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Comment: Re:Surprise to Anyone? (Score 1) 369

by Varun Soundararajan (#26686647) Attached to: More Indications Windows 7 Is Coming In 2009

wow, this really does look like KDE4! was gone, I was left feeling rather deflated and eventually just went back to my Ubuntu desktop. It looks, feels, and even the feature list reveals, that this is just another minor release of Vista. A Vista SE, if you will. :)

We'll call it Windows Me 2.0

Comment: Re:Die Spammers!! (Score 1) 76

by Varun Soundararajan (#26440479) Attached to: Aussie Regulator Comes Down On SMS Spam
I think the way should be this: Charge those who send sms rather than those who receive. That way, if the spammer is intending to send you spam, first he cant charge your bill and he pays double the charge (charge for sending and charge for you receiving it). So, things will get double costly for him. Second, if you dont like the spam you can delete it anyways. That way the game becomes much more level playing field. The whole notion that someone can send you sms and rake up your bill is something that I hate to accept.
Enlightenment

+ - A Wife's Fight against Corruption in India->

Submitted by
cryant
cryant writes "Fearing for her husband's life, an IAS officer's wife in India does the un-obvious — she "Blogs" in an attempt to create a human shield through awareness over the Internet. (IAS: Indian Administrative Service — a highly coveted genre of candidates serving the highest Civil Service position's in India, something akin to the Secretary positions in the USA) From the NY Times story: "As her husband made powerful enemies, Ms. Jayashree began to fear for his life. And so she devised an unusual ploy to protect him: she blogged. In the YouTube era, she reasoned, it is harder to kill a man who has a bit of Internet renown." "In a 2005 study, it concluded that Indians pay more than $5 billion a year in bribes.""
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Networking

India To Offer Free Broadband by 2009 245

Posted by Zonk
from the now-we-need-that-over-here dept.
codecracker007 writes "The Government of India is planning to introduce free 2 mbps broadband for all residents of the Indian subcontinent by 2009. The expected service shall be launched by the government owned telecom operators BSNL and MTNL. Quoting from the article: 'The government proposes to offer all citizens of India free, high-speed broadband connectivity by 2009, through the state-owned telecom service providers BSNL and MTNL. While consumers would cheer, the move holds the potential to kill the telecom business as we know it.' The India Times has an extensive editorial on the decision. It must be mentioned that the Indian government and its autonomous regulatory bodies are very proactive in holding the consumer interests above the operators', managing to reduce the long distance and wireless tariffs by a up to factor of 20 in less than 7 years."
Space

+ - India's successful commercial satellite launch

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An anonymous reader writes "India successfully launched an Italian satellite yesterday. The Indian Space Research Organization's announcement here. A BBC article on the launch here with a video clip here. India's launch vehicle has less overall capacity than the competition; but plans to sweep the low end of the market by offering the lowest cost per launched kilogram for smaller payloads."
The Internet

+ - Harnessing the economic power of the Internet

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "I've read slashdot for a few years, posted as an AC a few times and the discussion here is always lively and insightful. Hopefully there can be something mutually beneficial here. I'm writing a paper and I hope that this can cause some lively discussion. It'd be good for the site and be pretty much a free brainstorming session for me. How has the Internet and the environment surrounding it affected the way it is commercialized or people/firms derive profit from it? Not just the Internet itself specifically, but its creation and other things like dial-in BBS and other steps along the way. What changed? What took it from hobbyists (like Christensen from the BBS example above) to profiteers (like, say, a Mark Cuban, or a firm) for the most part? Were regulatory/legal changes a significant factor? Were IT and electronic communications just emerging technologies that were bound to be harnessed? Was it a gradual process or were there watershed moments? Essentially, what caused the Internet (and related/similar modes of communication) to shift more and more towards vehicles for profit rather than hobby?"
Windows

+ - Vista not selling well because of...piracy?

Submitted by techmuse
techmuse (160085) writes "DailyTech reports that Steve Ballmer blames the slow sales of Windows Vista (down 60% compared to the launch of Windows XP) not on the 5 year delay in shipping, the failure to ship before the holiday season, the high system requirements, the poorly implemented user account control, the significantly harsher licensing restrictions, the price increase, the increased interest in Mac OS and Linux, or the much stricter antipiracy technologies already built into the OS. Rather, he blames the entire drop in sales on piracy, and promises to step up antipiracy efforts. What do you think?"
Education

+ - Wikipedia Banned at College

Submitted by
Zatoichi007
Zatoichi007 writes "The NYT is reporting that Wikipedia is now being banned as a source for research at Middlebury College. It seems that the last straw for the college occured when students in a Japanese history class wrongly asserted that the Jesuits aided in the Shambara Rebellion, using Wikipedia as the reference point. Is Wikipedia a valid source for "serious" research or just a starting point to find out what might be interesting about a particular topic?"
Microsoft

Microsoft Apologizes for Serving Malware 171

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the caught-sneaking-one-by dept.
dark_15 writes "Microsoft has apologized for serving malware via its websites and Windows Live Messenger software. APC reader Jackie Murphy reported the problem: 'With Microsoft launching Vista along with their Defender software to protect users from viruses and spyware, it seems therefore to be an oxymoron that they have started to putting paid changing banner advertisements for malware, on the popular MSN groups servers.'"
Google

+ - Skype goes Google with Jyve search engine

Submitted by
BobB
BobB writes "There are many alternatives to the world's most popular search tool, but a newly created Web site called Jyve offers an approach that acts like an online chat room instead of a typical search engine. Jyve users ask questions and receive answers from other users, usually within seconds. It's like a cross between Wikipedia and Ask Jeeves (now known simply as Ask.com). It started as a Skype plug-in. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/022007-jyve. html"

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