Sunday, August 31, 2014

Schrödinger's Theism

"I believe in science and science says maybe."

I call it Schrödinger's Theism

I've been struggling with what to call my religious beliefs for a while. It's a lot like agnosticism, but that never seemed quite right to me. I finally came up with the correct term: Schrödinger's Theism.

For those who don't know, Schrödinger's cat is a cat who is put in a box and then the box is shot or stabbed or what have you. You don't know if the cat was hit. The cat is either alive or dead in there, and until you know, the cat is both alive AND dead.

Another thing I need to explain is the multiverse/bubble-universe theory. This one is simple; it says that there are infinite universes.

Now we combine these two theories with religion. The multiverse theory says that there are infinite universes in which each religion is right and infinite where they are wrong. Schrödinger's cat says this means that until proof is obtained, each religion is both right and wrong.

I believe that God is definitely real, except that He is definitely not.

I don't know if this will seem true for anyone else, but it's true for me so I thought other people might find it interesting.

Finding Happiness

I love people! I love seeing new faces everyday, as well as the regulars. I love the conversations that I share with these people, and it really brightens my day. Sure, a few bad apples come along, but I just have to remind myself that it's not me who is having the bad day.

I try my best to make my friends /people happier than when they first walked up and having a positive influence on a random person's life makes me feel good on the inside. I learned very quick when I started college there that you can't change certain circumstances, but you can change your attitude about it all. Find happiness in helping others, not misery.

World has never been a better place to Live in

Life expectancy is higher than it's ever been, we make more money, eat more food, have incredible technology at our fingertips. The industrial revolution only happened a few hundred years ago, racism and discrimination are almost gone from the world, medical science has made leaps and bounds. There's generally no place in the world that is worse than it was 50 years ago.

We have our problems such as overpopulation, overconsumption and the threat of nuclear war, but if we manage to overcome this, then things can only get better. That, to me, is reassuring.

Internet Arguments end up in self Gratification

I had this epiphany earlier while typing up an angry response to a comment. It was long, and it was passionate, and ultimately, it would not have changed the other dude's mind. He would have replied to me, though, and I would have read his angry reply in my inbox. And I would have got even more mad, and the cycle would continue forever. The winning move is not to play. You just can't convince someone over the internet, arguing online is just self-gratification.

The Internet is Scary

It amazes me how easily information is gathered on people. How quickly your entire life can be accessed by anyone and everyone. There are so many advantages to the Internet, like research for school and what not. But be careful about the things you put online. It can screw you over so hugely.

I hate the Internet even though it can be such a huge addiction. I wish I wasn't able to go online at all. The temptation that comes with the availability is just too strong to avoid.

Net Neutrality Protest to Slow down Internet on Sept 10

If this works, enough people will be pissed to actually get something done.

I feel sorry for the American public because it is obvious that they are about to be f**ked over by the monopoly ISPs even worse than they already are. However, America isn't the world, and the rest of the world isn't going to chain itself to America's mistakes.

If it were me running a business I'd just put a splash screen up for US visitors stating that we don't serve the US because it is not economically viable for us to do so, and specifically cite the anti-net neutrality legislation/climate as the reason for that.

But what concerns me the most is, some american muppet cabinet f**ked up, and now american people want to stir up the internet for everyone on the planet to make a point that involves only them? Keep your plight to your own Damn cubicle, america. Jeez..

You can't teach Men not to Rape

Before I get burned at the stake, let me set a few facts out.

My stance comes from a viewpoint that lies between the "women need to look out for themselves" and "don't enable rape culture; women should dress and behave as they please" viewpoints. I think any person should be able to go where they please and do what they please without worrying about having their personal liberty infringed on.

No one should have to watch their glass like a hawk and their friend's glass and make sure they're not alone and make sure they don't drink too much for fear that someone will take their lowered guard as a chance to sexually assault them. No one should live in fear of ANYTHING. It's plain old not healthy.

So, that brings us to "teach men not to rape!" While I'm not a rapist, I'm aware that a very very tiny portion of the population are able and willing to force themselves on others by means of drugs or good ol' muscle.

How do you "teach" that tiny portion to not rape without demonizing a large portion of the model citizens who are an example of what the solution looks like?

Pursuit of Equality is a SHAM

Let me lay out my belief in a straightforward fashion. All of the below are well-established by rigorous science, though language varies from person to person and study to study.

On the Obviousness of Inequality

● What makes any human distinguishable from other humans can be deconstructed. For the purposes of this discussion, I will call these deconstructed components "traits."

● All human traits are measurable. That is, they can be quantified along a scale.

● This scale can be understood as having a "less desirable" end and a "more desirable" end.

