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Comment Re:Makes me wonder... (Score 1) 509

Right. The companies offering payment gateway services in India are charging king's ransom.

7% transaction fee, $US1000 non refundable deposits, etc make it impossible to collect money online. There is sure an opportunity. I hope Google or another company starts payment gateway services in India.

Comment Password generation scheme (Score 1) 1007

Don't write it anywhere. The only safe place to store the passwords is your brain. Make a scheme to generate a strong password using mnemonics. When you look at the screen to type the password, you should be able to determine the correct password. In your password generation scheme make associations between your 'salt' and the system that prompts for password.

Comment Re:Bad Mischaracterization (Score 1) 551

I have seen two engineers write an application for about a year. They managed to deliver the project with great difficulty. No comments, no code formatting, no version control, no tests, no docs. After they completed the said project, they learned a whole lot of software engineering. Now these engineers use version control, adhere to coding standards, have API documentation, maintain end user documentation in docbook, write unit tests, use design patterns, read security books, attend lot of conferences, etc. They are now so much more confident about the quality of the software they develop.

They are scared as to when the old customer will come back and ask for a feature addition. The only choice they have is to rewrite the application.


Submission + - PHP 5.3 Released (binaryvibes.co.in)

Sudheer writes: "The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate release of PHP 5.3.0. This release is a major improvement in the 5.X series, which includes a large number of new features and bug fixes.

Some of the key new features include: namespaces, late static binding, closures, optional garbage collection for cyclic references, new extensions (like ext/phar, ext/intl and ext/fileinfo), over 140 bug fixes and much more.

Have you started using these features in your applications?"


Submission + - Microsoft to give netbook with ethical Q attached (itwire.com)

davidmwilliams writes: "When paying around $2,000 for a technical conference you expect some good swag to take away. Microsoft's annual Tech-Ed event ups the ante this year with Australian attendees receiving a free HP Mini 2140 netbook with Windows 7 preloaded.

There is a small catch however. Attendees will be asked to make an ethical choice when being handed the unit whether to keep it or donate it to those less fortunate."


Submission + - Pirate Bay sells out for $ 7.7 Mn

ami.one writes: "The Register Reports that Pirate Bay is being sold for USD 7.7 Million Global Gaming Factory X AB (GGF) has agreed to buy BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay for $7.7m (60m Swedish Crowns), according to a statement on the company's website. The Swedish software outfit confirmed the acquisition this morning. Under the deal GGF has also bought file sharing tech firm Peerialism. "We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site", said the company's CEO Hans Pandeya. GGF will take control of the site once the transaction completes, which is expected to happen next month. "In order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary. "Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it. File sharers need faster downloads and better quality," said Pandeya. The Pirate Bay also confirmed the buyout this morning in a blog post on its website. "We've been working on this project for many years. It's time to invite more people into the project, in a way that is secure and safe for everybody. We need that, or the site will die. And letting TPB die is the last thing that is allowed to happen!", it said. The co-founders of The Pirate Bay were fined $3.6m in the recent court case. Meaning, on the face of it, they stand to make a profit. Not that they were ever in it for the money.® More News"

Submission + - First Look: Microsoft Office 2010 (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy examines a recently leaked Community Technology Preview of Office 2010 and finds the suite's mostly incremental improvements bridging the gap between the Vista and Windows 7 eras by streamlining the controversial Ribbon-based UI and extending it to encompass the full range of Office apps. Outlook benefits the most from this transition, adding Quick Steps — customizable e-mail action macro buttons — to the new, four-tab Ribbon that 'helps to surface much of Outlook's hidden workflow power while bringing the overall user experience in line with the rest of the suite.' Kennedy's rundown includes a screenshot tour of the usability improvements in Office 2010, as well as a comparison of leading Office alternatives, SoftMaker Office 2008 and OpenOffice.org 3.1, for those looking to move away from Microsoft's productivity suite."

Comment Re:It's not all bad! (Score 2, Interesting) 132

Go, get a driving license, ration card, voter's ID card in exchange for money if you will. If you can buy any of these identity cards you can definitely buy passport and a PAN card too. It could cost you a bit more, though.

Few years back, the Government of India started a project to implement social security number system just like in the western countries. They started accepting forms for this ambitious project. Initially, they started offering this form for people holding a PAN card. I haven't heard of any progress till now.

India needs a strong leader to see this project completed. Let's see how Nandan Nilekani helps in this regard.

Comment Re:Oh come on. (Score 1) 794

The point is why study COBOL at all? You could always write code in a current day programming language. It is very obvious that the programmer understands what he/she is writing. Needless to say, in the industry there are things like spec, prototype, design, tests, mock up, etc. If the students study a programming language better suited to be used in present day business applications it exposes him/her to modern day concepts and implementations. I cannot imagine how COBOL helps someone understand how to write modern business applications.Teaching COBOL to undergraduate students isn't very productive.

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