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How did “ Sonia’s poodle ,” an “ Underachiever ” in UPA-2, and who looked likely to become a “ tragic figure ” in Indian politics, suddenly metamorphose into Tiger Manmohan on Big Bang Friday – the day the UPA government opened the sluice gates to major reforms? There are currently more questions than answers. Is this Manmohan Singh ’s N-deal moment in UPA-2? Have Sonia and Rahul suddenly come on board on the need for reform?
Manesar has been much in the news, with worker violence being blamed for the disruptions in production. Not so, say the workers who claim it’s part of a management plan to scuttle their efforts to form a union. BY SHIVAM VIJ PHOTOGRAPHS ISHAN TANKHA M y name is… let that be.
How many detectable alien civilizations are out there in our galaxy? In 1961, astronomer Frank Drake developed an equation to estimate the number. Now data journalist David McCandless, who gave the talk “ The beauty of data visualization ” at TEDGlobal 2010, has created an information graphic for the BBC calculating the Drake Equation — with a twist. It’s interactive, and you can be as optimistic or skeptical as you like as you set the value of each variable in the equation. Any tinkering leads to highly different conclusions.
Erik Olsen/The New York Times Who owns the fish? The following classic, which has appeared in a variety of incarnations over the years, was supposedly given its original form by Albert Einstein. The puzzle is often accompanied by a claim that only 2 percent of the world’s population can solve it. Are you a 2 percenter? Give it a try and find out. Einstein’s Riddle On a certain road there are five adjacent houses.
In working with creative people, I can’t help but notice that the vast majority of are perfectionists . It’s heart-breaking to watch this parade of extremely skilled, high achieving people who beat themselves up unnecessarily. Regardless of the degree of perfectionism , it’s painful.
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(Credit: CNET/James Martin) The trial that could reshape the market for mobile phones is about to come to some kind of closure. There's one more day of legal house cleaning before closing arguments begin in Apple v. Samsung, the patent dispute between two of the biggest players in smartphones. In a lawsuit filed last year, Apple accused Samsung of stealing some of the ideas and technology behind the iPhone and iPad . Samsung countersued and alleged Apple violated some of its patents.
A federal regulatory meeting Wednesday is expected to shed light on how aggressively startups can solicit investments and thus reach beyond venture capitalists and other established investors. At the meeting, Security and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro is expected to reveal how the SEC proposes to rescind longstanding rules that bar startups from advertising that they are seeking investments. She is also expected to unveil new proposed rules outlining how aggressive startups can be when engaging in such “general solicitation,” which is barred under the SEC’s “ Regulation D ” rules but allowed under the JOBS Act signed into law in April. The proposals would then be subject to a public comment period expected to last one to three months. “It’s expected to have enormous repercussions in Silicon Valley — it rewrites the venture capital rules.”
W henever Ayn Rand met someone new—an acolyte who’d traveled cross-country to study at her feet, an editor hoping to publish her next novel—she would open the conversation with a line that seems destined to go down as one of history’s all-time classic icebreakers: “Tell me your premises.” Once you’d managed to mumble something halfhearted about loving your family, say, or the Golden Rule, Rand would set about systematically exposing all of your logical contradictions, then steer you toward her own inviolable set of premises: that man is a heroic being, achievement is the aim of life, existence exists, A is A, and so forth—the whole Objectivist catechism. And once you conceded any part of that basic platform, the game was pretty much over.
Why would you buy puts for your arch-enemy right before a market crash? If you're watching superhero movies for financial advice, you're probably in trouble. If you're watching The Dark Knight Rises for financial advice, you're probably in worse trouble. Especially if you're looking for ways to sabotage your enemy's finances, like Batman's nemesis Bane. So, for all the would-be super-villains out there, let me strongly recommend that you skip the final act of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
Feb 24, 2010 11:42:43 PM You’ve travelled for adventure, romance and culture, so why not to make some friends? Taken from Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Experiences , here’s a list of places where the welcome is always warm. Ireland Centuries of turmoil have certainly taken their toll on the Irish: they’ve been left with a deliciously dark sense of humour and a welcoming attitude towards strangers. That famous ability of the Irish – to find craic (fun times with convivial company) in boom or bust times – means you’re always in for a treat.
It’s early February in Cancun, Mexico . A group of 60 or so financial analysts, reporters, diplomats, and cybersecurity specialists shake off the previous night’s tequila and file into a ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. At the front of the room, a giant screen shows a globe targeted by crosshairs. Cancun is in the center of the bull’s-eye. A ruddy-faced, unshaven man bounds onstage.
Soon after Steve Jobs returned to Apple as CEO in 1997 , he decided that a shipping company wasn’t delivering spare parts fast enough. The shipper said it couldn’t do better, and it didn’t have to: Apple had signed a contract granting it the business at the current pace. As Walter Isaacson describes in his best-selling biography, Steve Jobs , the recently recrowned chief executive had a simple response: Break the contract. When an Apple manager warned him that this decision would probably mean a lawsuit, Jobs responded, “Just tell them if they fuck with us, they’ll never get another fucking dime from this company, ever.” The shipper did sue.
Above: The poem etched on a column at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple Prophet Muhammad's uncle (Chacha) Umar-bin-e-Hassham (also known as Abu Hakam or Abu Jahl) was a renowned poet whose famous Arabic poem in praise of Lord Shiva, included in Sair-ul-Okul and cited on a column in the (fire worship pavilion in the rear garden of the) Lakshmi Narayan Temple in New Delhi, runs as under: Kafavomal fikra min ulumin Tab asayru
Start with No.10 It’s a fact of life: Colleagues , friends and women will consistently gravitate toward positive people.