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knwny (2940129) writes "Sterlite Industries are finalising the 'proof of concept' of a project to provide fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services to urban households across the top 20 Indian cities. The company claims that the network and services to end consumers would be similar to the Google Fibre project but the major difference lies in its plans to tie up with mobile operators for last-mile connectivity. Sterlite Industries is initially looking to hook up a million homes by 2016 across Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chennai but the proposed speeds of 20 to 50 Mbps are definitely a long way off from the 1 Gbit/s speeds that Google Fibre provides." Link to Original Source top
The debate ends - Siphons work due to gravity and not atmospheric pressure
knwny (2940129) writes "Peeved by the widespread misconception that siphons work because of atmospheric pressure, physics lecturer Dr. Stephen Hughes, wrote a mail to the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary(OED) pointing out the error. To back his claim, Dr.Hughes tested a siphon inside a hypobaric chamber to check if changes in atmospheric pressure had any effect on the siphon and demonstrated that gravity and not atmospheric pressure was the driving principle. The paper detailing his experiment was published in Nature. The OED spokesperson responded saying that his suggestions would be taken into account during the next rewrite." Link to Original Source top
Indian government continues censoring online content
knwny (2940129) writes "The Indian government continues to curb internet freedom in the country by censoring access to online content and this time it is targeting porn sites. The Department of Telecom(DoT) has issued an order directing ISPs to block access to 40-odd websites which host pornographic content. The blocked sites include some file and image hosting sites which primarily host non-pornographic content. The move reeks of high-handedness since the DoT has not specified any reason or law under which the order was issued." Link to Original Source top
knwny (2940129) writes "The Times of India reports: India has launched a wide-ranging surveillance program that will give its security agencies and even income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament, several sources said." Link to Original Source top
knwny (2940129) writes "Atul Chitnis, the man who popularized open software in India died on 3rd June of intestinal cancer. As a technology mentor, writer and public speaker he promoted Linux and FOSS since the late 1980s through his association with various tech magazines and conferences. He introduced Linux to thousands of PC Quest magazine readers by convincing them to carry the first ever Linux distribution in India on its cover CD in 1996." Link to Original Source