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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.

Pakistan and India: A rivalry that threatens the world

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. That attack was claimed as retaliation for bin Laden's death, but such strikes have grown dismally common. As America's ambassador in Islamabad, Cameron Munter, puts it, “If you grow vipers in your backyard, you're going to get bitten.” At moments Pakistan sounds ready to co-operate with America against extremists.

Many Pakistanis, however, cannot see things as Americans do. At a joint session of the Pakistani parliament on May 13th, attended by army chiefs, the real concern was India. The usefulness of jihad. Top Documentary Films - Watch Free Documentaries Online. The murky reality behind UPA’s Big Bang Friday reforms. 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?

The murky reality behind UPA’s Big Bang Friday 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? Is the Congress suddenly ready to call its allies' bluff, or even face the electorate? How did the Union cabinet suddenly discover it had a spine? Was Big Bang Friday a sign of the UPA's political savvy or political desperation?

There may be no single answer, but the political reasons could include a mix of personal and political answers. Was Big Bang Friday a sign of the UPA's political savvy or political desperation? Here's how one should read the underlying reasons for Big Bang Friday's reforms. FDI in aviation: This is the clearest pointer to crony capitalism. THE MARUTI WAY.

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 TANKHAMy name is… let that be. Maruti Suzuki is out to get me, not because I did anything but because they want to put virtually every worker in jail, even those who belonged to the third shift and were not even present when violence took place in the Manesar factory on 18 July. I was present there and will tell you what happened, but to understand it you will have to let me begin from the beginning. “ If a worker’s task is to add a brake and pedal, then that’s what you do all day, with 8-10 bolts in every car, car after car, 40 seconds per car. I am 26 years old. First they took a day or two for the joining procedures after which I found myself getting training for another day or two in their Apprenticeship Wing.

In the factory, we make cars. Visualizing the possibility of intelligent life in the Milky Way. How many detectable alien civilizations are out there in our galaxy?

Visualizing the possibility of intelligent life in the Milky Way

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. Jill Tarter, the head of the SETI Institute, would no doubt set her variables on the optimistic side. Chris Anderson, TED’s intrepid curator who made the TED-Ed lesson “Why can’t we see evidence of alien life? But the real question is — how optimistic or skeptical will you be as you play with McCandless’ interactive data set? The Kyoto Connection / Creative Commons Music.

Einstein's Riddle. Erik Olsen/The New York Times Who owns the fish?

Einstein's Riddle

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.

The question: Who owns the fish? The following conditions apply. Recap: Boys and Girls Two weeks ago we took on the family planning conundrum Girls and Boys. The puzzle: What is the ratio of females to males in a country where couples have children until one is a girl? The solution: 50/50. Gary Antonick The Boys and Girls discussion was one of the most insightful and interconnected explorations we’ve seen on Numberplay. Before jumping into the solution, let’s acknowledge the remarkable team that made it all happen. The ratio of girls to boys will always be 50/50. Notes. Self Help With Anxiety Attacks. Play offline/Save .flv video files from Web browser cache. Related Utilities Applian FLV Player - Freeware Flv player from Applian technologies that can play all flv files you extract with VideoCacheView.

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The ABCs of Apple v. Samsung

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. On Monday, the parties will likely continue arguing over what instructions the judge will give the jury. Here are some key facts and data points to help you understand what the jury is looking at. How did this start?

How much longer will it last? What's at stake? If Apple wins, the company's lawyers will first be able to force Samsung to stop shipping some of its handsets and computer tablets in the United States but more importantly, Apple will have a nice precedent with which to attack HTC and other companies that use Android. Feds to Break Up Tech's Investor Party. Security and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro.

Feds to Break Up Tech's Investor Party

Photo: Evan Vucci/AP 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. “It’s expected to have enormous repercussions here in Silicon Valley,” says Robert Bartlett, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley who has followed the issue closely. Another big question is how quickly the SEC will propose to lift the ban on general solicitation and implement its new rules.

