Visiting A Blocked Site May Land You In Jail

Visiting A Blocked Site May Land You In Jail

Adnan Siddiqui

Adnan Siddiqui

Technology enthusiast and a blogger

There has been a lot of feedback provided to Microsoft around Windows 10 activation via Windows Insider Program. Its easy for Windows 7 and 8 users to install and activate Windows 10 without any problem. If you are trying to get a clean install of Windows 10 free upgrade then you must install Windows 7 or 8 first and then earn the free upgrade to Windows 10. What a waste of precious internet bandwidth! This will change coming month with next big update for Windows 10.

We have always enjoyed our freedom when it comes to accessing Internet. Perhaps, it is short lived now. We have been getting warning while visiting few torrent and blocked sites for past couple of years. The verbiage was very vague and it was not termed as incrimination back then. It seems to have changed for past couple of days. We are witnessing a clear messaging of committing an offence by just visiting a blocked site or URL.

You will see the message which reads as:

This URL has been blocked under the instructions of the Competent Government Authority or in compliance with the orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction. Viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating an illicit copy of the contents under this URL is punishable as an offence under the laws of India, including but not limited to under Sections 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act, 1957 which prescribe imprisonment for 3 years and also fine of upto Rs. 3,00,000/-. Any person aggrieved by any such blocking of this URL may contact at urlblock@tatacommunications.com who will, within 48 hours, provide you the details of relevant proceedings under which you can approach the relevant High Court or Authority for redressal of your grievance.

Who Blocked Sites?

Torrent sites are notorious for distributing copyright content eg. videos, music and books etc. Copyright owner of the content, for instance bollywood film studios or their lawyers approach court with a list of sites ahead of a movie release to prevent distribution of their content via these unauthorized medium. Sometimes, these lists include unnecessary URLs which are not associated with file sharing or movie downloads.

Once the order is issued by court against an unnamed entity, it is sent along with the list of blocked site URLs to DoT (Department of Telecommunication). It is further forwarded to ISPs (Internet Service Providers) who block any request to these sites at their servers resulting into such warning pop ups in your browser window.

Is Punishment For Real?

These warning pop-ups are not new but the warning verbiage is definitely strict and it is clear that you will be incriminating by visiting any blocked site. As a first time offender you can be booked under Section 63 of the aforementioned act, which deals with “Offence of infringement of copyright or other rights conferred in the Act” and you may end up in jail for six months to three years, and a fine of Rs 50,000 – Rs 2 lakh. For a subsequent offense, you can be booked under Section 63-A of the Copyright Act, and it can carry a punishment of not less than one year and it might extend to three years and a fine between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 3 lakh.

It is not clear how one can be prosecuted. It could be that ISPs submit the list of offenders and the “competent authority” or cops can follow through the process under the Copyright Act. In my opinion, it seems more like an education by ISPs to end users that they are trying to access a blocked site and they are committing a punishable offence. Recently Bombay High Court re-iterated to ISPs that blocking site is not the end of their responsibility, they need to inform users that it is an offense to access someone’s copyright work without permission. I suggest you all to be law abiding citizens, no matter this warning is followed through by the Government or not.

Is It Possible To Access Blocked Site?

Yes, it is possible to access blocked sites by using VPN or Proxy. There are different variants of Proxy Servers but a simple explanation is that a proxy server fetches the site or file on your behalf from a particular site (blocked site), so you do not interact with the blocked site directly rather you go to proxy and ask to fetch the web page and proxy provides the web page on your browser screen.

You may also conceal your IP address and browse internet anonymously by using VPN service. These technologies were developed to serve a greater purpose but this is the greatest.

Conclusion

This is the golden age for piracy cops when pirates are not finding any place to hide. The whole torrent world is falling apart. Not only pirates but subscribers of their services are also facing difficult times. Future does not look very kickass for this dark side of internet but there may be few surprises around. Please share your thoughts in comments.

Broadband Internet Speed To Be Raised 4 Times

Broadband Internet Speed To Be Raised 4 Times

Did you know that India is home to third highest number of technology driven startups across the globe? The study, done by Assocham in association with Thought Arbitrage Research Institute. So add another bullet point in your list as a proud Indian. The mirror says that expert and industry analyst feel that slow internet speed in our country is not adequate to take advantage of modern app based ecosystem.

Government’s Effort

There has been a push to connect Indian rural regions with Digital India and BharatNet. Government has announced its crucial internet outreach program to extend broadband to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats through optic fibre cable network under BharatNet. So far so good and it seems like we are heading in the right direction. We are witnessing a great potential in internet based services offered to us today. We are set to become an internet savvy nation which will be relying heavily on internet from getting taxi, grocery and online passport application and so on.