● Some traits are universallydesirable. In other words, no one would honestly choose to have an IQ of 80 over one of 120. Similarly, there is no advantage to having an asymmetrical face.

● Other traits are contextuallydesirable. Consider height. Very tall heights are preferable for basketball, while mid-range heights are preferable for football. Shorter heights are preferable for gymnastics.

● Some traits can be highly influenced by effort (e.g. fitness level); others cannot (e.g. height). All traits can be affected by effort or environment to varying degrees, but genetics gives humans left and right limits for all traits.

● The aggregate of varying traits yields widely divergent performance on a huge variety of tasks that are valued by humans.

● Traits leading to high-performance are not equally distributed. In other words, life does not operate like a character sheet where you have a certain number of points to distribute. It's a roll of the dice, with some people getting good rolls over and over, and others getting much less.

On the Misguided Pursuit of Equality

The above interplay of genetics, alongside complex environment interaction, is extremely complex.

Humans have not yet invented methods to alter genetic ranges of trait desirability, although methods to alter performance inside of said range are well established. In other words, you can read extensively and work on math and logic problems and your effective IQ will be boosted toward the higher end of its natural range, but you will not exceed your genetic limits. Similarly, one can focus on sprinting and drop 100m times, but it unless genetic gifts are present, this person will not be an Olympic sprinter.

Given the above, it is unrealistic to tell a 5'6" teenager that his hard work will lead him to the NBA. Sure, it has happened, but the odds are very slim. Similarly, it is unrealistic to tell a person of average IQ that pursuit of his dreams of a PhD in particle physics is wise.

Any programs that systematically reward under-performance in a given, defined field, for any reason, are counter-productive, and only serve to slow the advancement of the human condition.

I find all of the above to be obvious. In fact, I think the vast majority of people find the above to be obvious. Unfortunately, for various reasons arising largely out of social justice crusades founded on politcal dogma, we must ignore these elephants in the room and sacrifice reason on the alter of political correctness.

How wasteful Everyone Is ?

People need to realize that electricity, supermarkets, and cars that allow for a 45 mile commute only account for less than 100 years of roughly 5,000 years of civilization. These innovations are great but people forget that these are a miracles and definitely not the norm or sustainable in their current form.

Instagram is Great

I think sites like instagram are great with when not over done. I love it during the summer so that I can see what everyone is up to and see how life is going for everyone.

During college it's the same thing. Now some people obviously over do it, but the majority of the people who use it just glance at it when they're bored, in class, and just looking for something to do. But for the majority it's a very small part of our lives and it actually makes social interaction easier.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Words better not spoken out loud

I was at the grocery store a while back and came around the end of an aisle and was face to face with this lady that was wearing approximately all of the makeup. I instinctively yelped, "SHIT!".

I immediately felt bad so I followed it up by saying, "I forgot my wallet ! " and hurried out.

Obedience is a flaw of character.

Obedience to authority figures solely on the grounds that they are authority figures is a moral failing that reduces a person to moral bankrupcy and animality.

If one is instructed to carry out an act, one must question the act upon its merits. Delegation of moral responsibility to others is something that befits a cringing coward, not a person with moral agency. Little Eichmanns who do delegate their moral responsibility to others are less than human and should be treated with the contempt they deserve.

The only right course of action for an individual is to strive to understand what is right and wrong, and to direct one's actions in a manner that is maximally conducive to the right. Any less is a shameful failing.

Those incapable of this act are 'less than', deprived of a fundamental moral faculty that moral agents must possess. It is an overvalued concept that is embraced and cultivated by religions like Christianity, and preserved by those of a regressive and conservative persuation. Obedience is only a virtue to fascists, cryptofascists, totalitarians and authoritarians and those lacking the ability or courage to proclaim their concept of right and wrong and act in accord with it.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Why I choose to use Linux ?

I've been asked this question many times but most often I conclude by saying that it has something to do with Free Software Foundation and Open source movement.

The easiest way I've been able to answer this is:

It's free and open source - logical, simple software management. once you've used Linux you realize what a bloated, disjointed mess Windows is by comparison.

High flexibility. If you want to build a GUI environment from the ground up, you can go Archlinux. If you're looking more for something that covers your needs out of the box, there are plenty of options like Mint and Ubuntu for that.

Using Linux for a few months ( @ initial stage) probably taught me more about how computers work than years of using Windows. Windows seems to try and protect users from themselves a lot of times, which I'm sure is a good idea for the majority of people but sucks for people who want more control over their OS.

"If something is not working on Windows, it's many times not your fault. If something is not working on Linux, it's probably your fault."

Best discovery of my Life

I knew there had to be a better alternative to proprietary operating system. Ubuntu was my first introduction to Linux. I didn't study computer science and I didn't know what terminal was. But I figured it out and it all felt right.

