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Comment Re:Biometrics are usernames, not passwords (Score 3, Informative) 81 81

Well you got it wrong.

Currently the ration card system we have is you buy your subsidized stuff (food, fuel) at govt stores and govt pays the trader. Huge chance of fraud and corruption.

What adhar allows is even poor to have an unique identity (UID) verified by the govt. This very improtnantly enables them to get a bank account linked to your UID which is impossible today for the nomads and the below poverty line people since they don't have passports or driving licenses.

The next stage of the process is that the poor now buy their food on open market and govt directly deposits all the subsidies available diectly to their adhar linked bank account. All the middle men are trashed and window of corruption is a LOT less. Also there is electronic paper trail should a fraud occur. And yes there will be fraud since nothing in the world is full proof and completely secure. But its leps and bounds better than what is going on today.

Comment Re:Developer's Choice (Score 2) 196 196

From the linux kernel COPYING file:

Also note that the only valid version of the GPL as far as the kernel
is concerned is _this_ particular version of the license (ie v2, not
v2.2 or v3.x or whatever), unless explicitly otherwise stated.

Linus Torvalds

Just to substantiate parent's statement

Comment It seems the trend is more general (Score 3, Informative) 206 206

I over heard in the local telecom office here in Pune, India there will be no more printed directory here either. The last one we got is three years old.
BTW the directories in Indian cities were distributed only by the Monopoly telecom BSNL and its Big cities cousin MTNL. With rise of private players in wired as well as the exploded mobile segment in India, the directories were not much of the use anyway. This just puts the death nail in them.

Comment Re:Nothing to see here, move along. (Score 1) 404 404

How is a corporation going to ask permission to search your residence? I guess we should be glad they asked permission . . .

Why not ? Google is already the KING of search. And they probably already search your house or atleast the part of any slashdotter's house that really matters, his blogs, emails and what not.

Comment Re:What about a non- iTunes method? (Score 1) 115 115

perhaps you shouldnt make comments that are a dead giveaway you've never even seen a jailbroken iphone if you're going to try and claim you're some sort of authority on what they can and cant do.

Right!! what did you think this is? slashdot?... wait a minute!. Errr!! never mind, just mod parent -1 irrelevant.

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