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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

knwny Re: Why waste the opportunity? (68 comments)

And why not split it into a few more fragments for other terrorist/militant/organised crime/separatist groups across the world. There would be some collateral damage. But then who cares as long our countries are safe, eh?

about a week ago

It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords

knwny Too many rules.... (116 comments)

Why cannot we force all websites and services to comply with a common password complexity rule? There is a wide variation in the rules that phone companies, banks, utilities and various online services enforce when I create passwords. As a consequence, it becomes difficult to decide on a password-generating algorithm to create and remember passwords across these websites/services. So, coming back to the question, can we not have a standard password complexity rule which every website/service has to stick to? Instead of those irritating, little info boxes near the password field listing different passwords rules for different websites, we could have a URL pointing to the standard password rules which in turn would be maintained by an independent organisation. Obligatory:

about 4 months ago

Ask Team Trying To Return 36-Year-Old Spacecraft From Space About Their Project

knwny Re:Never tell me the odds! (53 comments)

6. Send commands to fire engine.

What propels the spacecraft(please excuse my ignorance but then I am not a rocketeer) and how do we know that we have enough of the stuff to complete its manoeuvres? Also, what happens if the results of Step#5 do not turn out to be too positive. Do you have any alternate plans of using it for some other purpose...maybe crash-land it into the nearest planet/comet/moon while it keeps transmitting atmospheric measurements?

about 5 months ago

I prefer my peppers ...

knwny Bhut Jolokia is a common ingredient... (285 comments)

..of many dishes from the north-eastern part of India. Contrary to the cuisines from other parts of India which are rich in spices and condiments, food preparations in the north-eastern states are generally low on spices and one of the ways to counter this is to include generous amounts of Bhut Jolokia. Having had my share of many of these fiery tastes, I prefer my peppers the Bhut Jolokia way.

about 6 months ago

California Sends a Cease and Desist Order To the Bitcoin Foundation

knwny Satoshi Nakamoto foresaw this (396 comments)

This is precisely the reason why we will never know who Satoshi Nakamoto is.

about a year ago



The debate ends - Siphons work due to gravity and not atmospheric pressure

knwny knwny writes  |  about 5 months ago

knwny (2940129) writes "Peeved by the widespread misconception that siphons work because of atmospheric pressure, physics lecturer Dr. Stephen Hughes, wrote a mail to the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary(OED) pointing out the error. To back his claim, Dr.Hughes tested a siphon inside a hypobaric chamber to check if changes in atmospheric pressure had any effect on the siphon and demonstrated that gravity and not atmospheric pressure was the driving principle. The paper detailing his experiment was published in Nature. The OED spokesperson responded saying that his suggestions would be taken into account during the next rewrite."
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Indian government continues censoring online content

knwny knwny writes  |  about a year ago

knwny (2940129) writes "The Indian government continues to curb internet freedom in the country by censoring access to online content and this time it is targeting porn sites. The Department of Telecom(DoT) has issued an order directing ISPs to block access to 40-odd websites which host pornographic content. The blocked sites include some file and image hosting sites which primarily host non-pornographic content. The move reeks of high-handedness since the DoT has not specified any reason or law under which the order was issued."
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Nationwide snooping system launched in India

knwny knwny writes  |  about a year ago

knwny (2940129) writes "The Times of India reports:
India has launched a wide-ranging surveillance program that will give its security agencies and even income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament, several sources said."

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Indian FOSS evangelist Atul Chitnis dead at 51

knwny knwny writes  |  about a year ago

knwny (2940129) writes "Atul Chitnis, the man who popularized open software in India died on 3rd June of intestinal cancer. As a technology mentor, writer and public speaker he promoted Linux and FOSS since the late 1980s through his association with various tech magazines and conferences. He introduced Linux to thousands of PC Quest magazine readers by convincing them to carry the first ever Linux distribution in India on its cover CD in 1996."
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