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.”

The One Argument Ayn Rand Couldn't Win

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. Stated premises, however, rarely get us all the way down to the bottom of a philosophy. Even when we think we’ve reached bedrock, there’s almost always a secret subbasement blasted out somewhere underneath. Bane's Plan to Bankrupt Batman Doesn't Make Any Sense - Matthew O'Brien. Why would you buy puts for your arch-enemy right before a market crash?

Bane's Plan to Bankrupt Batman Doesn't Make Any Sense - Matthew O'Brien

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. Instead, let's take a moment and talk about why Bane's financial subterfuge is so unnecessarily risky -- if only as a reference for everyone out there with designs on taking over the world. You might think that a terrorist able to hold an entire metropolis hostage for half a year would be a stickler for details.

So far, so good. But how does Bane impoverish Batman? Let's count the way this doesn't make sense. But the biggest question is why in God's name would Bane buy puts for Wayne? World's friendliest countries. 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. These days, after the end of the ‘Troubles’, a cautious optimism reigns supreme, infecting the land once again with the sense that anything’s possible. Blamed though they are for the coming of WWIII, the Anti-Christ, Miley Cyrus, Bruce Willis, monster trucks, rampant street crime, and noise pollution through overloud talking, Americans just take it all in their stride.

Malawi Fiji Fijians are generally considered to be the ‘friendliest people on the planet’. Thailand Samoa Vietnam. Russia's Top Cyber Sleuth Foils US Spies, Helps Kremlin Pals. Eugene Kaspersky, Soviet officer turned software tycoon.Photo: Stephen Voss 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. He’s bragging to be sure, but Kaspersky may be selling himself short. But this still doesn’t fully capture Kaspersky’s influence. Kaspersky has 300 million customers. Serving at the pinnacle of such an organization would be a remarkably powerful position for any man. What is mentioned is Kaspersky’s vision for the future of Internet security—which by Western standards can seem extreme. These are not exactly comforting words from a man who is responsible for the security of so many of our PCs, tablets, and smartphones. The Story of Steve Jobs: An Inspiration or a Cautionary Tale? Photo: Gregg Segal 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. What lesson should we draw from this anecdote? Jobs has been dead for nearly a year, but the biography about him is still a best seller. In one camp are what you might call the acolytes. The gospel of Steve Jobs has spread far from Silicon Valley, inspiring people in every field of business.

Technology Product Reviews, News, Prices & Downloads. The hymn Prophet Muhammad's uncle wrote in praise of Lord Shiva. 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 asayruKaluwan amataul Hawa was Tajakhru - 1We Tajakhayroba udan Kalalwade-e liboawaWalukayanay jatally, hay Yauma Tab asayru - 2Wa Abalolha ajabu armeeman MAHADEVAManojail ilamuddin minhum wa sayattaru - 3Wa Sahabi Kay-yam feema-Kamil MINDAY YaumanWa Yakulum no latabahan foeennak Tawjjaru - 4Massayaray akhalakan hasanan KullahumNajumum aja- at Summa gabul HINDU - 5 The man who may spend his life in sin and irreligion or waste it in lechery and wrath - 1If at least he relent and return to righteousness can he be saved?

Source: Sair-ul-Okul, P. 235. SAT Guessing. Hacker News. Brain Implants Powered by Spinal Fluid: Another Huge Step Towards Our Cyborg Future. And the reason they're discovering this? Well... most of our knowledge of nano-scale structures comes from studying organics. As our technology is able to create ever more complex structures ever smaller, we find that by mimicking organic nanoscale structures we can create devices that perform remarkably like their organic versions. Human intelligence can remove much of the trial and error work involved, but one would be very foolish to ignore the fact that nature has been at this game since the first molecules started combining into complex forms. And as our tool use over the centuries and millennium indicates, we are pretty much already cyborgs.

We're just improving the technology.


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