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+ - India introduces 'digital locker' for citizens

Submitted by knwny
knwny (2940129) writes "The Indian government has rolled out a beta-version of a digital locker facility, DigiLocker, for its citizens. From the website and the vaguely worded FAQ, here are some of the features that it purportedly offers:
  • Citizens can use it to securely store documents in the DigiLocker storage system. The storage limit is currently set at 10MB but will be increased to 1GB in the future. Stored documents can be shared with email recipients.
  • Government agencies on issuing a document can upload copies of the document in the digital locker repository and push the document URI to the user's digital locker.
  • Government agencies can also request secure access to documents in the repository or in a specific digital locker for verification purposes.
  • An e-Sign facility is provided to users as part of DigiLocker system to digitally sign e-documents.
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Comment: Re:bank I use ... allows (weak passwords) (Score 1) 271

by knwny (#49010317) Attached to: Why Gmail Has Better Security Than Your Bank
Regarding the codes, Google says "Keep them someplace accessible, like your wallet. Each code can be used only once." So, under the burning house scenario: 1. If you are inside your house, I would suggest getting out of the house ASAP. Google codes are the least your worries at that point. 2. If you are out...well, I hope you have Tyler Durden's number handy.

+ - 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
...in 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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