Orkut – Mumbai Police Tie Up

5 05 2007

If you have been concerned of web pages with obscenities scrawled over the national flag, or even others criticising the Father of the Nation or the ones negating political leaders – then sit back as these are going to be out of the website soon. Just report these to the Mumbai Police and chances are that not only will the pages be erased, but the creators brought to book for there has been an informal tie-up between the Mumbai Police and the Orkut management. Says Jt Commissioner Of Police, Crime, Meeran Borwankar, “It is an informal tie-up that we have. These sites could be a threat to the law and order situation and therefore need to be clamped. But trust us, we won’t train our guns on nitty gritties.”

 

Many Orkut users, however, feel there is no need for this kind of censorship. Says a blogger, Kinjan Shah, “The Internet should be kept out of content regulation. This is one place where we can speak our minds. What next? Google gives away our personal information. Access to our inboxes? Will all these be taken away?

 

But, like all opinions, this too has its share of detractors. Says a blogger, Keyur Karnik, “There is definitely need to block sites, especially when you have sites maligning someone or putting up stupid sites like I hate India.”

 

As much as the debate on content regulation and content moderation, the inherent fear among Internet users is that this affiliation of the Mumbai will spread onto other websites too – so the best option is to behave oneself Online too!

 





Library on the moon

4 05 2007

Moon The moon might be a good place for a massive storehouse of digital information, sort of a Lunar Library of Alexandria (that hopefully won’t burn down). That’s the idea proposed by NASA scientist David McKay, who ten years ago led the team that announced that a Mars meteorite contained evidence of life. According to the New Scientist blog, McKay says the lunar library could be stored on computers buried in the ground, placed inside craters, or located in hollow lava tubes. The New Scientist blog post refers to a white paper that McKay wrote on the subject, but I can’t seem to find it online. From the post:

The benefits of lunar storage are that there is no oxygen to erode the material, constant sub-freezing temperature and the Moon is currently free of all of the havoc wreaked by humankind…

Families could even pay a fee to preserve photographs in the lunar library for future civilizations. McKay calls it the “ultimate time capsule.”





Library on the moon

21 09 2006

Moon The moon might be a good place for a massive storehouse of digital information, sort of a Lunar Library of Alexandria (that hopefully won’t burn down). That’s the idea proposed by NASA scientist David McKay, who ten years ago led the team that announced that a Mars meteorite contained evidence of life. According to the New Scientist blog, McKay says the lunar library could be stored on computers buried in the ground, placed inside craters, or located in hollow lava tubes. The New Scientist blog post refers to a white paper that McKay wrote on the subject, but I can’t seem to find it online. From the post:

The benefits of lunar storage are that there is no oxygen to erode the material, constant sub-freezing temperature and the Moon is currently free of all of the havoc wreaked by humankind…

Families could even pay a fee to preserve photographs in the lunar library for future civilizations. McKay calls it the “ultimate time capsule.”

Link





Scientists Shocked as Arctic Polar Route Revealed

21 09 2006

“A route unencumbered by perennial sea ice leading directly to the North Pole has beenArtic revealed by recent satellite pictures. European scientists indicated their shock as they noted a ship could sail from Europe’s northern-most outpost directly to the pole, something that hasn’t been possible during most of recorded human history. The rapid thawing of the perennial sea ice has political implications as the U.S., Canada, Russia and the EU jockey for control of the newly opened passages.”





Google forms political action committee

19 09 2006

Just in time for the November elections, Google has made a strategic move already familiar to fellow technology heavyweights seeking to wield influence inside the Beltway.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant confirmed Monday that it filed the federal paperwork necessary to set up a political action committee, or PAC, an organization designed expressly to raise money for political candidates and causes.

The top priority for Google NetPAC, as the company has named it, will be swaying “critical decisions affecting Internet freedom, innovation, and competition,” said Alan Davidson, Google’s Washington policy counsel.

“It’s simply a part of our company’s steadily increasing involvement in national and global policy issues,” Davidson added in an e-mail interview.

The company began stepping up those efforts last year when it hired Davidson, formerly of the Center for Democracy and Technology advocacy group, to launch a Washington-based policy shop. Since then, it has added Jamie Brown, a former White House aide under President Bush, and continues to employ outside lobbying firms.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the creation of Google’s PAC on Saturday.





Multiply is in. But will Viiv do fractions?

19 09 2006

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant will unleash a multimillion-dollar ad campaign called Multiply, which is designed to promote dual-core processors and their capabilities.

Print ads will begin this week while radio, TV and a redesign of company Web sites will follow soon after. As part of the campaign, the company has licensed songs fromIntel Core Duo relatively unknown bands, such as the New Young Pony Club and Carlos Jean, said Nancy Bhagat, vice president of integrated marketing at Intel.

Bhagat declined to state the budget for the Multiply campaign but said the company planned to spend millions on Multiply ads and marketing to promote dual-core processors. “This is the most impactful effort since the launch of Centrino,” she said. “We’re investing hundreds of millions of dollars.” The campaign will initially be focused on consumer PCs, but be expanded to business PCs in January, she said.





T&T to offer 20 TV channels for PC viewing

12 09 2006

AT&T said on Tuesday it will launch a new Internet browser-based television service that will allow subscribers to watch 20 channels, including Fox News and the Weather Channel, on their computers.

The live TV service, named AT&T Broadband TV, will be available to high-speed Internet users at $19.99 a month, adding to AT&T’s lineup of video products to meet growing demand for mobile and over-the-Web entertainment.AT&T

Although the service does not work overseas, AT&T said one target customer group would be U.S. travelers, who will be able to watch live TV on their laptops as long as their Internet connection speed is at least 500 kilobits per second.

Now that means only Reliance in India. Moreover how many of them would be ready to pay $19.99 per month for this service??? Lets wait and see.