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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. 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

THE MARUTI WAY. 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. 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.

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.

Play offline/Save .flv video files from Web browser cache

Replay Capture Suite - Capture any video/audio stream and convert it to to 36 popular formats. The ABCs of Apple v. Samsung. The trial that could reshape the market for mobile phones is about to come to some kind of closure.

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. 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. 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. 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

World's friendliest countries. You've travelled for adventure, romance and culture, so why not to make some friends?

World's friendliest countries

Taken from Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences, here's a list of places where the welcome is always warm. Ireland. 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.

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Videos of the latest tech, gadgets and research direct from Tokyo. Budget Battleground. Grub2. GRUB 2 is the default boot loader and manager for Ubuntu since version 9.10 (Karmic Koala). As the computer starts, GRUB 2 either presents a menu and awaits user input or automatically transfers control to an operating system kernel. Crydev.net. Create a Windows 7 Theme Pack From Scratch. Windows customization isn’t anything new, but with Windows 7, customization got a lot easier with theme packs. What Amazon's ebook strategy means. It seems to me that a lot of folks in the previous discussion don't really understand quite what makes Amazon so interesting—and threatening, for that matter—to the publishing industry.

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