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The Hidden Treasures of Sysinternals

Asadullah Ahmad Re:Latest, Really? (356 comments)

So in Slashdot land, answering a rhetorical question always gets you more points than asking it? ;-)

more than 4 years ago
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The Hidden Treasures of Sysinternals

Asadullah Ahmad Latest, Really? (356 comments)

I have been using SysInternals stuff starting from TCPView, which was pretty useful for me back then. But how exactly is DiskMon a latest treasure? It's been around for ages, unless now it monitors on kernel level.

more than 4 years ago
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The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

Asadullah Ahmad Re:Shouldn't we assume? (671 comments)

Oh come on now, how can you ever hate anything of Apple? At least I can't..

I meant to say that if I had $600 to spend, I would rather buy a laptop than a tablet, let alone an iPad running iPhone OS.

more than 4 years ago
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Improving Education Through Social Gaming

Asadullah Ahmad Re:Wasted education... (44 comments)

I am assuming that the uranium you mentioned wasn't destined to get in a nuke, but still I am hoping that the next few generations will at least not be that interested in making stuff that blows other stuff (and people) up. There are an infinite number of questions and other stuff that can be done with improved education.

As far as the students and their interest go, It is Human psyche to be more influenced by something you admire and is unique in its way. So if they see their favourite game character talking about Baryonic Asymmetry etc, they'll most probably get on google for curiosity's sake.

more than 4 years ago
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The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

Asadullah Ahmad Shouldn't we assume? (671 comments)

If they are not answering, doesn't this mean that most of those functions are not available?

On a side-note though, I am still not getting the point of iPad. It's not an iPhone but runs its OS and its too big and expensive to just be an audio/video player to say the least. Probably I was impressed by Hitler, but still....

more than 4 years ago
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Virtualizing a Supercomputer

Asadullah Ahmad OSS ftw. (57 comments)

It is really pleasant to see more and more OSS projects which are being deployed at national level and large infrastructures.

Hopefully some less greedy company who benefit from such projects will start paying the volunteer developers. But then again, I have found that a lot of times if you are doing something as a hobby/interest/challenge, rather than because you were employed to do it, the outcome will be more refined and efficient. Though I have yet to experience the latter part first hand.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Airs Super Bowl Ad

Asadullah Ahmad Re:Interested in something else. (315 comments)

Doesn't ABP blocks any hostname queries of ad serving domains?

But I do use OpenDNS already, which is a bit faster than my ISP's servers. And I would have to be a lot less paranoid to start using GoogleDNS.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Airs Super Bowl Ad

Asadullah Ahmad Re:Those who ask, receive! (315 comments)

Don't you think its a bit early to be posting old April fool jokes?

more than 4 years ago
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Google Airs Super Bowl Ad

Asadullah Ahmad Re:Even more interesting (315 comments)

They need a pretty big recoding to filter out non-genuine results completely.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Airs Super Bowl Ad

Asadullah Ahmad Re:Even more interesting (315 comments)

I don't blame Google that much for this, it is just showing what most users are wondering [out loud].

more than 4 years ago
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Chinese Man Gets 30 Months For Fake Cisco Sales

Asadullah Ahmad Re:Bastards (161 comments)

Couldn't agree more. There might be a lot more people in China ready to keep the business going, but there are not going to be that many in US. It'll be a surprise for me if they got away because of some powerful contacts.

more than 4 years ago
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95% of User-Generated Content Is Bogus

Asadullah Ahmad Re:It might be true, but it's also irrelevent. (192 comments)

I don't assume they included Wikipedia in the "user generated" category, otherwise that much non-bogus content would have definitely tipped the scale a bit.

In my personal experience however, even without wikipedia, I have not come across that much bogus stuff on forums and random comments.

more than 4 years ago
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Craig Mundie Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses"

Asadullah Ahmad Re:Only if... (427 comments)

Is the "requirement" of wearing seat belts, not smoking near gas station and cars having ABS and airbags also fascism and a mark on freedom?

Continuing with driving analogy, every car needs to pass some safety, security and emission checks, otherwise it is not allowed on the road. If requirement is a strong word here (its not like I am debating in a courtroom anyway), you can replace it with "recommendation" in your head. I think I am going to exercise my right of free speech, just like you are expressing your thoughts.

more than 4 years ago
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GameStop, Other Retailers Subpoenaed Over Credit Card Information Sharing

Asadullah Ahmad WHAT? (117 comments)

This is absolutely frightening. Now I'll have to read the privacy statements to see if they share credit card information with other companies also? What exactly do the claims of "You are secure" and sort mean?

Fortunately my bank has disabled on-line transactions by default, and neither do I ever intend to click any ad while using my card. But I think that a lot of credit cards are activated for internet use, and

Information about joining the membership program and its ramifications, including the fact that the consumer is agreeing to transfer his or her credit or debit card account information, is buried in fine print and cluttered text.

is a terrible prospect as just seeing an ad doesn't usually mean agreeing to the purchase UNTIL we click on billing and shipping information.

more than 4 years ago
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Lord Lucas Says Record Companies "Blackmail" Users

Asadullah Ahmad It is spreading.... (236 comments)

The sanity is finally spreading, which started from Australia. A few more of similar statements from Government officials, or even some cases appearing in media where customers were blackmailed like this, and users might not be bullied any more just because they use Internet.

more than 4 years ago
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Craig Mundie Wants "Internet Driver's Licenses"

Asadullah Ahmad Only if... (427 comments)

Add the first requirement of not using IE, and then we might entertain the thought, and start some serious discussion.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Want Fast Track To Get At Your Private Data

Asadullah Ahmad Bad bad Idea. (301 comments)

Anything that gives too much centralized and easy access to thousands of users' data is a terrible thing to even consider, be it for Police or whatever.

Law enforcement agencies are not filled with angles who will just stick to a line if they have access like this.

more than 4 years ago
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Bill Gates Knows What You Did Last Summer

Asadullah Ahmad I'll give you even more... (303 comments)

How about I give him all my life including myself, and he gives me a million or so dollars. That ought to improve the quality of my life!

more than 4 years ago

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Graphene Transistors 10x faster than Silicon

Asadullah Ahmad Asadullah Ahmad writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Asadullah Ahmad (1608869) writes "IBM has created transistors made from carbon atoms, which operate at 100 gigahertz, while using a manufacturing process which is compatible with current semiconductor fabrication. With silicon close to its physical limits, graphene seems like a viable replacement until Quantum Computing gets to desktop.

Researchers have previously made graphene transistors using laborious mechanical methods, for example by flaking off sheets of graphene from graphite; the fastest transistors made this way have reached speeds of up to 26 gigahertz. Transistors made using similar methods have not equaled these speeds.

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Smart Birds more lucky than Human Geeks

Asadullah Ahmad Asadullah Ahmad writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Asadullah Ahmad (1608869) writes "When it comes to being a Nerd, you can say with some surety that just like IE is not a turn on for you, Geeks are not the first choice of most girls either. Though unlike Humans, things are different for Brainy Birds as Scientists at University of Maryland discovered. ScienceMag reports: "Nerds of the world, take heart. Brainy male birds have more luck with females than do their less-intelligent counterparts, according to a study of the Australian bowerbird. Researchers claim this is the first study to show a link between smarts and mating success in any species. It's hard to find a bird with a more complex and energetic courtship behavior than the bowerbird. At breeding season, males build a special platform, or bower, on the forest floor to lure females, and they decorate it with rare objects such as blue feathers and shiny bits of glass. They accompany this with varied vocalizations, hopping, and tail-bobbing." This begs the question though, what proportion of girls are smarter than these female birds to start acting like them!"

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