Saturday, October 27, 2018

PUBG-Themed Restaurant Just Opened In Jaipur

PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds (PUBG) has taken the Internet and the gamer community by storm.

For the uninitiated, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a military-style shooter battle royale game in which a total of 100 players drop onto a battleground, where they will have to fight till death and the last man standing will be declared the winner. PUBG is currently available on PC, Xbox One, iOS, and Android.

And in some good news for fans of this addictive online game, there's a PUBG-themed restaurant in Jaipur!

PUBG was the battle royale game that started the trend, with its ‘Hunger Games’-esque setup. Players are dropped into a map along an air route, with no guns or equipment, and have to scavenge for them all the while killing any enemies they coming across.

Emotions Energize Your Thoughts

It's amazing how the most insignificant things can bring about the most powerful changes to a person's life.

The fact that someone's entire world could change at an instant because a computer decided to put them with other people completely randomly. With the entirety of life based on chance it's hard to trust that everything will work out because people change and so does everything else, looking ahead makes for an interesting time of speculation but without that time there's no planning allowed there's no time to sit and think about how i am as a person or how anyone is.

Life, as we know it right now, is so fast paced that no one ever has time to stop and think. The only thinking they get is moments where their mind scutters off and they can only think about one thing. Whether it be religion, a person, or what they are gonna eat for dinner. Some people get caught up on little details of life like what people around them think or what they are wearing, but most people can never see past the big picture with the details being lost to them. The sweet intricacy of life can not be enjoyed by those people. They will never be able to understand the small little almost insignificant details of being alive.

The problem with this worldview of savoring every detail leads to the intense feeling of loss. While someone who has the big picture view might experience loss, rejection, or embarrassment they can always move past as they look at the whole scope of their world and realize that life keeps on moving and they must move with it lest they get left behind by the ever accelerating speed that life moves. When one has the detail oriented worldview it's like having a rusty link on a chain, the fibers of their own mental being is disrupted by this one overbearing feeling and it takes something strong and real to fix that link.

Life passes these people by as they dwell in the pit of their own sadness, they feel as if they can never overcome the feeling that has been thrust on them so rapidly and forcefully. There is however a forgotten few, those who can enjoy the sweetness of life, the green on the grass and trees, the beauty of a summers day glistening in the sunlight, the feeling of loss. These lucky few know that happiness can't exist without sadness, that no matter what happens life goes on. That they must not dwell in their pit of despair but revel in it. These are the few and some aspire to be, and that most think they are until something tragic happens. These are the ones who truly know the key to happiness. They know that in order to reach the point of true happiness and being content with themselves and their own life that they must be sad. This is the only way to reach the top, for the top is not having the most resources monetary or otherwise, but that the top is being content with one has and realizing that no good comes without bad.

Nothing in this life we live in is permanent and bound to ourselves except the feeling of being perfectly content with where we are in our lives. This is not a point of no return however, everyone who has and ever will reach this point will falter. The defining characteristic is being able to pull yourself from that dark place within yourself, the dark place that says your life is over because someone is gone or you missed a connection. This separates those who feel with purpose from those who feel without or don't feel at all. The success of your life is not determined by your monetary gains or social power, it is determined by the power and scope in which you feel day to day life.

Mozilla addon signing policy

Browser extensions are wonderful. Nearly every day I come across a new Firefox extension that customizes my browser in some creative way I’d never even considered. Some provide amusement for a short time, while others have become indispensable to my work and life. Extensions are a real-world manifestation of one of Mozilla’s core principles — that individuals must have the ability to shape the internet and their experiences on it.
Mozilla’s policy ensures that no unreviewed code is ever loaded into the browser, and enforced signatures prevents reviewed code from being altered after release. - mozilla blog
Something has scared me about Mozilla's addon signing policy ever since it was first announced: extensions that are designed specifically to let users write their own addons, such as Greasemonkey, Violentmonkey, Tampermonkey. They seem to blast a gaping hole in Mozilla's addon review process. I've used the various monkey addons (currently preferring Violentmonkey) to write countless little scripts over the years to fix little things (or big things) with websites that irritate me. I'm scared that one day Mozilla will decide that script addons are "dangerous", since they provide an addon platform within an addon platform, and outlaw them. And then what will I use? Bookmarklets? Or will they ban those too?

