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Can Proprietary Language Teams Succeed By Going Open Source?

rumith That depends (136 comments)

How do you define success? Your open source language project doesn't have to be good to be popular (example: PHP), but it must have a certain audience that finds it appealing. Open sourcing the project is not a magic bullet; if nobody likes your product, you're out of luck. However, if you have carefully studied your audience and believe that such a step will remove the main roadblock for adoption for a large number of potential users, this is definitely worth doing.

about a year and a half ago
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Google App Verification Service Detects Only 15% of Infected Apps

rumith Infected? (99 comments)

I wonder if this is the correct term: "infected" means that the author had written a benign application, while an attacker somehow got control over his distribution channel and modified the app to his needs. Meanwhile, I believe that in a significant number of cases cheap apps are written and distributed by malicious authors. So yep, they're dangerous, and no, they're neither infected nor otherwise modified.

about 2 years ago
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UK Government Mandates the Teaching of Evolution As Scientific Fact

rumith Re:You shouldn't have to mandate this (783 comments)

So what? You're a geek and should know better: if something is broken, you go fix it and do not lament that it's horribly broken when someone else gets down to fix it. Same shit here; the fact that it's about human society and not circuits or software doesn't make it different.

about 2 years ago
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The Privacy Illusion

rumith Re:They're right, sort of. (198 comments)

Human rights are not derived from any legal instrument. They have always flowed from the same source -- a willingness to fight against their removal.

A most precise and excellently worded observation. My hat off to you.

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

rumith Re:Two points here (646 comments)

Perhaps. Still, it hasn't stopped them from forking a whole operating system (Android) and selling devices that enable that thoughtless shopping experience. And who's to say that they won't attempt to enter the desktop/htpc/whatever game as well, forking Ubuntu or using it outright for better penetration of an existing market, however small? I definitely wouldn't rule out such an option, although I agree that integrating Amazon services into a media consumption device makes much more sense than integrating them into a full-fledged computer used for work as well as entertainment.

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed

rumith Two points here (646 comments)

1) Remember, while most geeks will either be annoyed or even outright disgusted of this move, this is exactly the kind of thing that gets an operating system rolling for the wider audiences (IMO) and adds economical grounds for further expansion. Could this also be Amazon testing the potential of making Ubuntu a partner OS, since they currently lack a desktop operating system integrated with their online shopping "experience"? Maybe.
2) However what I know for sure is that this feature is likely to be US-only (unfortunately for those international Ubuntu users who prefer buying their music instead of pirating them), as is much of Amazon's stock. I mean, come on. I know that overseas shipping of physical items is hard, but working out the paperwork with the studios for selling a damn file? How hard can that be?

about 2 years ago
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Space Shuttle Endeavor Lands In Los Angeles After Final Flight

rumith Re:How do you guarentee a safe shuttle flight? (111 comments)

Frankly if we can't get the Apollo system back on line economically we ought to just fricking buy Soyuz.

Why on Earth would someone want that? Check out SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon spacecraft; both seem to be pretty solid machines, and they are cheaper. Actually, I will not be surprised to see ISS crews scheduled to launch in 2016-2017 training to use Dragons instead of Soyuz. On a side note, there are some very fundamental problems with the Russian space industry at the moment, and alas I don't see them being fixed anytime soon.

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Find 'Mind-Control' Gaming Headsets Can Leak Users' Secrets

rumith Hm (107 comments)

I predict a sharp growth of tinfoil hat making companies' share price.
Anyway, this technology is amazing. How long until we (as a species) can do the same from a distance? How long until such devices are then minituarized and cost so little that it is feasible to make them ubiquitous?

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Matches iTunes Match With New 'Audio Upgrade' Feature

rumith Re:Weird domain (157 comments)

Already found that out; sorry that I didn't post an update. Also, that domain appears to belong to Thomson Reuters Financial. My bad, I had no idea that there may be any benefit for a behemoth like Amazon to host investor relations materials on a third-party website.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Matches iTunes Match With New 'Audio Upgrade' Feature

rumith Weird domain (157 comments)

Excuse me my ignorance, but why is this supposed press release hosted on corporate-ir.net (that doesn't even appear to have a root index file) instead of amazon.com? A quick google search shows that there are plenty of such press releases from lots of different companies hosted on that site; however, I am still not sure if this stuff is legitimate.

more than 2 years ago
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Project To Mainline Android Kernel Changes Formed

rumith Re:Attention! (73 comments)

Android has been using Linux 2.6.x for it's devices since it's release

Now they changed it to this. What have you done?!

about 2 years ago
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Ohio Emergency Responders Stage Mock Zombie Invasion

rumith Re:For their next performance (219 comments)

I'm inclined to agree with your point. Thank you for your informative input.

more than 2 years ago
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Ohio Emergency Responders Stage Mock Zombie Invasion

rumith Re:For their next performance (219 comments)

