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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

webanish The golden record! (250 comments)

By far the best method to ensure long term survival of your data is to send it out in interstellar space embossed on a golden record like the guys from NASA did with the Voyager probes. Now, you didn't ask about retrieving it did you?

3 days ago
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WSJ Refused To Publish Lawrence Krauss' Response To "Science Proves Religion"

webanish On days like this... (556 comments)

Your 'faith' gets restored in Slashdot. Now, off to watching Starship Troopers 3. :-)

about three weeks ago
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India Faces Its First Major Net Neutrality Issue

webanish Raise a stink and vote with your poket (61 comments)

As a soon-to-be ex-customer of this telecom giant, I'm doing the two things I can: Raising an almighty stink in all the channels I know, and obviously voting with my pocket by ditching them. Any other ideas would be welcome. I fear this is just the level-1 boss we're fighting against in the war against internet equality.

about a month ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

webanish Future chrome browser warning (396 comments)

*Warning, insecure content!* This website doesn't have a NSA backdoor, and hence we cannot verify the americanness of the content. Terrorists may be hatching a plot to blow up something here. Or even worse, normal people might be talking how we fucked the web up. >OMFG! Take me out of hereI understand the risks

about a month and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

webanish Re:"safe" (281 comments)

Mod up please!

about a month and a half ago
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Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch

webanish Re:Rocket science is called so for a reason (71 comments)

Fully agree. In the many years and billions spent to reach this day, a 24 hr delay (or even a 48hr or more) is a fraction of a peanut. But the fact that they were willing to manually override the auto wind triggers suggests that they either felt pressured with the closing of the launch window, or didn't trust enough in the reliability of those automated systems. If it's the former, then it's a scary prospect. The purpose of this mission I guess is to test the capsule and the upper launch stages. The DIVH is going to be replaced by a different system in the future (SLS) anyway, so having a failure in this part of the mission would be characterized so. Having in a failure while in orbit or on the way back would be 'extremely useful test data' and NOT a failure.

about 2 months ago
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Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch

webanish Re:Rocket science is called so for a reason (71 comments)

Would there have been a valve or wind abort if that stray boat hadn't showed up? If not, then the valve issues might have become a complication later on in the mission? Sounds kinda edgy to me... I guess this is what test flights are for.

about 2 months ago
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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

webanish India's MOM has also made it! (65 comments)

Hot on the heels of MAVEN, India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) or Mangalyaan (Mars-vehicle), has also successfully been inserted into it's planned orbit after its Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) fired as expected. With this India becomes the first Asian nation to successfully send a Mars mission, and the first nation in the world to taste Martian success in its very first attempt. Don't worry, there won't be a collision between the two probes, we drive on opposite lanes... remember!

about 4 months ago
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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

webanish Cost of Mangalyaan = 5.6 mi/$ (65 comments)

423 million miles / $75 million = 5.6 mi / $ = not bad!

about 4 months ago
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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

webanish Shit just got real! (65 comments)

News coming in that India's Mangalyaan has successfully test fired it's Liquid Apogee Motor (congratulations) and so a possible collision with MAVEN is very much infinitesimally probable :-) Too bad I can't watch it from my 8 inch dob.

about 4 months ago
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Galaxy Tab Sales Ban Lifted, Samsung Sues Apple Over iPhone 5

webanish ping-pong (196 comments)

(wait, does china have a patent on *that*?)

