Be careful while using Paypal and Ebay.com

Recently I made a purchase on ebay.com (not .in) and paid via paypal.

Well everything was fine , but this was the first purchase i made after linking my debit card. I didnt follow the transaction as seller gave me a tracking ID , which was working fine , until suddenly it said ” Sender asked the item to be returned” , i tried contacting the seller , and it took some days for the back and forth conversation. He was saying that he got a email from paypal saying not to go ahead with the shipping as the payment of mine was kept on hold.

 

 

Note : Paypal might with hold your transaction if it find something fishy and MIGHT NOT TELL YOU THEY DID THAT !!!

So on 25th of sept , the order status changed to “Cancelled” on paypal transaction page.

 

 

I contacted the seller , and he was saying this usually happens and when he recieves the payment , he would immediately ship the item.

Since I havent used dispute much , I opened a dispute on 2nd of this month , and later found that only if i close the dispute , the payment would go through , so on 3rd i closed the dispute. Even while closing the dispute , there was no warning , that i cant reopen or start a new dispute for this transaction. Also it should be noted that in any given time , i havent ordered or asked paypal to withold the payment to the seller , it was done by paypal.

After some furious phone calls and repeated confirmation that payment has gone through , seller still denied he received the payment. Last PM i got from him was 18th of this month and still now there is no response.

 

Here are few things that makes me even more furious. Ebay.com , if you bought via paypal , sends all the dispute/resolution part of the buying to paypal.

Second , Ebay.com provides only one way to contact them , ie a CC phone number , which currently i cant able to reach either from the landline of mobile (airtel and BSNL). There is no otehr way to contact them , which is kind of VERY silly given reputation and presence of ebay worldwide.

So dont start a dispute or close the dispute just like that. Get an email / dispute comment confirmation that you are closing the dispute after the seller has agreed to send the item.

 

Lastly , Dear paypal , your One Transaction – One dispute Policy SUCKS!!

 

 

 

- Urs Siva

What does Shah report say on Privacy ?

Its nice that planning commission has asked for a report on privacy . No wonder given the increased intrusion by government into individual privacy , this was expected. But will the government heed to the report ? There is more at stake and following international methods , will be enormous task , given the illiteracy rate , middle man (agencies) and in general the practical difficulty involving.

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Anyway for those want to know how india , the current bills , laws stand for privacy , this is good read.

What to expect from this Report :

* It discusses various court cases thus far on privacy and how SC interprets privacy , ie article 21 .. interesting cases .

* Next it discusses various international laws pertaining to privacy and how they see and deal with privacy

* All the laws , bills relating to privacy , and how they lack , what needs to be added , and what confusing points already in those bills , laws . ( this part is the pretty long one , but gives an idea how weak all these bills are pertaining to privacy)

 

Report of the Group of Experts on Privacy

 

Please share and let others too know their right to privacy. Privacy is something we Indians dont seem to bother much , but given the increased intrusion by state , and constant survillence and monitoring coming forth in near future , everyone should be aware of their right to privacy.

 

– Urs Siva

Roccat Kova [+] and Roccat Taito

Had been searching for a good claw grip mouse and little bit of finger grip . Searched for a long time because getting a fix on good products has become a tedious process. Decided will go for CM Storm Spawn mouse ,but was warned by one of my online friend , not to go for it , due to issues with its sensor. Again after much delay , settled to for Roccat Kova , but fortunately  found a seller on ebay who was giving a better deal on Kova [+] , the newer version . Kova[+] sells at 5.5 K Rs , but was fortunate to get it for half the price, At first i was doubtful whether it was a fake one , but the product came with original packing , and built wise looking good, hard to be an fake one *fingers-crossed*. After few days got Roccat taito Mouse pad , as the mouse feets usually gets degraded with desk surface or other surface. Again found Taito selling for much lesser price , than usual ,on flipkart , so grabbed one.. :D.

 

Just few images for now , if time permits ,will do a review.

 

- Urs Siva

Can this composition of Indian Constitution Work ?

Can this composition of Indian Constitution Work ?

 

    1. Instead of relying on the unrelated and unqualified ministers for approval , now the head of each department , for eg , Head of Nuclear department can propose plans in the parliament .
    2. The People elected representatives can either approve or disapprove the said plans based on the merits / demerits .
    3. Retired SC Judges can give great insight into the legalities of the proposed plan.
    4. Concerned civil groups can make suggestion , point out the flaws etc.
    5. Opposition which is now largely a speed breaker in almost all proposal by the ruling party will be now removed from the equation , yet still be given appropriate representation. Also its no longer a matter of this party vs that party.
    6. Now the HOD`s have to propose and describe each plans in detail , their merits, demerits , cost involved , sectors benefiting etc to the entire members and similar to current system , the voting will take place at the end of the proposal and possible amendments to be made.
    7. This will largely remove the “ignorant” factor posed by the unqualified (education wise) politicians in blocking good proposals
    8. The civil group will be changed or willing citizen can participate ,register their thoughts and appropriately vote.
    9. All proposals will be announced in advance and civil groups / citizens who wish to register their thoughts will be selected at random.
    10. No more can a party simply pass laws after laws without any opposition (mostly walked out) , each one has to be discussed now.
    11. As Ruling party will be no more than a voting / opposing group , corruption , scandals , imo can be reduced (They will find loop holes at the end of the day) , and when the money making capabilities are reduced , it will be no longer seen as a profession for making money , and greedy will eventually quit , at least that’s what i imagine !!
    12. All HOD`s will be elected in a transparent manner by the usual election process which happens via respective departments.
    13. People now have direct say on their society and for their jobs as they now elect two representative.
    14. This also removes the brains behind each minster (currently) to propose their plans independently without the interference of ministers. This IMO , is the greatest benefit of all

 

 

IMHO , one shouldn`t be authoritative over a subject ,if he doesn’t know that subject or have experience in it

Shall I speak ? Will it offend you ?