Mozilla sold the addon signing requirement as a way to stop malware, but I never understood how it could help, because malware that can edit someone's Firefox profile to install an addon can do unlimited other malicious things to undermine it. I worry because I don't quite understand how far Mozilla will go to try to lock down the browser.

Friday, October 26, 2018

IMDB is highly biased

I often find myself looking for new shows or movies to watch and always end up on IMDb so I can check on ratings and reviews as well, but I've often found that they keep listing the same old boring shows/movies or highly hollywoody overrated ones And it used to make me think ' oh okay there aren't good movies or shows out there anymore, have watched all of the good ones already ' .

Only as of lately I've found shows that I guess are what people call obscure like 'the looming tower' 'the son' 'The Dark Tower ' and some German Cold War espionage show thrillers that are just exceptional and high rated.

And when I search them on IMDb and they pop up its like they're saying ' oh yeah we also have these, just forgot to mention them. Oops our bad". I then get really frustrated, this is a 8. something rated show that came out in 2015 why the hell didn't you list it???

It's like the game is rigged or something. The best shows I've watched as of lately were found here on twitter, and just completely out of the blue, I wasn't even looking for it. Someone just happened to mention them.

Has anyone had this experience as well?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Next Windows 10 Update will let you Uninstall pre-installed apps

Microsoft has announced ''Insider Preview Build 18262to the fast & skip ahead ring on Oct 17 2018.

From the release notes of build 18262: Uninstall additional inbox apps.

In 19H1, we are adding the ability to uninstall the following (preinstalled) Windows 10 inbox apps via the context menu on the Start menu All Apps list:
  • 3D Viewer (previously called Mixed Reality Viewer)
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Groove Music
  • Mail
  • Movies & TV
  • Paint 3D
  • Snip & Sketch
  • Sticky Notes
  • Voice Recorder
I don't understand why the whole Xbox collection is not removable, but Groove Music, Movies, or Calculator is.

These are basic components every operating system should have, and while I understand, that you may want to replace them with your favorite alternative, they make life a lot easier for the everyday user, who just wants to listen to some music, or watch a video.

But no, at the same time, there are four (!) pre-installed Xbox Apps that literally no Windows user should ever need out of the box.

And don't come at me with "But I use the Windows 10 Game Bar to stream Fortnite on Twitch, and that depends on these four Xbox apps", because no, you don't, and even if, then you should just be able to install a single app from the store that does the same.

It's about time Windows 10 should have shipped this way. 

What's up with Cat Celebrities ?

I was listening to NPR yesterday when a program came on about people who take time out of their day to dress and groom their cats and then post pictures all over the internet to try and make a profit. As in, that is what they do for a job. They take their cats to pet groomers and then put hats on them. Then, in their spare time, they come on the radio and complain about how competitive the "Internet cat picture" business is.

Really? I can't even believe this useless shit is a path to income. I wish they would have come on and said "Yeah, the internet cat photography gig isn't really panning out...I guess it turns out that people prefer content that has actual value, go figure."

All this time I thought it was just people who love their pets and want to share fun videos and pictures of them. But no. It's weirdo cat moms and dads, unwashed and covered in fur talking baby talk to their pets, putting tiny hats on them while their poor animals attempt to lacerate them in defense of their dignity.

I don't know guys...I guess I just feel like the cat ship has sailed for me. Everything is just a festival for likes. Cats get likes. But not from me. I know too much now.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Star Chow Yun-fat Plans to Give His Entire Fortune to Charity

Chinese movie legend Chow Yun-fat says he plans to give his entire net worth, a whopping $5.6 billion HKD (that’s $714 million USD) to charity.

Chow Yun-fat is one of the most down to earth celebrities in Asia. His fortune is estimated to be worth $714,000,000. He's currently living on about $102 per month.
"He looks determined, without being ruthless. There's something heroic about him. He doesn't look like a killer. He comes across so calm... acts like he has a dream... eyes full of passion."
Chow Yun-Fat is the big brother of the HK film industry. He is still one of the most respected name in East Asia and the fact that he stood up for his own people when they protest against Beijing makes him even more popular.

Apparently, he stays frugal by taking public transportation as often as possible and doing charity work instead of spending it on himself. He also had a Nokia phone for 17 years (we can only assume it’s a flip phone), and only upgraded to a smart phone recently, when his Nokia one stopped working.