Currently having explored a dozen of Linux distributions, I've finally (at present) settled with Elementary Os.

And 2 years later, I still tell people that this discovery was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

ALSA tries to Trademark Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS is one of sicknesses that you don't even wish for your worst enemies. It is one of big reasons why sick people are traveling to place like Switzerland's dignitas clinic so that they can kill themself. And it is also one sickness that doesn't get much research money, because it is so rare disease (2-3 in 100 000 gets it).

I don't know why they are trying to trademark (and likely kill) excellent social movement that is bringing food to their table. Maybe there is some scam running for it and they trying to protect it - or maybe their CEO just did get some crazy CEO idea that will bring more money to his pockets.

Now don't get me wrong. I think it is a great idea with how much awarness this is raising and how much money they have now recieved because of it.

On a side note however, some people don't understand that you don't have to bully a person into pouring ice water over their head to do something about it because they have already donated. Or even if they didn't want to donate it is their buisness they shouldn't be made to feel bad about it like people are doing to one another.

I just hope that people keep contributing money to research (maybe through some other way instead of ALSA) - that is pretty much only way how ALS is going to get cured. Anyway here - some nice Fortune article about ALSA and it's money spending for your further reading.

Obama on Russian Invasion

Obama made it very clear that the US took its responsibilities to defend fellow NATO allies from the largest to the tiniest very seriously. While he did say Ukraine was not in NATO, he was sending a very clear message that the US was not going to brook any aggression towards any NATO ally, no matter how small or seemingly "unimportant" that country might be.

I think it's also a jab at Ukraine for not joining NATO as well. From what I've read Ukraine is now asking for help against this Russian invasion, and personally I wouldn't be surprised if any NATO assistance was contingent on Ukraine immediately joining NATO.

If a country being invaded had the opportunity to join Nato, then certain countries would eventually be forced into joining by "separatists" or unmarked militaries. The rules must eliminate even the possibility of corruption, because as humans if we can be sure of any one thing, it's that if something can be exploited, some human will exploit it.

Intellectual Joke

A young man is touring Harvard campus and decides to ask for directions on how to get to the library. He finds a girl reading a book under a tree and says "Excuse me, can you tell me where the library's at?" She cringes and says "You should never end a sentence with a preposition." The young man look confused for a second and replies, "I'm sorry - can you tell me where the library's at... b**ch?"

Around about Asteroid Bennu

'NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission and The Planetary Society invite you to submit your name for a round-trip ride to asteroid Bennu. Your name will hitch a ride to the asteroid, spend 500 days there, and return in the Sample Return Capsule to Earth in 2023.

Plus your name will be on the spacecraft, which will remain in space long after returning the sample capsule to Earth.'

Source: http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/messages/bennu/

Loop Holes in Jan Dhan Yojna

First, the guidelines of the scheme are very hazy and have visible loopholes.

The scheme is solely for people who don't have an account in any of the banks. There is a separate form for Zero balance accounts, which is less complicated than the usual form. For example, you don't need a reference of someone who already has an account. The bank is taking in written that the said person doesn't have an account elsewhere. Till now there is no way to confirm that, I don't think that's even a priority of Modi right now. There are no guidelines in case the person is lying yet. Some people have come asking them to shut their existing accounts and start a new Zero balance account.

Opening Zero balance accounts at more than one banks is useless because the insurance is for when you die in a road accident and the money comes from same source. Unless you can die more than once..

Another major flaw seems that the account holder can ask the bank for Rs. 5000 overdraft in case of an emergency. No detail given about how the bank has to judge the emergency or anything like that.

Toxic Culture

My feeling is that mass media and commercial entertainment exert a pervasive and negative effect on our culture. I could cite any number of examples of media that I would view as destructive, but let me first define my terms.

When I discuss popular culture and media, I am thinking of television, cinema, popular music, etc -- entertainment designed for consumption by large audiences by commercial sponsors.

It seems to me that media of this type target our basest instincts and negatively reinforce our development. I think that people who consume large amounts of media become less thoughtful and self-reflective over time, make poorer choices, and are less likely to develop virtues of character. I also think media numb our natural empathy and compassion for others, and encourage us to seek affirmation and success in destructive ways.

By keeping us constantly distracted, I also think that media dampen our creative and innovative output. I think that society as a whole is made poorer when our fellow citizens' minds and creative talents are tied up by the consumption of entertainment.

Moments of Impact

"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd

There are a lot of sayings that reflect a similar sentiment, but this is the one that clicked in my head. I heard it at a time when I was at my lowest. It helped me get out of my wallowing, and to start taking the risks I had always dreamed of taking but always found excuses not to. That decision helped change my life and someday soon, I'll have achieved the goals I set for myself back then--and be prepared to take the biggest risk of my life... the one I've been working towards all this time.

