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Pakistan Bans 1600 Words and Phrases For Texting

asto21 Re:ROFL (356 comments)

No, it's not. People often confuse India as some sort of homogenous territory as far as culture is concerned. Traditions can vary greatly between different areas of the country. Personally, I have yet to meet someone here who is offended by my feet. o_0

more than 2 years ago
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Pakistan Bans 1600 Words and Phrases For Texting

asto21 Re:ROFL (356 comments)

Not really. Regardless of how stupid they are, Pakistanis don't really want to die. India could wipe out Pakistan in a nuclear war significantly faster than they can take us out. What is worrying though is that China is giving them a hand with their military arsenal. Without their help, I wouldn't be surprised if Pakistan blows itself up with its weapons. It is what they're usually good at, no? :-D But all speculation apart, I really hope it doesn't come down to a nuclear (or any) war.

more than 2 years ago
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Putting Emails In Folders Is a Waste of Time, Says IBM Study

asto21 Re:Was the test done with Lotus Notes? (434 comments)

Don't read this... it is a curse...

I thought he was cautioning us about TFA before telling us his story

about 3 years ago
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iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Sell Out

asto21 Perhaps to one's surprise? (327 comments)

WTF are you even talking about? iProducts have been selling out for a while now. How is this news?

about 3 years ago
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Beating SMS spam with intelligent pricing rather t

asto21 Re:alerts? (3 comments)

Opt-in system. You will need to subscribe using either your email or sms. If accused of spam, they need to be able to produce evidence of a subscription, else penalty should be levied.

about 3 years ago
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Newb-Friendly Linux Flavor For LAMP Server?

asto21 Wow (382 comments)

You sure have a lot of friends!

about 3 years ago
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I tend to keep random notes most often ...

asto21 Woohoo! (314 comments)

I have terrible memory! Comforting to know that I'm not the only one on /. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Gigabit 802.11N Home Router?

asto21 I say stay away from D-Link too (398 comments)

I've had only one D-Link product till now - An 803 adsl modem. They packed it with loads of features on the software side that the hardware clearly couldn't handle. It would hang randomly every few hours but got better when I disabled the firewall and some other stuff. Randomly slowed down and required a reboot to fix the issue. Finally crapped out a few days back and replaced it with a chinese adsl modem (tp-link) which works WAY better. Even the huawei (also chinese) that I had before the D-Link performed much better. I will never buy a D-Link again for the rest of my life!

more than 3 years ago
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Download.com Now Wraps Downloads In Bloatware

asto21 Eh? (397 comments)

I haven't downloaded anything from them in at least half a decade. Just out of curiosity, what has anyone gone to their site to download in recent times?

more than 3 years ago
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13-Year-Old Uses Fibonacci Sequence For Solar Power Breakthrough

asto21 Re:I hate kids like this! (410 comments)

The two aren't mutually exclusive!

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Firefox 6 Released Ahead of Schedule

asto21 Re:Exe may be there, so? (415 comments)

Wow! I'm trying out Firefox 8.0a1 right now and it's got a much smaller memory footprint than Firefox 5. I hope it stays that way till tomorrow morning!

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Firefox 6 Released Ahead of Schedule

asto21 Re:Exe may be there, so? (415 comments)

I went to Help->About Firefox and release version is 6.0. It says "You are currently on the release update channel" and not beta update channel. This is just confusing now.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Firefox 6 Released Ahead of Schedule

asto21 Re:Exe may be there, so? (415 comments)

I just downloaded and tried it out. The tab that auto loads when you first run a new version of Firefox is titled "Welcome to Firefox Beta" and the page itself says "You are now running Firefox Beta"

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Exec: Online Anonymity Must Go Away

asto21 Re:Yeah, welll ... (553 comments)

You're overestimating them. The only reason everybody's still there is because everybody's still there. The reason everybody got there in the first place was not because it was amazing, but because it was better than Orkut. Most who've tried Google+ think it's better than facebook. Deja vu? Perhaps the same can be said of congress. I'm not American so I'm not familiar with your politicians. But it could well be that they get re-elected because there's nobody better.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Exec: Online Anonymity Must Go Away

asto21 Re:Yeah, welll ... (553 comments)

No no. Randi Zuckerberg is a dipshit whose business model revolves around getting hired by family! Regardless of her opinion on the matter or Facebook's vested interests in such a move, that was a stupid thing to say. Not something you would typically expect from a "marketing director".

more than 3 years ago
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Are We Seeing the End of Big Oil?

asto21 Re:Does this matter (230 comments)

Of course it does. You encrypt using a somebody's public key. They decrypt with their private key. The client applications would manage the keyring and encryption/decryption without the user having to do much. In any case, chuck it. I don't want to run a parallel discussion on my article on this thread. The point I was making is that something (even if rather sketchy) that is tech related and quite relevant now is shot down but this story was posted.

more than 3 years ago
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Cryptbook: The future of social networking?

asto21 Re:I can think of tbree (2 comments)