Mobile Internet Speed

Telecom providers in India have also started offering their 4G services. 4G enabled handsets are also available at a very cheaper price which makes it mobile internet very affordable by a common man. However, fixed broadband internet speed is still lagging and far behind the average internet speed across the globe.

According to Akamai the content delivery network and cloud service provider Q4 2015 report India secured 114th rank globally for its average internet speed at 2.8 Mbps. It is also slowest in Asia region.

Internet average connection speed improved to 5.6 Mbps globally. So 4 times increase in our current 512 Kbps speed will still keep us below the global average.

It’s a good start that this issue is raised by IT Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad. As he prompted to take the matter with Ministry of Communications as told to TOI. They are looking to mandate broadband speed of 2 Mbps from current 512 Kbps. It was last revised in August 2014 from 256 Kbps.

It is a welcome news and we all are looking forward to the announcement. I think we are also waiting for free Wi-Fi in national capital anxiously. So please don’t give up, you might see a free public hotspot one fine morning. If you have something to add to this story, please share it in comments.

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Join A Skype Conversation Without Installing It

Join A Skype Conversation Without Installing It

Join A Skype Conversation Without Installing It

This is a welcome change for Skype which allows users to join a Skype conversation by clicking on a URL. Read More DetailsNext Article
Adnan Siddiqui

Adnan Siddiqui

Technology enthusiast and a blogger

As of now the update is available for Skype for Mac, Skype for Windows and Skype for Web in US and UK. However, it will be rolled out to rest of the world in coming few weeks.

Users who are running Skype for Mac, Skype for Windows and Skype for Web can click on “+New” from their app and share the unique link via email, Facebook,  WhatsApp or whatsoever you want to use. The recipient of the unique link can join the conversation by clicking on the link. The invited guest can provide her or his name and start the conversation. Please note that no Skype account is required. The guest does not need to have Skype app installed on their device to get started. This functionality is really handy! You can check out the video to see the feature in action.

Skype also released an update for Mojis and some video clips based on TV and movies. The new update covers some cool new features and tabs for you to discover. Let me know how your first Skype conversation went with this new feature in comments section.

Skype Blog: A New Way To Start a Skype Conversation

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Activate Windows 10 Using Windows 7 and 8 Product Keys Next Month

Activate Windows 10 Using Windows 7 and 8 Product Keys Next Month

Activate Windows 10 Using Windows 7 and 8 Product Keys Next Month

Microsoft has secretly updated the free Windows 10 upgrade offered through assistive technology will be ended by 31st December 2017. So folks hurry up before Microsoft puts curtain on free upgrade. Read More DetailsNext Article
Adnan Siddiqui

Adnan Siddiqui

Technology enthusiast and a blogger

https://youtu.be/j7SxypblIlw

Display

Microsoft Surface Book comes with 13.5-inch display with a screen resolution up to 3000×2000. The display also supports pen and touch. You can also take advantage of Surface Pen which is claimed to be sensitive enough to detect 1024 different pressure levels. Apple must have taken a note for their next pressure sensitive hardware tech.  PixelSense touchscreen with 6 million pixel which translates into (267 ppi).

There is a dedicated GPU is in the base of the laptop and it will switch to the Skylake integrated GPU when the screen is detached from the base. In order to use the GPU at full throttle you must get the laptop docked.

The display surpasses the 1080p mark which makes it very good for watching HD videos and other graphics consuming apps.This is not a wide screen laptop, it is 3:2 which is not a favorite choice of modern laptops. I believe its more to do with your personal choice than the productivity factor.

Performance

The high end convertible is powered with 6th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GPU of the same class. You have an option of 8GB or 16GB of physical memory to keep you in game for multitasking

Storage

Microsoft Surface Book uses a Solid State Drive (SSD) as its main storage device. Please read more about Solid State Disks Performance Factor. In short, SSDs are the fastest storage medium available in the market. Microsoft Surface gives you 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB options.

Design

I am in love with the detachable keyboard. Microsoft is calling the technology as Muscle Wire which holds the keyboard and it can be easily detached by just pressing the button.

The base of the laptop includes a backlit keyboard which can be separated as I told earlier. It works in Clipboard mode or Canvas mode when detached. Here are the three modes of this convertible.

The laptop also includes 1.6mm key travel and a glass trackpad with 5-point multitouch, and there are two USB 3.0 ports and a full-size SD card slot.

Microsoft Surface Book is sleek, but when compared to other 2-in-1 laptops the Microsoft Surface Book is slightly heavier than the average of 3.08 pounds.

Battery

This laptop has great battery life and can go most of the day without having to be plugged in. Microsoft claims the Book has 12-hour battery life. You should take a note here that running graphic and resource intensive applications can drain your battery faster and may not last for complete 12 hours.