Apple holding Official Event on Sept 9

I'm just waiting to be shown why people need a smart watch. I am sure before smartphones people were saying "do people really need a phone with apps?", after which companies showed how awesome it can be. Though I must say that Google hasn't gotten me excited for smart watches yet. Perhaps Apple will?

My point is, I don't want to discount the concept yet before everybody has shown their hand.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Banking for the Poor

This is a great move, a large number of India's poor get into debt easily and get exploited by predatory money-lenders. Encouraging to have bank accounts will not only provide them a safety net but would also incentivise saving money, rather than pissing it off.

(Many poor people either spend the money on booze, or abandon their families because they are too much of a financial burden, or have a mentality of "let me enjoy my life today, the future is uncertain")

However, this move proposes a huge challenge in a country like India where record-keeping is extremely messy in rural isolated areas. Many people still don't have State IDs, and there is a high chance of corruption here, with local officers accepting bribes to get your life insurance done, despite not being eligible, or in extreme cases, exhort money from poor and threaten to erase their records if they don't pay up.

Source: NDTV

A World without Nuclear Bombs.

There are over 10,000 fairly high yield nuclear warheads either sitting on missiles, in bombs, or in storage that could each destroy an entire city. Nobody wants to use them. Nobody really wants to see them used.

Only an insane person would ever actually launch one unless one was already headed towards them. The only reason anyone keeps them is because the other guy has them. The only reason we can't agree to dismantle all of ours at the same time is because we don't trust them and they don't trust us not to hide a few "just in case".

What I Consider Creative ?

I like to come up with theories about the universe, inventions and our planet. I then research to see if others have thought the same things, if not I elaborate on my theories to make them more likely to be true.

I recommend keeping a note pad and pen next too your bed, you will get some great ideas when just about to drift off. And keep a pen and paper on your side at all times, just in case you have an idea. I will not be giving examples, as I guard my ideas closely.

Shielding knowledge about Sexuality is bad.

In all western societies I am aware of, there are laws preventing children from being exposed to sexuality* of any kind. I believe the effort of not exposing children to sexuality is not based in facts, and may actually be harmful.

There are various studies researching how children are affected through early exposure. Unfortunatly, virtually all of those studies target abuse situations, making it hard to draw conclusions about non-abuse situations. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Anonymity Theory

Something I've commonly seen mentioned in online conversations is the "Greater Internet Anonymity Theory" which suggests that

"Normal Person + Anonymity + Audience = Total Assholes."

I think the whole "anonymity" part is overrated. I've seen people defend asshole-ish behavior by stating something like "oh, it's just the Internet" like people suddenly turn into assholes when they're on-line but act normally otherwise.

Greater Sense of Unity

Few minutes back, a friend called asking whether I was going to college today? I had told him that I won't be able to come because I had to stay at home.

He had told me no body was going to college. I was surprised. It's not a collaborative decision of all of us not going to college, but perhaps a coincidence.

I remember when I was in my freshmen year, people were united, everyone was humble and most importantly there was no disputes among friends.

But after having watched over years (3 yrs later) everything had changed. Friends became enemies, foes to friends. Disputes and egos had taken over.

As if the little bit of unity that we had started fading away. But today.. we overcome all those obstacles, despite our differences we were still able to maintain unity among us.

Unlike the other major departments In our college. We were different, we aligned our thoughts, synchronised our movements.

Finally it gives me a great pleasure knowing we still have that unity among us even if we're distances apart.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Democracy is Flawed

I believe that democracy is flawed, Leaders need to fight to maintain their position or to get elected. Politicians need to make unfeasible promises to get elected then when they are in office they need to spend money recklessly and achieve short term goals.

Democracy forces politicians to focus on short term goals and not worry about long term consequences because as soon as someone is voted out they don't have to worry about the repercussions of their policies.

In short the constant pressure to keep people happy and to stay in power makes it impossible to run a country properly.

P.s I am not saying we should get rid of democracy, all other systems of government have equal flaws, I just don't think we should accept democracy as the holy grail of Governing.

Thoughts on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Dumping cold water on yourself will literally do nothing to help the cause. And to all those people who dump water without donating, you mean well, but you aren't helping anybody at all. Poor old nerd3 is getting so much shit for not doing the challenge. Everyone who watches his videos will have seen the challenge before, so him doing it will accomplish nothing apart from cheap YouTube views. Which is something he will never take advantage of. 

Another thing. ALS isn't the only disease out there. If your gonna donate, spread out the donations.Donating to ALS only when it's trending is a good thing, but please, do not expect me to praise you with kisses on the feet for a one time donation of $10 to the currently popular charity. 

