9-2017 Beware of Uber !

Beware of Uber !

I have experienced fraudulent activities by Uber in Hyderabad, India. I am sure there are many other ways Uber can fleece you. If you know any other ways you have been fleeced, let me know by email drpartha@gmail.com.

1. Uber has no contact centre where a customer can call up, if they have a problem or complaint. The mobile app. used by Uber is defective in many respects and cannot be used for lodging complaints or reporting issues which are not listed in the app. Of course, there is no email address where a customer can report issues. Their website has only a few limited issues which you can report. You may be sufferiing from an issue not listed in their web pages.

2. When you book a cab, the driver may not even reach your pickup point. Instead, he would report a “no show” and charge a cancellation fee. Although the driver has your contact number, he will not even call up to warn you or alert you that he has been waiting and is aborting the wait and he will charge a “no show” fee. There is no way that a customer can prove that the driver did not reach the pick up point. The customer has no option other than paying the “no show” ransom.

3. When you finish your trip and pay the driver by cash, the driver can still make a claim using your cashless payment option (UPI, ewallet, PayTM). The claim will obviously fail for want of authentication and a “payment pending” notice will hang on your app forever until you pay up.

4. Violating all norms of corporate decency or ethics, Uber has no channel for complaint escalation, appeal, or arbitration.

5. You have no scope for posting your suggestions, remarks, or queries to Uber.

There is no way to complain or raise a dispute, since Uber has insulated itslf very cleverly (see point #1 above).

Next time you book an Uber cab, be prepared for some nasty surprises.

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5-2014 Stop this shameless surrogate advertising

The June 2014 issue of Open Source for You is a glaring example of a comic disaster.   It comes with more than half a dozen articles on how to use Microsoft Windows for doing things which FOSS does so effortlessly. Many questions come up to my mind.

Why would I use Linux under Windows ? Why would I use a bullock cart to haul my BMW ? Same questions apply to running Hadoop or WordPress or Wiki under windows. Why should I buy OSFY/LFY, only for learning how to enjoy Windows ?

OSFY,  how much did they bribe you, for carrying this propaganda ?

partha

3 -2014 End of another season

ImageYet another season of general elections is over. The goons have done their share of mudslinging and making false claims and promises.  The cartoon in today’s HINDU (2014-05-12) summarises the feeling of the aam-aadmi (common man).  We have five years to repent for the sins we did this season.

11-2013 Spineless AICTE does a somersault

AICTE has revised its earlier diktat reg. usage of MS Office365. The revised version of the earlier order, does NOT include the lines “Though there are benefits that may accrue from the project, it may also be noted that the program is mandatory.” So, there is no more pressure to use Office 365, although the pimping for MS has still not stopped. You are free, not to use Office365 or other MS products.

Notce that neither this order nor the earlier one have any date or reference number, violating all norms of official decorum and practice.

Read this report in THE HINDU

6-2013 Beware of bogus journals

Beware of bogus journals, soliciting a paper/article from you. They will use enticing wordings like this, to trap you :: “open access scholarly, online, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, monthly, and fully refereed journal” And once you bite the bait, you will get very convincing requests for money, under several pretexts. And of course, you will get irretrievably deeper and deeper into the scam. Notice their copyright transfer form which is rubbish, one-sided, and irrevocable. Notice that their website gives no details of where exactly they are located (so, even the Police cannot help you). All you get is an anonymous email addressand some dubious mobile phone numbers. Take a look at the low intellectual quality of the papers already published in this so-called “international journal of advanced research”.

This is just another way to earn some quick money. Do not encourage such impostors and racketeers. Beware ! Dont say no one warned you !

22-12-2012 The world has come to an end

The deluge is over. The world is destroyed. We are all dead. Thank you, all the doomsday prophets who predicted this.
Read my earllier blog post on this hoax ::
https://drpartha.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/15-2012-yet-another-highly-hyped-hoax/
Do you still believe in astrology, and predictions ?

