the alpha in this relationship”.
He never took no for an answer, and he rode his employees hard, right out of their minds, and sometimes right out of the company. Mary Beth Brown was a devoted assistant to Musk, who was there from the beginning of SpaceX (when it was viewed as a joke) and worked the same hours he did. However, when she asked for a raise, Musk still questioned her value to the company and after telling her to take two weeks off, decided that SpaceX could operate fine without her.
He is uncompromising and demanding, forcing employees to work long hours (if any other CEO did this, no one would work for him/her but since Musk’s companies’ goals are so exciting and meaningful, everyone agrees to pour their heart and soul into the company’s mission).
He had laser-like focus; if there was something he wanted, he would stop at nothing to get it, often sacrificing other personal aspects of his life and leaving behind casualties.
Although he’s extremely humble in interviews, he doesn’t truly see anyone else on the same level as him, and will assert his superiority to remind others of that. His second wife explained to Ashlee Vance that “Elon doesn't have to listen to anyone in life. No one. He doesn't have to listen to anything that doesn't fit into his worldview. But he proved he would take s**t from me.” That makes it difficult for him to relate to others and develop meaningful relationships. But his immense confidence and inability to conceive of himself failing allowed him to establish three successful companies in the first place.
As you start to realize, many successful people have flaws that are not independent. That is, they aren’t separate from all their good traits (work ethic, focus, confidence). In fact, the flaws originate from the very traits that make them successful. Michael Jordan was a ruthless competitor, which made him so great in high-pressure situations and in the game of basketball. However, his gambling problem and intense leadership style stemmed from this incessant competitiveness. Steve Jobs could be vicious to his employees not because he was simply a mean guy, but because of his immense passion for the company, and he demanded utmost perfection from his employees. Nikola Tesla made outlandish claims that he could never live up to. It wasn’t that he was simply a liar and wanted the publicity; he was an engineering visionary and because of this, his mind constantly wandered to these incredible possibilities and visions he dreamt up and as a result, he never focused on one invention.
The point is, even people who are worshipped and idolized are not perfect and can sometime have even more glaring flaws than ordinary people. Many incredibly successful people have an extremity (whether it be immense confidence or insane work ethic or incessant drive), and often, these extremities cause them other problems in life. But these extremities are what ultimately help them attain that level of success.
Moreover, it’s these flaws that humanize them and give us a unique and renewed perspective of who they are. Although most of their imperfections are the result of extremities many people don’t have, it still inspires confidence and helps young generations realize, “Hey, they’re not perfect. They’re humans, just like me. If they’ve come this far and achieved this much, then why can’t I?”
What is the most ridiculous thing that you have ever convinced someone to believe? by @tellmeyourgoal
Answer by Steven Matt:
This is a true story that involves Donald Trump, the Dalai Lama, and a doorman.
It was September 2003. I had just arrived in NYC from Arizona to start college. I packed a backpack, shipped some boxes out and didn't look back. I was on a mission.
It was one of those late summer, early autumn nights in NYC where anything was possible. The streets were alive and people had plans. The air was complex and misty. It smelled like the aftermath of a concert. There was an orange glow to everything. Perhaps it was from the streetlights. Or maybe it was the omnipresent charge of NYC energizing everyone and everything through its sheer presence. At least that's how it seemed to me after having just arrived here the night before.
It was about 2am and I was wandering the streets of Brooklyn with two girls I had just met at college. We still had energy and wanted to keep exploring. We decided we would walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan. By 4am we were in Times Square. NYC was still alive as ever at that time. No one seemed to sleep. So we didn't either.
We were handed a flyer that announced the Dalai Lama's event in Central Park that morning. That was it. Our destination was set. We had somewhere to be. We started uptown. By then, we had probably walked 15 miles.
When we finally arrived at the south west entrance of Central Park, we quickly realized that the park was closed until the Dalai Lama arrived and we couldn't get in. Police were everywhere and the barricades were up.
The sun was about to rise.
We had been on the streets all night.
We were sweaty and needed some place to sit down.
The girls decided they wanted to watch the sunrise.
Above us rose what seemed to be the tallest building we had seen all night: Trump International Hotel & Tower at 1 Central Park West.
I had to get us to the top. How could we waste a morning like this on the streets without watching the sunrise?
What followed could have been an outtake form Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
You can't just walk into the Trump International Hotel & Tower, but that's exactly what we attempted to do.
There was a doorman on duty. But how could we get by him?
