Rage – SOPA & PIPA

Rage - SOPA-PIPA

Eminent websites like wordpress.org, Google, wikipedia English and Reddit have expressed their dissatisfaction against this act. The Stop Online Piracy Act(SOPA) and Protect IP Act(PIPA) will require websites like Google, AOL, Facebook etc. to monitor the content uploaded by every user or face legal prosecution. Quoting a paragraph from the Google website –

The U.S. government could order the blocking of sites using methods similar to those employed by China. Among other things, search engines could be forced to delete entire websites from their search results. That’s why 41 human rights organizations and 110 prominent law professors have expressed grave concerns about the bills.

What that means in simple language is, that WordPress would be forced to delete this post as it contains graphic images exercising our rights to Free Speech. As many of my readers come from India, you might ask why should we bother with something that happens in a government 8,422 miles away from us. The answer is simple, we being the largest democracy in the world are soon to follow suite. It has already started, please read Vinay Rai vs Facebook: Govt uses court to sensor the internet.

You can find a wonderful video on the Google website here.

Wake up fellow Indians and spread this message far and wide.

IPhone’s 15,200 words Terms and Condition has some hidden treasure.

I was just going through random Wikipedia articles on Apple inc and found some disturbing facts. Quoting the Wikipedia sections –

Since April 20, 2011, a hidden unencrypted file on the iPhone and other iOS devices has been widely discussed in the media.[219][220] It was alleged that the file, labeled “consolidated.db”, constantly stores the iPhone user’s movement by approximating geographic locations calculated by triangulating nearby cell phone towers, a technology proven to be inaccurate at times.[221] The file was released with the June 2010 update of Apple iOS4 and may contain almost one year’s worth of data. Previous versions of iOS stored similar information in a file called “h-cells.plist”

F-Secure has stated that the information is transmitted to apple twice a day, in Apple’s effort to generate a global locations database similar to Google. However unlike Google latitude Apple does not provide the user with any EULA(End user License Aggrement). Apple has put this in its 15,200 word long iphone terms and conditions. This reminds me of the famous South Park episode – http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s15e01-humancentipad

Apple claims it has reduced the size of cache, which previously stored data worth a year, which apple claims was just a mistake.

Bottom line is that EULA and Terms and Conditions are equally important as your house agreement. When you lease your house, don’t you read the words on the stamp paper a hundred times, then why be lazy while reading the terms and conditions. Remember they too have an equal importance.

Link to the Wikipedia Article – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone#Intellectual_property

Funny effect using jQuery.

I was just playing around with jQuery and accidental created this really funny effect. Keeping this post short as I have to get back to work I will post the code here –

<html>
<head>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”jquery-1.7.js”></script>
<script type=”text/javascript”>
// we will add our javascript code here
$(document).ready(function (){
$(“#mylink”).toggle(function (){
$(“#mydiv”).hide(‘slow’);
}, function() {
$(“#mydiv”).show(‘slow’);
});
});
</script>
</head>
<body>
<a href=”#” id=”mylink”>My link</a>
<div id=”mydiv” align=”center”>This is my div.</div>
</body>
</html>

The code functioned the way it without adding align=”center” in the div tag. However when I added that it gave me a smooth sliding effect 😛

Sadly I do not have a video upgrade, so I cannot post my video here 😦 I urge my readers to copy paste the code and try it out, it should be fun.