For me, the very foundations of Hacker-dom is based on three very fundamental steps:
1. Grasp the fundamentals
2. Question everything
3. Question everything, without being a fanatic
As ironical (or rather illuminating, depending on the way you see) it may sound; as I start my very first step to understand the fundamentals of Indian constitution on the 59th Republic Day, I also start to learn to question it. It’s disturbing to learn that the borderline difference between pretending to be a democratic nation, and actually being one, has already depleted. What pains me more is that we “celebrate” the Republic day in the form of a “holiday”, without actually caring about being sovereign and republic.
I am starting to get fed up of getting used to all the abnormalities in the normal flow of life.
Slashdot is supposed to be a respectable (news) portal for geeks and nerds. It’s punch line says News for nerds, Stuff that matters. I must admit that there was a time when I used to start my day with Slashdot, trying not to miss even a single news. That phase, however, is over. The two biggest problems with Slashdot today are:
1. The Slashdot community, which is getting reduced to people who lurk around to post comic and sarcastic comments. It’s very seldom that you come across an intelligent and insightful comment.
2. The news, if I may say so, itself.
This rant is a direct result of a news titled Google Assists In Arrest Of Indian Man, posted on 19th. First of all this is an Old News. In fact I’d used the context to post a legal analysis of the impact of another Orkut worm, as per my knowledge and belief. I have nothing against reading old news, but for God’s sake, don’t claim it to be new.
Secondly, the post cites Shivaji as a saint. He was not a saint. He was a king and a warrior. Do your homework before posting, or rather approving such news.
Thirdly, the tone in which the post is written is as vague, if not more, as the point the post tries to make. If you wish to blame Google, get proper info before doing that. Google has a pact with Indian law enforcement. They are bound to provide such info. If you wish to convey the news that a false person was convicted, say it. If you wish to bring about the role of Yahoo! and Google in such cases, do it properly.
Being said all that, I don’t think I’ll completely stop reading /. . However, the prestige of being Slashdotted now seems to be just about traffic now.