As unbelievable as it may seem, it didn't slip my attention that this particular exercise was about hazmat disaster management. I don't even deny that it might be a clever way to attract and educate the general populace. My comment is solely about the fact that the same terminology could be used as a cover for crowd management exercises, and since those "dozens of other agencies" remain unnamed, I suggested that some of those are actually law enforcement agencies and have possibly already gone zombie-style as well. To clarify further: it is just my personal unsubstantiated speculation; it could well be that adopting zombie terminology for law enforcement is obviously a pretty dumb idea for anyone with a basic training in that area of expertise.

more than 2 years ago
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Ohio Emergency Responders Stage Mock Zombie Invasion

rumith Re:For their next performance (219 comments)

I fail to appreciate your sense of humor. Didn't it strike anyone in the government yet that zombie exercises would be a great way to disguise preparations for countering massive civil unrest? Or does that "dozens of agencies have embraced the idea" exactly mean that it did?

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Halts Galaxy Tablet Promotion In Germany

rumith Re:Why the hell are they allowing this? (325 comments)

"I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further." -- Steve Jobs [source not specified 13 days]

about 3 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

rumith Thank you, CmdrTaco (1521 comments)

Slashdot is firmly ingrained in geek culture, it is a nexus for our kind (and hopefully will be such for many more years to come). May all your future endeavors be as successful as this one. Salute!

about 3 years ago
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NASA Tries To Save Hubble's Successor

rumith Re:I'm sure the deficit hawks will be right on thi (134 comments)

And also discover a cure to cancer while they're on it. Because developing a rocket and building a telescope are so similar tasks after all, right? The fact that SpaceX has lots of talented propulsion engineers doesn't mean that these guys know the stuff that's required to construct something like JWST.

about 3 years ago
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OK Go Goes HTML5

rumith Re:This site works best with... (171 comments)

1) There's more to Chrome than Webkit + V8 + rolling version numbers. There's WebGL, there's voice input, there's websockets, inline SVG, animated CSS3 and tons of other stuff. None of this is essential, I agree, but if an app uses one of these features, it automatically gets locked out of all the other browsers that do not support them. Check out http://caniuse.com/ - it has a pretty handy tool for browser feature comparison.
2) Despite supporting MP3/AAC, Google willfully dropped H.264 support. I think it's a matter of convenience as much as a matter of open standards: the lion's share of music today is stored in MP3, and I believe it would turn off potential users from HTML5 media capabilities if there were almost no media files on the Net you could use them with.
3) Flash: maybe on Windows it ships with Flash; the Linux version doesn't. Also, I'm inclined to believe that it's mostly for the sake of security: a huge share of people already has Flash installed (usually preinstalled on their computers) anyway, so it's not like Chrome is helping to spread Flash. Rather, its support of rich HTML5 capabilities slowly renders Flash irrelevant.

more than 3 years ago
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OK Go Goes HTML5

rumith Re:This site works best with... (171 comments)

The difference is that IE used proprietary components and deliberately borked standards in order to achieve monopoly, and Chrome really uses open standards and protocols. The problem is that Google is developing it at such an astonishing pace that competitors are literally left in the dust. Oh, and I could also bring in the fact that Chromium is open source, but integrating its components into a browser with a substantially different architecture must be no easy task, so I think that doesn't really help.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Plugs Hole That Lets You Remove Any Website

rumith Re:I really wish... (116 comments)

Use the Personal Blocklist Chrome extension to remove ExEx from Google search just for you. Also, it's quite amazing that you still get it high in your result, I mostly get StackOverflow at the top (as it should be).

more than 3 years ago

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GMail vulnerability leaks images sent by others

rumith rumith writes  |  more than 4 years ago

rumith (983060) writes "Almost a year ago (December 2008), I reported a bug to Google concerning incorrect preview generation for TIFF images in GMail. The problem is that at least for some TIFF files (one such file is linked in the blog; you can use it to test my report) GMail generates a new preview every time this file is sent, and this preview doesn't correspond to the contents of the file I sent in any way. Rather, I see previews of photos (sometimes pretty embarrassing) apparently made by other users. Downloading the attached image works okay though. Get the word to Google to have the vulnerability fixed ASAP!

Disclaimer: Yes, I am the author of the blog linked. No, I have no idea why this file causes such behavior."

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What is online privacy about, after all?

rumith rumith writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rumith writes "Hello. What kind of data, exactly, should one try to keep private, and for what reasons (this also includes avoiding being monitored by Google and the like)? As far as one can assume, most of our personal data is perfectly known to at least one party, and an inquisitive mind wouldn't find it too difficult to connect all the pieces together, especially if tasked with such a mission by our new [insert your favorite here] overlords."
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rumith rumith writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rumith (983060) writes "The Inquirer tells us that Microsoft has posted details on a vulnerability (or rather, a feature) in IIS 5.0 that allows an anonymous user to bypass authentication and access documents he shouldn't be able to. The good part: they've already taken down the specifics of the exploit. The bad part: they claim that this behavior is by design, and the only way to fix it is to upgrade to IIS 6.0, which is shipped only with Windows Server 2003, the cheapest edition of which costs only $399. Isn't this called "money extortion"?"
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