He shops at discount clothing stores, because, he said: “I don’t wear clothes for other people. As long as I think it’s comfortable, then it’s good enough for me.


62% of the Websites soon to be Vulnerable by December 2018

According to statistics from W3Techs, roughly 78. percent of all Internet sites today run on PHP.

PHP is used by 78.9% of all the websites.
Version 5 is used by 61.9% of all the websites.

Version 5
61.9%, 14 October 2018
Percentage of websites using PHP

But on December 31, 2018, security support for PHP 5.6.x will officially cease, marking the end of all support for any version of the ancient PHP 5.x branch.

This means that starting with next year, around 62 percent of all Internet sites still running a PHP 5.x version will stop receiving security updates for their server and website's underlying technology, exposing hundreds of millions of websites, if not more, to serious security risks.

If a hacker finds a vulnerability in PHP after the New Year, lots of sites and users would be at risk.

Of the big three --WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal-- only Drupal has made the official step to adjust its minimum requirements to PHP 7, but that move will come in March 2019. Ironically, the 7.0.x branch has reached EOL on December 3, 2017, which doesn't actually solve anything, but it's still a step forward.

Here's where WordPress' notifications for users who are running sites on outdated PHP versions will come to help --making people either update their server or ask their hosting provider for a more modern hosting environment.

And if server administrators and website owners need more convincing, I'll end this article with the same ending that Martin Wheatley used for his "ticking PHP time bomb" piece from over the summer.
Yes it does cost time and money, but what's worse, a small monthly support fee, or a headline "Site hacked, thousands of user details stolen" followed by a fine for up to 20 million euros or 4% of your turnover under GDPR... I know what I'd rather pay.
Source: ZDNet

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Irresponsible Dog Owners

I was a dog owner myself and I used to be very careful to ensure my dog does not bother or inconvenience anyone.

But there are so many people who just seem to not give a flying f**k. They seem perfectly happy for their dog to run up and bark at us, growl at us and jump at us.

If my dog ever did this to anyone I would be completely mortified. And when it happens, it's not like the owners are apologetic. They just walk on past, usually calling for their dog which then completely ignores them.

If it happens to me, presumably their dog must do this to nearly everyone else they pass? How can they allow this to happen without just putting a effin lead on it. I think that's what pisses me off about this so much...the solution is so easy - just put it on a lead.

Every time I return home from office I pass maybe 10 other dogs, and at least 2-3 of them behave like this.

If you are one of these irresponsible owners I would love to hear your justification for it.

How Amazon manages traffic during Sale

Before starting any sale they make sure they fill their warehouses are all stuffed with the products that will go for sale.

Eagle View of typical fulfilment center during the sale
Amazon has a pretty large ware house with huge no. of employees . They arrange each item in their respective place so that once the order is placed they can immediately dispatch the product. Usually if you are a prime customer and your product is amazon fulfilled then your product will be dispatched within 2–3 hours post placing your order . If you are an non-prime customer you can expect it to be dispatched within 12 hours .

How do they manage huge traffic and offers ?

These are managed by the software , networking ,technical, sales , and most importantly the customer care team . These personnels are well specialised in their field who take care of the company 24*7.

And how can you forget their delivery team.

All this things are handled by the team from various departments who strive hard to give their customer a better shopping experience .

From the Great Indian Sale this year, Amazon is making an effort to provide more affordable goods, popular in smaller towns and villages.

Amazon recently launched a Hindi option on its portal, with plans to reach out to the next 100 million customers, who might be more comfortable with the language than with English.

Now, those going on Amazon will be able to find product information, deals, and discounts in Hindi as well as place orders, pay and manage their accounts in the language.
“This is the first Indian language (we are using)… it will help millions of customers who prefer Hindi. Now customers can do their Diwali shopping in Hindi,” Manish Tiwary, vice-president, category management, Amazon India, said.
Source: Business Standard

6 hours, privacy law and digital freedom

Everyday we are all dealing with information overloads. So as a friendly reminder, I would like to let you know that a little less than 6 hours remain for a government consultation on a draft privacy and data protection law. 

Today is the last day to send in comments.

A privacy law will determine important issues for our digital freedoms and society. From how our personal data is used by the government --- compulsory ID schemes, mass surveillance --- to how private parties profit off it, and yes, even permit interference in elections by micro-targetting of propaganda.

