Science Addiction

A dormant blog by Devanshu Mehta

Tag: Rants

How Internet Explorer Stifles Microsoft

Microsoft has chosen the growth of IE over every other division in the company for 10 years now. Windows versions from 95 onwards have suffered enough. Now, the company’s IE-centric view of its business is hurting younger divisions of the company that have a chance of becoming a major force as the company looks to take on Google. Read the rest of this entry »

Save the Internet and Network Neutrality

The Internet has functioned, succeeded and grown because of one major point in its favor- every entity connected to it is only judged by the size of its pipe and quality of its content. By size of its pipe, I mean amount of bandwidth it buys as a connection to the Internet. Read the rest of this entry »

Altruism Mocked

You know those people who even spend their time picking apart charity? When “my story about geek charities”:http://www.scienceaddiction.com/2005/12/18/seasons-givings/ was “reported on at Slashdot”:http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/12/18/1453256 there were people in the comments there who spent time picking apart my motivations and so on.

Then there are others who pick apart open sourcey communities and people who would spend their times in them. To them, I say “go forth to *The Onion* where altruism is being mocked”:http://www.theonion.com/content/node/46043.

[…] said freelance writer Eric Bergstrom, who was eating at a local diner when he saw Eisenfeld buy the confused man a cup of coffee and ask him where he lived. “Because, you know, it’s not like there’s cops or emergency workers trained to do that stuff. Must be nice having all that free time to be a big hero. What a stuck-up prick.” As of press time, Eisenfeld’s ulterior motive had not been determined.

Outrage

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

– William Pitt, House of Commons, 11/18/1783

The NSA wiretapping story is close to becoming forgotten (read: Valerie Plame), or worse, old news (read: Bolton) or worse still, political (read: everything else). I can deal with forgotten- this article should help- but if this story is slipping into either of the other two categories, we are in trouble. Read the rest of this entry »

Cellular Phones at the Movies

I just put up rant on “WideScreen Glory”:http://www.widescreenglory.com about the ridiculous push by theatre owners to “jam cell phones in movie theatres”:http://www.widescreenglory.com/2005/12/21/jamming-cell-phone-signals-at-the-movies/. From “that article”:http://www.widescreenglory.com/2005/12/21/jamming-cell-phone-signals-at-the-movies/

The annoying, distracting, place-reserved-in-hell, cell phone users are not the cause (of the movie industry slump); they are a nail in the coffin. […] In the past, the government tried to ban cell phones on airplanes based on the loosely defined threat of terrorists with phones. As with that case, the benefit of allowing decent people to keep their cell phones at their discretion far outweighs the annoyances of movie cell phone users.

Is it Wrong to Love Microsoft… blindly?

This is my constructive response to the column at “CoolTechZone”:http://www.cooltechzone.com on the 5th of August titled “Is it Wrong to Love Microsoft?”:http://www.cooltechzone.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1645&Itemid=0&limit=1&limitstart=0 To give you a little perspective, I have a WindowsXP desktop dual booted with “Fedora Core 4 Linux”:http://fedora.redhat.com, Windows XP Professional laptop, and “Mac Powerbook”:http://www.apple.com/powerbook/ at home and so have sufficient experience with all of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Firefox Support

Let me give you a lesson in the small part you can play in fighting the battles you believe need to be fought. I am a member of a website called “GoZing Surveys”:http://www.gozingsurveys.com which pays petty cash to participate in surveys. Yes, I know some people may find this intrusive but I like having enough free money for an ice cream in exchange for telling people whether I prefer Johnson & Johnson Q-tips to store brand. Read the rest of this entry »

To Break Copy Protection, Ask Politely.

A few days ago, I had written about “a flawed copy protection scheme”:http://www.scienceaddiction.com/2005/06/09/copy-protected-cds/ on the new “Dave Matthews Band CD”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00082ZSP2/galaxyfaraway/ which, if you have autorun enabled, installs itself on your computer and prevents copying. Key phrase is if you have autorun enabled. Also, it works fine on a “Mac”:http://www.scienceaddiction.com/categories/computers/apple/ – so maybe that’s the computer you should use :). I know I do.

Well, there’s an update to that story; apparently with a new technology (believe-it-or-not, it’s called First4Internet!), you can’t transfer the songs on to an iPod either UNLESS “you email Sony BMG and complain”:http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=581&e=3&u=/nm/20050616/tc_nm/media_music_cd_dc in which case you will get a nice email explaining how to circumvent the copy protection. Great- flawed technology for an unnecessary purpose built by people who tell you how to break it if asked politely.

Oooh MD5

“C-net’s News.com”:http://news.com.com/Microsoft+meets+the+hackers/2009-1002_3-5747813.html?tag=nefd.lede has an article about how “Microsoft”:http://www.microsoft.com apparently had a conference where they invited ‘hackers’ to help them discover security flaws. My first and humongous beef with the article is the usage of the term ‘hacker’; but that’s a whole ‘nother issue for a whole other day. Read the rest of this entry »