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Pirate Bay Sports-Content Uploader Faces $32m Lawsuit

ami.one Re:Happy to see it - Gonna sue for $ 14 Trillion.. (149 comments)

Yeah, Right. And I am gonna sue people providing free drinking water for $ 14 Trillion. Otherwise all the world's 8 Billion people would have bought my lemonade for $1 per bottle, 5 times everyday.
Plus my costs for launching this MMSS (massively multi lawyer silly suit).

about 4 months ago
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$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

ami.one Re:Did Fluke request this? (653 comments)

Well, from those 2 images I can see nothing similar.
Sparkfun's has an entirely different shape than Fluke's. It is slimmer in the center and much wider at one end while Fluke's the same width.
It has very large print on the 3 terminal ports, while Fluke's has only 3 ports with smaller print.
It doesn't have a row of buttons near the top like Fluke's does.
The selector knob is entirely different.

There's no way you can be confused if you see it from a few feet.
Obviously, if you see from 20 feet you are just going to see yellow blobs.
Just because two products are Yellow doesn't mean squat.
In fact, I have never seen a multimeter which is not Yellow Or Black.
US Customs is a pathetic Joke. Just like most other country's customs departments.

Few years back I had purchased an arm laptop (efika smartbook) from a EU company called Genesi.
I was happy when it arrived at my home without any customs duties.
I found it had a manufacturing defect and Genesi sent me a replacement.
This one got stuck in customs for 1 month and I had to go there thrice and payoff random fees & duties.
All because it was correctly mentioned that it is a replacement and price is $0.

about 6 months ago
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Building Deception Into Encryption Software

ami.one Re:This is more of authentication than encryption. (106 comments)

I see only one problem - Assuming I got the PIN wrong, how am I supposed to make out if it is showing me the 'wrong'/'fake' passwords ?

about 8 months ago
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BlackBerry Founders May Try To Take Over the Company

ami.one Re:Haha fail (118 comments)

I agree that on Launch there were a lot of key apps missing and that was clearly BB/RIM's fault - they should have done more before launch. But currently all apps are available, and you can install almost all Android apps anyway if you have an app fetish.

Really, I use maybe 20 apps and not more than 5-6 ones regularly. Though i admit i do have around 80 installed ! Just in case I need them someday. As regards what is so awesome about BB - you don't know what you are missing. It's like asking someone to write done the advantages of a certain good vintage wine over one of the cheap ones !

Let me just say that I am a gadget freak and pretty much have a whole arsenal of Apple/Samsung/Nexus devices and even a Nokia Lumia. But every time I try to use any one of them I just can't get over the lack of gestures. My thumb just swipes up to wake up any device before realizing I need to push a button.

Then I miss swiping to peek at the message Hub to see all my messages in one place which you can peek without going out of the app you are using. I miss the flawless UI performance which never freezes even for a micro second. You can swipe through 8 pages of app icons in a quarter second and you will see all of them fly by. Do that on Android or iOS and you see the minute difference. And this is when there is actually No way to move through the pages so quickly in ios/android. you have to move one page by one page.

Then let's look at security. Which OS has never been rooted or jailbroken. Ever. Only 1 answer. BB10. (Previous BBs had a workaround of loading a really OS version and then running the various hacktools to get access to some things. Not in BB10 inspite of all efforts.) I am still trying to at least get to Root the Android Runtime in BB10 but no progress or hope yet. You can load the worst of the apps but it never ever crashes the OS. you swipe up diagonally and it goes into its own small window which you can kill.

That reminds me, switching between apps - running apps, not frozen ones like iOS or just screenshots of last few apps in Android - is very nifty in BB10. In iOS 7 I understand it is almost similar. The overall match of H/W & S/W is so good on the Z10 that you never need to look at your hardware specs or run task killers or system monitors. I don't even remember the clock speed/cores/RAM on my Z10. But I can rattle off those for any android device i have. Not so much a problem with iOS though.

There is no issue of "No SD Card" "Non Removable Battery" either in Z10 (though Z30 does have a non removable battery). So overall this is one phone where I don't miss anything which would usually push me to try some other device.

Off course, with BB now going down, i will need to shift to some other device in a year or two. Depends on how long Z10 lasts. To be frank it won't last as long as an iphone i admit. Apple devices do have exceptional longevity and really good resale values even after a few years.