I know many may want to send in comments but don't know how. 

Follow the steps below to send your feedback.
I urge you to please participate and ask the government to protect us, not large data brokers, or surveillance programs and compulsory biometric schemes which take away our freedoms. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

One of the reason's that helped me start a blog 10 years back

11 Years ago,

The thought of writing myself a journal started from here...
"One day, I decided to look through some of my dad’s old belongings and I found a couple of journal from when he was in 8th to 10th grade. 
I showed them to him and he kept in doing that laugh-crying thing that you get when looking at nostalgic memories and he remembers that he stopped writing them because he thought that he would never read them when he was older but today he had wished so hard the he could be able to go back and write about himself more so he could remember himself. "
I decided to keep update about my life that I would reread at certain points. Earlier I used to pen it down on a diary, but later found, having a blog online is much more easy to maintain and access from anywhere. 

I hope this gave you some good memories or maybe inspired you to do the same. Thank you

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Apple, Google and Amazon named as most valuable brands in world

Apple, Google and Amazon are the top three most valuable brands in the world, according to an annual report that underlines the dominance of the US tech companies.

Interbrand, which assigns a dollar value to each brand based on factors such as financial performance and brand strength, ranked Apple first in 2018 with a brand value of $214bn. In August, Apple became the first public company with a trillion dollar valuation.

Amazon was the fastest growing brand, because of its desire to be “the most customer-centric company on Earth”, the report added. “It has reinvented almost every sector … It revamped its Fire Phone to become the Amazon Echo smart speaker, Amazon MP3 to become streaming music service Amazon Music Unlimited, and its 2010 crowdsourcing platform for screenwriters into Amazon Studios’ Emmy Award–winning original TV shows. What’s more, according to Morgan Stanley, Amazon’s fashion business has become the second largest seller of apparel in the US.”

Top 10 most valuable brands 2018

1. Apple ($214bn)

2. Google ($155bn)

3. Amazon ($101bn)

4. Microsoft ($93bn)

5. Coca-Cola ($66bn)

6. Samsung ($60bn)

7. Toyota ($53bn)

8. Mercedes-Benz ($49bn)

9. Facebook ($45bn)

10. McDonald’s ($43bn)


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Memories can be Beautiful & Painful

Sometimes a memory gets triggered. It may be a song that comes on the radio, a video on YouTube, a commercial on TV, or pretty much anything. Memories can be a beautiful thing and at the same time a very painful thing. When it's a positive memory you should embrace it. Try to experience it again. Let it flow, if you get goose bumps, or tears start to run down your face, you should focus on it. Your memories can't be taken away from you. 

Unfortunately at the same time your memories can be very painful. It is a lot easier said than done, but when the pain comes try to push it away and remember that you are here now, you survived the situation. Be proud that you are here now. Know that you are a lot stronger than you think you are. Replace that pain with positivity. Let me say this again, I know that it can feel very difficult or impossible to push away the pain, but you can do it, have faith in yourself.

Appreciate the fact that your memories of the past are just that, the past. You can remember them for the joy you had, or the fact that you made it through. You can't live in the past, you can only live in the present, here and now.

We all have a future ahead of us. We can be looking forward to a specific situation such as a vacation, a date, or some type of celebration. I'm very guilty myself of being impatient and solely focused on an upcoming event, counting every second. As of late I've finally learned that obsessing over it will not make time move faster. You are not going anywhere and good things come to those who wait.

Then, there's the unknown. We worry about if and when something is going to happen, and how we'll deal when the time comes.

One of the most inspirational lines I've ever heard was. "Don't worry about the future, cause sooner or later it's the past." It pretty much speaks for itself.

To sum things up. You can overcome anything. Smile when you remember something positive. Smile when you remember something negative, cause you beat it, you are here now and that's something to be proud of.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Having a shitty day

Today was almost needlessly rough. I’ve got some work tomorrow that I‘ve spent most of my weekend preparing for, but I put it aside because I was too tired and felt like my brain was frying. I can typically handle stress, but it can be exhausting sometimes.

I also got into an argument with my fiance and I felt like a jerk afterward because I didn’t have the mental focus to defuse the situation. I failed to understand her and now I feel sad about it. 

Anyway, thanks for reading. Sometimes whining text on interwebs helps enough to keep me from doing anything stupid, I hope tomorrow is slightly better than today.