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Oct 152014
 



Update: Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project

Anonabox - Tor for Dummies

Anonabox has turned out to be a phenomenal success on the crowd funding site Kickstarter.

Against a target of $7,500, Anonabox’s promoters have already received commitments for $581,943 from 8,927 contributors (as of 22:06ET on October 15, 2014), just two days after the project went live on Kickstarter.

I suppose the huge response for Anonabox is a clear indication that tons of people are concerned about privacy issues.

China, India, U.S., Russia, Egypt, Bahrain….it’s hard to find a country that’s not snooping on or censoring Internet usage of average citizens these days.

So what are regular non-tech savvy biddas, bhais and thambis to do.

Enter Anonabox.

WTF is Anonabox?

Simply put, Anonabox is an device that provides anonymous Internet access and encryption to beat online snooping and censorship.

Think of it as Tor for dummies. No need to go through the hassle of downloading and installing Tor software on individual PCs if you get this device.

Yes, the device uses the Tor anonymizing software to encrypt the Internet traffic from your PC.

It works with both WiFi and Ethernet.

And when people install Anonabox between their modem and router, it’s supposed to “Torrify” the whole home network. Cool! Continue reading »

Oct 152014
 

Now that Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri has been convicted and given the death penalty, baby Saanvi Venna’s father Venkata Venna has a better chance of winning his civil lawsuit against property management firms, a security company and Raghunandan Yandamuri over the murders of his daughter and mother.

Venkata Venna filed the civil complaint on November 7, 2013.

Grandma Satyavathi Venna with Saanvi VennaVictims – Baby Saanvi Venna & Grandma Satyavathi Venna

Venkata’s Complaint

Venkata Venna initiated the legal battle on behalf of the estates of his two murdered family members and on his own behalf in a Philadelphia court in November 2013. Continue reading »

Oct 142014
 

Ask not for whom the bell tolls: it tolls for thee. - John Donne

Pennsylvania Execution ChamberTelugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri’s Ultimate Fate
A Pennsylvania Execution Chamber

(Source: PA Department of Prisons)

Never let it be said that Telugus are not pioneers.

Be it in (re)discovering America, releasing Oscar-worthy Tollywood gems, littering Dum Biryani restaurants across the landscape of Amreeka, committing murderous crimes in state after state, writing code in all 50 American states, butchering Queen’s English or hurling venom on the mostly good-natured Tamils, U.S. based Telugus have cemented their reputation as one of nature’s extraordinary creatures.

Not since the dinosaurs went extinct 65-million years back, has there been a remarkable species like the Telugus.

No exaggeration to say that Lord Balaji broke his mold into a million fragments after creating Telugus.

Today, U.S. Telugus took their bizarre reputation several notches higher when Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri became the first Indian to be awarded the death penalty in America.

Yandamuri is neither the first nor the last Telugu butcher in America. More Telugus are awaiting trial for murder in other U.S. states!

Yandamuri was awarded the death penalty for murdering baby Saanvi Venna and her grandmother Satyavathi Venna during a botched kidnapping attempt of the infant in King of Prussia (PA) in October 2012.

Yandamuri – Tick-Tock

Raghunandan YandamuriThe clock has started ticking for Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri, the first Indian to be punished with death penalty in the U.S.

The bloodthirsty prosecutors of Montgomery County (PA) and the shabby verdict of the jury won over prudence and justice today.

The arguments made by Yandamuri’s mitigation attorney Henry Hilles to award Yandamuri life in prison without parole instead of the death penalty cut no ice with the merciless jury during the penalty phase of the most infamous trial of an Indian in America.

As mitigating factors, Hilles informed the jury that Yandamuri had bipolar disorder with a history of psychiatric and non-psychiatric episodes of mania and depression, suffered post-traumatic stress after his father’s death in a terror attack and had an addiction to gambling.

But the cold-hearted jurors were unmoved and unanimously handed down the death sentence to the Telugu bidda for the murder of baby Saanvi Venna and her grandmother Satyavathi Venna, kidnapping of the baby, robbery and related offenses at their King of Prussia (PA) apartment complex on October 22, 2012 during a botched kidnapping for ransom attempt.

