450hp Hybrid SUV is NOT GREEN

Thursday, 26 April 2007 21:00 by salim

Everybody is behind the green thingie these days. Zero Carbon, low carbon, no net carbon and the rattle goes on. Everybody now knows that SUV is baaad for environment. Gas guslers... right? So, here we have a 450hp hybrid SUV to fullfil your green fantasies!!!!!

450 HP Hybrid SUV is as obsene as a 450 HP SUV and the only thing green about it is if it is in green.

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Operating systems and the ignorant fan clubs!!!

Thursday, 26 April 2007 18:26 by salim

Recently there have been a lot of press coverage for the QTime/Java flaw found in MacOS. As always, the discussions on the subject very quickly turned into a pissing contest between fans of different OSes.

No system is inherentely secure and no system can be absolutely secure. In any real life scenario, there will be a lot of native and third party applications running in the OS as well. So, ramblings about which OS has more issues and which OS is better are rather moot points. Lets first acknowledge that we have some very advanced, highly productive OS in the market place that support a wide range of hardware. As a person working in the IT industry, I am proud to see the astonishing technological growth these OSes, especially Mac, Windows and Linux showing.

Security is largely becoming a behavioral and ethical issue rather than a technological one. Just like in our social lives, there need to be code of conducts and ethical and moral frameworks in the virtual space as well.

So lets not get into mud slinging whenever a report about such issues comes out. It is a bit dissappointing to see a flaw in one of these fine pieces of software, but we as a community will find technical and social resolutions to these issues.

Mac or windows or linux, java or .net or ruby I am so happy to be in the present. So vibrant, disparate, joy to work in...

Salim

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Anderson Cooper on Hip-Hop

Tuesday, 24 April 2007 22:03 by salim

Attaching the alleged "Stop Snitching" campaign, Cooper repeatedly says that the rappers sing these songs, supported and promoted by Billion Dollor Corporations. However, he could only bring up some of these Rappers. None of the company executives responded (ofcourse they where white!!!)

Interesting.

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Demise of the internet...

Monday, 16 April 2007 10:51 by salim

I have been walking around at my work predicting that the Internet as we know it will cease to exist. My argument was that the whole protocol and the related infrastrcutres were created under various assumptions of limiting accessibility and overcoming bandwidth issues. The other part of the infrastructure solves the problem of disconverability in traditional networks.

We have been making advances in all related technologies that makes these infrastructure assumptions meaningless. The same is applicable to http based communication as well. Http has one role, which is hypertext markup. Only some of the problems can be modelled into a hyperlink scenario. However, current trends are to create artificial scenrarios that does not suite well for the protocol.

And today I find this article. http://www.livescience.com/technology/070413_ap_new_internet.html. Ofcourse I should have posted earlier. But I wholeheartedly agree to their arguments and we as developers should be investigating this instead of trying to squeeze everything into a browser that shows Http.

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Inventions and Discoveries I am looking forward to...

Thursday, 12 April 2007 00:47 by salim

1. Proof for extraterrestrial life

2. Commercial Quantum computers

3. Demise of the browser

4. Faster than light travel

5. Complete digital reconstruction of self

6. Extraction of energy from emptyness 

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Enterprise 2.0, a dubious legitimation

Tuesday, 3 April 2007 23:27 by salim

In an article on Enterprise 2.0 (http://www.enterpriseweb2.com/?p=127) one of the main business value proposition bases on the increase in the proportion of employees who does tacit work. It continues to say that 25% to 50% of the employees do such work (as management and sales).

For one, I dont think this is a global phenomenon. In a society where the growth phase of capitalism is at its last legs, this is quite a possibility. On the otherhand, in emerging societies, the growth of the primary productive workforce is at a much higher pace. An interesting factor is that IT adoption in these societies is growing in momentum as well. Any discussion about technology that fails to see this fact is, at best dubious.

While free form collaboration and information availability (as opposed to data availability) is going to be key, it will play out quite differently.

Hmm, this is interesting. Ok, I am going to collect some information and see if this assertion holds up.

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Poor Christian Homeschoolers...

Monday, 2 April 2007 22:44 by salim

I was watching AC360. There is this news item about a Creation museum in Kentucky (or a similar place) that shows the garden of Eden with Dinasaurs. Ofcourse, the theory is that the Eden was made 6000 years ago and ofcourse there was Dinasaurs and all other kinds of animals. Dont say how they all died out though.

The interesting part was some interviews with Christian homeschoolers. The naivity or stupidity, I am not sure which, of these people are unbelievable. How can science be true if it does not follow Bible? Adds the mother turned teacher, when we get to heaven, God will tell us how he did all this and it is going to be very close to this Eden!!!

God bless you and your child ...

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Bakerji passes away

Sunday, 1 April 2007 18:46 by salim

Laurie Baker, a great architect and a greater humanitarian passed away.

I always looked up at him with awe. The endless energy, persistence, almost dogmatic conviction in his ideology.

Here are some links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Baker

http://www.keral.com/celebrities/lauribaker/

http://www.deshabhimani.com/news/k1.htm

A lot of my friends are very close associates of Bakerji. I join them in reminiscing the great stories and immense legacy that he has given to us. Kerala is a better place for being his home.

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