Author Archives: Loknath Das

UK budget steps up attacks on education

New research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) think tank finds that every school in England faces budget cuts by 2020. The EPI estimates that every primary school faces an average real terms loss of £74,000, with secondary schools facing a deficit of £291,000 in the next three years. This is the reality of the Conservative government’s £3 billion a ... Read More »

There’s now a game in which you build your own gaming PC

I’ve always wondered why simulator games (and an audience for them) exist for things like driving trucks, operating trains and being a goat: I guess they make sense for people who’ve actually tried and enjoyed those activities, or wanted to know what they feel like. (not sure about the goat thing though). That’s why my inner nerd was excited to ... Read More »

Tackling Asia’s final technology frontier

YANGON, Myanmar — Honey Mya Win didn’t have to look far to discover the tech potential for Myanmar. A 26-year-old former telecom engineer at Huawei, she was directly involved in configuring mobile phone towers and base station controllers that expanded 3G access to the once reclusive nation. “My team was actually the one connecting the country,” she said. “That made ... Read More »

Towards a lip-reading computer

Scientists at Oxford say they’ve invented an artificial intelligence system that can lip-read better than humans. The system, which has been trained on thousands of hours of BBC News programmes, has been developed in collaboration with Google’s DeepMind AI division. “Watch, Attend and Spell”, as the system has been called, can now watch silent speech and get about 50% of ... Read More »

Prison smuggler: ‘I brought mobile phones in for criminals’

Drones are seen as an increasingly popular method for smuggling drugs and mobile phones into prisons, but having prison staff bring in contraband is also an effective route for prisoners. A conversation with a prison inmate about football led James Almond to break the law himself. The then prison worker was chatting about his favourite team Manchester United, when the ... Read More »

Oxford Uni boffins say internet filters probably won’t protect teens

Researchers from the University of Oxford have suggested that, instead of rolling out internet filters, those who are concerned about what teenagers encounter online should spend some time helping their parents parent them. The research paper, “Internet Filtering Technology and Aversive Online Experiences in Adolescents”, was published today in The Journal of Pediatrics, and says the effectiveness of internet filters ... Read More »

Rockets try out high-tech gadgets in practice

The Rockets experimented with several pieces of technology at Tuesday’s practice, from barely dabbling in some to wearing tracking devices throughout the practice. Several players went through ball-handling, pass-catching and shooting drills while wearing strobe goggles that allow vision in brief flashes to promote hand-eye coordination and simulate a defender blocking a view of the ball or basket. “When shooting, ... Read More »

The week ahead in business and finance

Minerg Antofagasta will report its full-year results on Tuesday. Monday March 13 Full-year results:Grupo Clarin, Computacenter, Telecom Egypt, Telit Communications, Clarkson AGM: eServGlobal, SSP Group Economics: JOLTS job openings (US), Labor market conditions index m/m (US) Tuesday March 14 Expect investors to focus on Antofagasta’s investment decisions when it unveils its full-year results. Peter Malin, of Peel Hunt, said management ... Read More »

Businessman claims child abuse pictures were sent to computer after he ‘searched nudist websites’

A businessman claimed more than 200 indecent images of children were sent to his computer after he accessed nudist websites. David John Pearson told police the pictures appeared on his computer around 2007 when he searched for reviews of nudist locations. The 58-year-old claimed most of the images had been deleted but some had remained on his system. They were ... Read More »

China admits political education for students is poor

China is doing a poor job at political education for university students because the classes are outdated and unfashionable, the education minister said on Sunday in a rare admission of the difficulties faced enforcing a key government policy. Beijing has campaigned against the spread of “Western values” at universities, and the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog last year sent inspectors ... Read More »