The dozen jurors took less than four hours to award Yandamuri the death penalty.

Raghunandan Yandamuri's Bizarre ConfessionRaghunandan Yandamuri Enacts his Crimes to Pennsylvania Police

Unfair Verdict

As we’ve said earlier, Yandamuri’s murders smack of desperation and amateurism and does not seem pre-meditated. Continue reading »

Oct 102014
 

Surface Pro 3 Tablets - Buggy, PriceySurface Pro 3 – Discounts Start

Some companies are like some people – Plain stupid.

They never learn from their follies.

Take Microsoft and its doomed Surface tablets for instance.

Over the last few years, Microsoft has incurred losses nearing two billion dollars on its disastrous forays into the tablet arena.

No matter that Microsoft rolled out different models or programs, consumers just refused to open their wallets for the Surface tablets making them one of the biggest duds in recent years.

Microsoft’s desperate efforts to woo buyers with repeated discounts went nowhere with older models of Surface. Most likely, tens of thousands of older model Surface tablets have gone into landfills polluting the planet.

Discounts – History Repeats

Microsoft made the same mistake with the new Surface Pro 3 tablet by pricing it too high.

A 512GB version of Surface Pro 3 with keyboard, case, docking station, mouse and Office software costs in excess of  $2,500. I wonder what they smoke in Redmond.

Compounding the pricing error, Microsoft positioned the device as a tablet plus PC, i.e. a laptop replacement.

Not surprisingly, the response to Surface Pro 3 too has been ho-hum.

So Microsoft is back to the same old game – Discount after discount.

This week the company announced a $150 discount off of a Surface Pro 3, Type Cover and Docking Station bundle (they must of course be purchased together).

Last week, it was a 10% education discount for teachers and students on Surface Pro 3 and Type Cover bundle.

And before that there was the $650 MacBook Air replacement discount.

Nothing sends the wrong message to potential customers than repeated discounts.

Worried that businesses may not view Surface Pro 3 as a lasting product line, Microsoft was compelled to put out a statement on October 9, 2014:

Businesses can buy with confidence. We are here to stay.

If you ask me, repeated discounts notwithstanding the Surface Pro 3 tablet will meet the same dire fate its predecessors did.

Oct 092014
 

Raghunandan YandamuriIf Churchill were alive, he’d sternly intone:

Now this is not the end of the Telugu’s nightmare. It is not even the beginning of the gulti’s end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning for the bidda.

Folks, a Pennsylvania jury has found Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri G U I L T Y of First Degree Murder in the brutal, senseless crime that took the lives of baby Saanvi Vennas and her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna at their King of Prussia (PA) apartment complex on October 22, 2012 during a botched kidnapping for ransom bid.

Charges Against Raghunandan Yandamuri

The charges against Yandamuri included murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, kidnapping, burglary and abuse of corpse. The jury found Yandamuri guilty on all counts including kidnapping, robbery and abuse of corpse.

With hands folded, Yandamuri was in the court room when the jury verdict was read out to a packed room. He showed no expression when the guilty verdict in First Degree Murder was read out.

Yandamuri’s mother, who’s flown in from India for the trial, was seated in the front row when the verdict was announced. Not surprisingly, she wept when the verdict of guilty in First Degree Murder was read out. Yandamuri was seen consoling her.

Meaning of Verdict

Being found guilty of First Degree Murder means Yandamuri is eligible for the death penalty that blood-thirsty Montgomery County prosecutors are seeking for him.

Whether Yandamuri gets the death penalty or spends the rest of his life in prison without chance of parole will be determined by jurors during the penalty phase.

Yandamuri’s mother will testify and provide mitigating evidence in a bid to save her son from the death penalty.

Since Yandamuri’s mother is leaving for India tomorrow, the penalty phase has already started in the courtroom.

The jury decision on the penalty phase could take a few days.

Gross Injustice – Unfair Verdict

The jury in the Yandamuri case has rendered an extremely unfair verdict.

