The blasts go off, the government comes under pressure, and going by the books, they pull out an egregiously absurd law out of their asses: They inculpate WiFi hotspots, as one of them was used by the terrorists to send an email.
“We cannot blame anyone if we forget to lock our own rooms. The ISPs should provide all these features of password and password protection,” said
a Ministry of Communication and Information Technology Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERTC-in) senior official an incompetent dork.
First of all, I do not sympathize with terrorists’ motives because of Indians getting targeted (as distasteful as that sounds, some people did suggest it when I argued with them about WiFi-blaming being ridiculous). With that said, I find it hard to believe that clamping down on hotspot security is going to reduce the level of terrorist threats. The Indian government shall have to outlaw real life mailboxes, phone-calls and anonymity all together as well as install GPS-trackers on every Indian resident for an approach like this to work. On the other hand, exploiting public fear by labeling inane regulations as being Anti-Terrorist is much more convenient than implementing adept law enforcing, don’t you think so?
Google is obsessed with AJAX.
So, why is it such a bad thing? Here’s the answer: it isn’t. When used properly, it can be great. Gmail, once again stands out as one of the leading examples here. Nevertheless, like any other technology, it has the potential of being abused. And, AJAX, when abused, can only be surpassed in terms of pure annoyance by Flash and Java. Quite surprisingly, the most effective example of “what not to do with AJAX” is also provided by Google, with its recent redesign of the social networking website Orkut.
In my opinion, Orkut is already a lost cause. No, not because Facebook is better. When Facebook started taking Orkut’s share, it wasn’t because Facebook was technologically superior to Orkut. And until just yesterday, I considered Orkut to be superior in at least that regard.
Aeternum vale, Orkut.