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  F1 teams brake hard on costs
Posted by: Sathish - 03-07-2009, 02:07 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Formula One's financially stricken teams yesterday announced a 50 per cent cut in operating budgets for the 2010 season and measures to reduce costs, boost revenue and improve the spectacle of the sport.

Offering a collective response to the crisis engulfing motorsport, the newly established Formula One Teams' Association went further than the savings they announced in December for this season, as they seek to stabilise their finances in the short and medium terms.

"We are looking at this crisis with a positive attitude," said Luca di Montezemolo, Fota chairman and the Ferrari president.

"It is a huge opportunity to improve F1 in terms of cost and competition. We want to preserve the DNA of the sport, we want a stable F1, a positive F1, so international brands can be present and we want to increase the audience."

The teams also sought to provide certainty to F1 by saying its manufacturers were committed to the sport until at least 2012.

The teams have also agreed to sign the Concord Agreement, the tripartite deal that binds them to Formula One Management, the company led by F1 commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, and the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, which regulates the sport. The agreement lasts until 2012.

It was also confirmed that the Honda team, which faced oblivion after its Japanese parent company withdrew from F1 in December, has been saved by a management buy-out, to be announced imminently, and will race this season.

The teams, several of which have seen sponsors end their relationships in the past 12 months, have agreed to cut their use of wind tunnels by 50 per cent, to further reduce testing and to limit the amount of updates they make to cars during the season.

The manufacturers have also agreed to supply engines and gearboxes to independent teams in 2010 for under £5m. They also called for the new hybrid power systems, known as KERS, to be standardised from 2010. Some teams have spent as much as £70m on developing KERS.

Together, the measures mean the cost of running a F1 team will range from £50m-£150m from next season. Teams such as McLaren were operating on a budget of £200m last season.

The teams also want races to be shortened from 200 miles to 150 miles, and for the winning driver to be better rewarded in the points table, with 12 points for a win, nine for second place, seven for third and points down to eighth place. The proposals go before the FIA on March 17.

Under that system Felipe Massa, rather than Lewis Hamilton, would have won last year's championship.

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  IPTV World Awards fetes UTStarcom’s IPTV innovation
Posted by: Sathish - 03-07-2009, 02:02 PM - Forum: Digital Streaming (IPTV) - No Replies

UTStarcom Inc. said that its Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) innovation has fetched honors from Informa and the IPTV World Forum in the preliminary rounds of IPTV World Awards program 2009, where it also earned a spot in the “Most Innovative New Service” category for its development and deployment of the iControl IPTV service in collaboration with Aksh Optifibre Ltd.

The IPTV World Series Awards which is to be held on March 25, 2009, in London recognizes the best of the best in the global industry and gives all honorees a mark of quality, innovation and leadership.

Aksh Optifibre Ltd.’s iControl IPTV Service, a service that is built on the end-to-end RollingStream® IPTV solution framework is rendered to the India consumers through Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Ltd. (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL).

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  DTH sector may witness more tariff regulation
Posted by: Sathish - 03-07-2009, 02:00 PM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

The regulator, Trai floated a consultation paper on introducing more tariff regulation in the DTH industry apart from covering areas like movie-on-demand, pay-per-view and services such as Active Learning, Active Stories and Active Darshan.

Calling for viewpoints from industry players to be submitted by March 30, Trai said that DTH players should be able to choose individual channels and should not be offered bouquets by the broadcasters.

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  Google CEO hints Google/Linux netbooks may be coming
Posted by: Sathish - 03-07-2009, 11:11 AM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

People have been speculating about Google getting into the desktop business ever since Good OS, an Ubuntu-based Linux built around online Google applications showed up in 2007. Then, the rumor-mill really got churning when it was shown that Google mobile operating system, Android, would work just fine as a desktop operating system. Just because something can be done, though, doesn't mean a company actually going to do it though. On March 3rd, though, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, "What's particularly interesting about netbooks is the price point. Eventually, it will make sense for operators and so forth to subsidize the use of netbooks so they can make services revenue and advertising revenue on the consumption. That's another new model that's coming."

Making money from online advertising. Hmm... Now what company, with a name that starts with 'G' and ends with 'e,' do we know that's the absolute tip-top at making money from online advertising? Could it be Google!? I think so.

The idea of selling netbooks cheaply with a service contract is already being tried. Dell and AT&T offered a Dell Mini 9 for $99 with an AT&T Data Connect contract. I have no doubt you'll see similar mobile phone like discount netbook pricing from other PC companies and telecoms soon. Look for these offers to start showing up everywhere later this year or early next year, as high-speed WiMAX networking starts to come into its own.

It makes perfect business sense for Google to jump into this business. Netbooks continue to be the one bright spot in computer sales and Google already has a Linux that will work on them. Google, of course, also has many online applications that work perfectly on a netbook. Making it even more attractive, Google is making it possible to use their applications, such as GMail, without a Internet connection.

