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Google & Facebook capturing Mobile numbers

Pushkar Sane Monday, 10th October, 2011 Tags: , , , Technology No comments

In the recent months I have seen stepping up of efforts by Google & Facebook to capture mobile numbers of their users. The message is quite simple: in case your account gets hacked or you forget the password you can regain control because we have your mobile phone details. Sounds very logical but I have two very simple questions:

If the account gets hacked how secure will be the mobile no?
Why can’t Google/Facebook ask for alternative email id instead of mobile no?

While Google/Facebook are capturing mobile numbers no one is thinking about potential spamming and unwanted calls that you will receive if the data privacy is compromised.

Google’s tribute to Alexander Calder

Pushkar Sane Friday, 22nd July, 2011 Tags: , , , , Roots No comments

Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to Alexander Calder who invented Mobile (not the mobile phone) almost 80 years back. All parents should thank this man as this simple invention has kept most infants engaged and it still fascinates them.

I love some of his quotes:

Out of different masses, tight, heavy, middling—indicated by variations of size or color—directional line—vectors which represent speeds, velocities, accelerations, forces, etc. . . .—these directions making between them meaningful angles, and senses, together defining one big conclusion or many.

Nothing at all of this is fixed.

Each element able to move, to stir, to oscillate, to come and go in its relationships with the other elements in its universe.

It must not be just a fleeting moment but a physical bond between the varying events in life.