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On 4th of July:

Argon Americans are still on a holiday (340 comments)

The "don't care" option is winning right now (6632 votes / 58%) probably because most Americans are not back from their long weekend. I guess the results should change within the next 12 hours (posted at 16:26 IST).

about 7 months ago

India Frees Itself of Polio

Argon Re:Hey - let us feel good for a change! (309 comments)

+1. I don't know if the majority of Slashdot readers really understand the scale of this effort. Indian administration is generally poor at a lot of things - but the Pulse Polio Programme (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_Polio) has been a true success. Most middle and upper class population rely on private practitioners for their medical needs because of overcrowding, poor serviced and rampant corruption at Govt hospitals. However, participation in this particular programme was close to 100%. My daughter was administered the vaccine in a booth at the corner of our street for every Pulse Polio drive and I continue to be surprised how efficiently this is done. The only comparable exercise is the way elections are run in the country.

1 year,15 days

Tiny Ion Engine Runs On Water

Argon Re:Better than Jesus... (103 comments)

But, this does turn water into a _whine_ when expelling it but it's just that you can't hear it in space :-).

about a year and a half ago

Vendors Combine To Standardize Virtual Networking With OpenDayLight

Argon Embrace, Extend and Extinguish (17 comments)

Is not a strategy unique to Microsoft. Cisco proves that it can also play the game. Cisco is likely the biggest loser if SDN takes off in a big way. This is Cisco's way of making sure they're in the play with their proprietary extensions.

about 2 years ago

Nokia Closing Australian Office, Looking To Sell Qt Assets

Argon Re:For better or for worse... (125 comments)

I wish I had mod points, not that it would've made a difference since you're already at score 5. You made my day :-).

more than 2 years ago

The Bosses Do Everything Better (or So They Think)

Argon Why be offended if your boss asks for the code (469 comments)

Just ask him to check it out of the source code repository? You have one don't you :-)? If your boss can figure out how to do that, make the changes, do UT and commit the code in, I'd say go for it.

about 3 years ago

Google Engineer Decries Complexity of Java, C++

Argon Re:C too complex? Hilarious. (878 comments)

> hmm... did you miss the part where the guy also bitched that interpreted languages are "too slow"?

You know "the guy", happens to be Rob Pike, _the_ Rob Pike, co-author of the "Unix Programming Environment" classic? Also the "Practice of Programming" book and the co-creator of UTF-8. He also wrote one of the first C style guides: http://www.lysator.liu.se/c/pikestyle.html. I'd say he knows a thing or two about programming languages; especially C.

more than 4 years ago

India Ditches UN Climate Change Group

Argon Re:Sounds like a coal industry shill (403 comments)

Which scientist has admitted that it was speculation and not supported by formal research.


There's also a rumor that that the date was a typo (2350 vs 2035). Granted, even 2350 is worrying and we should be certainly doing something about it. But this kind of hyperbole, doesn't do much to the credibility of climate "scientists".

more than 4 years ago

Best Tool For Remembering Passwords?

Argon Brain (1007 comments)

If you're using a tool, you're no longer "remembering" :-)

more than 5 years ago

Low-Power Home Linux Server?

Argon Asus EeeBox (697 comments)

I have the B202 Linux version running Ubuntu as my media PC. Newegg has this for $299 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220012&cm_re=eee_box-_-83-220-012-_-Product). I am pretty happy with it as a media device. Super quite and under 20W average power usage (http://event.asus.com/eeepc/microsites/eeebox/en/features-green.html). It doesn't do 1080p but (there's a new EB1006 that does). It's not useful as a home server (only 160GB of built-in hard disk). It does have 4 USB ports, so external USB disks is an option (but that will add to the power usage).

more than 5 years ago

My toy collection is ...

Argon Depends on what you call a toy :-) (396 comments)

I count my esoteric collection of PDAs and laptops as my toys. These include (in chronological order as far as I can remember) - a Spectrum Plus, a Handspring, a Treo 180, two Treo 90s, a Sony Clie, a Treo 600, a Treo 650, a Sharp Zaurus SL6000, a Nokia N800, an Acer Apsire One, an Eeebox, a Thinkpad X61s and lately a Nokia E63 mobile phone. Obviously not all of them are in working order :-).

more than 5 years ago

Reliability of Computer Memory?

