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Comment: Re:The US played a huge part in delaying India (Score 5, Informative) 126

by ColaBlizzard (#45870953) Attached to: India Launches Indigenous Cryogenic Rocket

The United States prevented Russia...

I am very skeptical of that and of the links you have posted.

Since when does Russia give a shit what the US tells them to do?

This link will clarify your doubt. This is a very respectable Indian magazines (India Today) 1993 article: Quote from article:

Russia caved in only because President Boris Yeltsin is desperate for Western aid to bail out his nation from the economic mess it is in. And the US had also threatened that it would stop all future space contracts with Russia including joint launches. So Yeltsin, who had pledged to uphold the deal when he visited India in January, instructed his negotiators to yield. Read more at:

Comment: Re: LibreOffice & Apache OpenOffice merge (Score 2) 157

by ColaBlizzard (#44398219) Attached to: LibreOffice 4.1 Released
Windows _just_ works. I began using Linux Mint a few months ago for learning. And I find it harder and harder to find latest software packaged for it, they all expect me to be on the latest release. With a release every 6 moths, that is not very good at upgrading, I think a lot of people would like to be on Windows. Where XP users (10+ yr old OS) are happily installing 99.99% of all available software in the latest versions without a hitch. Of course, I am on Win 8 with ClassShell start menu. That is the max customization I need. AND nothing has broken due to me installing the start menu, and I know nothing will. Windows has one of the BEST backward/forward compatibilities I have every seen for any OS. (Seen Solaris, Linux (RHEL/Ubuntu) and Windows of-course). Any decently written software from 15 yrs ago will still install and run. Without requiring a exponentially increasing, cascading list of dependencies. On linux, if you are not on the latest version of the OS and are installing the latest version of the software, they will require specific versions of components where you have a newer version of the same and installing both simultaneously requires being a IT equivalent of a Gymnast.

Comment: Re:Eh? - They were ahead in the 64 bit race (Score 1) 193

by ColaBlizzard (#44270345) Attached to: HP Keeps Installing Secret Backdoors In Enterprise Storage
HP's doomed Itanium was _ahead_ in the 64 bit race. It was one of the first 64 bit processors that gained reasonable market share.
The true reason for its demise is the lack of backwards compatibility. They decided to fix everything in one go: 64 bit, increased execution parallelism without programmer effort etc.
Years later AMD came up with x64 that was compatible with x32 and Intel quickly hoped on board as it saw the marked liked backward compatibility.

I have seen the Itaniums, if the program was slightly optimized, it would beat the daylights out of other architectures in terms of performance. Too bad that didn't count.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 289

You are forgetting that 'urgent' critical & security patches don't wait for patch Tuesday. If a vulnerability is really needed, they will release it as soon as it passes regression testing.

This is fine. Sometimes holding back on an update means that Administrators can plan for an update and be prepared to install it as soon as it is disclosed. Unlike OSS that just plonks it out. You cannot plan for their releases.

Comment: Re:Slower? He's Saying Slower?!? (Score 1) 73

by ColaBlizzard (#43885353) Attached to: Questioning Google's Disclosure Timeline Motivations
It is true. 7 days for 95% companies is unrealistic. If you make big enterprise software to be sold to big vendors (SAP?), the clauses are simple: Any regression bug that is noticed and someone screams too loud => heads roll. So they have test-cycles that take weeks, for anything, however small the change is. The problem is not with the development companies, the problem is with the user-companies. They buy software with a 90's mindset. Which software today doesn't have bugs, security bugs, and regression bugs (something used to work, no longer works)? As long as the vendor is agreeing to quickly fix the regressions and the regressions are not data eating, they you should be okay.

Comment: Nothing beats competition. That's the only way. (Score 1) 329

by ColaBlizzard (#43700211) Attached to: The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered
99% of Indians have to buy phones at full price, the concept of career subsidies is unheard of (except one carrier 5-10 years ago that decided to rip people off, thus destroying the very concept in people's minds. [Yes Reliance, I am looking at you]). Again 75-80% consumers are on Prepaid SIMs. Not because they have bad credit (though many do), but because due to some twist of fate, prepaid was always cheaper. This is what I pay for my Mobile access (I don't make many calls): $4 every 3 months. This is a minimum recharge to keep my connection alive. It costs $0.02-$0.04 to talk anywhere in India, per minute. But my plan charges it per-second so if I talk for 6s (I reached safely, got to run, bye), I get charged $0.002. This was only possible, because a previous government, decided to throw open the sector to competition. I have 3 Major and 3 minor players who are ready to hand me a mobile connection. i.e 6 players in every region. Until a few years ago, they were slitting each other's throats for getting customers. We as a democracy, decided to throw out that government. Brought in a bunch of corrupt people (who promised us the moon) and those 6 players will soon turn to 2-3 players via mergers. The ONLY WAY the US can have better mobile telephony, is to increase competition. Simple. Nothing beats competition.

Comment: Car sales the lowest in a decade. The end of Cars. (Score 1) 863

by ColaBlizzard (#43460829) Attached to: ZDNet Proclaims "Windows: It's Over"
The analogy is like saying "Car sales the lowest in a decade. The end of cars is in sight." Yes sales will be low, but the PC will remain as a utility, like the Refrigerator. No longer the center of attention, but always needed and ubiquitous. All the phones/tablets etc. need the PC as an anchor. Sure everything is moving to the "cloud", but all it will take is for a few accounts to get hacked big time and people losing their contacts forever to realize the "cloud" is not a foolproof solution.

Comment: Re:Corruption (Score 1) 46

by ColaBlizzard (#43310211) Attached to: $35 Indian Tablet Has Until March 31st To Ship or Be Cancelled
You nailed it! I am from India and was thinking the exact same thing. Now that the minister whose 'pet project' this scam was has moved onto another one, the new guy want's to shut it down. I am sure he will find some other less fancy money making scheme. Note: This is called a money making scheme, not laundering. (Laundering is when you use a business to make your illegitimate money as legitimate as possible.) (Sorry I haven't yet figured out how to up vote comments, or am I allowed to?)

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