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Friday, 29 June 2007

faking biometrics!!

Biometrics is all the rage today, and yet people always seem to find ways around it. Retinal scans, finger prints you name it and again people fake it.

Here's how a german student found a way to copy fingerprints and seems very easy to do provided you have an expensive camera, laptop and printer at your disposal.



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Thursday, 28 June 2007

emotive chain letters

Today, I received an emotive email asking me to petition against the closure of a South African institution in Capetown that polices child abuse. Having read the email, I almost put my name on the bottom and forwarded the petition to unsuspecting friends and family. 

I Googled "Cape Town 9-month baby raped by 6 men" and found that the email was a hoax and the institution in question was never closed. Furthermore, the hoax was rampant during 2001- 2002; I received the mail five years after such a hoax was rampant. 
At first, I figured it was a crafty bastard's handiwork - an impression of a practical joke. Bored out of the quotidian life, s/he crafted a fake petition and forwarded it to friends and family.


It turns out the petition was actually taken out in 2001, among rumours of the close down of South Africa's Child Protection Unit. It has been circulating the internet ever since fueled by the average unsuspecting reader's sympathy for children and execration for paedophiles. 
The fact that, appalled by the news, 434 well intentioned people (among thousands more who received, read, signed and forwarded) had wasted bandwidth and time for a lost cause irritated me. I am sure thousands more will follow suit and only add to the waste.
Furthermore, I almost abetted in furthering a lost cause. 
The road to hell is full of fcking good intentions, ain't it! 

update: 2 November, 2008

On the contrary, the hoax chain mail does serve a purpose - it sheds light on the fact that child rapes/molestations actually do occur. In 2001, BBC reported of numerous incidents of child rapes in South Africa. According to the report, the cause behind the sudden increase in child rapes was the belief among African men that having sex with a virgin cures all STD's including AIDS.

Excerpts of the chain mail
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Outrage in South Africa … Last week a 3 year old girl was beaten and raped … The man responsible was released … If you are too busy to read this then … The Government is planning to close the child protection unit and this is a petition against it … You may have already heard that there’s a myth in South Africa that
having sex with a virgin will cure AIDS … Recently in Cape Town, a 9-month-old baby was raped by 6 men. Please think about that for a moment … Please don’t be complacent, do something … You can make a difference …
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  Excerpts of news reports of the actual incident

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A 9-month old baby girl is in a serious condition in hospital in Upington after having been raped by 6 adult men, who were allegedly all drunk at the time. The child's teenaged mother was arrested at the same time, also allegedly drunk. ("Raped baby faces series of operations", DailyNews 30 October 2001).
("Not even animals would do this", The Star 29 October 2001). The men's ages ranged from 24 to 66. If they
weren't too drunk to "get it up" and physically rape the child, then they certainly weren't too drunk to know what they were doing. And that's the really horrifying thing.
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Tuesday, 26 June 2007

pirated DVDs

watched prison break Season 2 untill 3 in the morning and hence a groggy morning at the office. So, now forth!!
No more pirated DVDs..... lol!!

Resolutions, Resolutions!!
So many, and yet so fickle!!!

Prison break Here i come!

Thursday, 21 June 2007

kudos to politics !!!

had an expert lawyer at work today.. talked a lot about international water treaties.. ended up conferring that politics is the best route towards settling disputes!!! politics! dirty game, but happens to solve problems





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Monday, 11 June 2007

On what fafda jalebi is !!!

fafda jalebi is my niche on the web, created just so that I can share my ramblings, rants and raves with fellow netizens. 

Q:Why the name?
A: I wanted to start with a unique name.

Q:Why settle for fafda jalebi of all the other available concoctions?
A
: I have always had a sweet-tooth and also because of a particular incident that still brings a smile on my face.

Q: What of the incident?

A: While
discussing Indian cuisine and desserts in particular over a breakfast or lunch session at the SSDS workshop in Bangalore, a fellow participant (and a very dear friend) burst out,
"Have you tried any fafda jalebi? "
His sudden outburst, and introduction to a completely new entity had all of us laughing; a very nasal tone must have added to the humour. What followed were his exuberant raves about fafdajalebi and us cracking up even more.

Throughout the workshop, everyone called him by his new nickname - fafda jalebi. The name has stuck on my head ever since.

update on Oct 12, 2008
For the unordained millions and the confused housewives who ended up on my blog searching for a recipe for fafda jalebi.

Q:So, what exactly is fafda jalebi?
A: Fafda jalebi, is this supposedly salty sweet concoction of fafda and jalebi that Gujratis and residents of Ahmedabad love. This is a seriously popular Indian delicacy popular around Dussera.


jalebi from flickr
photo by Chiragkpatel on flickr

jalebis by Andra Kirkby
photo byAndrea Kirkby on Flickr

Q: Have I tried any?
A: Sadly, no! But I hope to!

Q: Do I have a recipe?
A: Nope, but they do:

P.S: In case, you were looking for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and ended up here.. stop typing with just one hand... or get a typing tutor.. :)

P.S: Do let me know, how your fafda jalebi turned out in the comments section.

Regards,
Utsav

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