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+ - Uber driver accused of passenger in India

Submitted by knwny
knwny (2940129) writes "An Uber driver has been accused of raping a passenger in India. Police initially had a hard time tracking down the offices and representatives of the ridesharing service but details have subsequently emerged indicating that Uber had hired the driver without the mandatory police verification. Reports also seem to indicate that Uber does not have the appropriate permissions to operate in Delhi where the incident occurred. While Uber has issued a statement saying that it is assisting the police in the investigation, it looks like the problems plaguing it in India will not go away soon."

Comment: Reasons why Oracle rules the roost... (Score 1) 102

by knwny (#48375931) Attached to: Amazon Goes After Oracle (Again) With New Aurora Database big-scale implementations:

1. The existing high-profile customer base across industry domains which demonstrate high-availability, security, scalability and all the other attributes that organizations look for when choosing a database

2. Vendor lock-in due to the myriad Oracle-owner applications that are strewn across an organization's IT landscape

3. IT implementers who keep pushing technologies offered by the big-ticket ERP vendors such as SAP and Oracle

4. The technical support that Oracle provides for its installations

Comment: Probably a false document (Score 1) 276

by knwny (#48071341) Attached to: Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America
From the quoted article: "One reason the parchments have languished since then is their idiosyncrasy. They tell of people and places absent not just from Polo’s narrative but from known history. And they’re an awkward fit for the era’s known map styles—Portolan sailing charts, the grids and projections of Ptolemy, and the medieval schematics known as mappae mundi" Looks like this too will ultimately be attributed to bored late-Medieval period pranksters.

Comment: Re:Maybe the aliens are just as religious (Score 1) 534

by knwny (#48033639) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?
Adding more to the complexity that Hinduism already is: In many cases it is difficult to separate religious services from cultural occasions. For example, Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Holi have their origins in religion and in more traditional families they are celebrated with associated religious rituals. But most Hindus celebrate them merely as cultural occasions with Indians from other religions often joining in.

+ - Mangalyaan successfully put into Mars orbit

Submitted by knwny
knwny (2940129) writes "India's Mars satellite Mangalyaan was successfully placed into orbit around Mars early on Wednesday following a 10-month journey from Earth. India thus joins the U.S., the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union in having successfully completed a Mars mission. It is however the only one to have done so on the first attempt. Headed by the Indian space agency ISRO, Mangalyaan was made in 15 months at a cost of just around 70 million USD crore — the cheapest inter-planetary mission ever to be undertaken."

+ - Plans to introduce FTTH in top 20 Indian cities->

Submitted by knwny
knwny (2940129) writes "Sterlite Industries are finalising the 'proof of concept' of a project to provide fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services to urban households across the top 20 Indian cities. The company claims that the network and services to end consumers would be similar to the Google Fibre project but the major difference lies in its plans to tie up with mobile operators for last-mile connectivity. Sterlite Industries is initially looking to hook up a million homes by 2016 across Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chennai but the proposed speeds of 20 to 50 Mbps are definitely a long way off from the 1 Gbit/s speeds that Google Fibre provides."
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Comment: Too many rules.... (Score 1) 116

by knwny (#46946783) Attached to: It's World Password Day: Change Your Passwords
Why cannot we force all websites and services to comply with a common password complexity rule? There is a wide variation in the rules that phone companies, banks, utilities and various online services enforce when I create passwords. As a consequence, it becomes difficult to decide on a password-generating algorithm to create and remember passwords across these websites/services. So, coming back to the question, can we not have a standard password complexity rule which every website/service has to stick to? Instead of those irritating, little info boxes near the password field listing different passwords rules for different websites, we could have a URL pointing to the standard password rules which in turn would be maintained by an independent organisation. Obligatory:

Comment: Re:Never tell me the odds! (Score 1) 53

6. Send commands to fire engine.

What propels the spacecraft(please excuse my ignorance but then I am not a rocketeer) and how do we know that we have enough of the stuff to complete its manoeuvres? Also, what happens if the results of Step#5 do not turn out to be too positive. Do you have any alternate plans of using it for some other purpose...maybe crash-land it into the nearest planet/comet/moon while it keeps transmitting atmospheric measurements?

+ - Google mulling Wi-Fi for cities with Google Fiber->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service. The disclosure is made in a document Google is circulating to 34 cities that are the next candidates to receive Google Fiber in 2015. Specific details of the Wi-Fi plan are not included in the document, which was seen by IDG News Service, but Google says it will be "discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your city as we move forward with your city during this planning process.""
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+ - Algorithm Distinguishes Memes from Ordinary Information->

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Memes are the cultural equivalent of genes: units that transfer ideas or practices from one human to another by means of imitation. In recent years, network scientists have become increasingly interested in how memes spread, work that has led to important insights into the nature of news cycles, into information avalanches on social networks and so on. But what exactly makes a meme and distinguishes it from other forms of information is not well understood. Now a team of researchers has developed a way to automatically distinguish scientific memes from other forms of information for the first time. Their technique exploits the way scientific papers reference older papers on related topics. They scoured the half a million papers published by Physical Review between 1893 and 2010 looking for common words or phrases. They define an interesting meme as one that is more likely to appear in a paper that cites another paper in which the same meme occurs. In other words, interesting memes are more likely to replicate. They end up with a list of words and phrases that have spread by replication and can also see how this spreading has changed over the last 100 years. The top five phrases are: loop quantum cosmology, unparticle, sonoluminescence, MgB2 and stochastic resonance; all of which are important topics in physics. The team say the technique is interesting because it provides a way to distinguish memes from other forms of information that do not spread in the same way through replication."
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