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Debian Is the Most Important Linux

achyuta Re:Do we need this? (354 comments)

In a way, it's alright.

It is needed to help spread awareness that there are few distributions like motherships out there - whichever, Debian or Fedora - which we should be respectful of and grateful to for all the fun we have on a derivative product like Ubuntu - which has been in the news for all the wrong reasons of late.

more than 3 years ago
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Canonical To Divert Money From GNOME

achyuta Re:I still like ubuntu (374 comments)

You got the analogy wrong.

Developers from GNOME or Banshee -> Guys in Metallica who play or tune drums & guitars (They don't just clean 'em)

Canonical -> Record label company putting a shiny box on the recording (They're not Metallica)

more than 3 years ago
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China hijacks internet traffic for 18 minutes

achyuta Re:Sorry... (2 comments)

Sorry again. Not the article, but the event itself.

more than 3 years ago
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China hijacks internet traffic for 18 minutes

achyuta Sorry... (2 comments)

Please ignore this article if it's been discussed in the past on Slashdot already. This article seems to be pretty old.

more than 3 years ago
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Minutes I spend on the phone, on a typical day:

achyuta Work calls.. (264 comments)

... I take a minimum of 1.5 hours of work conference calls everyday. The average is higher than 2.0

But I actually prefer this mode of communication at work (especially with screen-sharing) as we have no doubts about when or where we're meeting.

It also almost allows me to work & think in solitude, which is the most effective situation for me.

But personal life is a whole another world. Using the phone for socializing with friends or family is a pain (whether unavoidable due to distance/means etc or not)

more than 3 years ago
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Lamebook Sues Facebook Over Trademark Infringement

achyuta I, for one, understand the ethos... (108 comments)

...Facebook wants people to be lame on Facebook and not Lamebook.

more than 3 years ago
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Lamebook Sues Facebook Over Trademark Infringement

achyuta Sounds like an own goal... (108 comments)

...that Facebook tried to threaten action and, in doing so, suggest they had something in common to lose to Lamebook.

Forget what Lamebook has to gain from this. People are going to see Facebook and Lamebook side by side in the story and say "Facebook feels Lamebook is a threat? Did Lamebook offer something Facebook felt threatened about losing?" What they should have done is to ignore Lamebook from the start. Its the best way to discredit them.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Is a Dying Consumer Brand

achyuta Re:They've got marketshare and mindshare mixed up. (585 comments)

That point had come months ago with relatively slower phones but by no means are we at the point of no divergence.

Android needed to be customized a lot more at the beginning to be optimal on the hardware it ran on.

Android is not exactly common for every carrier/device combination with so many versions floating around. (Not to mention the varied GUI experiences)

And this craze of being the first or the fastest with software on smart phones and everything I mentioned above is going to stymie eventually to give way to a search for a consistent experience, where developers can target a single, predictable platform / marketplace. (It's the applications, stupid! Not the operating system!)

I am not vouching for MS, and I am not writing Android off. But I don't think we get how early we are in this race and how fast MS can catch up given its reach into the OEM ecosystem and the enterprise.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Is a Dying Consumer Brand

achyuta They've got marketshare and mindshare mixed up. (585 comments)

Walk through the offices any of the Fortune 2000 companies of today. On the ground, Microsoft has a death grip on IS infrastructure and the desktop.

People are underestimating Microsoft's trajectory in the mobile computing space.

Remember how Window 3.1 and Windows 95 took off? It needed the hardware to reach that level in order for people to adopt the GUI based desktop in enterprise as a mainstream device and not just for the book keepers and the odd manager (and of course enthusiasts in the consumer space).

Today's phones are reaching that tipping point in hardware maturity (1GHz processors and 1GB RAM) where a common software layer (the operating system) is an acceptable overhead and people can expect to do more than just text and email.

We're approaching a situation where the PC type software-OEM model is viable in the mobile space - and Microsoft has proven before that it can wield partners in such an environment to a common goal unbelievably well. And then the management of the enterprise sales.

But the problem Microsoft is now seeing is that not as many articles are being written about it as before in the press.

I guess Facebook with the farmtards, Google and Apple just have sexier stuff to report on. But that is mindshare.

In 1985, Microsoft was a $15M company, and Apple was at $300M. Things turn around. There have been several articles in the past where Microsoft has been cited as a late entrant into a space only to dominate it later. (leave antitrust out of this argument, the means are not the point of the discussion)

To call it a "dying" brand would only apply in reference to the public's short memory.

more than 3 years ago
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Security a Concern As HTML5 Advances

achyuta And of course :) .. (234 comments)

.. isn't an increase in functionality and thus the addressable attack area natural evolution of any technology ?

more than 3 years ago
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Security a Concern As HTML5 Advances

achyuta Isn't this natural evolution? (234 comments)

It's true that the HTML5 spec is huge on functionality but they've put in some very simple Unix type philosophies to achieve security.

