* Posts by Aditya Krishnan

46 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Nov 2007

Larry Page to Google staff: Your bonus is tied to Facebook envy

Aditya Krishnan

Simple enough

I'd assume that +1 will eventually make it to Maps/Places Search as well - think your contacts having +1'd a restaurant or some such. This would provide an incentive for the Maps people to put +1 onto Maps. No?

Texas senator wants to ban Vista purchases

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Is it just me...?

I seriously don't get it. I got a Dell with Vista Home Basic pre-installed in September 2007 and I can honestly say I haven't had ANY problems with it so far... the only program that didn't work was DaemonTools and PowerISO replaced that... and a slight issue with my Epson MFD and a driver upgrade fixed it. Smooth sailing ever since, on a Core Duo 1.8 GHz with 1 GB RAM.

I do take security very seriously though... haven't had a virus since I got this laptop, and have never had to reformat the drive and reinstall the OS.

Terry Pratchett knighted for services to literature

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Wonderful news... Sir Terry's books will one day be considered classics..

Mumbai terrorist attacks kill at least 100

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Horrible it was... I was within 200m of the Oberoi Hotel when it was attacked. According to a recent newsflash at least 10 of the terrorists were from Pakistan. The India-England ODI series has been cancelled, btw.. the team departs tonight.

I'd like to ask, when it is such a bloody open secret that the Pakistani government indirectly funds and supports terrorists, why is it not a target of the "war on terror"? They've even got WMDs, so that's a non-issue (unlike Iraq).

BOFH: The paperless cafeteria

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oh damn

Paperless office, indeed... Simon, you're responsible for my lovely new Aspire One's recent espresso-filled keyboard... But worth it, absolutely...

ATK shows off 'palletised, plug-in' robot cannon system

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When does the BOFH get one?

Mapping the universe at 30 Terabytes a night

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Can it run Crysis?!

University offers one-day Jedi course

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Jobs Horns

Mind Tricks?

Darth Jobs seems to do some pretty good mind tricks... witness the iPhone.

Internet Explorer - now with 35% less FAIL

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Mutilated Register

Why does El Reg appear mangled on the IE8 beta? All the text is tiny and the Google Ads are overlaid on the comment entry box as I type.

Even without 3-Jesus Phone, Apple busts revenue records

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Jobs Horns


how many of the Mac purchasers were closet Windows users who bought Macs just to be cool?

AVG scanner blasts internet with fake traffic

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Why can't the people at AVG just maintain some sort of list of malware infected sites and push it out to customers along with the daily updates? FireFox often informs me of such sites long before my AV scanner notices. And is this built into AVG's free version?

Apple's 3G iPhone to launch 11 July

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Are they friggin' kidding

At those prices? Nokia, SE and the like had better start digging their own graves. I mean, thats only like 1500 bucks (about 20 pounds) more expensive than say, the SE K750i and cheaper than my W510i!!

Cornish lingo gets standard written form

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there are probably more people who can write in Aurebesh out there. And I'm pretty sure at least a few hundred people are comfortable in limited Mando'a.. can I get a grant to 'develop' the language...

Google under fire again for handing user info to police

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There was no warrant issued by a judge. Google had no compulsion to release this information. They're simply lying again.

High Court orders MPs to 'fess up on expenses

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Paris Hilton

Gaol? Jail?

How does one pronounce Gaol? wondered ever since I read Wind in the Willows. Is it like jail or is it like "ga-ol" or some weird French-type "gaoool"?

Cos she doesn't know either.

Google Translate speaks in (more) tongues

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Not that bad

It did "My name is Aditya Krishnan. I live in India" in Hindi pretty ok. Butchered the gender though (in Hindi verbs change according to the gender and number of the object). With the number of my compatriots working in Google, though, it should improve double-quick. Pretty good at French and German though. and when I tried to translate "genetic mutation" into Russian, it gave me something that turned out to be "Marathon, whence".

Swiss birdman in Alpine backpack-jetplane stunt flight

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Ace McCloud, daring Air Operations expert!!!

Power Xtreme!!!!

mine's the one with the thruster pack...

Life a mess? The Moderatrix can help

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does El Reg not have a Moderatrix Icon?

El Reg visits Hyderaspace and sees bullocks, giant rabbits

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Paris Hilton


What were you doing down in my neck of the woods anyway? oh and by the way if you're down here then you really should go visit Montgomery's Bar... legend has it that Mountbatten himself downed a few there. Although the beer is nothing like what you get in your country.

And if you think the rabbits were weird you should see the penguins.

Paris - cos it's only a matter of time before somebody's reaching into her ass

Apple blocks cheaper UK iPod sales

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Paris Hilton


What transport charges? The back of my Shuffle says it was made in China (designed by Apple in California, it seems). Last time i checked, ol' Blighty was a damn sight closer to China than to the USA.. it should cost LESS here..

Paris, cos I wouldn't mind paying her transport charges...

Why can't we have a dual iHate/Paris icon?

