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Anand Wins World Chess Championship (again)

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Viswanathan Anand successfully defended his World Championship title against Boris Gelfand today, which makes him the world champion for the fifth year in a row.

V. Anand

Written by Debarshi Ray

30 May, 2012 at 15:15

Posted in Chess, Random, Sports

Remembering 26/11/2008

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A flash mob was organized at Mumbai CST to to pay a tribute to the people who lost their lives on 26/11/2008.

Written by Debarshi Ray

29 November, 2011 at 17:09

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Judge Beat Own Daughter

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Judge William Adams used to beat his own daughter. Not good. He allegedly used to abuse the wife or mother in the video too. Not good either.

Note that the video is quite graphic.

Written by Debarshi Ray

3 November, 2011 at 01:49

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We deserve better leaders

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Recently, someone pointed out this thread on the ILUG Bengaluru mailing list to me. I completely fail to see the reason why the original poster turns antagonistic in the fifth mail of the thread:

Debayan, How exactly is this even relevant to the question I asked. I 
answered to your nit-picking about the word “company” in my first 
email, that’s all. Please refrain from taking threads off on a tangent 
if you dont have an answer for the original query. Much appreciated, 
Thanks

I don’t find anything in Debayan’s previous two mails which would indicate that he is deliberately trying to derail a constructive discussion. If I knew the author of a piece of code and there is a question in a mailing list (or IRC channel or any such public forum for that matter) related to it, this is exactly what I would do if I did not know the answer. I would try to get the person asking the question in contact with the author. Granted, that in this case the author might not be the only person qualified to answer the main question, but he is one of the many who can answer.

As for the whole issue about Freedom Matters being a company or not, what is wrong with sharing an anecdote or pointing out a minor (might be immaterial) detail about something with which we have been associated or seen first hand? We all do that. If the original poster had put this question in person to a bunch of people standing in a corridor and someone did make a remark like Debayan did, would there be any reason to start a fight or be offended? Hell, no. After all he did point you to someone who, he thought, can authoritatively answer the question. Maybe Terence Monteiro actually did not know the answer, but even then, Debayan did try to help.

This is just common sense. Some codes of conduct define this as “assume people mean well”.

I have been on the Internet long enough to have seen such nonsense before and I would have happily ignored this only if the original poster had decided not to call Debayan a jerk and a bully on her blog. This is especially alarming because she associates herself with LinuxChix and the issue of sexism in FLOSS. I believe the world deserves better leaders and role models, and given her behaviour in this context she has lost her credibility in my eyes.

Written by Debarshi Ray

1 September, 2011 at 23:01

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The Finnish cowboy

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This post is dedicated to Ashish Shukla and one amazing teacher of mine. It originated as a conversation on IRC, and I am not really sure how to model it is a blog post. Maybe I could write some verses, but I am too lazy for that.

There is this teacher at the University of Helsinki who is teaching Network Programming this period, and offers the course on Internet Protocols every fall. He is Markku Kojo. He is the Finnish cowboy. He is like the Clint Eastwood of Finland with RFCs under his belt instead of a couple of six shooters, and he walks around (even inside the classroom) with a twig between his teeth. Usually when you open the door for someone they nod and smile. But not Markku Kojo. Kojo just looks at you, gives his twig a twist, before going on his way in those slippers of his which could easily have been riding boots with spurs on the heels had he been in a different place at a different time.

If you have been in one of his classes then I am sure you know what I mean. In case you have not, and belong to the Computer Science Department at the university then I would suggest that you take one his subjects. I am sure you will enjoy.

Written by Debarshi Ray

27 January, 2011 at 00:39

Down or its just me?

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While lurking in #fedora-devel I came to know about http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ from Jason Tibbitts. Interesting!

Written by Debarshi Ray

10 January, 2010 at 19:41

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