Thursday, September 30, 2010
most of these are exisitng stadia which have been renovated.
Sydney Olympics in 2000 - $ 1 billion
Athens 2004 - $ 6 billion
Beijing 2008 - $ 44 billion ( the greatest spectacle on planet earth until now..)
London 2012 - $ 18 billion ( estimates..)
New Delhi Common Wealth Games 2010 $ 14 billion, but nobody accountable, everyone is spending ..
Sebastian Coe , the 800 m Olympic goldmedallist is the chairman of the 2012 London Olympics,
A corrupt, thick skinned, former Indian Airforce pilot, politician Suresh Kalmadi is the Chairman of CWG OC. E sridharan or Metro fame or Kheny of NICE Bangalore fame would have done the games at half the cost.
The cost of refurbishing the exisiting Jawaharlal Nehru athletics stadium in Delhi cost Rs 1000 crores.
The SC has said that till the games are over, the OC members will be public citizens and after the games are over, they will be private citizens and will have to take care of their own backs. Thousands of crores must already have flown to Swiss banks on hearing that news..
Where is our country headed to !!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
ETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY :(ehow.com)
Every advancement in information technology is accompanied by at least one ethical quandary. From Facebook to email updates, users are unaware of the fine balance between ethics and profit struck by providers. Software developers, and individuals must think about the rights and wrongs of using information technology every day. The fundamental issues underlying the world of information technology are the end user's expectation of privacy and the provider's ethical duty to use applications or email responsibly.
Data mining covers a wide range of activities that turn numbers, words and other data into distinguishable patterns. In the hands of a responsible agency or , data mining can determine a probable next step for a terrorist cell or determine buying patterns within demographic groups. This practice has been assailed in the post 9/11 world as part of a widespread pattern of invasions of privacy carried out by America's intelligence experts. The practices of the Total Information Awareness Progress in particular were thought to pry into the day-to-day lives of innocent people by IT ethics experts and civil libertarians.
The social networking craze may allow people around the world to speak with each other but it has also brought up several IT ethics issues. Facebook initiated a program called Beacon in 2007 to turn each user's personal information into an advertisement, allowing a greater amount of connectivity between the website's members. Facebook's developers failed to create an opt-in system that gave willing users the chance to participate of their own accord. Beacon came under fire for pulling information from Facebook profiles and breaking down privacy boundaries common in the real world. Another ethical issue for social networking websites is the amount of security they should use when registering members. Several abductions in recent years have been connected to MySpace, bringing up concerns that social networking sites aren't doing enough to protect young users.
Spam is defined broadly as emails with commercial or profane messages that are sent blindly to hundreds and thousands of users. Aside from the content of spam email, the major ethical issues for service providers and individuals alike involve identifying spammers. Email programs through AOL and Yahoo! may identify some spammers who are brazen enough to send out millions of emails but their spam programs rely largely on user feedback. While some users will identify legitimate spammers carrying viruses and pornographic messages, there is the potential for users to identify legitimate companies as spammers.
Intellectual Property and Information Technology
The merger of intellectual property rights and information technology has been rough going since the 1990s. The advent of Napster, Limewire and other peer-to-peer downloading networks brought the issue of infringing on artistic property to the fore. NBC's exclusive rights to the 2008 Olympic Games were challenged by bloggers and online pirates who placed footage on YouTube. The ethical issue that arises when dealing with intellectual property in the virtual world is the length to which content producers should pursue permission to reprint images and articles. While lifting entire articles for a term paper is clearly unacceptable, there are questions from ethicists about the practicality of seeking out unknown artists and writers for something as minor as a blog.
Filtering Online Content
Comcast has come under fire in the past two years for blocking downloads from Bit Torrent. The Internet service provider (ISP) has claimed that "throttling down" downloads via Bit Torrent is a reasonable element of maintaining high-speed service. Religious groups, adult websites and others have banned together in an unusual alliance to fight Comcast's effort to filter content. The major ethical debate raged between ISP, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and end users is whether Internet service should be content-neutral.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Buffalo soldier of the 10 th cavalry regiment of the US army is visiting India in Nov 2010. He is skipping the city of Bangalore .. ge..