Recent months have seen increase in freedom of expression and freedom of suppression from one side !! Many of you by now should have known the timeline of events concerning Kapil Sibal`s efforts to censor internet and High courts pathetic display of ignorance and arrogance towards Social media sites and Constitution as a whole!

Internet, unlike anything in the past, is a spectrum of ideas and it can’t be defined with particular ideology. One is quick to compare it with news medias, books etc. Internet can be anything depending on what you want to see it as. It can be from online gaming portal , place to gather information , a bank (don’t remember when I last visited my bank in person) , a place to meet friends , discuss and solve issues , to meet your loved ones who are on other side of the planet , a stage to spill all the dirty beans (scams , scandals ) and much more.

So putting a blanket term for internet is plain stupidity. Internet has been very effective in one thing , spread of information. For a person from rural area , if there was no internet , it would take ages to find even the simplest information. Today I can not only find the information I want , but also relevant , agnostic information pertaining to it. For eg , difference between Jan Lokpal and Govt`s Lokpal. It has also made world news and world events more reachable. Previously we used to depend on 5 minutes “World news” section in local news channel, which won’t even give enough emphasis on the issue. Or one page allocated in newspapers for world news. And world news coverage usually was given to entertaining news, rather than pressing issues. Today I can track any event happening in the world with minute to minute update, in-depth details, and varying thoughts about it. Internet in the hands of the rural villagers is a boon which no government or education system can achieve, bringing entire knowledge of this universe upon few click of a button.

 

Image Credit : Hindu

 

So why censor such technology?

The very reason it unloads entire information on your screen, is the very reason our rulers are afraid of. A single tweet is all that is enough today to bring out a major issue to the public domain. Previously it has to pass through various mediums, like reporters, editors etc. And already with many news agency in the hands of powerful and rich , the effectiveness of such major incident could be down played , or totally suppressed ( Occupy wall street , SOPA , Paid news , allocation of homes by indian govt to reporters , etc etc..). And for the rulers it was easy to handle countable number of media outlets . But with the increasing number of users online and the anonymity it offers, anyone can be whistle blower! And it becomes even more difficult when the content one posts , could not be taken down by the rulers , since it is no longer within their reach. Google transparent report is all one needs to look at if one wants to know the real motive behind the recent censoring crusade carried out by our rulers!

 

Obviously our rulers cant parade on the media stating, many are posting critical stuff of us on internet and we want it removed , which will eventually lead to more coverage of such posts. That is where religion comes in.

Religion on the other hand is a spectrum of stupidity and irrational ideology. When we have plenty of religion and particularly in india , anything and everything , one way or the other , in one religion or the other can be taken as offending , sinful and outright objectionable.

It is also very easy to draw the lines of “It offends me” ,where one sees fit , mainly because it is their personal “Wall of rationality” , smaller it is , more offending anything can be for them.

Religion as such in my opinion is evolving too. Many of the practices in many of the religion are now considered “Too medieval” . It is the hard-core fundamentalist who want these condemned practices to be upheld ,even if needs  sacrifice of Freedom of speech , expression. What they forget is this very freedom that enables them to carry out such speech , moral policing , upon others is possible because other secular citizens have allowed them to do so. This very fact is always forgotten.

Minister Sibal has knowingly or unknowingly have unleashed the war for rationality. The core issue will now have to be scrutinized , ie the religion itself ! Will the courts take the words of medieval books to uphold ones faith , at the same time suppressing the freedom of expression and speech ?

How far are we going to sacrifice freedom of expression and speech to soothe the fundamentalist ?

Today few photoshopped picture offend the fundies , tomorrow it will the atheist who will be in spotlight for speaking against religion . By saying that “God doesn’t Exist” , even today in some rural places and hard core fundies , can and will elicit a undesirable response. Actually in recent news , one person posting the same on facebook have resulted in 5 years of jail in Indonesia, Even though we are from it , but we might well be laying the foundation for it today. For them , what they know is the sanctity and sacred field . Anything against it or opposing it cant be tolerated that easily. Mainly because, search to seek the truth is almost died in them. If you have been a frequent viewer of “Neeya Nana” program in Vijay TV (Tamil Channel) , you will come across such deep rooted , undeviating ideologist and practisers on the show. However well you tell them its not true or doesn’t work ,it will not have any effect , mainly because , their mind is so tuned and fixed to the thought , it doesnt  works. Call it a placebo effect or repeated exposure to false information and false stimulus to attain a fixed response and thought towards the stimuli.

It so happened with my grandma , when I told her that Sai Baba`s ash formation is a trick , she didn’t believe me , but when I showed her the video , she was first taken aback , then later resorted to “ But he does good , who cares if it’s a trick or not “. I don’t blame her , its years and years of BELIEF , which cant be changed overnight.

Even though I don’t totally support the morphing stuff , because to oppose to these medieval practices doesn’t necessarily need extreme content . At the same time , as one quote says , which I love too

 “Even though I disagree with what you say , but I will fight till the end for the right for you to say it “

 

If religion has any effect on these true believers, then its time they show it with love and affection. They should even have the courage to say that “ Those photoshopped materials have ZERO effect on what we believe” , ie , in my opinion is the honest and truthful faith. Nay speakers will continue to spill venom , and they cant be stopped on a medium such as internet.
What might be small victory , if the websites in question are blocked , will be the starting point of moral policing in large scale supported by politicians for vote bank !