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    How America’s ban on Huawei has altered the digital future forever!

    //A major scientific society the New York City-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)  has banned employees of Huawei, the Chinese communications giant, from reviewing submissions to its journals because of U.S. government sanctions against the company// [Update 2nd June 2019: Following the clarification from the U.S. Department of Commerce on the applicability of these export control restrictions, IEEE Lifts Restrictions on Editorial and Peer Review Activities. This is a welcome move, but the scar and fear that’s been left behind are going to take a long time to heal.] This news makes me angry, sad and disillusioned. A scientific body like IEEE, of which I am a Senior…

  • Movie Review

    Zero Motivation (2014)

    Zero Motivation (2014) is an interesting film, an Israeli comedy-drama. It is about two girls who have been conscripted to serve in Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF), who are assigned to the HR department in a desert base. Both of them have zero motivation to serve in the Army and are looking at ways to get discharged. One of them (Daffi) enrols in the officer’s training, believing she will be posted in the city. The other (Zohar) is a misfit, throws her attitude to her superiors and is obsessed with playing minesweeper in the department’s computer – her behaviour takes a turn for the worse, when she shreds all the important…

  • தமிழ்

    Mother Tamil Anthem

    சில வருடங்கள் முன் வரை தமிழ்த்தாய் வாழ்த்து என்றால், நான் பள்ளியில் கற்ற மனோன்மணியம் பெ.சுந்தரனார் அவர்களின் ‘நீராருங் கடலுடுத்த நிலமடந்தைக் கெழிலொழுகும்’ தான் என்று நினைத்திருந்தேன். மலேசியா தமிழ் இணைய மாநாடு ஒன்றில் வேறு ஒரு பாடலை ஒலிக்கச் செய்தார்கள், அப்போது தான் தெரிந்தது, வேறு பல கவிஞர்களின் பாடல்களும் தமிழ் தாயை வாழ்த்த இருக்கிறது என்று, அந்தந்த அரசால்/நாட்டில் ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளப்பட்ட தமிழ் வாழ்த்துப்பாடல்களும் வேவ்வேறு என்று. தமிழ்நாட்டில் தமிழ் தாய் வாழ்த்து: ‘நீராருங் கடலுடுத்த நிலமடந்தைக் கெழிலொழுகும்’ – காணொளியில் குரல்: T.M.S. விக்கீப்பீடியா சொல்கிறது புதுச்சேரியில் கவிஞர் பாரதிதாசன் அவர்களின் “வாழ்வினில் செம்மையைச் செய்பவள் நீயே!” என்ற பாடல் அங்கே தமிழ் தாய் வாழ்த்தென்று. – காணொளியில் குரல்: Nithyashree Mahadevan மலேசியாவில் வழக்கில் (பிரபலமாக) இருப்பது கவிஞர் சீனி நைனா முகம்மது அவர்களின் “நிலைபெறநீ வாழியவே! ” பாடல். காணொளியில் குரல்: துருவன், பாபு லோகநாதன் ஶ்ரீலங்காவிலும், சிங்கப்பூரிலும் வழக்கில் இருப்பதாக நான் கேள்வி பட்டது, பாரதியாரின் பாடலான “வாழ்க நிரந்தரம் வாழ்க தமிழ்மொழி”.…

  • TV Show Review

    A Very Secret Service (TV Series)

    If you want to watch a TV series that is different from the regular Hollywood produce, has clean comedy, some history, good dose of drama, and a bit of action, then check out the French TV Show “Au service de la France” (A very secret service) that’s showing in Netflix. It is a comedy hybrid of Pink Panther, Mad Men and Yes, Minister, all in one package. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the two seasons (12 episodes each, with a run time of 22 minutes for each episode) and even learned a few about post World War II France that I was not aware of. “A very secret service” is about…

  • Movie Review

    Madraza (2017)

    Madraza (aka Godmother) is a crime film from Argentina that I liked watching. It is a story about a woman who loses her husband to a street mugger, deciding to pull herself up, she ends up as a hired assassin herself. In parallel, is a romantic relationship that keeps developing between her and the police inspector who is assigned to investigate the case. Just with the first scene, the Director establishes Matilde’s character, the love she has for her husband, and her caring nature shown by the affection she shows for her god-daughter. From there, the movie proceeds briskly, not wasting a minute, yet displaying love, tragedy, loss, revenge, action…

  • Movie Review

    His Master’s Voice (2014)

    His Master’s Voice (Mô ichido) is a Japanese film (See the trailer here) by Director Hiroyuki Itaya that shows what you can achieve with just good story-telling (pun intended) and not waste on big budgets. Set in the Edo period (1603 to 1868) the film happens inside a small compound where a dozen families live and served by 2 to 3 shops. Each family has only a small room for themselves, they share a common wash and toilets, and live as a closely knit community. To this comes Taihei, a widowed gentleman who keeps to himself and he is not interacting with the others. Learning Taihei was a former storyteller…

  • A Mãe é que Sabe (2016) - A Portugal Film
    Movie Review

    Mother Knows Best (2016)

    Mother Knows Best (2016) aka A Mãe é que Sabe (2016) is a family drama from Portugal with a tiny sci-fi twist, that was enjoyable. The Director has shown that is possible with a small budget to give a good film, provided you pick the correct cast and a story with characters that the audience can relate to. The entire film happens over lunch – the extended family of Ana Luisa, who is happily married to Carol for 25 years and is the mother of a 22-year-old Mariana, are sitting around the table talking and recalling about Ana’s mother who passed away a few years ago.  The individual characters –…

  • Movie Review

    OtherLife (2017)

    OtherLife (2017) is an Australian science fiction directed by Ben C. Lucas. The plot is about a virtual reality that’s created by using chemicals that mimic biochemicals in the brain to create memories which are indistinguishable from real ones, the founder of the company Ren Amari is secretly trying the technology to cure her brother who is in a deep coma due to an accident, Ren’s business partner Sam has different plan for the technology which pushes the ethical boundaries and is opposed by Ren. What happens between the two and did Ren make her breakthrough, is what the film’s all about. To simulate an alternate reality, the idea to use chemicals instead…