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Comment Re:Who buys them? (Score 1) 668

I can't say for other countries but in India there is a huge market for homeopathy. The main reason for this is that homeopathic concoctions (you can't seriously call them medicines) are dirt cheap, even by Indian standards. So for many with limited incomes that is the first option when they fall sick. The second is the availability of self-proclaimed homeopathic practitioners. Books on homeopathy are readily available and cost little. So it is quite easy for people read up these books and start a part-time job dispensing these concoctions. And finally, Indian society, as a whole, inherently has a lot of belief in alternative systems of medicine such as ayurveda, unani, naturopathy and homeopathy. This might be because these systems either existed in India or became popular before mainstream/modern medicine.

Bonus Fact: Many Indians use the term "allopathy" when referring to conventional medicine. Not sure how widespread this usage is across the world.

Comment Re:Love the idea (Score 1) 163

That is the first thing that comes to mind....those buying these products usually have their own reliable sources to ensure that they are get what they pay for. So a huge challenge would be to identify the points in the chain where they can introduce these printed ones. And if someone does identify such points it would be more, easier, prudent and ethical to inform the authorities instead.

Submission + - Indian telecom authority releases a million email IDs, taken down by hackers

knwny writes: In a bizarre move that threatens the privacy of over a million internet users in India, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the list of email IDs from which it received responses regarding net neutrality. Most of these responses were sent by the general public following a massively popular online campaign to protect Internet neutrality in India.
The regulatory body says that it has received large number of comments from the stakeholders on its Consultation paper on "Regulatory Framework for OTT services". So to aid the reading of comments, it has divided them into three blocks — 'comments from the service providers', 'comments from the service providers' association' and 'comments from other stakeholders' (this includes individuals, organizations, consulting firms etc)
In the meantime, the TRAI website remains inaccessible after a DDoS attack by Anonymous India, the hacker collective, apparently in retaliation for the date breach.

Comment Re:Is it really better to withhold internet? (Score 1) 75

When there are only a handful of websites(with deep pockets) which can be accessed by "lots of people in India too poor to pay for internet", what is the guarantee that their offerings are unbiased and comparable to those offered though the open internet? What is the guarantee that this wouldn't lead to cartelization? Here are a couple of hypothetical scenarios:
  • I create a website which propagates falsehoods about Pastafarians. I tie up with the ISPs to allow free access to my website. Lots of people start fanatically believing everything that they read on my website since they do not have access to other websites which offer unbiased opinions.
  • I create an app for transferring money. For each transaction I deduct a certain amount for my services but my app itself can be accessed for free. People end up paying for each transaction even though there might be other apps(not tied up with ISPs) which transfer money without any extra charges. In fact, a certain percentage of people won't even know that other alternatives exist.

Submission + - Chinese scientists plan solar power station in space

knwny writes: The battle to dispel smog, cut greenhouse gases and solve the energy crisis is moving to space. If news reports are to be believed, Chinese scientists are mulling the construction of a solar power station in a geosynchronous orbit 36,000 kilometres above ground. The electricity generated would be converted to microwaves or lasers and transmitted to a collector on Earth. If realized, it will surpass the scale of the Apollo project and the International Space Station and be the largest-ever space project.

Submission + - India introduces 'digital locker' for citizens

knwny 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.

Comment Re:bank I use ... allows (weak passwords) (Score 1) 271

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.

Submission + - Uber driver accused of passenger in India

knwny 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.

[A computer is] like an Old Testament god, with a lot of rules and no mercy. -- Joseph Campbell