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Negroponte Offers OLPC Technology For India's $35 Tablet

fly1ngtux nice try (104 comments)

Looks like our friend wants to de-rail the $35 computing device effort by luring them using his 'cheap' platform ;). All these 'cheap' computer makers like Negroponte will be the biggest losers if someone really makes a $35 computer. Stay away from Negroponte.

more than 4 years ago

Open Source Participation Gains Support In China

fly1ngtux Re:Considering Chinas track record, (35 comments)

Makes me think.... India has restrictions on Huwei's products. However, how will we tackle the issue of these guys contaminating almost all our devices by infesting Linux? :)

more than 4 years ago

India's $35 Tablet Computer

fly1ngtux Hope its a laptop (294 comments)

Being an Indian, I will be really proud of myself -- if this really happens. However, last time when they did some stunt like this, it turned out to be a USB stick or something similar.


I sincerely hope that this time they won't repeat the same story.

more than 4 years ago

Indian Census To Collect Fingerprints, Photos

fly1ngtux Should I care? (141 comments)

Well, I am an Indian and I don't care.

I work for a Korean MNC and they have this mandatory requirement that I should have a medical check-up before joining the company. This has to be repeated every year and the report goes to the company (HR). If I can allow a Korean company to have control over my bio samples, and allow senseless HR (from my own country) to peep into all those information, what is the harm in giving the photos and fingerprint to my government.

How many of you use biometric authentication in your offices and really trust all those software installed on the system and the sys admins who deal with your bio-ids?

more than 4 years ago

I Want My GTV

fly1ngtux GTV? Get permission from Philips first... (198 comments)

First of all, Google doing anything is not a news :) Second, GTV is a platform by Philips. So, even if Google launches this 'TV', it may not be called GTV

more than 4 years ago

Half-Male, Half-Female Fowl Explain Birds' Sex Determination

fly1ngtux Re:Object-sex-oriented? (117 comments)

Its only in recent days these are all made public. In the root class such stuff were defined private.

more than 4 years ago

California To Create Public Animal Abuser Registry

fly1ngtux Re:Sounds Good To Me (404 comments)

These animals are not people. They are food.

This guy should be sentenced to live with cannibals. Then he will have an idea about how/what 'food' feels.

more than 4 years ago

Researchers Convert Mouth Movements Into Speech

fly1ngtux How will you hear the other guy? (154 comments)

"You could pass the time by making phone calls from the cinema without disturbing anyone. In noisy places like bars and clubs you could make yourself heard without having to shout." That looks interesting. But, in such a place, HOW WILL YOU HEAR what other person speaks? I think this has to be augmented with some speech to text technology + augmented reality stuff to make the mobile phone display in front you (without taking away the pleasure of viewing a movie from you) what is being spoken by the other guy. Feature enhancement: For privacy reasons, do make that display visible only to you :)

more than 4 years ago

Scaling Algorithm Bug In Gimp, Photoshop, Others

fly1ngtux Questions is... (368 comments)

Who wrote the original buggy code and who all copied it?
This may be a real bug and might have come from some wrong/incomplete understanding that existed 20 years back. But somehow I can get the above question out of my mind...

more than 4 years ago

Google Phasing Out Gears For HTML5

fly1ngtux Re:Support not ending for IE (35 comments)

I doubt even if audience were using 60 or 70% Firefox, the site will ever add a feature that is not IE compatible. Unless the total number of users using IE comes to a bare minimum, admins won't really dare to stop supporting IE. Also, all these site based statistics gathering and acting upon that is possible after the site is set up. Will you plan for a Firefox only site if you are building a site fresh? How many admins will take the pain of gathering information on browser statistics for sites similar to the ones they are going to build and then decide that they will do a IE/Firefox site only?

more than 4 years ago

Novelist Blames Piracy On Open Source Culture

fly1ngtux Ignorance at its best (494 comments)

"With the open-source culture on the Internet, the idea of ownership — of artistic ownership — goes away." Somebody need to tell him what open source is and that the fact that source is open does not have anything to do with ownership! If the guy is hinting at people are getting accustomed to getting stuff for free, again he needs to be told that most of the stuff in open source is not really free in many ways. (Many major contributions are from people who are employed by various MNCs and they get paid, In most cases, your contributions need to be given back to the community -- another form of paying for what you use --, You use a software and make it a success -- You pay the owner by making him famous...). Besides, the owners of OSS have a different mind set. They get 'paid' in ways these proprietary guys can't understand. So, my dear friend, here is my correction "With the closed-source market culture on the Internet, which promotes piracy, the idea of ownership — of any ownership — goes away." You make it, open it for reasonable cost, then there will be people to buy it.

about 5 years ago

GNOME Developer Suggests Split From GNU Project

fly1ngtux Can someone post the root cause? (587 comments)

I seem to be missing something. "avoid presenting proprietary software as legitimate."?!!! I really don't understand why "proprietary" can't be "legitimate". What ever it is, can someone post the reason why RMS made such a remark?

more than 5 years ago

Japanese Ruling Against Winny Dev Overturned On Appeal

fly1ngtux Re:downloading a file sharing program will be ille (82 comments)

Hmm... most of the Linux distros have some or other p2p software installed. Will downloading fedora or debian become illegal in Japan after jan? Btw, does the law make distributing them on a CD illegal? :)

more than 5 years ago

Dell Says Re-Imaging HDs a Burden If Word Banned

fly1ngtux Please... let me steal for another year or so... (376 comments)

Honourable Judges,

Allow me to introduce myself. I am an MNC making a living through unlawful sale of copyrighted material. I heard that you are going to crackdown on people like me. Since I don't know a better way to earn a living, I request you to postpone your ruling for another year or so.


PS: Please note that if we don't sell our stuff for next 120 days, world will come to an end. And, I would not prefer to pay/reach a out of court agreement with the actual copyright holder to make the entire thing legal.

more than 5 years ago

GPL Case Against Danish Satellite Provider

fly1ngtux Re:Market share and mindshare (297 comments)

Quite honestly, though, the community still gets the benefit of market share if some of the users fail to comply. Its one of those awkward questions - do you want "four freedoms" and an OS that nobody uses, or "three-and-a-half freedoms" plus a fighting chance of being a major player in a field where the competition offers "minus six freedoms"?

I agree with you to some extend. However, I have this question in my mind."How about driving a car with 3.5 tires?"

more than 5 years ago

Torpig Botnet Hijacked and Dissected

fly1ngtux Re:uuh..yeah. (294 comments)

Plus, our banks and stores and so on must get smarter security.

Smarter than what?... Vista and Win7 may be steps towards a more secure desktop environment,...

I don't know about the banks in other countries. But, in India, I can still point out a number of banks who forces MS windows and MS IE on their users. The site of those banks will not open if I use Firefox under Linux. For a starter, I think these banks should make their net banking possible through more secure Linux clients rather than forcing MS windows and IE on their users.

more than 5 years ago

Gmail Adds 5 Second Send Rule

fly1ngtux Too slooooooooow (281 comments)

This happened loooooooooooooooooong (one or two weeks) back. /. is seeing it now?

more than 4 years ago


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