Argon Re:Surprise? (724 comments)

I guess I am one of the unlucky folks out there. I have Vista on a Thinkpad X61. No crashes really, but a really peculiar problem. Every few days it will apply patches and reboot. A long, long time to apply the patches and reboot. I login, then a black screen (no BSOD) with a cursor for hours. Tired of waiting, I come back later to see my screen locked. Login again, same black screen. Reboot the box, boot in safe mode, login. Shutdown and restart in normal mode and everything is fine. I've googled for this for hours without any solution. This happens every few days, why Vista has to reboot for every other patch it applies I have no clue - Vista is slow but almost bearable without the reboots.

more than 5 years ago

Hope For Fixing Longstanding Linux I/O Wait Bug

Argon Re:Windows Port? (180 comments)

"Ready for the desktop" my ass:

Hope the rest of your gets ready too :-).

about 6 years ago

32bit Win7 Vs. Vista Vs. XP

Argon Re:I question the results. (641 comments)

Nice try. I have Vista running on two laptops - one with 1.5G of RAM and the other with 2G of RAM. I've had a miserable experience on both. Vista is slow to boot, slow to copy files, slower to connect to a wireless network - you name it it's performance is poor. Luckily, I have bought personal copies of WinXP before MS stopped selling it in retail for both laptops. One of these days frustration will reach a level when I'll wipe out the miserable Vista "experience" and replace it with WinXP.

about 6 years ago

Why Corporates Hate Perl

Argon Perl Stagnated (aka Duke Nukem Perl 6 Forever) (963 comments)

I think Perl blew it by the inordinate amount of time Perl 6 is taking. I am surprised nobody mentions this. Pythona and Ruby on the other hand have good roadmaps (especially Python). They make releases like clockwork, they're always in the news about new frameworks and some cool stuff. Perl usually is in the news for the wrong reasons, mainly about why Perl 6 is so delayed. Perl has simply lost mindshare. Oh, I know Perl has not really stagnated. Perl 5.x series has been making steady progress but that only appeals to people who're already using Perl. For newer people taking up a scripting language, Perl seems like it's past it's prime. Besides, let's admit it - the language is arcane; especially the OO stuff in Perl 5. I even find OO interfaces in perl modules unintuitive. If someone likes Perl and wants something more "clean", modern and shiny, I'd recommend Ruby though I personally prefer Python.

Don't mistake me. I was (and still am) a big fan of Perl - mainly Perl 4 though. It's one of the most powerful languages that I've used. Even today, I usually start writing something in shell (because I am throwing together a bunch of programs to get my job done). Then I hit the limitations in shell and usually port the program to perl. That said, I have mostly switched to Python, especially when I am starting to write something from scratch.

more than 6 years ago



Linaro speeds up Android

Argon Argon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Argon writes "From the article:

"The folks behind the Linaro open source software project have put a little time into tweaking Google Android to use the gcc 4.7 toolchain. The result is a version of Android that can perform many tasks between 30 and 100 percent faster than the version of Android Google 4.0 Google currently offers through the AOSP (Android Open Source Project)."

Note that there are CPU optimizations only since they have only access to binary blobs for GPU code."

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Poll: Do you believe in god?

Argon Argon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Argon (6783) writes "[ Couldn't find a suitabel topic, Enlightenment strangely fits the bill ]

Do you believe in God?

* Yes
* No
* I am agnostic
* I am God
* Who's this god person anyway?"

Favourite Calculator application

Argon Argon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Argon writes "Favourite Calculator:

1. Calculator GUI App (Windows Calc, gcalctool, kcalc etc)
2. Spreadsheet (Excel, OpenOffice Calc, gnumeric etc)
3. bc -l
4. shell (expr)
5. python
6. perl -de 0"

India launches 10 satellites in a single launch

Argon Argon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Argon (6783) writes "From the article: "The ten pack launch of the Indian Space Research Organistion (ISRO) saw the 230-tonne Polar Satellite launch Vehicle (PSLV-C9) carry the heaviest luggage — 824 kgs — and put into orbit an Indian Mini Satellite and eight foreign nano satellites besides the Cartosat-2A remote sensing satellite. ... This is for the first time that ISRO has put ten satellites in orbit in a single launch. This is also PSLV's twelfth successful flight. It is for the first time in the world that ten satellites were launched in a single mission. Russia had earlier luanched eight satellites together. Besides the 690 kg Indian remote sensing satellite CARTOSAT-2A and the 83 kg Indian Mini Satellite (IMS-1), the rest eight Nano Satellites were from abroad."

Another story at http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080048092 gives some choice quotes: "PSLV weighs 230 tons — the weight of almost 50 elephants — and is as high as a 12-storey building.". Take that "Libraries of Congress" ;-)."

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