Scotland Yard pokes crooks on Facebook

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"Mach 10"? I believe you mean MAC-10, better known as the Uzi. Wouldn't that be a machine-pistol, by the way? SMGs are generally bigger.. e.g. the iconic MP5

BBC should not pay for fibre, Ofcom tells MPs

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I totally agree... I don't live in the UK, but I watched a couple episodes of the Doctor last time i was over..

ISPs as I understand it have their own networks which converge into one big connection to the rest of the Net? So wouldn't it be easy enough to install a file server on the ISP's own local network with cached copies of all iPlayer content? Would work out a damn sight cheaper.

Sysadmins get Quake tools

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"After I took the screenshot of myself being attacked by csh, csh was shot by friendly fire from behind, possibly by tcsh or xv, and my session was abruptly terminated."

Brilliant, simply brilliant. Another step closer to Neuromancer.

Oldham murders owl with whalesong

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Paris Hilton

Inhaled substances

>inhaled deeply on a joss stick

I do believe she just might have been inhaling something else.

PH, cos she most definitely does not need rebranding.

El Reg celebrates 10th birthday

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Dead Vulture

TEN years??!!

well i've been reading this rag only for a couple years... can't believe you lot have been around for a decade... those must be pretty powerful livers you got.. many happy returns, El Reg.

On another note, where's the BOFH? was looking for him and the PFY all over, seeing as a stumble over Simon's website is what introduced me to this site.

Vulture, cos this is what you lot are gonna look like tomorrow if you've "accidentally" forgotten to invite the Bastard.

Red Hat scurries away from consumer desktop market

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I don't get it... I've installed XP on any number of machines in the past and have never faced any probs... insert media, reboot, format, install, insert driver CD, autoinstall go, done. Never took me more than 90 minutes. And I've been using Vista on my XPS 1530 laptop for 3 months with nary a problem.

Why would I want to emulate my games under Wine anyway? There's definitely going to be some amount of performance degradation.

This DVD will self-destruct in 48 hours

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Paris Hilton

@ Mr. Grundy

It's probly more to do with oxygen exposure. So when you took it out of your vacuum chamber, the clock initialises...

SHe knows about self-destruction.. oh yes indeedy...

Met police plans to track cops by GPS

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TK-421, why aren't you at your post?

She doesn't know either.

No sense of humour? Avoid Bootnotes

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IT? What IT?

Took me three weeks to realise that this was *supposed* to be an IT site... first thing I ever read on Le Reg was a BOFH piece back in '06.

Paris, cos she prolly doesn't know either.

London store brews £50-a-poop cat-crap coffee

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@ Ian

Which plantation in Kerala exactly? My family owns a couple and if people are actually willing to pay that much, I'll have to look at buying cats (importing these not-cats even) in bulk. Should pay for at least a new GSX...

Sony Ericsson Walkman W380i budget music phone

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It's my kid sister's birthday next month.. she's been wanting a phone that "looks really cool, plays music and takes photos and all.. you know".. i'd been facing a problem fulfilling the first bit.. this phone seems to fit the bill. Purple for me, I think. And it should be in India in a month or so... just in time.

Ban using mobiles while crossing street, says US legislator

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@ Ian

Wasn't that line from Niven's "Oath of Fealty"?

Microsoft EULA lands it with $175m Indian tax headache

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Paris Hilton


I don't give a rat's ass whether I'm disparaging India or not. What I said was true and as such I don't care what impression it may give anybody. Anybody who's tried dealing with bureaucracy in India will agree with what I said. Sure, there's a lot of good stuff about India, but until somebody takes an AK-47 to the political leadership, it's not gonna show itself. Besides, what effect are a few comments on El Reg going to have, anyway? Not like anybody important ever reads this rag, innit?

Paris, because even she's not this sensitive.

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Not any more

Tax evasion is no longer the American-dominated domain it used to be. You should see the situation here in India. The so-called 'black money' economy is said to be at least as large as the mainstream economy. The income tax people regularly conduct raids on the residences of powerful people (politicians, police officials). They recover astronomical amounts of cash, gold, gems, land title deeds etc etc.. Most of this, of course, is either bribe money or public money siphoned off through various scams. You lot out there may think your politicians are corrupt, but it's nothing, nothing compared to what goes on over here.

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People actually *buy* software here? I have never seen a licensed copy of XP on a personal computer till date (excepting enterprise systems). Heck, the blokes in the shop will install XP onto your new system and give you a freshly-burned copy of the install disc to boot. They'll even give you pirated copies of popular software (e.g. Photoshop, Office, Visual Studio, Oracle etc).

