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OS X Mountain Lion Review

gorrepati Re:Here we see the difference between Free and Sla (424 comments)

Did you look at new ubuntu 12? I mean, seriously in this day and age, an OS that struggles to work with multiple monitors, puts task bars on both the desktops, has a windowing system that totally sucks(has a lot of bugs) and has a sluggish UI(because of driver issues).

And compare that to OS X. Works out of the box. Has a decent mail and messaging app. And I can still login to my linux box to work.

Linux box is relegated to where it belongs. It might be bright on the engineering side of things, but I have come to realize after a decade of tinkering with it that my time on this planet is limited, and I cannot waste my time on *already* solved problems and elegantly so(by OS X), by people who know better about those things.

I am all for open source computing. I, for the most part use emacs as my editor, and still run a home built linux box that I ssh to.

Talking about open source computing is not the only way to pay homage to it. May be if you and others put your money where your mouth is and offer a compelling reason for using it, by enhancing the productivity, may be more people would move to it. If that is not possible, this movement, like other idealistic movements in the history will end up where the belong, namely, in the intellectual trash can.

about 2 years ago

Emacsy: An Embeddable Toolkit of Emacs-like Functionality

gorrepati The critics can learn a thing or two about emacs (127 comments)

My personal feeling about emacs is it is very beautiful(yes). Let the point-and-click gui-using critics learn a thing or two about why making everything programmable(in a easy way, unlike eclipse) is an awesome idea.

more than 2 years ago

Mystery of Duqu Programming Language Solved

gorrepati It was smart to use a different language.. (97 comments)

Smarter than you think. I remember reading somewhere that US radio controllers in WW-II used a native american language to communicate with each other. No amount of analysis will give you any insight, if the other party is careful to not use any trails. To translate on language into another mechanically requires deep knowledge of both the languages.

If you rolled your own language with its own grammar, you can be secure in the fact that *even* deep analysis will not yield any clues, not atleast by the current technology. I am not sure such a thing can be even done by a turing machine. People with better knowledge of it are welcome to correct me If I am wrong. All the current technology is concentrated on modifying bits for security, but if you do on a sufficiently high level(aka another language) there is no way to crack it.

This case however has a achilles heel; you can still modify the binary and see what results would be by running it. After a sufficient number of trials, you should be able to decode it.

more than 2 years ago

Sony Raises Price of Whitney Houston's Music 30 Minutes After Death

gorrepati Well, its a business (507 comments)

And the market conditions determine what the price is. Sure you would pay more for food during natural disasters. This is a common theme on reddit "That big company did that, those assholes, how could they?"

If you are so pissed off about it, wait until the storm passes away and buy it then. Grow up and have a little bit of patience.

more than 2 years ago

What the iPad 3 Looks Like

gorrepati Re:Ok, but why buy it (471 comments)

You forgot books. Its what they are after next.

more than 2 years ago

Autonomous Vehicles and the Law

gorrepati Try it on old people and the disabled. (417 comments)

You got work through angles in cases like this. Going straight out wouldn't work. The first step is to try it on old people, who cannot drive, but possibly control the car. Make it illegal to leave to car seat, and in the case of a accident the user is at fault. Because it is his liability to keep looking. Also, have black boxes made by a 3rd party to record exactly what happened. In case of non-user errors, where the car refuses to relinquish control, get sued. I am sure that hit is not hard to take for a company like google.

Give it time, time for the technology to be perfect and law to catchup with technology. Fail fast and learn.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History

gorrepati 1 billion (761 comments)

Thats a billion dollars a week! I figure there are not even many countries which can manage that.

more than 2 years ago

Titan May Have an Ocean

gorrepati Gravity? (109 comments)

Doesn't gravity dictate that more massive stuff should fall into the core?

more than 3 years ago

Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?

gorrepati Devnagari script? (534 comments)

It is just a guess, but it could be the that most Indian languages are written in Devanagari script. In Devanagari, what you read and what you write are the same; no phonetics are necessary. Exposure to that could have caused this. Or it may be a rear end talk.

Other than that, Indians and other Asians are obsessed with numbers, anything that has a number on it is worth having. First rank.. hell yeah. A million dollars.. yep. Arts and research are what losers do because they cant be measured and my ignorance is as good as your knowledge. What good is it?

PS: I'm an Indian.

more than 4 years ago

What Microsoft Must Do To Save Its Mobile Business

gorrepati Re:Just give up. (250 comments)

Didn't it have a task bar? I am not a basher but that is a poor choice.

more than 4 years ago

Science Luminary Martin Gardner Dead at 95

gorrepati Man who inspired scores to become Mathematicians (96 comments)

He is a man to whom scores of people thank for igniting the first spark of appreciating math and science. He will be terribly missed.

more than 4 years ago

What You Get When You Buy a $40 iPhone In a Bar

gorrepati My roommate has this (211 comments)

He has two of them actually. He ordered one, and got two. Anyways, it was not as convincing as the author of this post lead us to believe. Yeah, it was similar, but once the screen is turned on, I could see it was not an iPhone.

more than 4 years ago

Woz Cites "Scary" Prius Acceleration Software Problem

gorrepati Re:Typical Customer Service Department attitude (749 comments)

Not distinguishing between those two is sign of their incompetence, not mine. Granted, the bitching won't stop, but that does not mean, most customer service guys can be replaced by automated tellers.

more than 4 years ago

Making Cesium Atoms Do a Quantum Walk

gorrepati Would P and NP (117 comments)

fall in the same class of problems w.r.t to Quantum computing now?

more than 5 years ago

How To Get Out of Developer's Block?

gorrepati Re:Too many possible factors (601 comments)

Gotta Agree to this man. Exercise will be of much greater help than you think. Secondly, it may be that your wick is burning out dude! Ease out and do some hiking, beaching(or whatever you call it these days :)) .. Take a LOOOOOOOOOOONGGGG BREAK - At least a month. And don't touch your computer. Don't have your iPhone or smart phone shit bother you.

more than 4 years ago

Practical Reasons To Choose Git Or Subversion?

gorrepati Familiarity? (667 comments)

Thats all there is it to it, oh mighty one!

about 6 years ago



Nokia to acquire trolltech

gorrepati gorrepati writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gorrepati writes "It has been just announced that Nokia will make a public voluntary tender offer to acquire Trolltech, the company that is famous for Qt libraries, on which KDE is built. The scene is thus set for the excellent Qt cross platform libraries to appear on Nokia phones. If Nokia decides to adopt Qt for Symbian that would make Qt all pervasive. Trolltech assured open source developers that Qt will be continued to be licensed under GPL for future versions."

What kind of thinking is apt for Computer Science

gorrepati gorrepati writes  |  about 7 years ago

gorrepati (866378) writes "As a Grad student at the university I found critical thinking to be very popular, atleast with the Professors. After school, at work, it is mostly process-oriented thinking — where by I just think about what to do and do it. It is difficult to think critically all the while being imaginative. The emphasis on not making a mistake hurts the imagination(pardon my limited capacity). The question really is, what kind of thinking gives results — say I want to be a good programmer, working on the next cool thing."

gorrepati gorrepati writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gorrepati writes "Stanford news reports that their Computer Science Department has come up with a spreadsheet that uses logic. The first implementation of logical spreadsheets is called PrediCalc . lt looks just like a regular spreadsheet except it has the ability to encode and use logical formulas. It uses symbols instead of numbers, and what that allows you to do is to talk about not just numerical expressions, like if you're doing taxes, but you can also talk about things in the world, places and events. The applications could be anywhere from scheduling classes to organizing troops."


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