Anyway, that my 2c. Your views may differ. I am just trying to tell you it WAS a great product which is going down. But all features will probably be picked up by iOS and Android or any new entrant (dare I say Ubuntu Phone). Already the youtube and facebook apps for android have a few nice swipe left/right gestures which are good and useful.

about a year ago
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BlackBerry Founders May Try To Take Over the Company

ami.one Re:Haha fail (118 comments)

Let me be blunt here - all these trolls saying BB10 is not good enough - have never really used it. Probably just played with it for a minute in the store or saw someone using it.

ANYONE who has used a BB Z10 for at least a few days as their main phone - will never EVER find iOS / Android / WP good enough. It is in a class of its own. And yes, Apple as well as Android are copying some of BB10 features.

It is true that BB is going down and their management was too slow to launch the new OS & devices. But the people who designed & developed BB10 are truly some of the best.

about a year ago
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Nest Protect: Trojan Horse For 'The Internet of Things'?

ami.one Re:The Internet of Things? (177 comments)

Doesn't work with either 3G or EVDO. But you can do a VPN between the two 3G connected devices.

It would have been SO convenient for one of my projects if we could do DUN. Finally we settled for sending small data by SMS (for triggering certain actions) and larger data by VPN between 2 3G connected devices. I could never figure out why it shouldn't work for DUN when the landline phones works fine for DUN

You can search on Asterisk & Gammu/Wammu forums though, there are certain models of cell phones (old nokia 2G handsets mostly) or usb /pcmcia dongles which have the capability and are being used for some PBX type of projects

about a year ago
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Team of Dentists Create "The Six-Second Toothbrush"

ami.one Re:It is going to take a while until some science (98 comments)

Now that's what I call "insightful" ! My Electric Shaver takes just a little less time than my manual Gillette 3 blade razor and then a full 15 Minutes to clean (I clean once every 3 days though, but still it's a big pain to open the 'foil' system and then use the brush to remove stuck hair bits from both sides of each of the 10-20 blades)

about a year ago
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Dotless Domain Names Prohibited, ICANN Tells Google

ami.one Re:distributing a hosts file (132 comments)

I have heard this many times but I am able to regularly edit the hosts file just fine on Windows 8. (I edit it for easy ssh and because I use cntlm in office sometimes) Its just that I need to copy it somewhere, edit, save and then copy it back and give permission to overwrite.

1 year,18 days
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Brain Zapping Improves Math Ability

ami.one Re:uhh (202 comments)

That is actually quite a sensible suggestion !

about a year ago
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Film Studios Send Takedown Notices About Takedown Notices

ami.one Re: Barbara Streisand effect... (197 comments)

To control corporations you DO NOT need to purchase every single share. None of key owners hold 100% stock. Most people with 10-20% are effectively in full control.

about a year and a half ago
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TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

ami.one Isn't there a minimum IQ before recruiting people? (427 comments)

Somehow I get the idea that general US population now has a very low IQ. Maybe its due to sustained pollution or something and not their fault, but there should be a minimum threshold IQ before employing people for security / TSA duties. They should just do the checking and ignore what anyone SAYS. I seriously can not imagine anyone thinking that people who DECLARE they have bombs/guns WILL ACTUALLY HAVE THEM.

about a year and a half ago
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Retail Copies of Office 2013 Are Tied To a Single Computer Forever

ami.one Re:just use virtual machines (464 comments)

The comparison on their site shows that it doesn't support Office 2007-2010 formats (only 2003 and earlier formats). Is that correct ?

about a year and a half ago
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Digital Pen Vibrates To Indicate Bad Spelling, Grammar and Penmanship

ami.one Vibrating Pen .... Hmm..... (144 comments)

Vibrating Pen .... Hmm.....

about a year and a half ago
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UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Rewritten To Boot All Linux Versions

ami.one Re:Microsoft controls compoter booting (185 comments)

That didn't work because we were developing a thin client type of consumer device on VIA micro boards which had to do network boot with the kernel delivered by the ISP over the network and it was not possible to have a mounted rootfs - so almost everything required was in the kernel. On top of that VIA had notoriously difficult code for its drivers which would get modified by us with almost no knowledge & just trial and error. Good times.

about a year and a half ago
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UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Rewritten To Boot All Linux Versions

ami.one Re:Microsoft controls compoter booting (185 comments)

Reminds of the old days when a linux kernel compile would take 6 hours and we were trying some modifications for VIA hardware which required hundreds of tries with minor changes in the driver codes - so we would start the compile with a script to play two different types of music on Error or Success, and then go to sleep.

