Null Session: Windows XP

Some existing vulnerability that MS hasn’t done anything about.
An article

It appears that null sessions are required by a few applications, although I am not aware of how this works. If that were to be true, then the flaw is actually a design feature.

The Rediff Diary!

The Rediff Diary!

An excerpt:
Chugging home

Taking a local train in Mumbai means an inevitable battle with those who prefer to travel standing on the footboard. This penchant of theirs has nothing to do with how crowded or empty the compartment is.

In their bid to climb in, some people can be very persuasive. Like this man who said: “Andar jao bhai, aage bado. Aage badoge to hi ladkiyan tumhare peeche aayengi [Go on, get inside. It is only if you go ahead (in life) that women will pursue you].

Take this scene from another jam-packed local train. A passenger got a call on his cell phone. Miraculously, he even managed to take the call. From the conversation, it was clear he was talking to his wife. And sounding progressively irritated by the minute.

No one really paid attention until, at one point, he yelled into the phone. “Nahi, pura khali hai [No, it’s totally empty].” He was obviously referring to the overcrowded train.

“Kal hi mere baap ne kharida tha naa [My father bought it just yesterday],” he continued.

Wifey got the point. End of conversation.

– Dhiraj Shetty, Mumbai

Indian Food

My sincere advise to those who find themselves handicapped in the Kitchen 🙂 stay away from communities like “Indian Food” and “Pakistani Food”. If you do disregard my advice, you will suffer the ignominy of hundreds of people dropping names of delicous indian dishes 🙂 and causing your tastebuds to overload :).

Nothing like desi food :), moghlai, southie, sindhi, punjabi, love it all.

Myths, India

1. India is a dirty, filthy place!
Guilty? No, not all of India is dirty, most areas yes 🙂 but no, not all of it.

2. All Indians are trained to hate Pakistan!
Guilty? No, surely not true. I heard this one on a India-Pakistan newsgroup. There is a general feeling of mistrust due to earlier wars and tensions. However, I think mostly everyone wants to just be friends, get on with their lives and solve important, real problems like poverty

3. India is a 3rd world country!
Guilty? Perhaps. The last time I checked, we were classified as developing. I am not sure how different they are, but yes we are third world in most parts due to lack of basic infrastructure. Yet, things change drastically when you talk about the various metros!

4. We all ride elephants to work! (interchangeable with Camels and other stories about everyone being a snake charmer)
Guilty? I wish :). However, there might be something about saving the ecology and environment that could support that idea. There is of course a widespread use of bio-gas and cow-dung for various roles.

5. Indian men don’t see our brides until after marriage and vice versa!
Guilty?
Thank god no, although I don’t deny that it does happen now and then. Thats the great thing about educated, middle-class Indian society, you get to make your own choices. However, many communities do have social pressures that disallow many of those choices.

6. Indians have a caste system!
Guilty? Yes, however that doesn’t mean all Indians want it. Many benefit from it, and so it won’t go away as easily.

7. Indian politics and politicians are rotten!
Guilty? As charged! We have a few good ones, many bad ones.

8. Minorities are not respected in India!
Guilty? When things can go wrong, they will. Our past is dotted with events that embarass and shame our heritage. Overall, I think minorities have made a considerable amount of progress, there is still a long way to go.

9. Indians are very intelligent!
Guilty? No! Hard-working? Yes!

10. Indian women are very beautiful!
Guilty? ermm… going by the last couple of years, I don’t think I am in a position to judge. Sweet memories of undergraduate studies on the Bharati Vidyapeeth campus still linger :).

Respect to Greece, scorn for France

Yesterday afternoon, I fell asleep during the biggest upset in Euro 2004. Greece knocked out France in the quarter-finals. The nap was in no way related to the pace of play 🙂 it was just a result of working late and sleeping less.

Greece 1 – 0 France
Report (soccernet)