Pakistan and India: A rivalry that threatens the world OUTSIDERS, especially Indians, have expressed dismay ever since Osama bin Laden was killed this month in Abbottabad, a prim military town in Pakistan. Here is a state that both fights, and protects, Islamic fanatics. Even when Pakistanis themselves are the main victims of attack by jihadis, the state fails to act. On May 13th suicide-bombers sent by an al-Qaeda-affiliated group, the Pakistani Taliban, killed 80, mostly young army cadets, in Shabqadar, a town in the north-west.
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? The murky reality behind UPA’s Big Bang Friday reforms
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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. Visualizing the possibility of intelligent life in the Milky Way
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The ABCs of Apple v. Samsung | Apple (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.
Feds to Break Up Tech's Investor Party | Wired Business 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. “It’s expected to have enormous repercussions in Silicon Valley — it rewrites the venture capital rules.” The investment community is particularly keen to see the proposed rules because they will mark the first major chunk of the JOBS Act to be interpreted by the SEC. The rules will also undermine a key advantage of Silicon Valley venture capitalists and “super angel” investors: Dealflow. Since startups haven’t previously been able to broadcast that they are raising money, they must approach potential investors directly, and they tend to reach out to the biggest names.
The One Argument Ayn Rand Couldn't Win Whenever 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.
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Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils US Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals | Danger Room 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. The Story of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration or a Cautionary Tale? | Wired Business
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 The hymn Prophet Muhammad's uncle wrote in praise of Lord Shiva
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