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Comment: Re:Production cost (Score 3, Interesting) 205

by nbharatvarma (#33552208) Attached to: India's $35 7-Inch Android Tablet To Hit In January
This appears to be an initiative by the government to push technology to the masses. I doubt the tablet (if it is not vaporware) will be available at this price for everyone. They will probably subsidize these devices to certain sections of the society. We have something called a Ration Card which is given based on your economic status. You can use that to get a subsidy on food, oil etc. I am assuming that subsidy on the tablet would be based on something like that.

India probably has the highest growth in terms of mobile devices purchased. The cheapest Nokia mobile set here costs USD 25 and we have Indian mobile companies now (Lava, MicroMax, Karbonn) who are aiming to provide mobiles for USD 10 in 2011. I have seen beggars with mobile phones. That's how low the entry-barrier is, in India. These mobiles do their job well.

India also has a very good mobile coverage. The areas which are not covered by private providers are covered by the state-owned BSNL. 3G services are going to get rolled out sometime towards the end of 2010.

The government wishes to push technology to masses. This is a good step in that direction.

Comment: Re:Docks (Score 3, Insightful) 283

by nbharatvarma (#33531992) Attached to: ARM Unveils Next-Gen Processor, Claims 5x Speedup
Once you start getting consumers used to no-buttons-no-wires sort of a thing, there's no stopping.

I think we will see monitors / tv displays coming with an in-built wireless adapter, streaming content from the mobile which is lying on a charging pad.
The flip side is that we will get more and more locked on to proprietary content platforms.

Comment: Re:SuddenOutbreakOf... (Score 5, Insightful) 192

Disclaimer : I am an Indian.

I didn't want to respond, but I thought a bit of a perspective might help.

You know, there is a constant attempt to try and get rid of this problem. The solution to this problem is education and education is only now showing signs of improvement. As the GP mentioned, India has a very old culture and only in the last 50 years or so the country has been trying to get rid of this problem. Looking at the progress we made, we should be able to eradicate most of it in another 50 years.

Can you say the same of other countries ? It is not that long ago that the U.S. managed to mostly solve apartheid. How long did that take since the country gained its independence ? 200 years ? The U.S. by and large was made of immigrants. That means those guys went through hardships and came to the U.S. You would think they would have minimum common sense of how to treat other people. That didn't work out very well for colored people, did it ?

Humans are by and large animals. The only solution is education. Education takes time.

Comment: Re:Where is China's innovation? (Score 5, Interesting) 374

by nbharatvarma (#26665553) Attached to: India Will Show Its $10 Laptop Prototype
I have seen IPhone rip-offs for Rs. 2500/-. At the current rate of exchange, it would be around $50. These phones don't even have IMEI numbers and the government has banned the phones for that reason.
I have seen the phone in action and it works just fine.
I am guessing you will never get these mobiles in the U.S. :)

Comment: COD : Modern Warfare (Score 4, Insightful) 72

by nbharatvarma (#25972743) Attached to: Measuring Engagement In Games
One of the most engaging games I have played this year. I don't play too many games, but the single player campaign in modern warfare was extremely appealing to me. [I played COD 1 and then COD4 was the next COD game I played]

NOTE: SPOILERS BELOW

SPOILERS BEGIN...............
The initial mission where you need to escape a ship which is drowning and make a desperate attempt to jump into the helicopter, being assassinated at close range and unable to do anything about it, the nuclear explosion thing, crawling in a field with just a sniper rifle and tens of troupes walking around you and the way the climax plays out with Price throwing you a gun, having to take headshots before finally killing the main antagonist.. Call of Duty 4 impressed me so much that I don't even want to buy COD 5 just in case it ruins the experience I had with COD 4.
END OF SPOILERS .............
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Cow Vs. Rabbit 3 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the that's-nature's-way dept.
In addition to providing the world with burgers, cows also keep the rabbit population in check.
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Little Hitler 5 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the from-the-baby-dictator-collection dept.
I know he's one of the worst dictators in history but just look how cute those cheeks are.
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Mac Users' Internet Experience to Retain Same Fonts 282

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the keep-on-truckin' dept.
thefickler sent in this article that opens, "Mac users will continue to see the Internet as it was intended, thanks to the renewal of a font licensing agreement between Microsoft and Apple. At TypeCon2007 Microsoft and Apple announced they have renewed their font licensing agreement, giving Apple users ongoing use of the latest versions of Microsoft Windows core fonts. Back in 1996 Microsoft started the "Core fonts for the Web" initiative. The idea of this initiative was to create a a standard pack of fonts that would be present on all or most computers, allowing web pages to be displayed consistently on different computers. While the project was terminated in 2002, some of the fonts defined as core fonts for the web have gone on to become known as "web safe fonts," and are therefore widely used by Internet developers."

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