1. Of course you can. You can let the user decide. Most users would rather pick a few categories of ads they don't mind seeing rather than be served random ads. 2. Not so complex. They find you by your username. Keys are used only by the client applications to encrypt. Can be made totally seamless. 3. Didn't quite understand what you meant by that. But yes, you can upload whatever you want and distribute it through the network. But since it's all encrypted, the server isn't really holding anything illegal, is it? In any case, no point discussing it further here. I doubt this story will be posted.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Killing DVDs like Apple Killed Floppies?

asto21 On the contrary (1 comments)

On the contrary, the reason for netflix pushing up the prices was that more people wanted DVDs shipped to them.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Hack One Gigabyte of Data From NATO

asto21 Re:Again (304 comments)

Of course it is! The US Govt commands such things all the time!

more than 3 years ago

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Indian government to track locations of all cell phone users

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "As per amendments made to operators’ licences, beginning May 31, operators would have to provide the Department of Telecommunications real-time details of users’ locations in latitudes and longitudes.

Documents obtained by The Indian Express show that details shall initially be provided for mobile numbers specified by the government. Within three years, service providers will have to provide information on locations of all users.

The information will have some margin of error at first. But by 2013, at least 60 per cent of the calls in urban areas would have to be accurately tracked when made 100 metres away from the nearest cell tower. By 2014, the government will seek to increase the proportion to 75 per cent in cities and 50 per cent in suburban and rural areas."

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Indian govt. set to gain 'back-door' access to corporate email

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "In a move that may raise serious questions regarding the privacy of corporate emails exchanged between individuals and employees, the Indian government is all set to gain “back-door” access to emails sent and received over Research In Motion Ltd’s (RIM) BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) within the next two-three months.

“There are about 5,000 enterprises using BES in India,” the note said. “These are communications between the employees of the enterprise only and therefore are not of high concern for security or intelligence agencies.”
However, the capability of using the key to access the communications when needed is still being developed.

Meanwhile, the government is just a step away from gaining access to RIM’s widely used BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service."

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Google+ launches opt-in "Find my face" feature

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "From the beginning, Google has taken pains to build in privacy at the basic levels of Google+, likely learning from the missteps that competitor Facebook has made along the way.

So when Google launched a new photo-tagging feature, Find My Face, on its social network Thursday, it was a pleasant but not entirely unexpected surprise to find that Google has made the feature an opt-in.

Functionally, Find My Face is nearly identical to Facebook’s facial-recognition “Tag Suggestions” program that automatically scans pictures posted to the network and offers suggestions about who may be in the photo."

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Barnes and Noble wants DOJ probe into Microsoft pa

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "Barnes & Noble is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Microsoft's patent-licensing tactics, accusing the software giant of trying to thwart competition with flimsy infringement claims.

"Microsoft is attempting to raise its rivals' costs in order to drive out competition and deter innovation in mobile devices," Barnes & Noble lawyer Peter T. Barbur wrote in an October 17 letter to Gene I. Kimmelman, the chief counsel for competition policy in the Justice Department's antitrust division. "Microsoft's conduct poses serious antitrust concerns and warrants further exploration by the Department of Justice.""

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Gifting my cousin an Oneiric Ocelot for his birthd

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "Anyway, to cut a now lengthening story short, we (my brother and I) decided to gift him Linux. That’s right, we took all the risk of trying out Linux for him.

A few days before we were to go to his house, we went over to Binary World and purchased a 500GB Western Digital Passport hard drive. I then cleared 50GB of space on it aside the NTFS partition occupying the remainder of the disk using GParted and installed Ubuntu 11.10 onto it. Why Ubuntu? – because it’s easy on n00bs and looks so pretty! Anyway, now all he would have to do is setup his BIOS so that it would boot into his portable hard drive whenever it’s plugged in to his laptop and he could use it for whatever he wanted. Neat!"

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Is Google Plus deliberately crippling Opera?

asto21 asto21 writes  |  about 3 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "I then wondered how it could be that a page that worked well on Firefox didn’t work the same on Opera. They both comply with the same standards don’t they? So just to make sure that there was nothing fishy going on, I got Opera to identify itself as Firefox.

And hey Presto! Opera’s got the notification/share button just like Firefox does.

What this usually means is that the server is checking the “user agent” header to serve a slightly different page to different browsers but why would they do that? As a long time fan of Google’s “do no evil” ways, I’m sure there’s a more plausible explanation than they-did-this-on-purpose-to-boost-chrome-market-share. Can anyone give me that explanation?"

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Beating SMS spam with intelligent pricing rather t

asto21 asto21 writes  |  about 3 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "So the situation as it stands now in India – in order to reduce spam, normal consumers are allowed to send only 100 SMSes per day but certain businesses are allowed to send as many as they want! How ridiculous!

How about we start pricing SMSes incrementally? Each SMS will have a price xn where n is the nth SMS of the day, and x is a modifier of TRAI’s choosing. For example, if the modifier is 1, the first SMS of the day will cost Rs 1, the second Rs 2 and the third Rs 3 and so on. The total cost for the 3 messages will be 6.