24/2012 Lest we forget

Have we forgotten, how he hoodwinked the whole of India,pulled wool over all our eyes, made us believe he was GOD ?

India would have been a better place without Sathya Sai Baba

Sanal Edamaruku
President
Indian Rationalist Association & Rationalist International

When Sathya Sai Baba died this morning (24 April 2011) at the age of 85 years, he proved once again that miracles and predictions fail. He had predicted at a public gathering at his head quarters in Puttaparthy, in 2000, and repeatedly many times, that he would die at the age of 96 only. And till the last moment, many of his devotees clung to his word and waited for a miracle. May it be an eye opener for the millions of gullible people whom he misguided and deluded.

De mortuis nihil nisi bene, they say, say nothing but good of the dead. But I think Sathya Sai Baba’s case qualifies for an exception. Too great is the damage that he did to India. His devastating influence on reason and scientific temper caused huge setback to the country. At a time, when scientific progress led to great social and economic leaps and scientific awakening started spreading all over India, Sathya Sai Baba launched a “counter revolution” of superstition, supported by irresponsible politicians and other public figures who should have known better. In my judgment, this is his greatest crime. I have succeeded again and again to expose him publicly as a fraud, so did some other rationalists. But due to his political protectors he was never held responsible for his crimes against public reason. Nor was he ever booked for any other crime he was accused of. Numerous cases of alleged sexual abuse and murder are yet to be investigated, not to mention the financial secrets of his empire.

Sathya Sai Baba insisted in all seriousness that he was god, the creator of the universe, and “proved” his divinity with a couple of small “miracles”. As son of a village tantric he was familiar with the hand sleights and tricks of the trade. However, he did not only fascinate poor and uneducated villagers with his fraudulent performances. Over the years, he managed to attract a galaxy of India’s rich and powerful, among them ministers, prime ministers, presidents, chief justices, top industrialists and superstars.

Sathya Sai Baba had a special modus operandi that was the key for his astonishing success and the root of his enormous clout. Many of his high society devotees came to serve their own vested interests. Some came to rub shoulders with the prominent. Many joined the club because it was working as a powerful syndicate spreading its tentacles all over the political system. It was a way to the top jobs and a way to get things done. Others were seeking financial support or wanted to get rid of ill-gotten black money: The empire, it is alleged, was based on money laundering, using foreign devotees and branches. In fact, the huge foreign donations to Sai Baba stood in contrast to the comparatively modest number of active foreign devotees and the sometimes quite weak foreign branches, some of them residing in private homes. That is no great surprise, when one considers that Sai Baba did not speak any other language than Telugu and traveled only once in his whole life abroad – to visit his friend Idi Amin in Uganda.

On his 80th birthday, Sai Baba’s supporters announced that he would turn from a miracle man to a philanthropist. That was, after I had demonstrated his miracles so often in TV shows that many kids in the streets could imitate them. That he since spent a part of the great fortunes, swindled out of the gullible, for social development around his ancestral village, is highlighted now to present him as a saint. But as useful and welcome hospitals, schools and drinking water projects for the poor always may be: this kind of alibi-philanthropy is well known even from mafia-bosses. It cannot be weighed against his crimes and the damage he has done to the Indian society.

In December 2005, I wrote a letter to then President Dr. Abdul Kalam, one of Sai Baba’s ardent supporters, which was never answered. I demanded criminal investigations against Sai Baba. If his social development projects are meant to be indulgence to nullify his crimes, this procedure is unprecedented and unacceptable, I wrote. It is a shame for India that well-founded accusations and numerous reputed witnesses against Sai Baba are ignored without any investigation. Do saffron clothes make an offender untouchable for the law? Do we have to tolerate that political protectionism raises its head so boldly, mocking India’s democracy?

Sathya Sai Baba caused great damage to India. His irresponsible political patrons corrupted the political culture of India. Encouraged by the clout of Sathya sai Baba, a new clan of miracle mongers imitated him. India would have been a better place without Sathya Sai Baba.

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