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Published: 2003-08-02T14:15:03+05:30

 



Google's googly

2003-08-02T14:15:03+05:30

Anita writes about the wrong 'un bowled by Google by redirecting it users to language editions based on where the user comes from. A well-meaning step by Google... but one that proved to be a minor irritant for its countless...



I'm gonna live longer!!

2003-08-01T20:42:47+05:30

Science and medicine students go on to live longer and healthier lives than those studying other subjects, according to a survey of men attending university between 1948 and 1968. Peter McCarron, at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and colleagues examined...



India will vote electronically...

2003-07-29T17:19:29+05:30

The Election Commission (EC) of India has announced that it plans to conduct the general elections, due next year, wholly using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). About one million EVMs will be required to accomplish this mammoth task. Also, the voter's...



I don't believe this!!

2003-07-29T16:55:44+05:30

An adviser to Malayisan Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has declared that Malaysian Muslim men can divorce their wives via SMS. "SMS is just another form of writing," the daily quoted Hamid as saying, following an Islamic court decision Thursday that...



The Intelligent Pill is here!

2003-07-28T20:00:49+05:30

Hark! Tiny machines are here to crawl into your bodies to treat you! Well actually, its the iPill, the latest in drug-delivery systems, which combines the diagnosis and the medicine in a single pill Engineers at the University of Calgary...



Cat 'Photoshop' Schwartz

2003-07-25T15:16:12+05:30

Cat Schwartz of TechTV put up some of her photos on her weblog. Pretty normal, you would say! But what she did not realize was that there exists a teeny weeny obscure bug in Photoshop. What is this bug all...



Fun with Google

2003-07-24T16:31:36+05:30

How do you like your daily Google?... It's available in more flavours than you can eat!! ... The Bork, Bork, Bork! flavour The Laloo Yadav philavour! Wheee!! Elmer Fudd fwavouw The Hacker lingo The Klingon flavour for the Trekkies The...



Ad watch

2003-07-24T14:28:57+05:30

I wonder why Rediff's main page still shows an ad that asks the readers to preorder a copy of The Order of the Phoenix?!! Someone's not doing their job, obviously!!



Las 'Raigad' Vegas

2003-07-24T11:13:18+05:30

The Maharashtra Government is seriously considering a proposal for the first ever casino in Maharashtra.Commenting on the project, a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) minister said, “It will bring in some good revenue and also be a tourist attraction. But since...



Good Cop, Bad Cop

2003-07-23T15:14:56+05:30

While RIAA bares it fangs at music 'pirates', MPAA tries to politely ask people who download pirated copies of films over the Internet, to stop doing so. A classic case of the good ol' Good Cop, Bad Cop routine!!



SC directs govt to introduce Uniform Civil Code

2003-07-23T12:51:41+05:30

Yet again, SC directs govt to introduce Uniform Civil Code. In a major development, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the government to implement a Uniform Civil Code. The directive was given by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice...



Cannon fodder for Anti-Outsourcing lobby

2003-07-23T09:49:36+05:30

IBM says that it sees the need to shift jobs overseas to India and elsewhere to keep up with the competitors who are doing so and saving money. I'm now waiting for the anti-outsourcing irrationalists to up their ante.



At what point would you say 'Enough is enough'?

2003-07-23T09:26:04+05:30

At what point would you say 'Enough is enough'? is a heartfelt article by Lalit Koul, a Kashmiri Pandit who's just one of the lakhs who've been displaced from their homes and about whom the government seems to have conveniently...



Sulekha joins the fray

2003-07-22T19:51:51+05:30

And now... Sulekha Weblogs too! Everyone is gonna blog soon. And its going to be a world of weblogs!! :-P



Neem hazard

2003-07-22T17:16:14+05:30

A new study conducted by a research duo in Bihar claims that application of neem could damage the DNA of sperm.