Price

Microsoft Surface Book was compared at the launch with Apple Macbook Pro and it is definitely in league of Apple Macbook Pro. Microsoft Surface Book starting price is $1,499 whereas the MacBook Pro’s pricing starts at $1,299. The top model goes up to $2,799 (roughly Rs. 1,82,500)

Overall, Microsoft has done a decent job with their first ever laptop and I am sure that its going to give Apple Macbook Pro a run for its money. Microsoft Surface Book will be launched on October 26.

Microsoft Surface Book – The Ultimate Laptop

Microsoft Surface Book – The Ultimate Laptop

Adnan Siddiqui

Adnan Siddiqui

Technology enthusiast and a blogger

https://youtu.be/j7SxypblIlw

Display

Microsoft Surface Book comes with 13.5-inch display with a screen resolution up to 3000×2000. The display also supports pen and touch. You can also take advantage of Surface Pen which is claimed to be sensitive enough to detect 1024 different pressure levels. Apple must have taken a note for their next pressure sensitive hardware tech.  PixelSense touchscreen with 6 million pixel which translates into (267 ppi).

There is a dedicated GPU is in the base of the laptop and it will switch to the Skylake integrated GPU when the screen is detached from the base. In order to use the GPU at full throttle you must get the laptop docked.

The display surpasses the 1080p mark which makes it very good for watching HD videos and other graphics consuming apps.This is not a wide screen laptop, it is 3:2 which is not a favorite choice of modern laptops. I believe its more to do with your personal choice than the productivity factor.

Performance

The high end convertible is powered with 6th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GPU of the same class. You have an option of 8GB or 16GB of physical memory to keep you in game for multitasking

Storage

Microsoft Surface Book uses a Solid State Drive (SSD) as its main storage device. Please read more about Solid State Disks Performance Factor. In short, SSDs are the fastest storage medium available in the market. Microsoft Surface gives you 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB options.

Design

I am in love with the detachable keyboard. Microsoft is calling the technology as Muscle Wire which holds the keyboard and it can be easily detached by just pressing the button.

The base of the laptop includes a backlit keyboard which can be separated as I told earlier. It works in Clipboard mode or Canvas mode when detached. Here are the three modes of this convertible.

The laptop also includes 1.6mm key travel and a glass trackpad with 5-point multitouch, and there are two USB 3.0 ports and a full-size SD card slot.

Microsoft Surface Book is sleek, but when compared to other 2-in-1 laptops the Microsoft Surface Book is slightly heavier than the average of 3.08 pounds.

Battery

This laptop has great battery life and can go most of the day without having to be plugged in. Microsoft claims the Book has 12-hour battery life. You should take a note here that running graphic and resource intensive applications can drain your battery faster and may not last for complete 12 hours.

Price

Microsoft Surface Book was compared at the launch with Apple Macbook Pro and it is definitely in league of Apple Macbook Pro. Microsoft Surface Book starting price is $1,499 whereas the MacBook Pro’s pricing starts at $1,299. The top model goes up to $2,799 (roughly Rs. 1,82,500)

Overall, Microsoft has done a decent job with their first ever laptop and I am sure that its going to give Apple Macbook Pro a run for its money. Microsoft Surface Book will be launched on October 26.

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Microsoft unveiled a surprise device at their October event. People were definitely expecting Surface Pro 4 tablet and Lumia 950 and 950 XL among others. Microsoft Surface Book is an impressive laptop convertible which made this event special. The laptop is shipped with Windows 10, a touchscreen friendly version. I found that Microsoft did not do justice to Microsoft Surface Book with their new advertisement.

Microsoft Surface Book Specs

Microsoft claims it’s the “fastest 13-inch laptop anywhere on any planet,” a statement that we don’t have the means to confirm, and that it’s “two times more powerful” than the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

“We made the ultimate laptop. We made the Surface Book,” said Microsoft Surface team leader Panos Panay while presenting the new device on stage.

Display

Microsoft Surface Book comes with 13.5-inch display with a screen resolution up to 3000×2000. The display also supports pen and touch. You can also take advantage of Surface Pen which is claimed to be sensitive enough to detect 1024 different pressure levels. Apple must have taken a note for their next pressure sensitive hardware tech.  PixelSense touchscreen with 6 million pixel which translates into (267 ppi).

There is a dedicated GPU is in the base of the laptop and it will switch to the Skylake integrated GPU when the screen is detached from the base. In order to use the GPU at full throttle you must get the laptop docked.

The display surpasses the 1080p mark which makes it very good for watching HD videos and other graphics consuming apps.This is not a wide screen laptop, it is 3:2 which is not a favorite choice of modern laptops. I believe its more to do with your personal choice than the productivity factor.

