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India’s Proposed Ban Taught Me Something New

TajmahalSo I know many of you have been reading about India’s proposed ban of BlackBerry devices. Personally I find it extremely boring. India should just get over itself and look for a solution instead of making ultimatums. Now they just sound like a bad soon to be ex-girlfriend.

This whole saga has actually taught me something. I was reading an article on the Times Of India website with the title “Over 4 lakh BlackBerry users may be hit.” Which had me clicking for more. It sounded interesting.

Turns out a lakh is actually a unit in the Indian numbering system. It stands for 100,000 or 10 to the fifth power. If your interested in this kind of stuff I recommend reading this page on Wikipedia. I found it to be the most interesting part of this whole annoying ordeal eating up article space in my RSS reader.

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  1. Dude, I’m this close to removing the Blackberry news feed from my reader because I can’t take this drama anymore.
    On the other hand, it is quite an omen we should all pay attention to. We tend to think these things don’t happen in the Western world. Ha! Look at the American borders and laptop confiscating policies now. And I bet the American government has had a backdoor key to the Blackberry encryption for years. The Bald Eagle would never let Canadians get away with that.

  2. I know there is not a lot we can do But hope like hell that the ban does not go ahead. The estimated population of India as of July last year was 1.129 Billion. With a market this size, RIM would take a body blow when the iPhone gets released there if BlackBerry was/is still banned.

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