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Explosive-Laden California Home To Be Destroyed

warrior_s Re:Owner? (424 comments)

Please read the complete article. A little comforting fact is that LLs will be compensated through their insurance.

more than 3 years ago
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New Legislation Would Crack Down On Online Piracy

warrior_s Right (350 comments)

Just like they have cracked down on WikiLeaks !

more than 3 years ago
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China Demands Real Names From Mobile Phone Users

warrior_s Re:Nothing new... (187 comments)

Furthermore, in some Indian states (such as Jammu and Kashmir), you have to fill out a form with your name, photograph, and proof of address to get a pre-paid/post-paid connection.... All in the name of terrorism. So, what happens now..... Pakistan is setting up towers along the International border, and the terrorists are getting sim-cards from pakistan and making calls using pakistani towers, whereas local indian population has to go through so many hassles to get a single sim-card.

more than 3 years ago
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What's Wrong With the American University System

warrior_s Re:It would be more helpful if (828 comments)

*Most* (not all) of them will choose USA over any other first world country if given chance. This is the fact and you can argue as much as you want.

more than 3 years ago
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What's Wrong With the American University System

warrior_s It would be more helpful if (828 comments)

people stop trying to find faults with the american university system. It is the elementary/high schools in america that needs to be fixed. The higher education in USA is the best in the world. People yearn to come here to get quality higher education. Ask any international (undergraduate/graduate) student who is studying here.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Has Android Remote App Install Power, Too

warrior_s Isn't Android Open Source? (278 comments)

Excuse my ignorance... but why is this a surprise when android is an open source OS? Why has anyone not noticed this in the source code!! Or is only kernel open source and not the other parts?

more than 4 years ago
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I Use Twitter, Please Rob Me

warrior_s No need for this tool (403 comments)

A little bit of common sense can go long way.. most of the people are not in their house during day-time.. umm when they leave their house for work..
i don't think posting that you are out of your home for few hours is going to make much difference... the robbers have to make sure that your neighbors are also not at their home
may be we can go one step ahead and make a website that does that too..

in addition to XXX, three of their neighbors have also left their house

more than 4 years ago
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Finding Someone To Manage Selling a Software Company?

warrior_s Prove that its worth buying (165 comments)

Release it and prove that users like what you have. Otherwise, I don't even know that your great platform/software does what you are saying it does. You want to make money out of your start-up but don't want to do the initial hard labor... it doesn't work that way.

more than 4 years ago
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Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

warrior_s So? (467 comments)

simply a way for Microsoft to fight against it from close up, and armed with inside knowledge."

So, What is wrong in that? Any company would do that to its rival if it can..

more than 4 years ago
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Call To "Open Source" AIG Investigation

warrior_s Re:Not quite (259 comments)

A stockholder company has a wide range of fiduciary issues. It's very likely that if the government, as 80% owner, tried to force corporate secrets into the open that the other 20% could sue them for abandoning their responsibility to the company.

We don't want the secrets to be open, we just want the one who owns the 80% company (i.e., we the people) to know those secrets.

more than 4 years ago
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Cryptographic Tools To Keep You Hidden On Facebook

warrior_s Re:I'm sorry, but maybe I'm missing the point... (148 comments)

If I don't want something on Facebook, I don't put it on Facebook. There! Problem solved!

No, you can not predict what information may put you in trouble in the future. Something that looks harmless at present may bite you in the ass in the future (e.g. during job search etc.). So, if you have encrypted your posts right from the beginning, then you don't have to worry about the future.

more than 4 years ago
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Developing World Is a Profit Sink For Web Companies

warrior_s Online Advertising results in profit? (203 comments)

I don't understand why would anyone buy anything by clicking on the ads appearing on webpages? I usually google the thing I want to buy, or just go to amazon, buy.com etc for price comparison. I don't think I will ever buy anything by clicking on ads. It is surprising to me that online ads can help sustain companies. Can someone please enlighten me? Thanks!

more than 5 years ago
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What Did You Do First With Linux?

warrior_s In 1999, (739 comments)

I had to buy a Red Hat book to get my hands on to the linux install CD that came with it. It took me (and one of my other friends) a whole night to figure out how to partition the drive. Basically, it was something like if you install linux in the partition beyond 4 or 8 GB (dont remember exactly), then you can not boot linux from that partition. We had windows installed in the beginning of HD. It took us a while to get it running, but it was fun.