Performance

The high end convertible is powered with 6th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GPU of the same class. You have an option of 8GB or 16GB of physical memory to keep you in game for multitasking

Storage

Microsoft Surface Book uses a Solid State Drive (SSD) as its main storage device. Please read more about Solid State Disks Performance Factor. In short, SSDs are the fastest storage medium available in the market. Microsoft Surface gives you 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB options.

Design

I am in love with the detachable keyboard. Microsoft is calling the technology as Muscle Wire which holds the keyboard and it can be easily detached by just pressing the button.

The base of the laptop includes a backlit keyboard which can be separated as I told earlier. It works in Clipboard mode or Canvas mode when detached. Here are the three modes of this convertible.

3 Different Modes for Microsoft Surface Book Convertible | Image Courtesy Microsoft

The laptop also includes 1.6mm key travel and a glass trackpad with 5-point multitouch, and there are two USB 3.0 ports and a full-size SD card slot.

Microsoft Surface Book Keyboard

Microsoft Surface Book Keyboard | Image Courtesy Microsoft

Microsoft Surface Book is sleek, but when compared to other 2-in-1 laptops the Microsoft Surface Book is slightly heavier than the average of 3.08 pounds.

Battery

This laptop has great battery life and can go most of the day without having to be plugged in. Microsoft claims the Book has 12-hour battery life. You should take a note here that running graphic and resource intensive applications can drain your battery faster and may not last for complete 12 hours.

Price

Microsoft Surface Book was compared at the launch with Apple Macbook Pro and it is definitely in league of Apple Macbook Pro. Microsoft Surface Book starting price is $1,499 whereas the MacBook Pro’s pricing starts at $1,299. The top model goes up to $2,799 (roughly Rs. 1,82,500)

Overall, Microsoft has done a decent job with their first ever laptop and I am sure that its going to give Apple Macbook Pro a run for its money. Microsoft Surface Book will be launched on October 26.

Delhi Public Transport Offline App For Commuters By Google

Delhi Public Transport Offline App For Commuters By Google

Adnan Siddiqui

Adnan Siddiqui

Technology enthusiast and a blogger

https://youtu.be/j7SxypblIlw

Display

Microsoft Surface Book comes with 13.5-inch display with a screen resolution up to 3000×2000. The display also supports pen and touch. You can also take advantage of Surface Pen which is claimed to be sensitive enough to detect 1024 different pressure levels. Apple must have taken a note for their next pressure sensitive hardware tech.  PixelSense touchscreen with 6 million pixel which translates into (267 ppi).

There is a dedicated GPU is in the base of the laptop and it will switch to the Skylake integrated GPU when the screen is detached from the base. In order to use the GPU at full throttle you must get the laptop docked.

The display surpasses the 1080p mark which makes it very good for watching HD videos and other graphics consuming apps.This is not a wide screen laptop, it is 3:2 which is not a favorite choice of modern laptops. I believe its more to do with your personal choice than the productivity factor.

Performance

The high end convertible is powered with 6th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GPU of the same class. You have an option of 8GB or 16GB of physical memory to keep you in game for multitasking

Storage

Microsoft Surface Book uses a Solid State Drive (SSD) as its main storage device. Please read more about Solid State Disks Performance Factor. In short, SSDs are the fastest storage medium available in the market. Microsoft Surface gives you 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB options.

Design

I am in love with the detachable keyboard. Microsoft is calling the technology as Muscle Wire which holds the keyboard and it can be easily detached by just pressing the button.

The base of the laptop includes a backlit keyboard which can be separated as I told earlier. It works in Clipboard mode or Canvas mode when detached. Here are the three modes of this convertible.

The laptop also includes 1.6mm key travel and a glass trackpad with 5-point multitouch, and there are two USB 3.0 ports and a full-size SD card slot.

Microsoft Surface Book is sleek, but when compared to other 2-in-1 laptops the Microsoft Surface Book is slightly heavier than the average of 3.08 pounds.

Battery

This laptop has great battery life and can go most of the day without having to be plugged in. Microsoft claims the Book has 12-hour battery life. You should take a note here that running graphic and resource intensive applications can drain your battery faster and may not last for complete 12 hours.

Price

Microsoft Surface Book was compared at the launch with Apple Macbook Pro and it is definitely in league of Apple Macbook Pro. Microsoft Surface Book starting price is $1,499 whereas the MacBook Pro’s pricing starts at $1,299. The top model goes up to $2,799 (roughly Rs. 1,82,500)

Overall, Microsoft has done a decent job with their first ever laptop and I am sure that its going to give Apple Macbook Pro a run for its money. Microsoft Surface Book will be launched on October 26.

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