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Cancer Cured By HIV

zbharucha What will the prescription look like? (521 comments)

Doctor: Well, you've got cancer. But don't worry, the cure is simple. Just sleep with the most disgusting whore you can find.

more than 2 years ago

iPhone 4 Survives Fall From Skydiver's Pocket

zbharucha Who cares? (233 comments)

It's not like every iPhone 4 is going to survive a fall from 13500 feet. Posts like this should be banned on /.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?

zbharucha The University of Edinburgh uses Linux (432 comments)

The Institute for Digital Communications ( at the School of Engineering at UoE certainly uses Linux. Each PhD student is assigned to a desk with a terminal. Remotely mounted home directories are mounted at login - so one could technically work from any machine. The flavor of Linux being used is Scientific Linux. Everything runs smoothly. The only time the IT guys will laugh at you is if you go and tell them that you want to use Winduhs!

more than 3 years ago

Chemistry Tasks For the Computer Lab?

zbharucha Re:Not a thing (154 comments)

LaTeX. Essential. Good idea.

more than 4 years ago

Attack of the PowerPoint-Wielding Professors

zbharucha LaTeX or chalk (467 comments)

Powerpoint presentations are just horrible - especially if they contain equations. LaTeX, chalk or I'm not attending the talk.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Plans To De-Orbit ISS In 2016

zbharucha Next Step (554 comments)

I wouldn't say that the ISS has been a whole and complete waste. Sure - it is years behind schedule, etc., etc. but one has to admit that it has taught us a lot in terms of international cooperation, waste management, construction in zero-G among a long list of others. I truly believe that the next step to maintaining a presence in space has to come in the way of building a lunar base. It will be challenging but will have huge advantages, not the least of which is a base which is permanent (won't have to be de-orbited after a number of years), a base capable of providing on-site labs to do all sorts of analysis on lunar soil, rocks, regolith and basically, a base which will extend our knowledge of our own natural satellite by many orders of magnitude. And who knows? Perhaps one day we'll be advanced enough to manufacture components from materials found on the moon and be using that very base to send heavy spacecraft to other heavenly bodies like Mars. Discuss.

about 5 years ago

Opera Unite Web Server Benchmarked

zbharucha Re:Opera Unite with Ubuntu (227 comments)

Really weird. I got the one from here here and that version simply didn't have the Unite stuff. Anyway, thanks for your help. Works now.

more than 5 years ago

Opera Unite Web Server Benchmarked

zbharucha Opera Unite with Ubuntu (227 comments)

I tried to use the features offered by Unite on Opera 10 in Ubuntu (9.04). No dice. In fact, Unite doesn't even seem to exist in my install of Opera. What am I doing wrong?

more than 5 years ago

McDonalds Free Wi-Fi Users Soak Up Seating

zbharucha It's all in the seating (500 comments)

Have you ever wondered why bus stops have such pathetic seating? It's usually just a piece of metal not much thicker than an outstretched palm (OK, this is not very common, but it can be like that). The reason is that they don't want vagrants occupying the seats - certainly not over a long period of time. McD can solve their problem very easily. Just make the seating in the wifi enabled parts of their restaurant really, really crappy. People won't linger for long that way.

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

zbharucha Re:Jaunty (620 comments)

Just use XFCE. You won't be sorry.

more than 5 years ago

Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US

zbharucha How? (1385 comments)

With what money does Obama intend to build this railway network?

more than 5 years ago

A Monster LED Array For Irresponsible Fun

zbharucha Re:So.... (225 comments)

Turn a disadvantage into an advantage. With the amount of research devoted to optical communication these days, these things are a godsend! The streetlamps could each have backbone connectivity to the web and voila - you have internet coverage all over your well-lit city.

more than 5 years ago

NASA Names Space Station Treadmill After Colbert

zbharucha Re:Your tax dollars at work (383 comments)


more than 5 years ago

Ad Block Plus Filter Maintainer "rick752" Dies At 56

zbharucha Re:first post! (385 comments)

Good night, sweet prince.

more than 5 years ago

Warner Bros. Acquires The Pirate Bay

zbharucha In Soviet Russia... (348 comments)

...Pirate Bay acquires Warner Bros.

more than 5 years ago

Cold War Standoff Over ISS Toilet

zbharucha Easy solution (417 comments)

The issue of who is allowed to use which stall can easily be settled by a swordfight.

more than 5 years ago

Attempting To Reframe "KDE Vs. GNOME"

zbharucha Re:Gnome alienating users (455 comments)

Tons of them. Another thing I noticed was that whenever I clicked something in that horrible Dolphin manager, Amarok would start up and start playing music for no good reason. I never got used to not being able to have icons on the desktop and in general, it was just very slow. But anyway, I'm not trying to bring KDE down here. I'm sure it's very good. All I'm saying is that it's not for me. I have been using Linux for a few years now and I'm sure that each of those issues could have had easy fixes. I'm just lazy, I suppose. And I'm not one for eye candy. Thus, the switch to XFCE was, for me, the smart thing to do.

more than 5 years ago

Attempting To Reframe "KDE Vs. GNOME"

zbharucha Re:Gnome alienating users (455 comments)

Because even though it lacks all the "functionality" and the shiny handles and levers, it does not frustrate me. Furthermore, I did not _need_ the clocks to reside on the desktop. I decided to try to use them because they were there. I check iGoogle every time I focus the Firefox window anyway. So having the clocks there instead of on the desktop makes them more useable.

more than 5 years ago


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