There was no internet in our dorms at that time. All the computers on our floor were connected using the old coax cable with terminators at both the ends.

more than 5 years ago
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The Copyrightability of Twitter Posts

warrior_s Re:140 Characters? (183 comments)

oh nevermind.. 26^140 is correct

Well, given an alphabet of just 'a-z' + ' ', that would be 26 ^ 140 or:

1, 248, 155, 560, 712, 888, 693, 721, 116, 035, 178, 646, 463, 649, 590, 092, 724, 076, 699, 557, 919, 198, 775, 318, 840, 655, 335, 967, 337, 203, 969, 601, 545, 498, 350, 937, 608, 330, 255, 529, 112, 180, 176, 094, 892, 997, 792, 623, 787, 890, 917, 357, 870, 916, 489, 701, 094, 150, 005, 153, 729, 071, 148, 146, 282, 725, 376

which is quite a few possibilities.

actually its 140^26... 140 characters each with 26 possibilities

more than 5 years ago
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The Copyrightability of Twitter Posts

warrior_s Re:140 Characters? (183 comments)

Well, given an alphabet of just 'a-z' + ' ', that would be 26 ^ 140 or:

1, 248, 155, 560, 712, 888, 693, 721, 116, 035, 178, 646, 463, 649, 590, 092, 724, 076, 699, 557, 919, 198, 775, 318, 840, 655, 335, 967, 337, 203, 969, 601, 545, 498, 350, 937, 608, 330, 255, 529, 112, 180, 176, 094, 892, 997, 792, 623, 787, 890, 917, 357, 870, 916, 489, 701, 094, 150, 005, 153, 729, 071, 148, 146, 282, 725, 376

which is quite a few possibilities.

actually its 140^26... 140 characters each with 26 possibilities

more than 5 years ago
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Slumdog Millionaire Takes Home 8 Oscars

warrior_s Re:Oscar betrays its Western centerednes (317 comments)

And just so that people outside India know, movies far far far better than slumdog are made every year in India...
An also, I think other movies in the best movie nomination were a lot better than slumdog.. seriously..what the hell was there in slumdog to get the best movie award... i may never understand.

more than 5 years ago
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MS To Offer Free Windows 7 Upgrade To Vista Users

warrior_s Re:Fool me once, shame on you (417 comments)

12? Where does 12 come from?

My concern with upgrading my brother's 512meg Vista machine to a 512meg Win7 machine is that (1) I still don't think it will run any faster and (2) Win7 might not have the necessary drivers to operate the video/audio cards and therefore be impossible to use.

I think your concern is not valid here. I am running Win7 on my 5 year old inspiron 300m with 640 Megs of memory, and believe me, Win7 is runnig just fine.. Never experienced any slowdown or anything.

And regarding drivers, it did not first install the drivers for my wireless card, but when I connected it to Internet using wired ethernet, it downloaded and installed the drivers for wireless card just fine. I was able to run all the programs for general web surfing,.. and IMs like skype yahoo etc without any problem.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

warrior_s Re:Wireless (1079 comments)

Because with Apple the AirPort Express is your "dock", as most of what you're asking for can already be done wirelessly. Plug your speakers and your printer into your Express, .

