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Submission + - Developer Exposes Indian Telco's Net Neutrality Violation, Gets Threatened

knightsirius writes: Indian broadband and cellular operator Airtel was discovered to be injecting third-party JavaScript files into web pages delivered over their wireless networks. A developer was viewing the source of his own blog and noticed the additional script when viewed on a Airtel connection. He traced the file back to Flash Networks, an Israel-based company, which specializes in "network monetization" and posted the source on GitHub. Since then, he has received a cease-and-desist from Flash Networks and the code on GitHub has been removed following a DMCA takedown notice.

Readers may remember Airtel from its previous dubious record with network neutrality.

Submission + - Is Big Data Leaving Hadoop Behind?

knightsirius writes: Big Data was seen as one the next big drivers of computing economy, and Hadoop was seen as a key component of the plans. However, Hadoop has had a less than stellar six months, beginning with the lacklustre Hortonworks IPO last December and the security concerns raised by some analysts.. Another survey records only a quarter of big data decision makers actively considering Hadoop. With rival Apache Spark on the rise, is Hadoop being bypassed in big data solutions?

Submission + - Boradband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner to Sell New House

knightsirius writes: A Washington homeowner is having :to sell his new house after being refused internet service from Comcast and CenturyLink despite receiving confirmation from both that the location was able to receive broadband service. The whole process took months and involved false assurances and bureaucratic convolutions. The national broadband map database frequently cited by Comcast as proof of sufficient competition lists 10 options at his location, including a gigabit municipal fiber network, but he cannot subscribe to it due to Washington state direct sale restrictions.

Submission + - 12 year old develops a Braille Printer from Lego (

An anonymous reader writes: Developed by Shubham Banerjee, a 7th grade student from Santa Clara, California. BRAIGO is a Braille Printer using Lego Mindstorms EV3. This concept slashes the price of a printer from more than $2000 to $350. Thus giving a more cost effective printer for the disadvantaged. Additionally he plans to give the design and code for free download.
ref: http://sociotechnocrat.kinja.c...

Comment Re:As a switcher and a switcher. (Score 1) 1880

DOS was my first mainstream OS and Windows 3.1 was the logical next step. Win 98 Plus was terrible, and prompted me switch to Linux. I wiped the hard drive and went through Red Hat, Fedora and finally settled on Ubuntu. I realized early on that I needed Windows to get some basic stuff done, even though Linux was great for programming due to the atrocious driver support. I went dual-boot through XP and Vista. I am not a huge gaming addict, but I do indulge in multiplayer RTS from time to time and the occasional FPS bout. The dual boot solution worked great for this. I am a command-line first person (you can do everything in Emacs), but not all applications can be effectively used with only the command line and this is where the GUI comes into play.

I was familiar with the basic windowing environment through Windows and Gnome and it worked fine for all intents and purposes. I was given a Mac at work, but the very notion of having the current application take over a portion of the static OS taskbar was very hard to get beyong. Besides, the drawbacks of fewer software and the steep prices along with the hardware changes (see the one button mouse) kept the Mac out of the house and it was soon off my desk at work too.

I dabbled with Solaris (with Gnome) and found the experience mostly positive. Ubuntu was great since it ran most of the apps I needed and I had open source alternatives to the ones it didn't. However, my schedule required me to work from multiple places in a single day and dual booting off a laptop and switching OSes became cumbersome. Windows 7 came out at the same time and it was a many fold improvement over Vista. The UI was familiar yet cleaner and snappier. Bolted on to an Intel i7 chip, it was quick and very stable (no BSODs in 3 years of running). I am now running Ubuntu in a VirtualBox but may consider moving to Mint since I am not a big fan of Unity. (Windows 7 guest on a Ubuntu host was not stable).

I like what I have seen of the Windows 8 previews so far and unless there is an alternative that can run the applications I need with good driver support in my price range, I don't see myself switching.

Comment Share Buttons (Score 1) 2254

While the sizes of the logo, text etc. has been decreased (to good effect), the share buttons are inexplicably large. Maybe a strip of these icons and the tags can go in the same line? Otherwise, I don't have a problem with the whitespace or web 2.0 stuff.

YouTube Blocked In Pakistan 299

kokoko1 submits this snippet from The Telegraph, which reports that Facebook isn't alone — now YouTube, too, is being censored in Pakistan. "The blocking of YouTube comes a day after a Pakistani court blocked Facebook amid a growing row over a competition on the social networking website to design cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad." Update: 05/20 18:58 GMT by T : According to an anonymous reader, Wikipedia and Flickr are out, too.
Update: 05/21 12:11 GMT by KD : And now add Twitter to the blocked list. This post claims that more than 1,000 sites are being blocked in Pakistan.

Submission + - India's copyright bill gets it right (

asp7yxia writes: India's new copyright bill sounds like a pretty good piece of work: it declares private, personal copying to be "fair dealing" (like US fair use) and limits the prohibition on breaking DRM so that it's only illegal to do so if you're also violating copyright.

Submission + - IIPA Cries Foul over India's copyright proposal (

knightsirius writes: Nate Anderson over at Ars Technica has a nice analysis of how India's new copyright proposal to get more in line with WIPO provisions has Big Content screaming bloody murder. The issue at stake is a provision that defines piracy as copying with intent to make illegal use as opposed to just copying of copyrighted works. There is the usual rant about lost profits and creativity, but more troubling is the following excerpt from the IIPA's 2010 report to the US government about the industry being "concerned about moves by the government to consider mandating the use of open source software..." Also interesting are comments by users that follow the article.

Submission + - Net not neutral in Australia. (

An anonymous reader writes: Most users in Australia have their internet usage metered (i.e. capped — one reason I will not go back and live there.) but it seems that some ISP's let some content through preferentially. I knew Australian internet access sucked, but I did not know just how far they have gone over to the Dark Side.

Submission + - CSS "flexible box model" holy grail of layout? (

jamienk writes: I don't know how I missed this, but a new method of layout has worked it's way into the CSS3 spec — it allows web developers to stack, columnize, and otherwise control our HTML boxes. You can easily make same-height columns, you can reverse or precisely control the order of elements, you can flex the boxes however you like. Looks complicated, but very very cool. It seems like they still have to work out a few edge cases. Firefox, Chrome, and Safari only so far. IE sucks.

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