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Leaked Manual Reveals Details On Google's Nexus 5

Utopia FM Radio (177 comments)

Interestingly, the manual radio says "FM Radio - Yes".
I don't recollect a Nexus device with a functioning FM Radio.

about a year ago

Apple Loses Bid For Emergency Ban On HTC Phone Imports

Utopia Re:Only a little evil (305 comments)

If you look at the standard compliance of the browsers in the Windows '98 era, IE had better CSS support and a much compliance support for w3c recommendations than the offering that Netscape had.

On top of that I loved Netscape 3, but Netscape 4 was a bloated piece of crap.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

Utopia Pay annual fees to develop for my own phone. (1027 comments)

Microsoft copies Apple's idea and makes it difficult to develop apps for your own use.
Why should I pay $99 / year if all the apps that I develop are for own and family use?
I would rather buy a nexus device in the absence of a similar option from Microsoft.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Goes In For Hadoop

Utopia Dryad (67 comments)

Microsoft has a equivalent to Hadoop known as Dryad.
They should have open-sourced Dryad a long time ago.

I wonder what is going to happen to Dryad with this focus on Hadoop.

more than 3 years ago

Google Bid Pi Billion Dollars For Nortel Patents

Utopia Re:Next bid? (213 comments)

or Levy's constant 3.275822918 billion

more than 3 years ago

Vint Cerf Says No To IPv7, Yes To InterPlanetary Web

Utopia IPV7 so passé (108 comments)

... IPV9 already around. ;)

more than 3 years ago

Google's Search Copying Accusation Called 'Silly'

Utopia Are popular searches also copied? (380 comments)

If its just the click result for some weird search words then I would say Microsoft was being very clever.

If Microsoft is exclusively using Google's click-through data for the all the popular search words then Microsoft is cheating.

more than 3 years ago

Google News has controversial new look

Utopia Google News redesign is a Total Flop (2 comments)

I think the redesign is bad.
'Energetic' is putting it lightly. I can only see negative reactions on Google support forums and other sites.
Google destroyed Google Groups and now some idiots at Google have destroyed Google News.
The alternatives like Bing News are no better.
No other news aggregation sites have the two column layout and stretches to the full width of the browser window like the previous version of Google News did.

For the short term, it seems you can switch your default news page to some other country and then add US specific sections to get around the redesign.

Information Week correctly likened it to the 'New Coke'

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Demo Hardware Attacks Against India's E-Voting Machines

Utopia Re:Amazing findings (179 comments)

That was my first thought do. Physical access is needed to break the hardware.

The Researchers just say that the security measures used are low tech and easy to break, but show no demonstration about breaking it in a simulation/real polling situation.
I personally think its hard to pull off in a polling booth.

Second, With the size of India's population I would rather that India continues to use EVMs and switch to paper trail methods -- Please think of the trees.
Using paper is not only is bad for the environment also substantially increases the cost (for support staff to count/manage paper votes, security, transporation etc.)

more than 4 years ago

Beaver Dam Visible From Space

Utopia Re:Was the Hoover Dam ever the worlds widest? (286 comments)

Yeah, the are several dams wider than Hoover.
The one of the widest that I know of is the Hirakud Dam in India is 26 km wide also build in the 1950s

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft .Net Libraries Not Acting "Open Source"

Utopia Re:Lousy post ... (246 comments)

WPF 3.5sp1 source is not completely on the site.
The reference blog claims that source for wpfgfx_v0300.dll for example but you will not find it on the reference site.
Even the blog lies.

Anyways, 3.5sp1 is not new. When you have 4.0 released over a month ago.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft .Net Libraries Not Acting "Open Source"

Utopia Re:Forking (246 comments)

It works only if the reference code site is alive.
The site was dead for a week. I check it a few hours ago when debugging is Visual Studio.
Microsoft seems to have restarted the site when this story hit Slashdot!

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft .Net Libraries Not Acting "Open Source"

Utopia Re:Summary Misleading (246 comments)

1. It's true that the reference source site has been down for several days but now appears to be up again
2. It's also true that NOBODY from MS has been responding to questions about the lack of .Net 4.0 source code, or any other question for that matter about reference source

I'm not bashing MS in general; in fact, I make my living by developing solutions centered around MS technology. However, I'm extremely annoyed at the lack of proper maintenance of the reference source archive. Not only about the bits that have never made it there to begin with, but that almost a month after the release of .Net 4.0/VS 2010, there's still no code for .Net 4.0. !

The lack of of .Net 4.0 code bugs me too. But fortunately VS 2010 supports .Net 3.5 too, so its easy to figure out the issue by debugging using 3.5
When the reference site was down even that was possible.

Unless you are using the new concurrent stuff or other .Net 4.0 specific stuff, debugging in 3.5 works fine.
I used to clean the my symbols cache folder periodically., but I have figured out how valuable it can be when Microsoft site goes down.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft .Net Libraries Not Acting "Open Source"

Utopia Re:Summary Misleading (246 comments)

They fixed it as soon as this story was posted. Tricky Microsoft!
Look at the forums. It was dead for more than a week.

more than 4 years ago


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