The only thing here is that you can not plug your speakers into the airport express.
http://store.apple.com/us-hed/product/MB053?mco=MjU4NjAzNA#overview

more than 5 years ago
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Open Wi-Fi May Become Illegal In India

warrior_s Re:What a pity (179 comments)

What I am saying is, seven years in to the stark reality posed by the threat of Islamic terrorism, I am surprised that India hasnt opted to carpet bomb Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

A correction, its not 7 years, its almost 20 years since islamic terrorism started in India.
This is the beginning I think, and the terrorists have never looked back.

more than 5 years ago

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Google Buzz Class Action Settlement

warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 3 years ago

warrior_s writes "Google recently sent the following email to its north american users:

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we've reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (http://buzz.google.com), a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.

Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to address users' concerns. In addition, Google has committed $8.5 million to an independent fund, most of which will support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz. The more people know about privacy online, the better their online experience will be.

Just to be clear, this is not a settlement in which people who use Gmail can file to receive compensation. Everyone in the U.S. who uses Gmail is included in the settlement, unless you personally decide to opt out before December 6, 2010. The Court will consider final approval of the agreement on January 31, 2011. This email is a summary of the settlement, and more detailed information and instructions approved by the court, including instructions about how to opt out, object, or comment, are available at http://www.buzzclassaction.com./

— This mandatory announcement was sent to all Gmail users in the United States as part of a legal settlement and was authorized by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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Obama's committment to Sciecne

warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 5 years ago

warrior_s (881715) writes "President Obama addressed members of the National Academy of Sciences on April 27, announcing a renewed commitment to science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Topics included America's energy future, revitalizing our health care system, science and math education, and allocating funding and implementing policies to ensure that America reclaims a position of world leadership in scientific innovation.
This is the first time since John F. Kennedy that a President was addressing the NAS during his first year in office. Obama said 3.4 percent of GDP will be devoted to science. This is big !!!"
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Daling with your advisor

warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 5 years ago

warrior_s (881715) writes "I think there are many graduate students as well as professors who read slashdot on regular basis. My question is about honesty of professors in academia.
What can a (new/junior) graduate student do when his advisor his passing on his work as the work of the more senior graduate student or a postdoc. I understand that senior graduate students are in need of good academic publications. But passing a junior student's work as someone else's work in unacceptable.
On the other hand, a junior student needs the help of faculty later on when he will be graduating. So, it is difficult to oppose this injustice. Specially in this economy, when just leaving the school is not an option for all. And changing the advisor (especially the one who is highly reputed in academia) is not seen as good thing in the department.
How can one deal with such advisors?"
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Update: Undersea Cable Damage

warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 6 years ago

warrior_s writes "Some news sites are reporting that progress has been made on identifying the cause of undersea cable damage that happened some time ago. The Dubai Port Trust authorities have impounded two ships that are believed to have been responsible for the undersea cable damage, which crippled Internet services in India earlier this year. CNN-IBN (CNN in India) is reporting that an Indian chief officer of an Iraqi vessel that was allegedly responsible for snapping an undersea communication cable in February leading to widespread Internet outage in India and the UAE has been arrested and will face trial.
Google News has some good coverage also."
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Microsoft demos its vision of the future

warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 6 years ago

warrior_s (881715) writes "Microsoft Research recently held its annual display of current projects. PCWorld take a look at some of the products that realistically could make it through to consumers.
One of my favorites, LucidTouch: The current setup includes a touch sensor layer on the back of the device. That senses when a user's fingers are touching it. The camera attached behind it sends an image of the fingers to the device, where the image is overlaid lightly, like a shadow, on the screen. In the prototype on display, Baudisch showed a map on the device screen. Moving his fingers on the back of the device, he could choose an item on the map. The concept solves the "fat finger problem", where your finger covers up the actual spot that you're trying to touch on the screen, he said.
There are lot of other interesting projects, but given microsoft's track record, its hard to say how many will land in the hands of consumers."
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Don't sue, new EMI boss tells RIAA

warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 6 years ago

warrior_s (881715) writes "From p2p net, New boss of EMI(one of the big four that forms RIAA), and ex-Googler — CIO Douglas Merrill says, it's a "poor business model to sue your customers. I don't think that's a sustainable strategy."

