Vickram Crishna | 25 May 07:31 2016
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Fw: A Tuition-free School In Silicon Valley

Another interesting idea on why a pervasive connectivity paradigm delivers unexpected outcomes, that are potentially positive in nature. It may not need to use a lot of bandwidth, arguably, but it does need to be reliably on, wrt the separate thread on 4G. Relevant to India in the sense that an innately talented youngster with minimal exposure and competency in communication techniques such as this, no matter where, should be able to access such opportunities. Or hitch on them, in this case.



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A French billionaire put up $100 million to create a tuition-free school in Silicon Valley that's endorsed by Jack Dorsey and Evan Spiegel

A radical French technology school funded by $100 million from billionaire entrepreneur Xavier Niel is coming to Silicon Valley, and has plans to grow to 10,000 students in the next five years.

The tuition-free school is primarily focused on teaching coding and entrepreneurial thinking, and is called "42," a nod to the book "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy," where 42 is the answer to "life, the universe and everything."

Niel, a high-school dropout and one of France's biggest technology giants, started the school in 2013 to shake up the traditional mold of French education, and to churn out students that were innovative problem-solvers (and who employers wanted to hire). Another huge draw, especially in the US, is the lack of tuition, which can work to drastically reduce the cost of learning programming skills.

42 already has big supporters in tech like Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey, and Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield. Spiegel called it a school from the future, while Dorsey gave a glowing endorsement, saying ''We are always looking for great engineers from any background and any education like 42.''

Here's how 42's US operation will work:

42 doesn't require a high-school diploma or give a traditional certificate at the end. The students, ages 18 to 30, get accepted into 42 through a logic-focused entrance exam (no coding experience is required). Then they come to 42 for a month-long session called "piscine" (pool), whose 100-hour weeks are designed to see who sinks and who swims. If they succeed, they enter into the program, which runs 3 to 5 years.

There are no teachers. Students work in groups of two to five on computer programming challenges. The school calls this "peer to peer" learning, and students are expected to find what they need on the internet (the school gives them space, computers, and other equipment available 24/7).

There is no tuition. Niel has provided $100 million to launch the new nonprofit school in the US. He told VentureBeat he has no plans to make any money off it, and hopes alumni will choose to give back to the school with donations.
42 will launch in a new 200,000 square-foot classroom in Fremont, CA, and a 300-person (free) dormitory (42 says it is working to increase that capacity to 600).
Since its launch in France, 42 has received more than 200,000 applications, and taught over 2,500 students. 
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Arun Mehta | 23 May 07:25 2016
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your opinion of 4G? The Cook visit?

  

You have said how 4G is going to be a big trigger for a market like India. But most of the country is still is 2G and other half pay for 3G but get 2G? How important is good network to get the best out of services like that of Apple’s?

Yah, I think that is where we are today. The level of things you can do are not brought to life fully because of the level of infrastructure here. This week I have seen some very bold plans on 4G and a lot of commitment to it. I think there is going to be a fairly rapid change. It is not going to happen tomorrow and there is a journey there, but I see the seeds already planted and we are going to grow very fast over the next several months. My own observation is that video is more important to the Indian consumer, and yet they are held back from enjoying it because of the network. I do think that 4G will have a profound effect, I am not talking about evolutionary, but it will be profound. It will be great to see that happen.



It must be hard for the telcos to manage data and voice in 2g, 3g and 4g. They do seem to be trying to get people to move to 4g. Those who already have migrated to 4g, do you really see a "profound" difference?

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Arun Mehta | 17 May 12:19 2016
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which is the best VOIP?

I have been using Skype quite intensively: I learn classical singing from a teacher in Pune, and once a week we have a "skype" lesson -- except, that the last few times, Skype has been behaving terribly, dropping the sound inexplicably. 

We tried Whatsapp, but on my teachers' side, the call would redial every two minutes with a beep. Google Hangouts seemed to work best this morning.

Others in India who use VOIP a lot, which service works best for you?

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Ruchir T | 17 May 10:01 2016
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Rolling Train - Learn with friends Hindi, Telugu, Punjabi, Marathi and more

Hi Friends,

I wanted to recreate a bit of the multilingual phonic experience of traveling in an Indian train and offer a way to learn languages on a mobile device that is rooted in listening to words, just like children learn.