Creative threatens developer over home-brewed Vista drivers

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This is bloody ridiculous. Not even Microshaft pull this kind of stuff. At least they try; and their tech support (here in India, at least) is absolutely stellar. To Creative Labs: My first soundcard was an SB Live Platinum. My first MP3 player was a Muvo. Till date every piece of audio hardware I have bought has been a Creative product. Me and my sister own Zen Visions and nearly 800 people in my college have purchased other Creative media players based on my recommendations (I am the President of the IT club in my college and the secretary of the Hyderabad chapter of the IEEE students branch). Nearly 2000 SBS speaker setups reside on our campus as nothing comes close to them for quality and value-for-money. Till date I have unhesitatingly recommended Creative to anybody who asked my advice regarding audio/video equipment. I believed you were different. Now you go and do something like this? I don't even use Vista (can't afford it) and I feel outraged. You should have given this guy a job, for heaven's sake! Needless to say, I will not consider your products whenever I go shopping in the future nor will I be recommending you to anyone. You've just lost a lot of customers.

P.S. Perhaps MS should consider offering Dan a job. He seems to have accomplished the impossible: getting something to actually work on Vista.

Brown: Jack Bauer spook horde to tackle terrorism

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Since when did Pakistan have a population of 1.5 billion? Have you looked at a map recently? 1.5 billion in that amount of space? Perhaps you've confused it with India. In which case there's not much chance of us going to war innit?

Arthur C. Clarke dead at 90

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Thank you and Godspeed

I can't begin to express how Rendezvous with Rama influenced and inspired me. It made me think beyond what I knew to what might be. It played a major part in making me who I am today. Thank you for sharing your visions with all of us.

Godspeed, and may there be stars.

Your business communications are a mess

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Enough is enough

Okay, who or what, exactly, is amanfromMars? The bastard child of a Google spider and an MS Word autosummarise algorithm gone mad? Have programs gone sentient and started having children or is this some deranged/insanely intelligent human being?

Russian serfs paid $3 a day to break CAPTCHAs

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I can agree with this... Back in college, I used to assemble and sell systems for extra cash. I supplied about ten PCs, low-spec P4 systems, to some new office...they didn't even have a nameplate anywhere. A few days later, one of the hard drives gave up the ghost and I had to go pick it up to get it replaced. When I walked in, it was full of people (they had about 40 machines in there by then) manually putting spam on people's Orkut profiles and on community discussion forums, 24/7. They were paid something like 7000 bucks (£90) to do this, 8 hrs a day, 6 days a week. From that to what is described here isn't much of a leap.

Former HP boss in the dock over call centre murder

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Explanation required


I live in India (Hyderabad) and have worked in a call centre during a few summers and I spent my final semester interning at the Dell call centre here (systems admin/maintenance).

The HP people did NOT "call" for a cab. Call centres here maintain huge fleets of vehicles (mostly white Tata Indicas and Tata Sumos) for the express purpose of transporting their employees. These days, it's assumed that any call centre will provide pick-up and drop facilities to their employees. So the car makes a round, picking up/dropping about four people at a time and each cab+driver has a predetermined route (they used to text me when the cab was about to reach my place). Dell alone has over 400 dedicated cars. It's not like they just whistle for any old passing cab.

In this scenario, it is obviously possible for the company to vet the antecedents of their drivers. And NASSCOM guidelines here do explicitly specify that a female employee must never be the last/first person to be picked up, which may not prevent such incidents, but just the presence of someone else will most likely prevent such mishaps.

Microsoft opens APIs and protocols to all

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Gates Halo

What next?

Bill offering Linus Torvalds a job?

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Open Source doomsday

Does this sound like the bell tolling for Open Source projects e.g. OpenOffice et all? And with the number of security holes people seem to manage to find without open APIs, just imagine the field day your average hacker is going to have with this information.

Submarine cable cut torpedoes Middle East access

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Hmm... I didn't notice.. My ADSL is running fine and the uTorrent speed logs don't show any significant loss of bandwidth. Not too sure, but I think some of India's Net uplinks go to Singapore.

BOFH: Beancounter bashing

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Still potent

Here in India, we get a brand of liquid paper called Erazex. It comes separately as solvent and whitener. The solvent contains toluene... quite a high!!

Linux desktops grow and grow and grow

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Gates Halo


As I see it, a lot of Windows users who shift to the Penguin Parade do so because they want to be free of malware/viruses etc. Well, most malware is written for windows just because the majority of users have Windows as an OS. Then as Linux usage increases (if it ever does) isn't it logical to assume that we'll start to see malware written for Linux surfacing? Oh, and I've been using Windows ever since Win95 right upto the present.. I have never suffered data loss or any other damage because of viruses or malware. The most infuriating OS I ever used was RedHat, in my college computer labs.. all the machines which had a net connection were Linux boxes and everybody at college HATED them.. the only reason they were there in the first place was because a former student and penguin worshipper convinced the administration (which is clueless on IT issues) that Linux was actually capable of being used by laymen. Funnily enough the entire student body was made up exclusively of electronics and IT engineering students. Right now I use Vista Ultimate for most of my tasks and XP for some games but overall I see no significant problems. All my everyday tasks (.NET coding, VC++, VB, ASP coding, serious Counter-Strike and sundry others and also lots of eBook reading) are painless and easy on Vista. Why should I shift?