* Posts by amolbk

23 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Jan 2015

Dump C++ and in Rust you should trust, Five Eyes agencies urge


Hang on!

Hang on a bit, if you can. He's on it!


India's space agency set to launch lunar lander, rover


Re: Anybody remember Google Lunar X Prize?

"I’m just afraid there’s nothing worthwhile on the moon to bother with."

As per the mission objectives, looks like they are refining their landing and roving skills. Can be handy on Mars.

WhatsApp in India? A probe into Facebook privacy, citizen cyber-cops absolved, and censorship criticism


Re: Soros is hiring

Keep it up. You might have a good chance of being hired by Soros (if not already). One of his useful idiots recently leaked a toolkit on Twitter exposing at least three others in India. He surely reGretas hiring such dimwits.



"made in Jammu and Kashmir , two Muslim-majority states that Hindu-dominated India recently stripped of autonomy on security grounds"

This article from Christian-dominated UK has some factual errors:

1. Jammu and Kashmir is one, not two states. Union territory, to be precise. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jammu_and_Kashmir_(union_territory)

2. Jammu region is Hindu-majority. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jammu_Division

3. The autonomy granted to the state was a temporary constitutional provision. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article_370_of_the_Constitution_of_India

Yeah it's taking some time to clear the mess left behind by the British Raj and later by their puppets. Enjoy the show!

By the way, UK's Christian-dominated cricket team is currently touring India. Can be asked to cross check with local sources.

Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries says it's built its own 5G kit and hopes to sell to all comers


Re: Great disruptor

In related news supporting your theory, the two seats reserved in Indian parliament (lower house) for Anglo-Indians were recently scrapped.


Now waiting for reserved seats for Indian-Anglos in House of Commons.

Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?


This letter sponsored by...

Corporates building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing social monsters.

Indian city floats camera-packing surveillance balloon to zoom in on quarantine-quitters


Re: Buttle/Tuttle

For the record:

- "Aarogya Setu becomes fastest growing mobile app with 50 million users in 13 days": https://www.msn.com/en-in/money/news/aarogya-setu-becomes-fastest-growing-mobile-app-with-50-million-users-in-13-days/ar-BB12E7DH

- "...the app could also have feature phones versions, with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras working on IVRS-based features, with testing reaching “maturity levels.”": https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/beyond-contact-tracing-aarogya-setu-may-find-use-in-policy-inputs/articleshow/75078678.cms

India crowdsources COVID-19 response – startups told to make YouTube vids to win


COVID-19 status in India

In case anyone interested: https://covidout.in/.

It is 50 years since Blighty began a homegrown and all-too-brief foray into space


Re: Poor project management? Never!

Yes, i misread. Thanks.


Re: Poor project management? Never!

"The disappointing performance of Black Arrow launcher R2 in September 1970 was not due to poor project management, bad fundamental design, or low grade effort. We know we were taking a gamble in trying to make do with so few test launches, and the gamble went against us."

Hmm. No, the management is never at fault. It's always the workers. In our software project RCA (root cause analysis) the cause almost always is "coding and unit testing"! Victors write history.

Zucker for history: What I learnt about Facebook 600 years ago


Culture & Empire

Reminded me of Culture & Empire by Pieter Hintjens.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?


Hang on, Mozilla

The only hope i see for Firefox is to hang on till the next disruption displaces one or more of the current rulers (Google, Apple) and promotes Firefox.

India to launch moon mission in March 2018


Re: Lunar rover design

More likely, a modified Range Rover.

For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge


It's 2017

and we are still interpreting/debating GPL. Greed wins.

PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU


A telling sign of the times

As Britain exits a weakening EU, India -- its erstwhile biggest and most lucrative colony -- enters SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization).

UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate


In related (hoax) news


India to educate 60 million more village homes about tech


"The world's most-populous nation..."

Not until 2022.


How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year


Re: Windows 7 on a P4 (Unsupported PCs)

I hope they don't automatically download Windows 10 on unsupported PCs.

Boffins feud over Indian PM's Silicon Valley visit



A comprehensive rebuttal to the academics' open letter by Minhaz Merchant:


Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...


> but the URL explaining *which features will be available* is not yet active

It is now:


Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television


Maybe they are testing/training on the equipment in reasonably controlled environments?

Indian phone buyers decide home is where the heart is


Re: Is it about national pride, or about language support?

It's about price, features (including language support).

Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST


How to move offline maps to SD card

@Eddy Ito -- I used 'Storage Check' app to 'move' my maps to the SD card. This app has been replaced by Storage Sense, which unfortunately does not have the moving maps to SD card feature.

See here for details: http://www.windowscentral.com/how-move-offline-map-data-your-sd-card-windows-phone.


- Storage Check does not show up in the Store. Use the download link given in the above article to install it.

- You need to delete your existing maps on the phone, and then download them again after switching their location to the SD card.