Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Govt Petition against an Orkut Community

I am regular user of Orkut, a great networking site, which is now run by Google(taken over). Orkut allows people to create different communities and have some common discussions among people.

As this is an un-managed commiunity, with time there have been several 'displeasing and 'hurting' communties as well that have formed.
Ofcourse 'displeasing' and 'hurting' are relative terms . What might be displeasing to me, may not be for someone else.

Same is the case of the community 'We hate India' in orkut, which has a group of Pakistanis in it.
The news is that Mumbai Hight court/Maharashtra Govt has issued a notice to google for spreading hatred about India by it's social networking service.

Actually there are several such groups in Orkut which are anti-india, but i am not sure how the Govt pin pointed this group alone.
The main reason could be that this shows a picture of our national flag being burnt.

In general I feel the Govt should not interfere too much in such open communities and stop people from expressing their ideas. At this same time, in this specific scenario i am happy that this happened.
Because the lazy Orkut Administrators needed this shock. The orkut site provides with an option called 'Report as Bogus' where in people can complain against a specific community, if it's hurting sentiments of the people. This is as shown in pic above

And i have seen that there has been many and many discussions among people on this community 'We hate India' and many of us compained as well.
But Orkut did not take any corrective action. If they had taken the right action , at the right time then they could have avoided this court case.
So i think this petition would make the orkut administrators more smarter and act on complaints of the users more quickly.

But what's surprising me is that the specific community still exists now. I expected Google to act immediately and remove it temporarily atleast.

But as far as the Govt is concerned, I think it's better it interferes Only when sites like Orkut do not take any action inspite of people's complaints (like this case) only. Except in such cases, it's better Govt doesn't interfere in things like this and let it be managed by people themselves. The simple reason being there is no limit to screening the internet and Govt will only complicate things.

The funny part here is...the petition says that the government should "appoint a 'controller' under the Information Technology Act-2000 to regulate all such communities being in operation on the internet.
"Hahaha. I just can't imagine the plight of the person who would be doing this crazy job.

Btw...I think our High court. doesn't know one thing. People can join Orkut only on invitation, not by creating an account for themselves like any other site.Now who will invite these 'Controllers' into Orkut ;)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Medical treatments & Fashion

I was reading a discussion on Orkut on medical sciences and the progress made.

Person A asked : "We used ayurveda(herbal products) , then went to pills and stuff and were coming back to ayurveda, realising its values. Millions of examples are there". So does this mean we are going back to old style of medicines?

And the answer one of the guys gave was very funny
He said :
"2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
1000 B.C. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstitious, drink this potion."
1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!" "

Haha. Seems true sometimes. No medicine is perfect and all have side effects.
So we only change our choice based on time and tolerence levels of the side effects.

Medicines seems more of a fashion these days(may be in olden days also). And they also sell only if their is proper packaging and marketing.

Some years back, Kerela oil treatments were available only in Kerala, and only the diseased used to go there, but these days it has re-christened itself as 'Spa' which is available in every corner in a really posh beauty saloons and targetted at the upper middle class. And this has basically become a life style, and not restricted to diseased alone.

Recently i went to a doctor for some purpose, and he told me ur anemaic etc etc (usual stuff) and asked me about my eating habits. I told him i am currently on fruits and juice diet, as i want to reduce some weight.
He immediatey told me 101 reasons as why i should not be on a fruits and juice diet, but buy his Amway product and eat it.
And you know what more...that Amway product was a powder which i need mix in water and drink just twice a day.
Now i wonder what's the big difference between my fruit juice and his Amway product which is also a liquid:S:S

Yes..but there were two differences. One the Price was high and second there was some money back offer ;)