Saturday, August 19, 2006


was getting my haircut, an activity i always find very interesting and love to talk about, but will spare u now. some time else. anyways so this guy, barber, took out this new blade to put in the razer. and i was thinking, he always changes the blade when a new custoemer comes, he never keeps it changed, because then the new customer will ask him to change it again even if the barber tells him that the blade is new. that is the level of trust we have now.
anyways that apart, coming back to the blades. lets count the number of packing the blade has.
one is the butter paper, then the simple paper covering. this makes up the basic packing for a blade.
then comes the small thin cardboard box, which has five such blades. then over the box is the plastic covering. wel l this makes sense. maybe the plastic covering is expensive or its not possible to put a plastic film covering on every blade. and the plastic is necessary else rust problems. so thats four layers of covering but two sets.
now five of these cardboard boxes are packed into one bulk box, which in turn, i believe comes in a bigger carton. am not sure but the carton must also have some kind of packing over it.
each of these packings has some kind of marking on it.
so what could be the reasons of such increasing level of packing. a) convinience of handling b) convinience to count and sell c) to sell numbers, even if u wanna buy three blades, u have to buy five, so the company sells more. (which also raises the point of whether companies take undue advantage of this. but again afterwards), what else d) less loss, imagine a truck full of individual blades, aadhi to trasnportation ke samay hi kho jayengi, and no one will come to know, whoes gonna count!!
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comments invted
but then again, for all this packing, such a huge amount of material is wasted. also packing again and again, which means more labour utilised, marking each and storing these markings in a database.
instead, if each individual piece could be identified by a machine, then all problems will be solved. well its not an original idea, RFID tags are doing the same. but they cannot be put on each individual blade, too expnsive, too big in size. am sure will find something which is more suitable.

how about coding humans. put some kind of a chip in each living person. each one has a code, and some basic information. or just a code, the basic information can be in a database. how easy will it make everything. anyone anywhere can be recognised. u have an accident, the emergencyservices know who to contact, whats ur blood type, and everythign else.
but then marketers also know which shop u visit, police knows whether ur a regular at beer bars n dance bars, so what about privacy. well depends on who owns the database, and what all information is stored int the database. who can you trust with the database. the goverment (read USA) might use it with the bahana of terrorism or national security. so who can you trust.
well if a system is found out in which this problem can be solved then this can become the most revolutionary idea ever.
ofcourse there is also the question of implementation. a database with 6 billion entries, will require many terabytes, and many many man years to make!!! but the effort will sure be worth it.

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