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Government To Track Locations of All Cell Phone Users

webanish time to get that ham radio license! (151 comments)

on a more depressing note, most govt-regulated mass-communication systems are open to this type of abuse :-/

more than 2 years ago
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I like to watch the stars ...

webanish Aperture fever is... (106 comments)

...when your 'eye-dressing' is bigger than you. I'm an innocent victim of this malaise ;-)

about 3 years ago
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Facebook, Google Argue Against Web Censorship In India

webanish (political) Shooting of someone else's shoulder (160 comments)

An analysis here suggests that the target of Internet censorship was against political blasphemy rather than any generic web censorship. Its worse than a state trying to censor the web as consistent with their national policies; in this case the 'ruling government' is molding laws as it sees fit to its political advantages. Only one of the so called complaints by the ministers was deemed a national security threat.

about 3 years ago
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China Trials Its First 3D TV Channel

webanish Great! (48 comments)

Big-time censorship in three dimensions.

about 3 years ago
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The oldest hard drive I'm still using is ...

webanish Well... (272 comments)

Does using the stepper motors from old Floppy Disk drives count?

more than 3 years ago

Submissions

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CIA source of NY Times reporter James Risen convicted on circumstial evidence

webanish webanish writes  |  3 days ago

webanish (1045264) writes "The New York Times reports:

Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer, was convicted of espionage Monday on charges that he told a reporter for The New York Times about a secret operation to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program.

The case revolved around a C.I.A. operation in which a former Russian scientist provided Iran with intentionally flawed nuclear component schematics. Mr. Risen revealed the operation in his 2006 book, “State of War,” describing it as a mismanaged, potentially reckless mission that may have inadvertently aided the Iranian nuclear program.

While this comes as no surprise given the Obama administration's record on going after whistleblowers releasing secrets in public interest, the ramifications of these building cases could be twofold.

  • Legitimate issues which should be discussed in public are withheld out of fear
  • Leakers might not always act so benevolently to go to reputed press institutions

To an outsider, it seems there is widespread support for Snowden and responsible whistleblowing laws. Why is there no momentum for this in the government?"
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Uber banned in New Delhi

webanish webanish writes  |  about 2 months ago

webanish (1045264) writes "Uber has been banned by the transport department in New Delhi after a driver allegedly raped the passenger traveling in one of it's cabs. This has ignited fierce debate about Uber's safety and driver screening standards. It does not help Uber's case that the driver had been indicted in the rape case once before, as per news reports. Additionally, as per the report:

The department also alleged Uber had flouted transport rules and "misled" the passenger with its app. "M/s Uber also misled the commuter about the nature of the taxi service offered by the "Uber App," it said.

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Piratebay, Vimeo blocked in India

webanish webanish writes  |  more than 2 years ago

webanish (1045264) writes "Vimeo and The Pirate Bay have been blocked in India. The current ruling coalition has been looking to censor the internet ever since social media triggered mass movements hit it badly during the anti corruption agitation in Aug-2011. Then we had the alleged 'sex-scandal' where a senior cabinet minister was videographed having sex (for favor) in his high-court chambers, a story blacked out by main stream media (a.k.a. paidmedia), but went viral on twitter, facebook. Are we heading into dark times, where information flow is increasingly controlled by the high and mighty?"
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Google to be default search engine in Ubuntu-Lucid

webanish webanish writes  |  more than 4 years ago

webanish (1045264) writes "A post on ubuntu-devel[1] seems to suggest that Google (and not Yahoo) will be the default search engine in the upcoming Ubuntu — 10.04 LTS [Lucid Lynx]. Now if only we could move some stuff from left to right [2][3].

[1] https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2010-April/030589.html
[2] http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/23899/
[3] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/light-themes/+bug/532633"

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MaSheD | What to do next...

webanish webanish writes  |  more than 5 years ago I recently developed a python script that allows me to execute commands remotely on my machine. Say for example, if I was on Mars and wanted to encode a movie stored on my home computer, I could simply send an email to myself and a script running on my computer will parse the email and do the required stuff. This is particularly useful, if your machine is behind a firewall that has no access to ports that ssh, vnc etc use (basically for use in an office environment).
The reason I'm posting this is because, I have developed an initial working version and am looking for direction. I am not sure what to add to it next. I don't know if I am posting this at the right place. My python skills are limited so I am also looking for suggestions on how to improve the code. All slashdotters are welcome to contribute to this project .

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