I'll leave out the part where people don't understand how charities work and think that they are ripping you of, because the majority of Internet seems to think that.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

People Like Us

Most girls are very insecure, pretty girls are extremely insecure this is because being pretty takes a lot of work that is basically 24/7 365, they do the things one must do to be pretty in hopes that it will help soothe the insecurity. problem is insecurity is a deeper problem and completely unrelated to their prettiness so they never feel pretty enough because they never feel secure.

This is the same thing at the root of an eating disorder and it can happen to dudes too as anxiety disorders aren't gender specific. People who feel anxious find a thing to soothe themselves with and then wreck the rest of their life by focusing on soothing behaviors to the detriment of other things all the time. We call these people successful when what soothes them is money, fame, and material success.
anybody driven is a person with a thirsty hole whistling in their soul that can't be slaked.

The Unabomber Manifesto.

At the start of the Cold War, Henry Murray developed a personality profiling test to crack soviet spies with psychological warfare and select which US spies are ready to be sent out into the field. As part of Project MKUltra, he began experimenting on Harvard sophomores. He set one student as the control, after he proved to be a completely predictable conformist, and named him "Lawful".

Long story short, the latter half of the experiment involved having the student prepare an essay on his core beliefs as a person for a friendly debate. Instead, Murray had an aggressive interrogator come in and basically tear his beliefs to pieces, mocking everything he stood for, and systematically picking apart every line in the essay to see what it took to get him to react. But he didn't, it just broke him, made him into a mess of a person and left him having to pull his whole life back together again. He graduated, but then turned in his degree only a couple years later, and moved to the woods where he lived for decades.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mysteries of Universe

Mysteries of Universe
The idea of conceptual limits has been a mystery for over a decade when it comes to our ability to understand the universe.

More specifically the possibility that not only can we pose questions whose answers are beyond our ability to comprehend, but that perhaps we cannot even formulate the right questions due to our cognitive architecture. For example both the idea that universe (or multiverse, or whatever) had a beginning and the idea that there has always been something existent seem to cause us problems - the first case raises the bizarre idea of existence arising out of non-existence (i.e. not just some state of random quantum fluctuations which itself would need to be explained), while the second still raises the question of why then there is anything rather than nothing.

And it doesn't seem possible that there could be any answer to either question that would itself be immune to further questions of this sort. There seems to be something about the way we conceptualize the world that, while obviously useful for the sorts of phenomena we normally encounter, becomes a barrier when trying to understand the world at greater and greater remove from what we normally experience, and at the limit prevents any understanding at all.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I know this is a good thing, and they meant to spread awareness doing this ? I mean, why not actually contribute or donate to whatever it is they're doing this challenge for instead of making a pointless video on Facebook about it?

Pouring ice cold water on yourself gonna change anything? Ohh they're spreading awareness ? more like advertising...

Reminds me of the "100,000 likes for this girl with cancer pls n she'll get treatment bcuz god or something" noise."

Ya'll Quit wasting water and time and go do something productive for once.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Modi's Speech Highlight; My Opinion

I want to ask parents when your daughter turns 10 or 12 years old, you ask, ‘Where are you going? When will you return?’ Do the parents dare to ask their sons, ‘Where are you going? Why are you going? Who are your friends?’ After all, the rapist is also someone’s son. If only parents decide to put as many restrictions on their sons as they do on their own daughters."
I'm glad that the PM is attempting to create discourse that is moving away from simply blaming the victim, which has had disastrous results up to this point in time; especially in the more rural communities.

80% Android Users Worldwide Susceptible to Vulnerabilities

The CM Security Research lab has found variety of android system vulnerabilities that threatened users in July. These flaws can be taken advantage by hackers, and then the malware infections prevent users from using the phone normally, resulting in mobile payment, safety issues and leaks of personal Information.

(com.android.phone): This Malware can call anybody without User Intimation/Intervention.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Got my new smartphone yesterday

I have received my new Asus zenfone 4 yesterday. The specs are decent and it packs quite a punch with that Intel atom processor (dual core) with hyper threading technology. It's really cool. .I've just finished installing all my apps.... that i craved for. And the best part, the keyboard is great. I like it more than swift keyboard.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wrote an Essay Early in the Morning.

I woke up around 4am and started vomiting words on a A4 size paper for my essay topic 'To be truthful is to be human' which i have to submit today. 2 Days back, my Head of Dept in college asked me to write an essay, she said anyone with good essay would get rewarded. I don't think i'll be paid in funds.. but a certificate perhaps.

Last time i wrote an essay, I received 1st place. This time i've a strong gut feeling, that i'd win this thing for sure. Gotta go.. peace out. Time to go to college... god i hate going to college .. nowadays. Its so boring.. and nonsense. I don't learn much there rather i learn more from the Internet. Everything you need is here ... itself. I don't like sitting in classes with people watching me awkwardly !

