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Love Love go away, Come again another day

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First of all I would like to declare that I am not against Love. Love is the essence of life and vital of everyone. But I hate how some corporate people have glorified and promoted a single day for Love.
Today, the 14th Feb is globally known as Valentine’s day; A day when you are supposed to express the love by giving cards and gifts to some one you really love. The day itself has some historical significance. But most of the people don’t know exactly why we celebrate 14th Feb as Valentine’s day. There are may stories and many Valentines ([u]Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine[/u]) On this day it is believed that one St. Valentine was murdered because what he was promoting was against the social rules of that time. Another story is that on this day St. Valentine ripped his heart and gifted it to his love: a young mistress.
Now, until 19th century this day was know to very few people, and then some stationary producers got an idea to make money by exploiting people’s sentiments. Quoted from Wikipedia:

(Saint) Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery.


The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend on average twice as much money as women.

It is obvious that few business owners are making a lot of money by motivating young people to spend money on useless things on this day. I believe Love knows no barrier. Time itself has no importance in love.
If two individuals love each other then there is no need to express it on a specific day by buying gifts and cards. I think every day of the year is equal for expressing the Love. So, friends I hope you would not disrespect the real love and try to exploit someone’s feeling by using the name of St. Valentine.

Have fun and enjoy each and every day of your life with your true Love. 🙂

The Day a Single Byte made Google look stupid.

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Earlier today every google user was amazed to see that their reliable ol’ Google warned users not to open any site from their search results including google.com
You may check my earlier post on this topic here.

Now it turned out that a single ‘/’ character caused this worldwide confusion. Here is the explanation from google’s official blog:

What happened? Very simply, human error. Google flags search results with the message “This site may harm your computer” if the site is known to install malicious software in the background or otherwise surreptitiously. We do this to protect our users against visiting sites that could harm their computers. We work with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to get our list of URLs. StopBadware carefully researches each consumer complaint to decide fairly whether that URL belongs on the list. Since each case needs to be individually researched, this list is maintained by humans, not algorithms.

We periodically receive updates to that list and received one such update to release on the site this morning. Unfortunately (and here’s the human error), the URL of ‘/’ was mistakenly checked in as a value to the file and ‘/’ expands to all URLs. Fortunately, our on-call site reliability team found the problem quickly and reverted the file. Since we push these updates in a staggered and rolling fashion, the errors began appearing between 6:27 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. and began disappearing between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m., so the duration of the problem for any particular user was approximately 40 minutes.

Now, I hope it wont happen again soon. Best of Luck Google!!! 😛

Google thinks every site is infected with malware

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Everything was working fine, but just few minutes ago I noticed something really strange with google search. I tried many keywords and tried to visit many links on the result page but some how Google thinks every site listed on the result page is infected with malware and it is giving a warning that
“visiting this web site may harm your computer!”

Here are the screenshots:

I am yet unsure if it is Google’s problem or there is something weired happening on my system, I’ll updates after quick investigation. Till than if you are facing the same problem, please let me know.

Update: I just found out that I am not the only one facing this problem, actually every Google user is getting the same response for every site on the net. I guess Google malware filter has got some bug. It is a really bad news for Google. Google’s stock (GOOG) have already started to fall since this started. 🙁

Update 2: Looks like Google has fixed the problem now. 🙂

while(1) {return true;}

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while(1) {return true;}

For un-geek people it is the symbol of infinitely speaking the truth.

It is quick synopsis of my philosophy towards the life in general. Truth sometimes can be hard to digest for some people and may even be harmful for your existence in some specific community. But, if you follow this simple rule you’ll always be happy and be honored by everyone.

enJoy you day. 🙂

[Linux] Record uptime of over 40 Years at counter.li.org is incorrect

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The Linux Counter [http://counter.li.org/] keeps track of registered Linux users and Linux machines. It is voluntary, so people who opt to sign in and register their machine help them estimate the currently total Linux users. Apart from keeping track of number of users and machines it also includes machine details such as hostname, uptime and specifications etc.
 
Shobhit : The Linux Counter Page
The Linux Counter Page : Shobhit Kumar Prabhakar

I am registered user of The Linux Counter since 2004. Today I was updating my new server details (server.dotain.com) at the site (It is required to login to the site once a year or the account details may be deleted due to inactivity). After inserting the details I was checking the statistics given on the site. I noticed that the longest uptime record is : 14969.3 days as per that site. It is over 40 years. 😮

 
It is obviously shocking as Unix was originally developed in 1969 and  Linux kernel was originally written in 1991 by Linus Torvalds. So, I guessed their must be something wrong with those stats. Further investigation revealed that there was a known bug in Linux Kernel 2.6.* that shows wrong uptime on Linux machines. I noticed that on Linux counter uptime records page 301 machines with Linux Kernel 2.6.24 have uptime of 14969.3 days. See the screenshots below:
 

 The wrong uptime information advertised by those machines has also affected the overall average uptime recorded for worldwide Linux machines. I hope people at The Linux Counter Project will soon fix this problem.

Apart from that I am a proud Linux user since 2003. As a matter of fact all my sites are on Linux Servers. 🙂

My Internet is all dried up. (Under Sea Cable Damaged once again)

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My Internet was working really slow for the last 20 hours, I even filed the complaint at my ISP, but they were telling me a different story. I searched the net to find the exact reason and I quickly got the answer – Once again the under sea cables have been damaged. 🙁 You can read more about this at BBC News and at AFP and at Bloomberg

I understand that the Internet is just the global mesh (including cable connections) and the connected computer systems(and routers etc), But my ISP(Airtel Broadband, India) kept telling me fake stories about the lower Internet speed. First they told me that they are upgrading their routers and that would enhance the overall performance after two hour. After 8 hours of waiting I called them again and the call center
guy tried to convince me that there is something wrong with the DNS servers. When I told him to connect me to someone knowledgeable in his company as I am not using the ISP DNS and I always use openDNS and it is faster and more reliable than the Airtel DNS servers he put me on hold for about a minute and after that he apologised and told me that actually the under sea cables have been damaged once again and it would take up-to 48 hours to get every thing normal. I know these unfortunate events can occur, But the ISP should not hide the truth from the customers specially when they know that it could take much more time then they are telling to their customers.

Anyway, this slower Internet and damaged cables once again remind me the South-Park Season 12 episode 6. Watch yourself and enjoy. 🙂



Update: Here comes the update on the severity of the situation ( Source: fibresystems.org ):

A first appraisal at 7:44 am UTC gave an estimate of the following impact on the voice traffic (in percentage of out of service capacity):

  • Saudi Arabia: 55% out of service
  • Djibouti: 71% out of service
  • Egypt: 52% out of service
  • United Arab Emirates: 68% out of service
  • India: 82% out of service
  • Lebanon: 16% out of service
  • Malaysia: 42% out of service
  • Maldives: 100% out of service
  • Pakistan: 51% out of service
  • Qatar: 73% out of service
  • Syria: 36% out of service
  • Taiwan: 39% out of service
  • Yemen: 38% out of service
  • Zambia: 62% out of service

Michael Flatley Lord of the dance

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Michael Flatley Lord of the dance

The video shows one of the most popular dance ever recorded. Michael Flatley is the king of river-dance. His Marvelous composition and the elite group of dancers deliver the out of the world experience to the audience.