Quoted by the Guardian, he was referring to Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG's current practice of trying to use legal systems around the world to force their customers into buying corporate 'product' rather than using the free P2P networks and independent music sites and services.

"There is academic research that shows file sharing is a good thing for artists and not necessarily bad," said Merrill. "We should do a bunch of experiments to find out what the business model is.""
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Apple offers $100 credit to iPhone customers

warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 6 years ago

warrior_s (881715) writes "From NYTimes: Apple Inc. will offer a $100 store credit to people who bought the iPhone before the company slashed the price by $200, the company's chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, said in a statement today.
Here is Steven P. Jobs's Letter to Customers The offer applies to customers who bought iPhones at either Apple or AT&T stores and who are not receiving a rebate or other consideration."
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Google Desktop Now on Linux

warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 7 years ago

warrior_s (881715) writes "Thats right, Now it DOES run on Linux. Google Desktop is now being offered for Linux.
Google Desktop for Linux was written natively and uses Google's own desktop search algorithms, not existing Linux search applications such as Beagle, a company representative said. Only computers with x86 processors can use the software. It supports the Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, Novell SUSE 10.1 and Red Flag 5 versions of Linux, and uses either the KDE and GNOME graphical user interfaces. Here is the scoop from builderau and cnet"
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warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 7 years ago

warrior_s (881715) writes "Cisco Systems and Apple said Wednesday they have settled the trademark-infringement lawsuit over the use of the iPhone name for Apple's new multimedia phone.
The agreement allows Apple and Cisco to use the iPhone brand on their own products. Also, the companies said that they would explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, consumer and business communications."
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warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 7 years ago

warrior_s (881715) writes "CNN is reporting that Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi dictator who spent his last years in captivity after his ruthless regime was toppled by the U.S.-led coalition in 2003, was hanged before dawn Saturday for crimes committed in a brutal crackdown during his reign.
The execution took place shortly after 6 a.m. (10 p.m. Friday ET), Iraq's national security adviser, Mowaffak al-Rubaie, told Iraqi television.
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warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 7 years ago

warrior_s (881715) writes "A "trusted computing" module (TPM) was found in Intel-based Apple computers, but the reason for it is unknown. Amit Singh, a member of Google's technical staff, discusses the existence of the chip in his book, "Mac OS X Internals: A Systems Approach," in which he also writes that there is no way for Apple's Mac OS X to directly make use of the TPM; no DRM or similar restrictions are linked to the chip. "The TPM is an opt-in feature," said Singh. "Apple can't turn it on — nobody can, other than the user." The TPM is a single chip that is made up of a random number generator, a small memory chip, and a low-power processor, plus a few other parts. It has no influence on the system due to a lack drivers that are aware of it in either the computer's OS or its firmware. While it is possible for users to make use of the TPM, Singh's best guess is that the chip is simply part of the motherboard package from Intel. Ross Anderson, a professor of security engineering at the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, does not believe that the TPM would be included without reason. Based on "software economics" and "Apple's traditional business model," he suggests "future use of the TPM, whether in OS X 10.5, 10.6 or later," or "use directly by application software vendors, e.g. in Office 2007." Anderson has been very critical of past trusted computing efforts, linking them to attempted, strict DRM restrictions, such as the prevention of the copying of purchased media files or the playing of a CD on more than one computer."

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Is Google.com down?

warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  more than 5 years ago As of 10:30pm eastern time, I think that google.com is suffering outage and may be under some kind of ddos attack

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Apple Mobile me still not working for everyone !

warrior_s warrior_s writes  |  about 6 years ago CNN Money Reports "Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) premium email service continues to suffer from outages as the consumer-electronics maker takes another dent to its typically sterling customer-service reputation."
Why is it that Apple can get away with this, inspite the fact that its much touted Premium email service is unavailable to 1% of its customers for about a week. I think its unacceptable in this age that someone do not have access to their paid email service for that much amount of time. So what is it that those who are affected are still hanging on to apple, any why people are still going to signup for this service from apple.

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