Monday, August 11, 2014

Explaining Purpose of Life using Quantum Mechanics

Earth as Photographed from Moon
Biologically, life exists only to continue itself. We're born, reproduce, and die. So if life never came to be, there wouldn't have been a need for it in the first place. We've basically set up a self-requiring system that we can't escape. Does this mean that in the big scheme of things we're here for nothing? Only the other living beings on our planet are affected by life here - we are of no consequence to the universe. That's my (admittedly non-religious) take on this. What do you think of this idea? I find that I'm okay with it. Life on Earth is just here for the ride, and we might as well enjoy it. However I don't think that there's rhyme nor reason for our existence. Do you?

If any of you are familiar with quantum mechanics, one tenant is that until observed, things exists along a probability of all possible states. When we take a measurement or observe a particle, it's probability waveform collapses and we can determine with almost certainty either it's position or spin. This presents an interesting question: does the universe as we know it exist before we attempt to observe or measure it? This suggests that for the universe to exist as we observe it, we - the observers - are necessary. Otherwise the universe might exist in any state.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

ISIS is Against their Religion Teachings

Greater Middle East
In Photo: Greater Middle East
What’s going on in the middle east at the moment has never angered me so much, the ISIS are the most delusional people I have ever seen. They claim to fighting for a religious cause yet they interpret there holy book in such a horrific matter, justifying there reasons for murdering and raping people.

They are attempting to take over the middle east and ridding it of all Christians, it angers me so much how a group like that which abide by the most inhumane fucked up rules gain so many followers and are powerful enough to succeed in what there trying to do.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Introduction to Hacking; How to get Started ?

Introduction to Hacking; How to get Started ?
The word 'hacking' actually/originally means taking (usually) electronics equipment and re-purposing it for another use. Attacking computer systems is(was) called 'cracking', but misuse by journalists and popular media to use the word 'hacking' instead has caused this word to become the mainstream for computer based attacks.


Originally hacking was sitting down at a computer and coding out a program without any plan or organization. Currently hacking is a multiple step process of scanning a network for security vulnerabilities, finding possible exploits, creating a weaponed program to get inside the network and take valuable files such as earnings reports or account information. Then removing your actions from logs.   

How to get Started ?

To become a 'hacker', you need to first become a good (by good i mean really real good) programmer. How computer works ? what makes them tick & do things they are meant to do. Thing about programming languages; the theory is more important than the language, usually. Once you know one, you can almost certainly learn another with minimal effort.

Considering your goals, it depends what kind of "hacking" you want to do. Reverse-engineer applications? Check out Assembly. Do "security research" on websites? PHP is good to know; it has a lot of vulnerabilities due to sloppy coders and it's ubiquitous. It's almost better to just learn a language for the sake of programming in it, and then take a dive into the more hardcore stuff - because "hacking" as you describe it is essentially the "world championships" of programming; it's subversive, under the table, bleeding-edge stuff that brilliant security researchers make big bucks working on. And most programmers can't do it.

Once you've mastered pointer arithmetic, once you know the difference between the heap and the stack, once you know all the intricacies of how the memory model works, the difference between little-endian and big-endian; then it might be time to delve into some of the more involved, "hacking"-level things. But for now (and by now, I mean over the course of a few years) become proficient in something useful like C++, and by then, you might have job prospects or other interests; either way, you won't regret learning a language like that.

Is Star Wars Science Fiction Or Fantasy ?

Is Star Wars a Science Fiction Or Fantasy ?
There is a good debate going whether Star Wars is an adaption of Science fiction or fantasy ?

There are some things in Star Wars that can apply to the sci-fi genre, such as spaceships and robots. But none of these things are exactly crucial to the plots of the films. They're just there to remind the audience that this is a futuristic setting (which happened "a long time ago").

Everything else is an adaptation of something from the fantasy genre. The characters are simply re-imagined archetypes, and the Force is entirely analogous to magic. Which isn't to say that any of this is bad or wrong. The fact that Star Wars essentially cross-bred two genres which are generally miles apart is an impressive feat. And aside from the wretched dialogue and plot holes of the prequels, it works rather well.

Motivation, Philosophy and Responsibility

Love, live and act.
  • Love- Show love to the people you love and allow it to be known.
  • Live- Get out there and do everything you can that's within your ability.
  • Act- Do what you are thinking, if you want to say I love you, say it. If you think they are doing it wrong, say it and help. Stand up for your morals and code.
I am responsible for my own existence. If I wish to succeed I must achieve success myself. If I make a mistake I must own it fully. I obey no limitations or restrictions save for those I choose myself. I understand that for every action there is a reaction and that consequences can never be dodged.  
 
