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The Tech Aboard the International Space Station

ggvaidya Re:ISS spotting (183 comments)

If you've got a Twitter account, Twisst is a wonderful service which will send you a message, giving you about a day's warning to the next overpass. Since it gets your city from Twitter, it directly gives you a time and direction to look towards. It's a lot of fun, and very easy to remember to watch out. Check it out.

more than 4 years ago

Perl 5.11.0 Released

ggvaidya Re:Seriously? (235 comments)

Nope, that's because the people who would use Perl to "throw together a website" are now using PHP and its libraries instead, and good for them. People interested in writing games, applications or well-designed websites (to say nothing of its core "throw together a script or one-liner" market) still use Perl.

more than 4 years ago

Favorite seasonal transition?

ggvaidya Re:Geographic differences (451 comments)

I see your Flanders & Swann and raise you a John Lennon:

Sitting in an English garden
Waiting for the sun
If the sun don't come you get your tan
from standing in the English rain

about 5 years ago

Could Betelgeuse Go Boom?

ggvaidya Oh no! (383 comments)

Betelgeuse is awesome and very, very pretty - I'd hate for it to turn into another colour or vanish altogether. Isn't there someone we could petition to stop this?

more than 5 years ago

The Unexpected Patents of Steve Jobs

ggvaidya Re:Suprise (198 comments)

Hahahaha, nice one! I hope somebody with modpoints finds you.

more than 5 years ago

The Unexpected Patents of Steve Jobs

ggvaidya Re:Really? The *infamous*? (198 comments)

1) 'e's just restin'.
2) Of course he's dead! Didn't you see the "The Watchmen" movie? I'm glad the Americans voted out Nixon to make way for Obama though.

more than 5 years ago

I'll keep my castle secure primarily with ...

ggvaidya Secure? (828 comments)

I'd secure anything with a pair of large prime numbers.

more than 5 years ago

Reflections On the Less-Cool Effects of Filesharing

ggvaidya Re:Not just P2P (458 comments)

There is this odd ideal among music lovers that just because you enjoy a certain kind of music so much you will feel obligated to pay for it out of the kindness of your heart.

It's not an "odd ideal": I support bands I enjoy to encourage them to produce more music I like. I agree that many people are music listeners rather than music lovers, and definitely this argument doesn't work for musicians who are dead (I just can't afford to pay them to perform again). That's why the mass music industry is so jittery about piracy: it's music listeners who want most to listen to music for free or almost-free (on subscription-based services or internet radio) who will be the first to leave them.

more than 5 years ago

Where's Your Coding Happy Place?

ggvaidya Re:In My Opinion, a Truly Horrid List (508 comments)

I discovered Braid's soundtrack just a few days ago, and now this! Thank you so much for linking to that, it's going into my playlist asap.

more than 5 years ago

Most vital body part / system?

ggvaidya Re:Immersivity (480 comments)

What exactly is it you think you're going to hear in the jungle that will keep you alive?

Somebody shouting "Oh shit - a panther! Run!"?

more than 5 years ago

Look Out, Firefox 3 — IE8 Is Back On Top For Now

ggvaidya Re:Best attribute (662 comments)

If you're still using Firefox for something other than Web Developer and Firebug, I'd be willing to say you're doing it wrong.

I run Linux you insensitive clod.

So do I.

more than 5 years ago

Did Bat Hitch a Ride To Space On Discovery?

ggvaidya Re:mad as a hatter (422 comments)

Oh wow! Now that's prescient.

more than 5 years ago

Steve Wozniak To Appear On Dancing With the Stars

ggvaidya Re:There's a precedent for this (139 comments)

Heh, I still prefer Andy Hamilton's reasoning on why Sergeant became so popular - if you could either vote for the best dancer or to irritate Arlene Phillips, who would you vote for?

more than 5 years ago

30th Anniversary of the (No Good) Spreadsheet

ggvaidya Re:VisiCalc binary is still available (407 comments)

I'm with AC, why shouldn't you run it on your main computer? I don't have dosbox here, so I can't check :-)

I remember reading somewhere that the Visicalc executable is used as part of Windows testing, to make sure that (really) old DOS programs still run without a problem. Can't find a citation for it at the moment, though.

more than 5 years ago

Apple's Life After Steve Jobs

ggvaidya Re:Jobs leaving? (405 comments)

Ah, but you have to be interested in PC history to know who the third founder was.

more than 5 years ago

Early Praise For Empire: Total War

ggvaidya Re:Unit AI (79 comments)

I loved that game :-). Partially because I'm a horrible tactician, and it helped that my soldiers would refuse to do anything stupid. But mostly because it was a thrill when a group of soldiers held a position against unsurmountable odds, or a group made a very brave attack under heavy fire. It made the soldiers seem more real; you try to keep them as safe as possible. With a game like Age of Empires, I don't think twice before sending "troops" to their death; after all, neither do they.

more than 5 years ago

Free Resources for Windows Perl Development

ggvaidya Re:win32 a first-class citizen? (117 comments)

Windows is dying.

