Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Excise commissioner Rishi Raj Singh was addressing a state-level empowerment programme for students at Kochi on Sunday when he told the participants that if a man annoyingly stares at a woman for 14 seconds a case can be registered against him. He also asked the girls and women to carry a knife or pepper spray in their handbags for self-defence.
As much as I see the point of pepper spray etc… Well, in addition to a knife and/or pepper spray; the girls will also need to carry a stop-watch to determine conclusively if they have been a victim of harassment or not.
I am hoping that with reference to context, this 14 second statement was just a figure of speech and not intended to be taken literally.
Rishi Raj says if a MAN annoyingly stares at a WOMAN for 14 seconds. Just a few queries:
- Does the same apply if a man is staring annoyingly at another man? Or a woman is staring annoyingly at a man or another woman??
- Is it ok to be leching after someone up to 13 seconds?
- Does staring for 18 seconds amount to assault? Does staring for 22 seconds amount to rape?
- Who gets to decide what is annoying?
- Would this be applicable to the judging panel of a beauty pageant or similar situations?
Faaltu ki draamebaazi. Faaltu ke issues. Faaltu ki statements.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
The BlackBerry Apps for the Venice/Android just got updated last week. It’s nice to see that the BlackBerry team is working on getting things sorted (for the few of us who need the handset to be more than just another Android toy).
Also, some promising news from the team working on the Hub - The option to SEND emails by using a PKB Shortcut (Finally!). Once available, one won’t be required to go all the way to the top of the screen to send a composed email (I am unable to understand why this ‘feature’ wasn’t there from the start).
The change log mentioned that the feature was already available in the last update, but after some clarification, it was confirmed that they are working on it and it should be available soon.
Has there been an improvement in the overall experience – YES! Definitely a significant improvement. When compared to other android devices, this one is definitely much better (in my view). That said, it still continues to be a very distant (and relatively incompetent) cousin when compared to the BB10 OS on the BB Classic.
Another update to the BB Hub and…. Quick Send now works! Thank you!!
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