One of my biggest problems with religion, that people think they can act however and just be "forgiven" by some deity. There are only two aspect of how actions affect people: there is your intent and there is the actual way that people are affected. Only one of those is under your control (the intent). Unfortunately, many people believe that the intent is the only thing that matters, disregarding the way that other people are affected by the action. They believe that as long as they had the right intent, God will see that and they are fine. Brings to light an unfortunate ignorance of other people's feelings that is prevalent in too many cultures.

Creepy look at Myself Online

Creepy look at Myself Online
When I was immature and Myspace was a thing, I sometimes sent creepy stalker-ish messages to a crush without realizing how creepy I was being. This was probably 5-6 years ago. A few months back I logged into my Myspace account just to see what 2006 me was like. Totally forgot about the messages. Looked at sent messages. I was so embarrassed someone actually saw those.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Windows 9 Upgrade won't be Free

Windows 9 Upgrade won't be Free

I don't think they would give windows 9 to XP users because windows 9 probably won't work very well on machines currently running XP, making the free upgrade pointless since the user would have to upgrade the machine in order to utilize windows 9. If they were to buy new machines, they would get whatever windows is out as part of the new buy anyways making the free windows 9 moot.

Skype for Linux Gets Updated with Latest Features

Skype for Linux Gets Updated with Latest Features
If you do not mind having a free non-open source Microsoft product on your Linux computer, the latest Skype for Linux release catches up to the Windows and Mac versions, providing most of the features they've had for some time. Microsoft rolled out Skype version 4.3.0.37 in mid June. The catch-up release has an updated user interface, some additional features, and lots of bug fixes. The latest Skype for Linux version also got rid of Alsa audio API support.

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Dissemination of Thoughts on Facebook

Dissemination of Thoughts on Facebook
Does anyone remember this little place, the little place that was meant to give you a voice? There were online blogs and places filled with advertisements that said they would let you communicate with your friends but then we found this new place. A place that offered multiple photos in your profile and a separate place for all your ramblings, your thoughts, drawn out and given room to breathe amongst the stifling brevity that was the rich mans financed social experiment. Proof you cannot buy a community with free thoughts and constantly changing emotions or personalities. This new place had a section where you could write your heart out, you could put the whole thing out there, off your sleeve and into someones computer monitor. Your friends could read what really made you tick, what drove your heart and mind, and what made you human. These short form letters to the world would be the start of a beautiful dialogue with anyone who had the time and interest to hear what you felt you needed to say.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How to be Anonmyous on the Web ?

English: Tor Logo
  • Web Browsing
  1. Use the https everywhere browser extension.Thanks to this the content of your web traffic to a particular website is encrypted. someone reading your traffic only learns what sites you are browsing.
  2. when needed, use Tor. This makes practically impossible for someone looking at your traffic to know where it is being sent and its content, and someone looking at the other end of the traffic doesn't know it comes from you. (And if you're using httpS over Tor, only the exact last recipient knows the content.)
  3. Don't use big US services with real accounts, identifiable data and without Tor for anything sensitive. Not even google searches.
  4. Anytime you see a certificate alert where there shouldn't be one, assume you're talking to a fake server impersonating the website and/or intercepting login forms and content. 

Movie Review: Equilibrium

Vaccine (journal)
The story is based in a vaccine which repressed the ability to feel emotions. It was claimed to promote the needed equilibrium to society, preventing people to act based on their feelings. That way, the government aimed to prevent wars, and the vaccine became obligatory.

A police force was created to guarantee that the population was under the control of the vaccine. As I don't want to spoil the whole movie, I will leave the description of it as it is now. This kind of feeling inhibition is featured in other places too. In Fallout New Vegas' dlc "Old Worlds Blues" a similar thing is used - a "pacifying field" preventing attacks into the Think Tank.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Inspection in College Tomorrow

There is an Inspection tomorrow in college. So there'd be no classing running. Our Professors had told us not to come to college tomorrow. Well part of me is glad that I get a day off. Maybe i'll sleep a little or do twitter or reddit or something to keep myself busy. Its Tuesday tomorrow so there'll be no good movies on Television.

College was not regular past month due to 'Ramadan' festive season, today marks the first day after a long holidays. Other part of me wants to go to college, there's something/someone that keeps me Interesting, makes me feel good being in college Irrespective of whether i listen to class or not.

Well with part happy face & part sad I don't know what I'll do tomorrow..One thing is for sure that by tomorrow my Embedded System Assignment would be completed.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Facebook is Sued by An Austrain Privacy Activist

Facebook is Sued by An Austrain Privacy Activist

"An Austrian privacy activist has launched a wide-reaching class action suit against Facebook Ireland for breaching European data protection law."
Anyone outside of the US and Canada can join activist and law student Max Schrems' suit via the website fbclaim.com, since they will have signed up to Facebook's terms and conditions via the Dublin-based European subsidiary. That amounts to around 82 percent of all Facebook users. After being live for just one hour, the site has collected 100 participants."