Does he know that the largest $ 1 billion IT contract in India by Airtel was bagged not by an Indian firm but IBM. IBM also maintains Airtel's Africa operations .. India is helping IBM rema...in competitive in world markets otherwise it would have got wiped off years back ..
Have fun ..
The story is quite old.. some 12 - 13 years back, when hotmail was not owned by Microsoft and Sabeer Bhatia was firing the shots..
That time, Netscape Navigator was still the top web browser and Microsoft had not stolen part of software released by Mosaic as open source s/w. Internet explorer was still in the womb.. The first web based email service was Hotmail. After creating some 100 accounts for my colleagues in Goa Engg college during 1996-7 , my friend Rayudu told me that Yahoo was also a good one worth trying..
I gave it a try and also its many value added services like free webpages, photostoring services....
Sad to say over the years, yahoo has dumped its loyal customers ( on the free services model) by the road side. I have in the process lost a lot of my files, photos which were stored on yahoo services. That is why I too have dumped yahoo ..
Nothing like google and gmail .. its youtube, chrome browser and blogspot blog services have caught my fancy and will continue to do so with greater force , once chrome OS hits the market.
I am waiting to see that day when Microsoft and its proprietary software model will be overtaken by Google and its open source community developed, publicly owned software model.
That will be the day when all the peoples of the world, irrespective of their economic status, regional alliances and knolwdge levels will be able to reap the full benefits of software thru the open source and community developed and community owned models.
To that land of freedom, God let my world and its people awake !!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
amatuer musician Thomas Easaw. pl. download the mp3 file.
Comments pl ..
Friday, September 17, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
|Nitte Meenakshi Inst of Technology, Yelahanka, Bangalore ..,|
Finally after much vacillation and indecision, jobin has finally joined Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Yelahanka, Bangalore (www.nmit.ac.in) in Electrical and Electronics branch.
Nitte Meenakshi is one of the five autonomous Engineering Institutes in the city of Bangalore under Vishwesharaya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum, the others being BMS, PESIT, MS Ramaiah and .. . It is also the first Engineering College in the country to send a satellite to space ( much earlier than the other premier Institutes like the IITs or IISc).
It is also the only Engineering College in the country to still have a running Amateur Satellite Tracking station in the country. IIT Kharagpur and SRM Engg College Chennai recently launched satellites, the initial tracking of the satellites till they were put in orbit in space was done at NMIT by the students.
The former Director at NIT, Suratkal, Dr N R Shetty is the Director of NMIT, Bangalore.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Read more: Use of credit cards goes down in India - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Use-of-credit-cards-goes-down-in-India/articleshow/6543407.cms#ixzz0zNbldEUb
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Both are open source. Because of Android pressure, Symbian recently became open source..
Interesting graphic. Should'nt US be ashamed of itself for promoting irresponsible development ? US average Carbon footprint...
My popular posts over the last month ..
These malayalam proverbs (invaluable diamonds of wisdom) have been collected from eyyal.blogspot.com and other sources on the Intern...
Rajagiri HS Ernakulam, Kerala, in the late 70s, was a great place to do schooling. While at Rajagiri, I had a classmate who used to be...
This article on Synthite ( www.synthite.com ) is basically done from an academic view point. Spices was what enticed the Romans, the Eg...
What a couple gave back to nature and wildlife .. The 300 acre private forest wildlife sanctuary comes up after 25 years of hard work...
It will be 18 months by mid February 2017 since Kochi international airport in Kerala, the third largest in India with a built up space of ...
To who does Jack Ma Alibaba founder give credit to for helping change his outlook on life ? a great example of how mentorship can...
The inter-state traveling public In Bangalore are put to great hardships by the private bus operators who fleece them with high charges dur...
My sister once told me to read the quotes of the day one gets at Forbes.com site as one logs in for the first time on any day. Forb...