September 2006


Munnabhai

If sources in Outlook are to be trusted, after three years of courtship with Pakistani belly-dancer Nadia Durrani, Sanjay Dutt has announced his third wedding.

Hmm… I wonder what the TADA judge would think of this connection?

In the line of fireI have been away for a few days due to a few personal and professional reasons. I was intending to take a few more weeks but the stench of bullshit from Mush’s ‘In the line of fire’ was driving me nuts.

It didn’t come as a surprise that he claims that his Kargil misadventure helped Indo-Pak peace talks. I took part in the Kargil conflict, so did a few of my friends who returned from there in coffins. 99 per cent of the anger I have towards the state of Pakistan is due to what this self centred idiot tried to do during the summer of 1999 in Kargil.

He also goes on to claim that the Indian atomic program is actually Pakistiani! It was stolen by Indians in Dubai who worked for AQ Khan’s SMB computers in Dubai. Can we really take this man seriously? Do we need to talk to this moron? Does he represent the Pakistani people?

As a voting Indian, I will never vote for any party that will srike a deal with him. We will be back to square ZERO once his nine lives are exhuasted.

I didn’t read the entire book, I coudn’t stand the BULLSHIT.

Here is Prabhudev Konana in The Hindu on reservations. The essay makes some interesting points. The first is that there is a lack of information, and that

every government-funded educational institution should consider declaring the aggregate profiles of its entering and graduating students (like caste, religion, region, and social and economic background)

I believe such information, when available, would make our discussions on the reservation issue more informed.

The second suggestion is (a) mandatory admission to state supported universities of students who graduate in the top n% of their high school class, and (b) ear-marking funds for the first generation college students.

Finally, the suggestion that private sector can benefit from affirmative action, and can use it to strengthen themselves is the sanest advice I have heard in quite some time. But, of course, as the article points out,

In India, the sheer magnitude of the problem to reach out to the masses is daunting. But that does not preclude reaching out to any.

In my opinion, more daunting the task, more should be our commitment. A not-to-be-missed piece.

The Indian newspaper Tehelka has carried out a sting operation which shows how coercion and bribes were used to manipulate the witnesses in the high-profile Jessica Lall homicide case.

The three-month long sting shows how Shyan Munshi, Karan Rajput and Shiv Das were bribed into not testifying, which in turn led to the acquittal of key-accused Manu Sharma. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is in charge of the case has taken custody of the tapes.

Jessica Lall, a model who worked at the posh South Delhi restaurant Tamarind Court, was shot dead, allegedly by Manu Sharma, for refusing to serve him a drink, on 29 April 1999. Manu Sharma is the son of Vinod Sharma, a Congress Party leader in Haryana.

Source – Wikinews 

There is a contest called Google SEO Contest, being conducted as part of Shaastra, IITM’s techfest. The aim is

…where you have to make a blog that will come at top for a particular string search on google…

The bad side of this contest is, there are plenty of spam blogs, unwanted posts and comments that are getting posted all over the net. Its slowly filling up blogs around the world and as i’m writing this, i’m getting the same set of comments in my blog :(.

The interesting fact is that, its being done by a student in IIIT, Hyderabad, having sound academic background. I wonder whether learning more and being a tech wiz kid, has made his sence of reasoning go down the pits. As it is said, “The more you learn, the less you know”. His idea is to get maximum links to a word, so that the search spider of google puts it at the top.
So dont be surprised to get something like

“money (6) Thamesportal a roll of cloth or vegetation placed on top of the head”

its just that the desperate guy is trying to win the competition.

The Technology Review, a magazine published by the MIT, has since 1999 honored the young innovators whose inventions and research they find most exciting; today that collection is the TR35, a list of technologists and scientists, all under the age of 35. Their work–spanning medicine, computing, communications, electronics, nanotechnology, and more–is changing our world. Mutiny looks at the Indian contribution in these innovations.

Five of these young technologists are Indians, who not surprisingly though, are based in the US.

Prithviraj Basu 31, a scientist at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, MA, has developed algorithms that dramatically reduce the chance that a wireless network will drop connections or fail, all while decreasing the energy consumed by battery-powered radios. The algorithms will work for networks of sensors, for people carrying mobile computers, or even for groups of robots with onboard radios. For those who didnt understand much of it, hes developed something thatll offer seamless network.

Ram Krishnamurthy 33, Intel, has minimized energy leakage and improved performance; his prototype circuits run fi ve times as fast as those in today’s PCs but consume 20 to 25 percent as much power. In less than a decade Krishnamurthy has amassed 53 U.S. patents relating to circuit design. His chips are cooler, faster and hence more efficient.

Ashok Maliaklal 31, working at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, has improved the circuits’ gate dielectric-the insulating layer that enables their transistors to switch properly from “on” to “off.” Ever faced problem while reading your cell phone display in sunlight, hes trying to solve that problem.

Sumeet Singh 31, working at Cisco, has completely automated worm and virus detection, putting defenders on the same footing as attackers. As a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego, Singh realized that worms and viruses move through a network differently from normal traffic: malicious code strives to reproduce and propagate itself rather than simply to travel from point A to point B. So he created software tools that scan for snippets of data that exhibit such behavior.

Anand Raghunathan 34, and his team at NEC Laboratories America have given them a supplementary processor, dubbed Moses. The processor performs all of a device’s security functions, such as encryption and user authentication. So if a virus did hit a device, it couldn’t access the passwords needed to log in to a bank account or an office computer; its effects would be limited.

What we need now is a few more Indians, working in Indian universities in that list. If anyone knows about journals about technology breakthroughs in Indian universities, please tell us ujj[At]mutiny[dot]in
PS: Interesting thing for bloggers, ever heard of del.icio.us, the man who built it is the inovator of the year. This fellow.

I always loved my travels through Kerala.I especially remember one trip to Kaladi; it was so wonderful and rejuvenatingly peaceful. As this article in the recent Frontline puts it,

Many of Kerala’s magnificent temples are hidden in the countryside, along its rivers or high up in the hills. In every instance, the location is chosen carefully and the setting is invariably beautiful.

Take a look at the article and the wonderful pictures that accompany it. The article ends on this meditative note:

 

Sri Aurobindo observes that Indian architecture is built in relation to its surroundings and the sky.

He also says that “the buildings should be seen in loneliness, in the solitude of one’s self, in moments when one is capable of long and deep meditation and as little weighted as possible with the conventions of material life”. Kerala temples, as the images illustrate, are reflections of this kind of architecture and bring balance back to one’s life.

I am pretty certain that the images (especially the bird’e eye view) will induce deeper meditations!

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