I couldn't believe it but he was asleep. We took the opportunity and quietly walked right by him and into the elevator across the lobby.
We couldn't press a button without a key.
Or so we thought.
As we nervously huddled in the elevator, I explained to the girls the plan: we would start making a bunch of noise so we would wake him up as we came out of the elevator seemingly from upstairs. We would then walk out the elevator and approach the doorman as we angrily accuse him of sleeping on the job. He will assume we live in the building and we will take that opportunity to make our demands, which he will be expected to fulfill so as not to lose his job.
It worked just as planned.
We busted out of the elevator screaming about some made up conversation. We were talking about ballet or some pretentious nonsense to add to our wealthy, Trump resident persona.
We stopped and just starred at him as he was waking up rubbing his eyes. He was clearly embarrassed and ashamed. Perfect. Just where I wanted him.
I walked up to him and quietly explained that I didn't want to get him in trouble. I explained that he could avoid any trouble if he sent for a couple of bottles of champagne and breakfast for me and girls on the roof.
He didn't hesitate. He got on his phone and called the kitchen immediately. We asked him to escort us to the roof and set a place for us to dine and enjoy the sunrise.
This whole time he believed we were residents of the Trump International Hotel & Tower on Central Park West. One of the most expensive residences in NYC. Three sweaty, underage college students dressed like scallywags.
When we arrived on the roof, we were surprised to see a beautiful setup. Lounge chairs, tables with umbrellas, and a view of Central Park that was out of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
The champagne and breakfast quickly arrived. Along with a bouquet of flowers.
The three of us were alone on the rooftop of the Trump Tower with two bottles of champagne, a full breakfast, comfortable chairs, and a view that very few people get to see.
The sun was rising.
The Dalai Lama's monks were drumming in the park announcing his arrival and practicing for the main event.
We felt it.
It was NYC's way of welcoming us and showing us what was possible.
It was a taste of the good life.
But it was based on deception and it wasn't our reality.
We knew that if we wanted that reality we would have to earn it.
I don't know what happened to the two girls after that night. I never saw them again.
But I'm positive that they still remember it.
I'm still trying to find a way back to that metaphorical rooftop.
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What are some interesting experiences you've had as a teen? by Dana Fletcher
Answer by Dana Fletcher:
A few years ago, I was at my friend Kristina's house, and after a few hours of fun, I was ready to go home. This was before I could drive, so I relied on my dad to pick me up. The only problem was my dad had a few more beers and couldn't come get me.
This also happened to be the night of prom at the local high school. Because of this, every taxi service was booked. So my dad had to arrange a ride for me with the only thing available:
A 33 foot stretch limousine.
My family is not rich by any means. But my dad is always doing something weirdly creative, and when the chauffer came to my friends front door and said “I'm here to pick up Dana”, I knew my dad had struck again.
So you know that RAMs contain storage space. Common sense. Every byte of memory on RAM requires to have an address allocated to it. A 32-bit machine uses 32 bits long address to designate each byte of memory. And a memory that does not have an address allocated can not be seen by the machine.
Now let’s understand how these addresses work.
Each bit has a value of 0 or 1. If you have 1 bit long address, you have two possible addresses: 0 or 1. A two-bit system has four possible address: 00 =0, 01=1, 10=2, 11=3. 2^2=4. Three bits have 8 possible addresses: 000=0, 001=1, 010=2, 011=3, 100=4, 101=5, 110=6, and 111=7.
Each bit doubles the potential address space, which is why 2^n tells you how many addresses you use for a given number of bits. 2^1 = 2, 2^2 = 2*2 = 4, 2^3 = 2*2*2 = 8, etc. By the time you get to 32 bits, you have allocated address to 2^32 = 4294967296 bytes of RAM space which is equal to
(((2^32bytes/2^10)KB)/2^10)MB)/2^10)GB = 2^2GB
Okay, so if the processor, and the operating system designed for that processor, can only handle 4GB, why can’t your PC (if it’s 32-bit) see that much practically?
Because not all of those addresses are available for RAM. There are other pieces of hardware inside your computer that need addresses, such as the PCI bus and the USB host adapter, Graphics card, etc.
Whenever you store something in the memory, you need to save the address to be able to read or manipulate it. Usually, the CPU uses only one register (32 bit in size) to store this address. Since there are only
2^32 different addresses, anything exceeding the
4GB mark remains unused.
However, there are techniques like Physical Address Extension (PAE) that allow a 32-bit OS to address more than
4GB of RAM.