Such emulators have been around for long where one can use apps of one platform on another (Wine anyone). Whats the news here...? I can understand why someone would want to play an Android game or use some such app that is not available for the PC using this. But why would one want to run a browser inside Android when a perfectly good browser could be used directly from Windows. The novelty of it would wear away soon I guess.
BTW, Bluestacks runs Android apps on both Windows and Mac machines. WindowsAndroid can claim to be better than Bluestacks when they get their platform running on Mac *and* Linux too! Or perhaps when it can run Android on a Windows phone at native speeds (well, that would be an awesome one if it could be done).
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When something is burnt, energy is only being converted - from chemical energy to heat energy. Even when someone talks about the (supposed) nuclear reaction inside earth's core, the mass lost really is converted into heat which is spread on to the mantle and perhaps the atmosphere, but definitely not radiated away. This increased energy would add to an equal amount of mass as lost by the (supposed) nuclear reaction if calculated using E=MC^2. The quantity (E+M*C^2) is conserved in a closed system.
The only real increase to this would be the energy from the sun, which would be approx 173 petawatt, of which 30% is reflected out (Albedo). Given that 25million kilowatt-hour is a gram, this would only contribute to an increase of just 4.8tons.
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The objective of the Working Group was to provide a set of guidelines to banks covering the entire gamut of electronic banking. This would serve as a common minimum standard for all banks to adopt as well as lay down the best practices for banks to adopt in a phased manner for a safer and sounder banking environment. The Group felt that there was a need for banks to follow a consistent approach in each focus area, to minimize differing interpretations.
The report covers various areas such as IT Governance, information security (including electronic banking channels like internet banking, ATMs, cards), IT operations, IT services outsourcing, Information System Audit, Cyber frauds, business continuity planning, customer education and legal issues.
The Group recognised that the recommendations are not “one-size-fits-all” and the implementation of these recommendations need to be based on the nature and scope of activities engaged by banks and the technology environment prevalent in the bank and the support rendered by technology to the business processes.
The Reserve Bank will begin implementing the recommendations of the Working Group shortly."
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The "join" command in DOS could do this too... way back in the 90's...
Encryption is not going away. Any half good programmer can whip together a 3-DES or RSA routine together - why, many programming languages even have ready APIs for it.
Most governments go through this growing up phase with respect to encryption. Even US had export control norms for encryption software till they realised that directly controlling it is plain impossible (PGP was born outside the borders of the country due this very reason).
The Indian Law permits the Government to ask for the encryption key. Now, if someone asked for an encryption key to a SSL session, pray tell me how it can be retrieved... Some parts of the law are not very compatible with the technology that exists today. I do hope someone brings some sanity into this situation.
What India also needs to do is to have a due process to ask for encryption keys (warrant sounds fine to me), develop the ability to break encryption if the keys are not forthcoming (bruteforce the simple stuff - or get access to unencrypted material stored on the mail server), and importantly, learn who they should approach for the encryption keys (i.e, not the ISP).
Till the Government heeds solid technical advice on how to manage encryption, I am sure we will continue hearing such headlines.
In the GSM world, all you have to do is try your SIM on a different device, and you know if it is the network or the device. I prefer manufacturers who get users the features they need in their handsets, and telcos who look after networks. All artificial restrictions go away when you combine this with number portability.
There is no shortage of bundled and locked handsets and plans in the GSM world too. So subsidizing upfront purchase prices for the particular segment of buyers is very much possible, and happens quite a bit.
The CDMA platform may be more spectrum efficient, but IMHO, GSM wins out overall - from an user perspective at least.