Now take all this, combine it with putting data and applications on the cloud and Google's online advertising savvy, and I see a business model that, even in this grim economy, can't help but make money.

We've gone from pure speculation, to speculation based on facts, and now Google's CEO is talking about how much sense this kind of idea makes. I hereby predict that we'll see the first netbooks with an official Google Linux desktop on them by the second half of this year. It will happen that quickly because Google won't want to give Microsoft a chance to regroup with Windows 7 from its Vista disaster.

In 2010, the big desktop operating system battle will be between Apple, on the high-end, Google and the other Linuxes on the netbook and other low-priced systems, and Windows getting squeezed in the middle. If I were a betting man, I'd put good money on it.

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  Microsoft: Lots to turn off in Windows 7
Posted by: Sathish - 03-07-2009, 10:41 AM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

It turns out it is not just Internet Explorer that users will be able to turn off in Windows 7.

In a blog posting on Friday, Microsoft noted that, with Windows 7, customers will have the option of disabling a number of features of the operating system, should they so choose.

Testers had noticed that users of recent Windows 7 builds could turn off the Web browser, in addition to many other things that were already part of a "Windows Features" dialog box. However, in its blog, Microsoft noted that there are a number of things that users could not turn off in Windows Vista, but will be able to in the final version of Windows 7. Among the new options, users will now be able to turn off things such as Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, Windows Search, the XPS Viewer and several others.

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Build 7048 of Windows 7 includes Internet Explorer as one of many Windows components that can be turned on or off via a Windows Features dialog box.
(Credit: Chris123nt.com)

"If a feature is deselected, it is not available for use," Microsoft said in the blog. "This means the files (binaries and data) are not loaded by the operating system (for security-conscious customers) and not available to users on the computer. These same files are staged so that the features can easily be added back to the running OS without additional media. This staging is important feedback we have received from customers who definitely do not like to dig up the installation DVD."

Microsoft declined to comment on what role, if any, antitrust and regulatory issues played in the decision to expand the number of Windows components that can be disabled. However, a number of the programs on the list are things that have drawn regulatory ire, such as the browser and media player, as well as the XPS technology which has been seen as a rival to Adobe's PDF.

With Windows 7, Microsoft has also stripped several programs out of the operating system entirely. The photo gallery, e-mail, and movie-making programs that had been part of Windows will now be available only as separate Windows Live downloads. With Windows Vista, Microsoft included a version in the operating system, but then offered for download an optional Windows Live service-connected version.

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  India thrash Pakistan in World Cup opener
Posted by: Sathish - 03-07-2009, 10:18 AM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

NEW Delhi: Indian bowlers displayed brilliant performance to beat an over-powered Pakistan in the first match of the Women's World Cup at Bradman Oval in Australia on Saturday.

India elected to field first after winning the toss and dismissed their neighbour in only 57 runs. India chased the target easily without losing any wicket in ten overs. Anagha Deshpande (26) and Anjum Chopra (17) easly took India to a comfortable victory after the triumphant show of their bowlers.

Among the Indian bowlers, Rumeli Dhar was the leading wicket taker who scalped three wickets giving away only seven runs. Amita Sharma and Priyanka Roy took two wickets respectively. Jhulan Goswami and Gouher Sultana dismissed one wicket apiece.

India, who made it to the final in the last edition, when they lost to eventual champions Australia, seem to be determined this time to go the distance.

India, led by pacer Jhulan Goswami, have been clubbed with two-time champions England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Group B. Both England and India have 100 per cent win records against the other two teams in the group.

Group A features Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand with the defending champions clear favourites for the title.

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  New channel added
Posted by: Sathish - 03-07-2009, 08:10 AM - Forum: Airtel Digital TV - Replies (1)

Airtel Digital TV has added new channel Nepal 1 on channel no.622. Smile

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  India to send Sun Mission Aditya in 2012
Posted by: Sathish - 03-07-2009, 08:07 AM - Forum: The Lounge Forum - No Replies

India will send its space mission to the Sun in 2012 to find out answers for how and why solar flares and solar winds disturb the communication network and play havoc with electronics back home on the Earth.

The Sun's corona as also its flares and winds create geomagnetic field disturbances on the Earth and often damage man-made satellites and spacecraft hovering up in the sky under intense sunlight.

After the successful launch of its moon mission, Chandrayaan-1, the Indian Space Research Organisation is now gearing up for the Mission Aditya, aimed at unravelling the secrets of the Sun, the father of our solar system. ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair on Monday announced in Bengaluru that ISRO was ready with its new space programme to explore the corona of the Sun in 2012.

Mission Aditya has been on the cards for quite some time now and it got a boost after the successful launch of Chandrayaan-1 lunarcraft into its designated orbit around the Moon.

