Thursday, May 29, 2008


The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer
building its house and laying up supplies for the
winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant is a fool and
laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter,
the Ant is warm and well fed. The Grasshopper has no
food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

Indian Version:
The Ant works hard in the withering heat all summer
building its house and laying up supplies for the
winter. The Grasshopper thinks the Ant's a fool and
laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter,
the shivering Grasshopper calls a press conference and
demands to know why the Ant should be allowed to be
warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the
shivering Grasshopper next to a video of the Ant in
his comfortable home with a table filled with food.The
World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this
be that this poor Grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the
Ant's house. Medha Patkar goes on a fast along with
other Grasshoppers demanding that
Grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during
winter . Human Rights group and Koffi Annan criticize
the Indian Government for not upholding the
fundamental rights of the Grasshopper. The Internet is
flooded with online petitions seeking support to the
Grasshopper (many promise Heaven & Everlasting Peace
for prompt support as against the wrath of God for
non-compliance) .

Opposition MPs stage a walkout. Left parties call for
'Bengal Bandh' in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a
Judicial Enquiry. CPM in Kerala immediately passes a
law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so
as to bring about equality of poverty among Ants and

Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to grasshoppers
on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the
'Grasshopper Rath'.
Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the '
Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act'
[POTAGA], with effect from the beginning of the
winter. Arjun Singh makes 'Special Reservation ' for
Grasshoppers in Educational Institutions & in
Government Services.

The Ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and
having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes,it's
home is confiscated by the Government and handed over
to the Grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV.

Arundhati Roy calls it ' A Triumph of Justice'.
Lalu calls it 'Socialistic Justice '.
CPM calls it the ' Revolutionary Resurgence of the
Downtrodden '
Koffi Annan invites the Grasshopper to address the UN
General Assembly.

Many years later...
The Ant has since migrated to the US and set up a
multi-billion dollar company in Silicon Valley, 100s
of Grasshoppers still die of starvation despite
reservation somewhere in India,
As a result of loosing lot of hard working Ants and
feeding the grasshoppers,

India is still a developing country.

© yankandpaste® from an email forward i got last day

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Disabling port protection for ports below 1024

Try running a program which binds to ports less than 1024 as non root user. The possible thing you are going to say back is you need to be root to do so.

Its just a belief.

Issue the below command depending on your operating system and try again ( issue as root )

freebsd :

sysctl net.inet.ip.portrange.reservedhigh=0


/usr/sbin/usermod -K defaultpriv=basic,net_privaddr

now execute the program which binds to ports below 1024, run as normal user - and check :-). The above command take off the reservations on the ports below 1024.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A Year happened

Its an year passed, after we started the yankandpaste. Last year we want to make sure we can post things for an year ( make a habit). Thatz not for this year.

This year we will focus on in depth stuff than news. Yes the posts will be less in number - even i don't get wondered if there is only 12 posts for an year or a post per month but we will cover in depth.

The second focus is to introduce the new companies started by friends, This is to give an intro about the new areas friends are working.

Let us work on something in depth :-)

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

64 Core processors with Linux development tools

Was going through TILE64™ PROCESSOR FAMILY from Tilera Corp.

A 64 core architecture. I got impressed by reading because i think this is one way to future. everybody like to be back to RISC architecture and the RISC models getting more attention.

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Open screen project

Adobes open screen Project is on with following objectives

* Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
* Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
* Publishing the Adobe Flash® Cast™ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
* Removing licensing fees – making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free

don't you feel excited ? FLV and flash specs for free, means its going to be native implementation on different devices,

Read more at :

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