So built an app to do this - it is called Rolling Train.

Please check it out and add your voice in your own language to the experience.

Rolling Train - Learn with friends Hindi, Telugu, Punjabi, Marathi and more

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rolling-train-learn-friends/id1037741741?ls=1&mt=8

best regards, - Ruchir




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Suresh Ramasubramanian | 12 May 10:17 2016
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Sort of off topic - forgot that privacy india list and not sure if it is even active

Anyway .. this is something most of you should have noticed by now.

As soon as your car is up for insurance renewal, even if you originally bought your policy online and not
through an agent, you will have about a dozen agents and / or insurers calling / texting you offering great
deals on policy renewal if you switch to them.

The only inference I can see for this is that someone, somewhere, is sharing customer data on vehicle
insurance.  Whether this is at the RTO where a copy of the insurance is filed, or at the level of the insurance
companies / brokers is something I can’t decide yet.

But it is certainly irritating, especially when I have stuck to the same insurer for all my insurance needs
for over fifteen years now and don’t plan to change.

regards
suresh
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Srini RamaKrishnan | 28 Apr 06:52 2016
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Dedicated panic buttons on phones is not a well thought out policy

Dedicated panic buttons on phones is not a well thought out policy...

But it makes good headlines.

I don't think I need to say more, the implications are obvious but in
case they aren't, here are a few issues:

1.Genuine calls to the police will be drowned among thousands of
accidental key presses of the panic button.
2. India lacks a dedicated emergency helpline like 911 in the US, so a
panic button to call the police is useless outside 4 or 5 major metros
which might have some level of computerization and wireless response
with the 112 service.
3. First responders, including the police can take up to 30 minutes to
respond even in crowded urban centers, which is too late to prevent
most  crimes.
4. Depending on friends or relatives for help is a poor choice. Most
ordinary people who aren't teenagers can often go a few hours without
checking the phone for messages. Besides we are not all Bruce Lee to
beat off goons, we can at best help rush the victim to the hospital.
5. Always on GPS will weaken batteries, so most will turn it off. When
the panic button is pressed, acquiring a GPS/Glonass fix can take
between 3-60 minutes depending on when GPS was last used.

I'm sure with 5 minutes of thinking we can all find still more issues.
What would have been nice is a call for proposals from the technology
community instead of what appears to be an off-the-cuff policy
announcement.

Background: http://www.businesstoday.in/sectors/telecom/new-handsets-will-require-mandatory-panic-button/story/231409.html
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Tarun Dua | 8 Feb 12:00 2016
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TRAI order on differential pricing

http://trai.gov.in/WriteReadData/PressRealease/Document/Press_Release_No_13%20.pdf

-Tarun
Tarun Dua | 5 Feb 07:33 2016
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free.fr

Any idea why this is blocked in India ?
Arun Mehta | 24 Jan 09:06 2016
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bluetooth becomes bultoo :)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-sees-in-Chhattisgarhs-Radio-Bultoo-an-example-worth-emulating-for-farmers/articleshow/50702160.cms

nice, that people can use Bluetooth as a form of radio, but how stupid, that we do not delicense low power FM, a technology designed for the purpose, with the cheapest receivers

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Kiritkumar Lathia | 20 Jan 09:01 2016
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India regulator pillories Facebook over Free Basics lobbying - BBC news

Follow up on Arun's previous e-mail chain; for once TRAI has taken the correct step to protect "net neutrality" which is important for not only India. As many have mentioned, there is no free lunch and this type of business by false advertising ("Free Basics") is not only morally wrong and should be regarded as falsifying a product (access of Internet for free but does not give access to Internet - only some selected parts of it). I hope it prevails and does not allow Internet cannibalisation . Any news on what happened to free Internet access from Google at train stations?

From the BBC news article:
Quote:
" But those campaigning to protect net neutrality in India suggest data providers should not favour some online services over others by offering cheaper or faster access. At least 50 professors of the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science also supported the campaign to protect net neutrality, saying that the Free Basics plan was "a lethal combination which will lead to total lack of freedom on how Indians can use their own public utility, the Internet".
End Quote.

Best wishes,
Kirit



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