The suit is seeking damages of €500 ($537) per user, and injunctions to be levied on the company for the following breaches:
  1. Failing to get "effective consent" for using data
  2. Implementing a legally invalid data use policy
  3. Tracking users online outside of Facebook via "Like" buttons
  4. Using big data to monitor users
  5. Failing to make Graph Search opt-in
  6. The unauthorized passing of user data to external apps
  7. Its involvement in NSA's Prism program, designed to extract personal data from the public's internet use. (Schrems is pursuing a separate case on this due to be heard by the European Court of Justice.)                                          

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Aliens are on their Way

Recently , Some Nasa's Scientists were in talks about aliens and UFOs . They said:
"Ufo's aren't seen before the nuclear war , but  when the first nuclear war had started then after one year there were people claiming they had seen some mysteries objects on sky, in a saucer shape . And from then only many UFOs cases came around from all over the world . Aliens are there , but they are not smart or clever then us."

Humanity

We cry about governments and companies lying to us and feeding us BS yet that's exactly what people do in reality. The worst thing about these "humanity restored" articles where one person out of 7 billion does something that is good, and the opposite, where someone does something very cruel and people lose faith in humanity. Humanity so far has lost and restored several thousands of times which makes me wonder what's the point with it.

The amount of hypocrisy that one encounters when on the internet is staggering and the sheer idiocy of most people is something that I am extremely annoyed of.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Is Zuckerberg Manipulating Facebook ?

Is Zuckerberg Manipulating Facebook ?
3 days ago,

A Facebook page calling for the death of Israeli Jews does not violate the social network's "community standards," according to multiple messages sent by Facebook in response to user complaints. The page in question, is named, "Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews." The page, which spells "Zionist" incorrectly, features an Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a vampire with blood dripping down his chin as he feasts on a child. It was started on July 25.

Individuals complaining about the page were greeted with the following message (screen captured below):

"We reviewed your report of Death to zionst baby killer israeli jews. Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the Page you reported for containing hate speech or symbols and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards. " - Source: Washington Examiner
"So apparently facebook actually had a human with an IQ over 70 look at this and got rid of the page. But if this is the case they really should reword their form-letter "We reviewed your page...it doesn't violate our Community Standards" reply. It makes it look like an actual human saw "death to Zionist baby killers" and said "Yup! No racism here!"

Much New Improved LibreOffice 4.3 Released

Much New Improved LibreOffice 4.3 Released
I appreciate cleanup more than new features. LibreOffice already does everything most people could imagine, now the important part is to make it performant and easy to work with. I'm amazed on how much clutter they were able to remove, what intrigues me is what kind of author has left it in in the first place?

I also find it funny that the developers themselves don't even know how to trigger many of the dialog windows.

Linux Torvalds Office at Home

Behind the Scene - Linux Torvalds Office at Home
If the Linux world has anything akin to royalty, Linus Torvalds surely must be its monarch. So what could be more natural than for the Linux-loving masses to want to see where he works and lives?

Fortunately for FOSS fans, none other than the Linux Foundation has stepped up with an answer to that desire in the form of a video showcasing Torvalds' home office. Think it's tidy? Think again. You'll laugh, you'll cry. At the very least, you'll come away feeling better about the state of your own work setup.

Source: LinuxInsider

Infibeam Affiliate Programme is a Sham

Infibeam Affiliate Programme is a Sham
Below is the copy of email that I've sent to them via contact form on their website.

 **Feedback**

 "This is the 2nd time this has happened to me. I've been promoting your content through hot-deals & magic box on my blog at www.kanthalaraghu.com for over a month now. And when i check back (after a month) to see the summary, daily report, there's not a single record of anything. It shows 'No Data' ??

Last time this happened (prior to this month), i just quit, then one of your CS representative called me & convinced that they'll look into it. Then i gave it a month thinking okay maybe she'll look into it & this time it'd be different. But another month has gone and i haven't seen any records of content that i have promoted on my blog.

Time Dilation into the Future

Time Dilation into the Future
Are we in future yet ? Yes, 2014 is almost over, We're well into the future already.  
Time dilation is increasing. Remember how a year used to seem a lot longer? When you were younger? That's because it was! Years now last about as long as 4 months back then.They're tricking us! Worse still, everyone is tricking each other and nobody is wise!

The clocks are lying, my dad knows this too. He has a friend who keeps over 1000 clocks to discover the trickery. All the clocks end up at different times the longer they run!

Time has become joke, or are we going too fast into the future ?