I sincerely hope so. But until it kicks the bucket, there's software on it which needs to be supported, and improved Windows testing and debugging of current CPAN modules will make the lives of those of us who use those modules on Windows a whole lot easier.

more than 5 years ago

Free Resources for Windows Perl Development

ggvaidya Re:Free Resources for Windows Perl Development (117 comments)

Hey! Python can run Perl? That's awesome. Do you have a link for that? I'd love to be able to use my favourite language on what is by all accounts a great interpreter.

(If you want to run Python on Perl instead, you can. Perl: the choice is yours.)

more than 5 years ago



Forbes: Microsoft's "Sneak" Attack on Goog

ggvaidya ggvaidya writes  |  about 6 years ago

Gaurav writes "Pursuing their usual goals of accurate and honest newsreporting, Forbes has a small article on Microsoft's upcoming "sneak attack" on Google.

Ballmer isn't portraying the updated browser as a Google destroyer, but many of its features turn out to be a crafty way for people to get around using the most popular search service. [..] The new browser comes with a search box in the upper right-hand corner and, just below that, a row of tiny logos for various search destinations, such as Yahoo, Ebay and MySpace. You can select which destinations you want to include here. [...] Another Google-dodging feature in the new browser: Highlighting a street address on a Web page launches a map, with the default set to Microsoft's Live Maps (though you can change this default to Google Maps).

It's like being back in 2000 all over again."
Link to Original Source


China's music industry find piracy "a lost cau

ggvaidya ggvaidya writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gaurav writes "According to BBC World, China's music industry is already embracing a world where piracy makes selling music a losing proposition. From the article:

Whereas the US and Europe are still finding ways to counter piracy, Chinese record companies have already decided it is a lost cause, finding other ways to make money which are not directly related to music sales. This comes from necessity rather than by choice, says Shen Lihui, the head of China's largest independent label, Modern Sky, based in Beijing. [...] "It's the first place that encountered the problem (of piracy)," says Shen Lihui. "But you can do anything in China. It's the freest place. Try another business model."
This label has also made its entire record catalog available for free download online."

Link to Original Source



What is the e-mail address of the on-duty Slashdot editor?

ggvaidya ggvaidya writes  |  more than 6 years ago

It is daddypants at


To be posted, maybe, etc.

ggvaidya ggvaidya writes  |  more than 8 years ago

To begin with, please don't bandy words like genocide about; they've been created for very specific reasons. NONE of the three attacks you cite (or the Mumbai blasts) are systematic attempts at destroying a race (genocide). They are systematic attempts at terrorising a population. Nobody was trying to kill the Hindus or the Muslims or the Christians & they were attacks on the people of America, the UK, Spain and India. In 1993, Rwandan militants began systematically annhilating members of a minority race; in 1945, Nazi supporters began systematically killing every Jewish person in Europe. That is not what is happening here. What is being destroyed is not a race, or even a people, but the feeling of security, and it's insulting to compare an attack against people who were unlucky enough to be on the wrong train at the wrong time (or in the wrong building, etc.) to an attack against people because of belief, race or skin color.

My main issue with your post, however, is the simplistic, self-serving and condescending attitude you show. Subhumans? Monsters? Who the hell do you think you're talking about, buddy, lions and tigers? You're talking about human beings, believe it or not, real living flesh-and-blood people who live and breathe and fuck and die just like you do. Human beings who happen not to live in your country, and who will not be treated as subhuman because of where they're born. Some of these humans believe that it is in their best interest that outrages like the Mumbai blasts occur. I think killing innocents is about the most damnably evil think you can do, but that's just my opinion, and it's just one in a million. In a billion. They think differently. You can either treat them as humans, and try to figure out why they're doing what they're doing, or you can treat them like animals and put them into cages. Best of luck - humans breed like cockroaches, and can be harder to kill.

I'm also not sure exactly how you're holding me responsible for murders carried out by people who are very likely my countrymen; I'm don't think it would be fair to hold you responsible for Abu Gharib. Societies will always try to "isolate and neutralize the monsters who live in [them]", but when your government's total budget is $118 billion USD (as compared to $2,354 billion USD for America), there's only so much money to go around. I mean, that's about $118 for every Indian citizen. We're hardly going to mount [Numbers from Wikipedia]

Also, in India we're big on the whole freedom-of-the-individual thing. We will not "isolate and neutralize" somebody with extreme beliefs or philosophies. We'll arrest them when we can prove they committed a crime in a court of law. Sorry, but that's how a free country works.

We've got a lot of faults, I know, but we're NOT subhuman or monsters, and it's insulting to insinuate we are. About the only thing you got right in your post was that we're from distant lands.

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