If you ask me, Raghunandan Yandamuri is not guilty of First Degree Murder but guilty of Second Degree Murder.

The entire crime smacks of amateurism and does not seem pre-meditated. Continue reading »

Oct 082014
 

Shiva your daughter has been kidnapped. If you report this to cops your daughter will be cut into pieces and found dead. If you inform this to anyone you will find your daughter (sic) body parts thrown into your apartments….We want $50,000.00 by end of the day. Your wife Lata have (sic) to bring money to the location alone.
Excerpt from Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri’s ransom note to baby Saanvi Venna’s father Shiva Venna

Update: Injustice– Telugu Bidda Raghu Yandamuri Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

Raghunandan YandamuriA Pennsylvania jury of 12 Americans has started deliberations on the fate of Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri.

In a few hours, the jurors will first decide if the Telugu bidda is guilty and if they find him guilty then determine whether Yandamuri should be put to death for the crimes of kidnapping and killing baby Saanvi Venna and murdering her 61-year-old grandmother Satyavathi Venna in their King of Prussia apartment on October 22, 2012.

If Yandamuri is found guilty and sentenced to death, he will be the first Telugu (but unlikely to be the last) to face the death penalty in America. Yandamuri has recanted his video confession and denied committing the crimes.

Yandamuri’s trial has likely cost Pennsylvania taxpayers over a million dollars, a good reason to hike H1B and Green Card processing fees.

Telugu Bidda – Errors Galore

Were it not for a bunch of horrendous errors, Telugu bidda Yandamuri would not be in the dock at the Montgomery County courthouse today fighting a losing battle for his life.

Instead, he’d be like any other Telugu bidda in North America – the happy father of a couple of little biddas or biddis (my neologism of the day), gobbling Dum Biryani thrice a week, rejoicing in the antics of Allu Arjun, Ram Charan and other assorted simian actors and planning the launch of his own Dum Biryani franchise business.

Let’s examine the egregious mistakes Yandamuri made on the fateful Monday in October 2012, errors that have led him to his current plight:

1) Obviously, the paramount mistake Raghunandan Yandamuri made was deciding to commit the horrific crime of taking two lives. Nothing, nothing on this planet can justify the snuffing out of innocent lives. Every individual (young or old, rich or poor, Indian, American, Chinese or of any nationality) is entitled to the basic human rights of life and liberty.

2) Not putting sufficient planning into the crime was the second humongous blunder. If you ask me, Yandamuri seems to have put less thought into the horrific crimes than the time it takes to eat a plate of Dum Biryani. The chronicle of Yandamuri’s actions in committing the kidnapping, robbery and twin murders smacks of poor planning and hasty execution. Even villains in Allu Arjun comedies who yodel Champaestanu every 3.15-seconds do a superior job when they plot to steal, kidnap, plunder, kill or outrage the modesty of a rural belle.

3) How did Yandamuri think he’d be able to get away with the baby’s kidnapping when the grandmother had seen him a few days earlier at her son’s house. Even with his hoodie, the grandmother would have quickly recognized that the kidnapper was a Telugu by his accent. Once Yandamuri entered the apartment, not killing grandma was not an option at all. Yandamuri should have realized kidnapping the baby without murdering the grandma was an impossibility if he wanted to avoid capture. The moment Satyavathi Venna opened the apartment door,  her fate, the fate of her granddaughter and ultimately the fate of Raghunandan Yandamuri were all sealed. The chronicle of many deaths foretold!

4) Yandamuri erred in grossly underestimating the police. Whatever you may say about the Pennsylvania police (the idiots shoot each other occasionally), they’re extremely efficient when it comes to nabbing amateurs like Raghunandan Yandamuri.

5) Opening his mouth and blabbing away to the police is another Himalayan blunder on Yandamuri’s part. The blockhead not only put out a confession on video but even enacted it in what must rank as the second-most bizarre action by a Telugu ever (the most bizarre Telugu decision ever is obviously Allu Arjun and Ram Charan diving into the movie business as ‘actors’). Continue reading »