Category: General

Domain names

Today, 26/6/2008, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will vote on two key proposals.

The first would allow domains that do not use Latin characters, meaning domain names using Chinese, Arabic or Cyrillic letters.

The other proposal would allow domains to use nearly any letter or number combination, up to 64 characters.

Why Greek letters were left out is not known.

Perhaps the board members forgot about them.

ICANN can also allow Latin letters with diacritical marks.

India has many languages and scripts.

India can set up Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in Indian languages (CANNIL).

This can allow Assamese, Bengali, Brahmi, Devanagari, Gujarati, Gurumukhi, Kannada, Kharoshti, Malayalam, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu and other letters as domain names.

Bengali is also spoken in Bangladesh and an understanding could be reached.

Urdu letters have 28 Arabic letters so it will be difficult for CANNIL to allow domain names in Urdu.

Besides India can have many domain names in Latin (Roman) letters.

Every state, union territory, district, taluk, city and village can have a domain name of its own.

Every association, company, firm, society, trust etc can have a domain name of its own.

It is unlikely that many will opt for domain names of 64 characters.

The shorter the domain name the better.

Typing 64 characters will take a long time compared to typing three characters.

Smoking and drinking on screen and in public

There is ban on smoking in public places in India as per Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of advertisements and regulation of trade and commerce, production, supply and distribution) Act 2003. Roads and Stadia are public places. Anyone smoking on a road or in a stadium needs to be punished as per law.

Some say smoking on screen is creativity and there is freedom of speech and expression. A film on Winston Churchill needs to show him smoking cigar. Ban on smoking on screen is silly and stupid. It is good to know that there are people in Bollywood who want to make a film on Winston Churchill. It seems their knowledge is limited to the fact that he smoked cigar. There are photographs and video clips of Winston Churchill without cigar. He did not have his cigar when he made “iron curtain” speech. The smoke exhaled by speakers affects other people. If a man smoking is close to a pregnant woman the smoke he exhales the foetus in her womb. People who involuntarily have to inhale smoke exhaled by smokers are called passive smokers and their health suffers. There is no freedom to pollute and ruin the health of others.

Drinking on screen has not attracted as much controversy as smoking on screen. As a rule soft drinks are used for drinking scenes. Once on DD I watched a scene about drinking scene. The director tells the actor that his acting is not good. The actor wants alcoholic beverage for realistic portrayal. The director replies that at the end of the film he has to consume poison and die. There are laws that restrict sale and consumption of alcohol. There are dry days.

Sometimes drinking scenes are used for humorous situations.

Reel life impacts real life and vice versa. How much drinking and smoking scenes influence people is debatable. However health of people needs to be protected. Non-smokers have to be protected from smokers. Many crimes and accidents take place under the influence of alcohol. If film stars smoke or drink in moderation in private it does not affect people. However if they break the law the law must take its course.

Measures to save life

Karen Ann Quinlan

Karen Ann Quinlan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Measures to save life can be ordinary or extraordinary. Ordinary measures are to be taken to save life. Extraordinary measures need not be taken.

Extraordinary measures can be medical or financial. Medical measures are medicines, surgeries or procedures whose outcome is not sure. Financial measures become extraordinary when it is beyond the capacity of persons to pay for medical expenses.

Blood transfusion is an ordinary measure. However diseases of donor can be transmitted to receiver of blood. Jehovah’s Witnesses are opposed to blood transfusion.

Keeping on a life support system for a long time is an extraordinary measure. If a person can breathe without life support system his/her life should not be terminated even if there is brain death.

On April 15, 1975, Karen Ann Quinlan, 17 years old, became comatose. Her brain had stopped functioning. She was put on respirator and fed through tube. Keeping on respirator was considered extraordinary measure and feeding through tube ordinary measure. Some months later her respirator was removed but she continued to breathe and feeding through tube continued and she died in December 1985. Harvesting of Karen’s organs after removing the respirator would have been killing her.