The success of the Aditya Mission will not only solve some of the mysteries surrounding the Sun but also provide vital clues for ISRO on how to protect its satellites and spaceware from being damaged by hot winds and flares ejected out of the corona, the outermost layer of the solar atmosphere. The temperature in corona ranges between 8 lakh to 30 lakh Celsius. Material is ejected from the corona into space containing several billion tons of matter with speed ranging to several million miles per hour. Such material interacts with spacecraft and other man-made material in its path inducing electrical currents. They also damage power systems, disrupt communications and degrade high-tech navigation systems.

ISRO's Aditya Mission is a solar coronagraph or equipment that measures or studies the corona of the sun. Madhavan Nair said Aditya will study corona in visible and near infra red bands to "study the coronal mass ejection and consequently crucial physical parameters for space weather such as the coronal magnetic field structures, velocity fields and their variability in the inner corona".

Unlike the Chandrayaan-1, which has entered the realms of the lunar world for observation as close as 100 km, Aditya will study the Sun riding piggyback on the Earth. It will weigh about 100 kgs and will have a near-earth orbit of 600 km.

ISRO has planned Aditya launch in 2012 in coordination with the solar maximum when the sunspots will be at the maximum. The last solar maximum occurs once in 11 years. Aditya Mission will cost about Rs 50 crore as against Chandrayaan-1's about Rs 400 crore. Like Chandrayaan-1 it will have a life span of two years and ISRO team hopes to generate enough data during this period.

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  Strict demands puts IPL matches in jeopardy
Posted by: Sathish - 03-07-2009, 08:05 AM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

JAIPUR: It's official that Pink City won't host the Indian Premier League opening extravaganza. After IPL chairman Lalit Modi, in Mumbai confirmed the decision to take the inaugural out of Jaipur, the state government after citing security concerns on Thursday said, it was willing to host the IPL inaugural and other matches if some rescheduling are done.

Lalit Modi, chairman, IPL, said, "The venue has been shifted due to logistic reasons. Due to elections and movement of the television crew etc, the decision has been taken."

To this Shanti Dhariwal, home minister, Rajasthan said, "The state government has no issues in hosting the IPL inaugural ceremony. We are more than willing and ready to provide all the support. We have an issue with three dates and if they are adjusted we will extend full support in hosting the IPL matches."

However, going by the conditions which the state government has put forward for hosting this mega-event, it seems that the state was also in the league of other host states which have categorically refused to guarantee security during the matches.

Late on Thursday evening, in a high-level meeting, presided by chief minister Ashok Gehlot, it was decided to shoot a letter to the Center demanding a rescheduling of three of the IPL matches which are scheduled to take place on April 26, May 6 and May 9 in Jaipur and the deployment of at least four companies of Central forces consisting of about 400 security personnel. The state is scheduled go to general elections on May 7. The state has also said that it would not be able to provide security for the April 26 match in Jaipur, as it would start the poll preparations that day.

But with the Union home ministry already expressing its helplessness in providing more than 100 security personnel from central forces the plight of the other matches in the city is under scanner.

"The Center had asked us to give in writing whether we would be able to host the matches without any need for deployment of Central forces. In response to this, we have shot a letter to the Center demanding at least four companies of Central forces," said a senior home ministry official.

Amidst the statement crossfire’s the move to take inaugural out of Jaipur hasn't gone too well with the people in the capital who were looking forward to the gala event. While fans would miss out on the glitz that the inaugural brings along, officials at Rajasthan Cricket Association feel it's a fall out of Modi's loss at the RCA elections. Commenting on the news of shifting the inaugural venue RCA president Sanjay Dixit said, "It's a regrettable decision and the reasons given for shifting the venue are not valid." He further added that the move reflects that the RCA defeat is looming large on his (read Modi) mind.

Another RCA official on condition of anonymity said, "It seems he was waiting for a chance to take the mega event out of Pink city and the security issue gave him a chance to do so. One never knows if other matches will follow the suit."

When contacted the Rajasthan Royals officials declined to comment on the developments saying they are yet to hear from IPL and only after discussing with their management team will they be able to comment on the same.

While allegations were levied against Modi for taking the inaugural out of the Pink City, the IPL chairman said, "People can have their views, but we will do what is best for out tournament."

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  Use satellite connectivity to promote villages: ISRO Chief
Posted by: Sathish - 03-07-2009, 08:04 AM - Forum: General News - No Replies

KOZHIKODE: India has made giant strides in space technology, but the need of the hour is to promote villages using satellite connectivity, said Mr G Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO. “We have achieved a lot in space.... but our concern is about our villages , where over 70 per cent of our population lives,'' he said.

The young generation should develop a mindset for developing villages, study their problems, using available satellite connectivity and remote sensing application. “Our technical expertise should now throw focus on training youth to develop villages fast er so that our country could develop rapidly,'' he said.

Mr Nair said he takes pride on ISRO's behalf for launch of Chandrayaan-I and pointed out that the organisation was also engaged in other activities like tele-medicine and tele-education to benefit society. – PTI

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