A modifier of 1 is of course a pricey proposition, but we could use a smaller modifier. My suggestion is 0.0001. 100 SMSes a day will cost Rs 0.5 approx. 200 SMSes will cost Rs 2 approx. Sending 1,00,000 SMSes though, like you would expect a marketer to do, will cost Rs 5,00,000 approx."

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Beating SMS spam with intelligent pricing rather t

asto21 asto21 writes  |  about 3 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "So the situation as it stands now – in order to reduce spam, normal consumers are allowed to send only 100 SMSes per day but certain businesses are allowed to send as many as they want!

How about we start pricing SMSes incrementally? Each SMS will have a price xn where n is the nth SMS of the day, and x is a modifier of TRAI's choosing. For example, if the modifier is 1, the first SMS of the day will cost Rs 1, the second Rs 2 and the third Rs 3 and so on. The total cost for the 3 messages will be 6."

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Twitter announces analytics tool

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "Yesterday, at TechCrunch Disrupt, Twitter is debuted a brand new publisher analytics platform to help sites understand data around the Tweet button and sites using the t.co wrap. While the platform is still private, Twitter says it will be launched to the public soon."
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Dear Department of Telecom, Govt of India

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "It has come to my notice that you would like access to encrypted channels of communication used by services such as Blackberry Messenger (BBM) and that if they do not comply, you will ban them. While this is definitely a step in the right direction towards achieving a peaceful society that has no avenues left to propogate terror, I have grave news for you."
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Combating information overload through compression

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "News/information as it is presented now is inefficient and could be significantly better with compression, indexing and headers (not really as fancy as it sounds but could make a really big difference to how quickly news can be assimilated)"
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Superfast military plane hit Mach 20 before crash

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

asto21 (1797450) writes "A superfast unmanned military plane traveled at 20 times the speed of sound and managed to control itself for three minutes before crashing into the Pacific Ocean in a recent test, military officials said.

The HTV-2 is part of an advanced weapons program called Conventional Prompt Global Strike, which is working to develop systems to reach an enemy target anywhere in the world within one hour. It launches on a rocket, then comes streaking back to Earth at enormous speeds, at times heating up to temperatures of nearly 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit."

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Web host disables accounts due to twitter argument

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

asto21 writes "Quoting a reddit post by "berfarah":

I found myself engaged in a dispute with a rep of This* after he DMed my friend on Twitter saying this. I told them they had just lost a customer. He replied saying:

        Fantastic. Perhaps you can sign up with a hosting provider who doesn't take privacy seriously then. Enjoy.

It irked me that he didn't seem to care about lost customers, and I replied that it was supremely unprofessional, and now found myself in an argument as to why.

What followed was the most unbelievable thing I've ever seen a company do. He said it had nothing to do with unprofessionalism — and then suspended my account, that of my friend's, and I got an email saying I could ask for backups if I wanted, but that all of my sites were now down.

Clearly whoever runs This* cannot deal with their customers — they can't separate the personal from the professional, and if they get pissed, they delete you — the specific reason in my friend's email for termination? "Twitter nonsense".

I'm still shocked by this exchange..."

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Web host disables accounts due to twitter argument

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

asto21 writes "Posted on reddit, "berfarah" complains that his hosting account was disabled after he had a brief argument about a friend's account with his provider on twitter. From reddit:

I found myself engaged in a dispute with a rep of This* after he DMed my friend on Twitter saying this. I told them they had just lost a customer. He replied saying:

        Fantastic. Perhaps you can sign up with a hosting provider who doesn't take privacy seriously then. Enjoy.

It irked me that he didn't seem to care about lost customers, and I replied that it was supremely unprofessional, and now found myself in an argument as to why.

What followed was the most unbelievable thing I've ever seen a company do. He said it had nothing to do with unprofessionalism — and then suspended my account, that of my friend's, and I got an email saying I could ask for backups if I wanted, but that all of my sites were now down.

Clearly whoever runs This* cannot deal with their customers — they can't separate the personal from the professional, and if they get pissed, they delete you — the specific reason in my friend's email for termination? "Twitter nonsense".

I'm still shocked by this exchange..."

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The Epidemic of Digital Distraction

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

asto21 writes "Almost no one does just one thing anymore. The screens won't let us. And in an incredible burst of human evolution, our minds have grown accustomed to monitoring multiple inputs at once. Yeah, you're reading this post. But we're nearly three paragraphs in. So if you're anything like me, it's about that time to check Twitter, count the additions to your Google Plus circles, read a handful of new incoming email messages, and chime in on a couple of ongoing instant message conversations. But wait."
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Wiimote-Controlled Fire Breathing Robotic Pony

asto21 asto21 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

asto21 writes "I always wondered why kids wanted ponies for their birthday. What the hell is so cool about a pony? NOTHING. This robotic pony shown off at Maker Faire Detroit 2011, on the other hand, can breathe FIREBALLS"
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