The suggestion should not be to decrease HTML5 functionality - the web can't stand still on that - but to increase focus on and mitigate security threats through more policies in the HTML5 spec.

The increased functionality also allows developers to do away with some crazy workarounds (read security loop holes) to get some generally expected experiences on their web page.

Plus, as it has been pointed out earlier, the surface area for Flash and other plugins will also come down. So while the net surface area for attacks increase, the implementations are going to be a lot more secure by design.

more than 3 years ago
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BlackBerry Battle In India Going Down To the Wire

achyuta Sleeper cells.. (176 comments)

.. of terrorists who are planning attacks are embedded in every corner of India.

It is several times worse than all of the spy or terrorist networks in the US combined.

When you're in the situation India is, already with the incompetent politicians hindering critical issues like national security, you'll realize you don't want an external blocker to your ways of preventing terrorism.

more than 3 years ago
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The Case For Oracle

achyuta How soon... (341 comments)


..before someone calls for an raid of McAllisters property saying he's been paid off by Oracle? :)

more than 3 years ago
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Iran Opens Its First Nuclear Power Plant

achyuta All this is a build up (496 comments)

It's going to a take a few years of US complaining about Iran & some UN resolutions to sanction Iran before there is a war.

Though the real trigger will be when the US economy is in doldrums and needs to be turned around. Nothing like war to stimulate it - and, hey, we've already set up a candidate for the war for a decade now with propaganda that demonizes Iran and the US "patience for years" for a "diplomatic solution".

(I am not supporting Iran or against the US in anyway. This post is more about how these things work)

more than 3 years ago
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Google Wave and the Difficulty of Radical Change

achyuta Re:I couldn't disagree more (179 comments)

Agreed.

One of the mistakes Google also made with Wave was not let it show email from GMail. I had to keep switching between the two to communicate.

Making the two products seem like different worlds worked against Wave.

more than 3 years ago
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Nazi themes on the Android Market

achyuta Re:Bit of a non-story (4 comments)

Well, to be clear - that is not to bash Android or Google. This should be a debate on policies / policing of a smartphone app store that is so easily accessible to all.

The iOS guys police like what - 225,000 apps?

Why not Android? Especially when you have *millions* of users and dozens of handsets ?

more than 3 years ago
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Nazi themes on the Android Market

achyuta Re:Bit of a non-story (4 comments)

Why the does one have to *report* it? Shouldn't the store police such things themselves?

Its a story because you can't have kids in the world be exposed to this kind of stuff. No point in taking actions after they're influenced.

The Apple story acts as a filter *before* the App gets into the market. While I am agree they make mistakes, as a parent I would be thankful to them that that such stuff doesn't get into their store for my kids to see or sport on their phones.

There is also an inherent advertisement to listing something in an App Store - especially if its a theme. I'm sorry but it *cannot* be advertised as a theme one can have on their phone. It's an issue even before it is reported.

more than 3 years ago
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Ted Stevens and Sean O'Keefe In Plane Crash

achyuta 86 years is a long time .. (512 comments)

.. to make friends and memories. Its a shame he and the other unlucky ones aboard that plane didn't have a chance to say a few words to their loved ones before their end. May their souls rest in peace. Condolences to their families.

more than 3 years ago

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Lockheed Network Suffers Security Breach

achyuta achyuta writes  |  more than 2 years ago

achyuta (1236050) writes "Hackers may have infiltrated the networks of top U.S. weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp., according to a person with knowledge of the attacks.
Lockheed manufactures some of the most sophisticated U.S. military hardware, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F-22 Raptor. It is also a major international supplier of military equipment."

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China hijacks internet traffic for 18 minutes

achyuta achyuta writes  |  more than 3 years ago

achyuta (1236050) writes "Launching attacks on security agencies such as the Pentagon or civilians to gain sensitive information has been on for some time now. But an event which seems to have flown under the radar of the popular press, suggests that the information security war is now being waged by simply taking advantage of the way the internet works. The hostile party literally has the prey sent to them. The vice president of threat research at McAfee, Dmitri Alperovitch says "This is one of the biggest — if not the biggest hijacks — we have ever seen. What happened to the traffic while it was in China? No one knows.""
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Nazi themes on the Android Market

achyuta achyuta writes  |  more than 3 years ago

achyuta (1236050) writes "This really makes you wonder where the middle path is between policed and free market. While Android enjoys a much better reputation when it comes to "fairness" in their App Store policies, when compared to iOS, this story that was broken on Engadget was a shocker to me this morning. Editor Joshua Topolsky says "In the past, we've railed against Apple for its confusing, unfair, and often absurd App Store policies, particularly when it comes to the policing of applications based on content, not code. Steve Jobs has made a point during press conferences to say that the Android Market allows porn apps — which of course set off a furious debate. Sadly, what Jobs should have pointed out was that the Market allows something far more insidious and damaging than even the hardest-core pornography — apps that spread hate and propagate the views of a movement that is pretty much universally reviled."

I'd take an Apple App Store policy over this outrage any day."

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