Openness of internet

Internet was made popular by the notion of freedom, ease and speed. Ability to share information with anyone, by a click on button with a system located at any point of the world. Everyone knew the power of this new technology, and many feared the challenges that will come with this new technology.

Internet has the power of delivering any information to a connected device across the globe immediately. There is no check on the quality of information. This information can help an individual, communities, etc. But as we have seen in some recent cases in India, a wrong information can sometimes lead to loss of lives. Human beings love to speculate, and have opinions about things (politics, finance, etc.) they sometimes have no idea about. These opinions, that a human love to share, cannot always be considered as the right information. In the absence of internet, these opinions will rarely spread to masses. Internet is an information highway, and these opinions can now reach everywhere. Human will always have opinions and will always want to share them. But we need a check on the platform that can help people understand difference between facts and opinions.

  1. Evidence: In Indian TV dramas there is always a “Bahu”, who wants to spread false information or opinions. Most people around her accept those opinions as facts without asking for evidences. This leads to plots that unravel slowly and these shows run for years (For instance, Kyun Ki Saans Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi). No one in those tv series was asking for evidences. We need to ask for evidence and reject information that cannot be justified by evidences. More serious or impactful the story is, more concrete should be the evidence. Having evidence alone is not going to solve the issue of authentic information. There are many organizations, which are running targeted programs to spread false information, sometimes with false evidences. Images of destruction from Gaza is at times shown as an image of violence and destruction in Kashmir. For a quick reference, one should rely more on news coming from reliable news sources, rather than coming from your unknown friend on Facebook or WhatsApp.
  2. Authenticity of Evidence: Images, Audios and Videos can be used as evidences on internet. There should be a way to find authenticity of these evidences. Anyone can now take a picture from his camera, edit on his phone and upload to internet as a picture taken elsewhere. A service is required to verify authenticity of this picture. Cutting edge systems are available that can search an image on internet and return results which look similar to the test image. But this solution is not going to be enough in future. Technology companies are working on building smart camera technology and applications which can help one take a picture and then edit any aspect of it. Nowadays one can easily change the background, add more people to picture, replace one object or a person with someone else. Having this technology in everyone’s hand is not solving any big problem for consumer, but will definitely add more problem to find authenticity of a picture. Smart way should be to label any edited image as fake, because when one starts editing an image, he is creating a fake version of the original.

Technology is changing fast and with that, bad actors are adopting newer technologies faster to fool people than companies/people who are working on adding checks and balances. People need to show more restraint when acting on any artifact they see online.

Is Saudi consulate safe?

Recently a well known (at least in Saudi Arabia) Saudi journalist was assassinated and secretly disposed from national consulate of Saudi Arabia in Turkey. Initially the Saudi government denied any knowledge and involvement in this brutality. After two weeks of constant pressure from USA and hard evidences from Turkey, government released statement that it was an interrogation that went wrong. As per the official stand, the journalist had an argument with some folks in the consulate, which led to his death. It just happens to be that the argument he had were officials close to prince Salman. As per Turkey government, these folks landed in Turkey sometime before journalist’s visit to consulate and returned back post his death. If one does accepts the statement of brawl leading to death of the journalist, it is difficult to understand how the entire consulate participated in deposing off the body of Mr. Khashoggi. Saudi government (including the king) lied to US president Trump and the world about having any knowledge of it for about next 6 days. Then they claimed that probably the journalist was murdered, but some third party (or rogue element) did it. Hard to believe if some other country or someone more powerful than the king is running Saudi Arabia’s consulate.

This act raises few strange points:

  • How easy it is to loose your life at Saudi consulate. A brawl can lead to death and your body will be destroyed easily to be never found again. Next time someone visits Saudi’s consulate, make sure to write your will and call friends and family. One may not get a chance to say good bye later.
  • If officials kill someone at Saudi consulate, it can take up to 2 weeks before the king or foreign office will know about it. This is either the king is not the real king and someone else is calling the shots or the king was consulting ways to release the news without harming himself and the young prince.
  • This also highlights the extent of corruption in the country. How many people were fed with gold (probably oil wells) to hold the information and deny out-rightly about it?
  • Can responsibility of prince in this murder be ignored, when he is the direct leader/master of two of the folks involved in this murder? Prince has to do one of the two things: 1) Either take responsibility of this murder or, 2) accept that he is an idiot to hire murderer and don’t know what his folks are doing. He is going to look bad in both the cases, but these are only two options for him now.

But as we have seen earlier, and will continue to see it in future, the Saudi government will deny any knowledge of it. They will offer to buy more arms and raise investment in US and Europe. They will initiate some inquiries, and some low-lings will be blamed for this or these low-lings will own it themselves. World will move on to US vs China (+Russia), until we hear again about some other journalist.

 

Install sbt on openSUSE Tumbleweed

Steps:

  1. Open yast2 and add sbt repo: https://bintray.com/sbt/rpm/rpm.
  2. Search for sbt in yast tool.
  3. Install the selected software. Unless there was an error, you are set.
  4. Check sbt installation by typing commands in terminal: sbt –version or sbt about
  5. If you get successful results, then you are set. Else follow the error prompts to fix the issue.

These simple steps will save you some time if you are working on openSUSE or rpm based systems.

Whose Life is This?

This is one of the most common question that every person have to face at least once in his life. Who owns the life they are living.

Long time back millions of sperms started their journey to reach the unfertilized egg inside fallopian tubes. Finally after swimming hard and faster than competitors, one was successful in reaching the destination. The fertilized egg stayed in the womb for nine long months and on one fateful day the human child was born. His parents took care of him and fed him while he was still trying to figure out the meaning of word, MOM. His parents sent him to school and taught him ways to live in this world. They taught him how to think rational and solve the problems that he was going to face during coming years. He learned everything calmly without questioning on any aspect of his training. Finally a day arrived when he wanted to live his life on his own. Paused and startled, he is thinking, “Whose life is this?”, “What has he done to get this life?”. Nothing!!, he has not done anything to get this life, so he doesn’t own his life. He has no right on his life. So, who does? The question gets answer from the point where it all started, Origin of his life. Yes, it’s the parents who owns his life. They are the master of his life. They are Originator, Controller, and if they wish to, Destroyer of this life. The person is just a slave to his originator. He is bound to follow his originators.

The life belongs to the person who creates it.