Monthly Archives: June 2013

Google is about to learn a tough lesson

Third, and lastly, Google is sending a strong signal to the market that it will have no mercy of killing whatever product it doesn’t think it’s going well. It just told users, professionals and enterprises that we all should not use any product from Google if requires long term commitment (not business-type commitment, but data and emotional commitment) unless we have a sense that’s going to succeed. Now, I have to be in the business of evaluating Google’s product long-term viability before I can commit. Sure, I’m pretty sure Gmail is not going away, but what about Google Talk and Google Wallet? What about Picassa or YouTube?

In the light of recent news killing Reader is not Google’s biggest PR problem recently. Does anyone still remember the “don’t be evil” slogan?

Texas teen makes violent joke during video game, is jailed

“He replied ‘Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts,’ and the next two lines were lol and jk,” said Jack Carter, Justin’s father, in a statement to a local news channel.

After having the above chat in League of Legends a teen has been in prison for 3 months now and faces 8 year long sentence.

Going, Going, Still Going? Voyager 1 at Solar System’s Edge

Last July, the spacecraft — which is roughly 1,600 pounds and would fit inside a cube about 13 feet on each side, according to NASA — observed a momentary dip in the intensity of the solar wind. “It was exciting,” said Edward C. Stone, the project scientist for the two Voyagers. “We had never seen such a drop before. It happened in less than a day. Then five days later, it was back up.”

more on nytimes.com.

Voyager 1 on its journey to discover what the edge of our Solar System is like.

Only The Lonely

It’s not that I want a sexual partner, a long-term partner, someone to share a bed and a snuggle on the sofa with – although perhaps I do and in the past I have had and it has been joyful. But the fact is I value my privacy too. It’s a lose-lose matter. I don’t want to be alone, but I want to be left alone. Perhaps this is just a form of narcissism, vanity, overdemanding entitlement – give it whatever derogatory term you think it deserves. I don’t know the answer.

A wonderful piece.

Talk about the problem not the solution

Steve Jobs wrote:

When I went to Pixar, I became aware of a great divide. Tech companies don’t understand creativity. They don’t appreciate intuitive thinking, like the ability of an A&R guy at a music label to listen to a hundred artists and have a feel for which five might be successful. And they think that creative people just sit around on couches all day and are undisciplined, because they’ve not seen how driven and disciplined the creative folks at places like Pixar are. On the other hand, music companies are completely clueless about technology. They think they can just go out and hire a few tech folks. But that would be like Apple trying to hire people to produce music. We’d get second-rate A&R people, just like the music companies ended up with second-rate tech people. I’m one of the few people who understands how producing technology requires intuition and creativity, and how producing something artistic takes real discipline.

An article linked here for Steve Jobs quote.

The U.S. and the N.S.A. Scandal: Freedom: The Big American Lie

And today it is Obama himself who countenances something very similar to “warrantless wiretaps.” It is not enough today to say that the president has disappointed his core supporters, or to point out that he and his top advisers today seem to regard idealistic liberals as something of an annoyance. With the NSA spying programs that he has overseen—and with his “kill list,” and with his drone strikes, and with his war on journalists, and with his war on leakers—Obama has actually done far worse than that. He has flown in the face of what he seemed to stand for—of what he promised in fact: open government, a respect for privacy and for the rule of law.

more on faz.net.

All this critique of US is valid, but when it’s published by a major German newspaper, let’s not forget that no other Western country offered Snowden asylum – no doubt that for good political reasons. Also, some of these countries have their own surveillance programs. America is easy to focus on given its leadership role, yet it’s also acting as an excuse and distraction for everyone else in the West.

Natural Happiness: The Truth About Exercise and Depression

When the researchers followed up with the patients six months later, here’s what they found…

  • In the medication only group, 38% of patients relapsed into depression.
  • n the exercise and medication group, 31% of patients relapsed into depression.
  • In the exercise only group, only 8% of patients relapsed into depression.

It should come as surprise: exercise is as efficient as drugs to fight depression, but its effects last longer.

America’s Shameful Human Rights Record

With leadership from the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 as “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” This was a bold and clear commitment that power would no longer serve as a cover to oppress or injure people, and it established equal rights of all people to life, liberty, security of person, equal protection of the law and freedom from torture, arbitrary detention or forced exile.

The declaration has been invoked by human rights activists and the international community to replace most of the world’s dictatorships with democracies and to promote the rule of law in domestic and global affairs. It is disturbing that, instead of strengthening these principles, our government’s counterterrorism policies are now clearly violating at least 10 of the declaration’s 30 articles, including the prohibition against “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

more on nytimes.com.

Something has gone horribly wrong if a former American president must call out US to respect the most basic human rights.

Are female converts to Islam part of a new wave of feminism?

For Jessica, grubby tabloids and the casual sexualisation of British society helped explain the irresistible appeal of puritanism for some British females. Accepting Islam was a way of her silently reproaching the cultural failure to improve the lot of women: “Why do you think so many women are becoming Muslim in this country? Because the ‘wonderful’ freedoms in the west have only enslaved us.”

The stories from the article remind me of another woman who defies external pressures and chose her own path, a top Polish feminist, MP Krystyna Pawłowicz.