If in the middle of the night it was dire straits then we would get up and debug/fix the errors and start a compile again; if it was some soothing instrumental we would continue sleeping knowing that its compiled.

about a year and a half ago
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Aaron's Law: Violating a Site's ToS Should Not Land You in Jail

ami.one Re:Feel good law for political gain (246 comments)

Replace 'Bullying' with 'Blackmail' and you can get a better perspective.

Offering 6 months if you accept guilt and waive your right to a Trial V/s We will get you for 50 years. That's as bad as the mafia asking for protection money - Pay $100 a day OR we'll demolish everything in your shop or break your knees.

about a year and a half ago

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Dmitry Agarkov does to Bank what Banks do to us !

ami.one ami.one writes  |  about a year ago

ami.one (897193) writes "Dmitry Agarkov, a 42-year-old Russian man, who received an unsolicited credit card offer from online bank Tinkoff Credit Systems, scanned the document, wrote in his own terms and sent it back.

The bank approved it without reading the amended text, thereby agreeing to things like: 0% Interest, Unlimited credit, Zero Fees, PLUS Steep Fines for Cancelling or Changing the contract !

After using the card for 2 years, the bank cancelled it and sued Agarkov for $1363, but a court ruled that, because of the no-fee, no-interest stipulation Agarkov had written in, he owed only his unpaid $575 balance.

Agarkov is now suing the bank for $727,000 for not honouring the contract's terms !

[Sources: here and here ]"
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Indian SC bans Lie detector, Narco, Brain tests

ami.one ami.one writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ami.one writes "The Supreme Court of India has ruled that forcing someone to go through brain-mapping, narco-analysis or lie detector tests is unconstitutional because "it is an unwarranted intrusion on the individual's rights."
There are no exceptions, even for terrorists. Unless the Government brings in some new legislation.
The court said that even though there may be apprehensions that hardened criminals & terrorists would benefit from this ruling, it does not deter the highest constitutional court of the country from protecting the rights guaranteed to safeguard the interests of the citizens in their interaction with the government.
Times of India Link, NDTV India Link ."

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Pirate Bay sells out for $ 7.7 Mn

ami.one ami.one writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ami.one writes "The Register Reports that Pirate Bay is being sold for USD 7.7 Million Global Gaming Factory X AB (GGF) has agreed to buy BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay for $7.7m (60m Swedish Crowns), according to a statement on the company's website. The Swedish software outfit confirmed the acquisition this morning. Under the deal GGF has also bought file sharing tech firm Peerialism. "We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site", said the company's CEO Hans Pandeya. GGF will take control of the site once the transaction completes, which is expected to happen next month. "In order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary. "Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it. File sharers need faster downloads and better quality," said Pandeya. The Pirate Bay also confirmed the buyout this morning in a blog post on its website. "We've been working on this project for many years. It's time to invite more people into the project, in a way that is secure and safe for everybody. We need that, or the site will die. And letting TPB die is the last thing that is allowed to happen!", it said. The co-founders of The Pirate Bay were fined $3.6m in the recent court case. Meaning, on the face of it, they stand to make a profit. Not that they were ever in it for the money.® More News"
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Free Software Compulsory in India - Good & Iro

ami.one ami.one writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ami.one writes "Free software in India is from now on mandatory for IT practicals of SSLC (Secondary School Leaving Certificate) examination planned for March 2008.

The situation is at least ironic: by making compulsory the use of software that should be free, the government is annulling the students' freedom of choice; still, at the same time, the measure (namely using free, open source software) also means a lot of money will be saved by these schools.

Orders making free software compulsory have been issued by the Director of Public Instruction (DPI), considering Linux Operating System should be used for IT education in 8th, 9th, and 10th standards. The DPI will also start various programs to popularize the free software. Until last year, schools had to choose between free software and the Windows operating system.

For the 10th standard, fully Linux-based text books have been prepared, while for the 8th and 9th standard more books have been provided. These books were prepared by SCERT (State Council Educational Research and Training) and Free Software Foundation of India under the guidance of IT@school project.

Introductory lectures will be delivered in school assemblies across the country on Monday, and after them a pledge will follow. Outlines for the lectures and pledge circulate in schools. The DPI has started organizing competitions for the students mainly in the digital art area.

A digital painting competition for students of 8th standard will be conducted using the applications TUX paint, XPaint and GIMP, with the subject "My school and surrounding" , and a presentation contest will be held for the students of 9th and 10th standard with the topic "IT and its benefits to the common man", using Open Office Impress. Both competitions will have a duration of one hour and a half.

The prize winning paintings will be compiled at the State level and then uploaded on the website www.education.kerala.gov.in."

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