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@sankarshan a vast majority has been pushed to a state of informationlessness. And all they hear is "Sab Changa Si" on the television all day. Even the local newspapers have been doing a bad job of reporting things. All you find is a clean branding. When you travel to rural parts of the hindi heartland and talk to people, they will try their best and defend Modi and when all reason fails, they will go like, "at least the image of India has gone global and improved significantly."

Our politicians must be held accountable for everything that's happening in their constituencies, but they are entitled to have their sick-days and hobbies as well. Being in public office is no joking matter, and it should not be taken lightly. It's a noble profession like being a doctor, a teacher, or being in the military. But the point is that's all it is, a job/profession.

BTW, I'm no fan of Gautam Gambhir. Didn't like him as a player, don't like him as a politician.

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While Gautam Gambhir may have chosen the wrong meeting to miss, I don't think he was entirely wrong in choosing to go to Indore. Neither do I think that it's wrong for Shashi Tharoor to do a standup set on Amazon Prime Video. Or for Rahul Gandhi to go AWOL once in a while. Or for Trump to have his kids manage his businesses when he's POTUS. But I agree that probably Sachin took it too far during his term as MP.

But, Gambhir missed a very critical meeting given the current circumstances.

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That's all they're obligated to do. As long as they do their jobs right, they can choose to do whatever they want to in their free time. They should be able to earn more, or go on a vacation, if they choose to. Just 'coz we elected them, and our tax money pays for their perks, we don't get to tell them how to lead their personal life. Imagine how we'd react if our bosses did that! As long as they don't look to profit from their post, I don't see what's wrong in moonlighting in some other trade.

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You may argue that if they wanted to make more money, they could have chosen another profession. But tell me, just because a barista, hotel manager or an airhostess is in the service business, do they stop wanting to make financial gains? Then how is public service any different? Who gets to decide that elected govt. representatives are not to make money on the side? The way I see it, we choose a few people from amongst us to govern us and they carryout their responsibilities like any other job.

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I realize that the connotation behind the words Public Service is that it's an act of helping others without expecting anything in return. And that's probably why we use the term to describe what elected govt officials do. But I've always wondered, is it fair to expect govt officials to not have other sources of income, apart from their govt. salary? I know govt. posts come with a lot of perks, but what's wrong in wanting more, provided that it's not coming through bribes or other illegal means?

I still don't know why Barkha Dutt blocked me on the birdsite years ago. I don't think I ever trolled her (or anyone else for that matter). Remembered this now, because I just saw a tweet of hers quoted in an article. Anyway, not that I really care!

But then, since this is mostly against Pakistan and being done to ruin their international image, this counts as Information warfare?

In which case, it's quite genius. And elaborate!

Like... wow.

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This is SO messed up.

This investigation reveals 265 coordinated fake local media outlets serving Indian interests. All of them linked to New Delhi.

*Someone* seems to be putting in money into spreading disinformation across the world using fake websites. If THIS gets traced back to our Government, it would be incredibly INCREDIBLY embarrassing.

disinfo.eu/2019/11/13/uncovere

@ted Apologies, but I'm not sure if I've understood your point correctly. I presume you're saying that community moderators/admins can't or shouldn't be corporations or companies (like Twitter & Facebook), who are not participants of the communities themselves? Well, that makes sense for niche communities with fewer people, who don't require a lot of bells and whistles. But my point was more to do with people not accepting decentralised platforms that isn't at par with centralised ones.

So. I applied for passport renewal from a makeshift Passport Seva Kendra last Friday, and I received my new passport today!

Here's the timeline of events: The police verification happened on Saturday, the passport was printed and sent via speed post on Monday and it reached me today!

To receive a normal passport within 6 days in India is like winning a lottery! Big kudos to the Cochin RPO! Well done :clapping:โ€‹

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@bull500 I for one think subscription-based models have huge potential, but only if they're priced right. There are examples of both rightly-priced and overpriced subscriptions. But that's a topic for another day!

@bull500 That I agree with. I haven't heard of Krita. I have used Blender briefly, but don't know a lot about it. But I guess it's the same case with Firefox as well, right. The have Mozilla Corporation which has over 1000+ staff, and the profits go back into their projects. At least there's a structure to that model, and they have the resource to act on user feedback.

As far as the edit button goes, it may not have been implemented by design. I'm sure they've their reasons.

@RagsNair True but the model is changing. People are now able to individually contribute to open source projects and they are able to hire full time devs/people coz of such donations. Krita and blender exploited this model to their advantage and the benefit is for all.
I don't share the same enthusiasm for commercial soft because even after humongous funding they aren't able to address basic request(like edit button on birdsite) or even address the abuse problem.

@bull500 Sure, I agree. The idea of having a software built by the community for the community is fantastic. And the software that you listed are all fine examples of successful open-source platforms. But my point was that it is not for everyone. Sometimes 'someone will fix it on their own time' won't work. Folks who are less patient, and have the ability to pay, will opt for software/platforms that come with the service component, which basically means that the provider is accountable.

One more institutional murder at IIT Madras. Fathima Lathif, an undergraduate student in humanities and social science department committed suicide facing religious and caste discrimination from IIT faculty Sudarshan Padmanabhan, as per her suicide note. IIT Madras is a Brahminical Agrahara which makes the lives of students from minority community perishable in all ways. It is sixth suicide on the campus within two years.

The thing about open-source/free software is that nobody is accountable. And if nobody can be held accountable, the quality goes down. Similarly on , unless the creators and administrators are getting compensated for their time and effort, you can't really ask too much of them. You certainly are in no position to make any demands. All you can do is place a request and hope that it gets implemented. This is one of the reasons why I think decentralised social networking won't take off.

Had to be shared :0170: Brilliant choice of facial expressions!

Via Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) on burdsite.

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