Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Patanjali misleading people with their Ads

Patanjali vs Govt: No Advertising for Corona Drug Coronil

The clinical trials conducted by Patanjali has excluded ALL the four major categories of patients for trials. 

These four groups are:
  1. Patients with oxygen saturation < 90 
  2. Patients representing any respiratory distress syndrome 
  3. Patients having any comorbidity 
  4. Patients > 60 years old.
In these trials, they have only included 15-59 years old non-co-morbid individuals who were tested positive for Covid19. These individuals had oxygen saturation levels more than 90 and no respiratory syndrome. Even in this group, the number of patients tested is just 95, a very low number. The group on which Patanjali claims "100%" success is a group which already has close to 100% recovery rate in week without any medicine.

The "100% cure" claim is misleading for the society because of the following three reasons -
  • It would make people complacent and the society will get a feeling that now "we have 100% cure". This will lead to people shunning all preventive measures such as social distancing, mask, avoiding large gatherings, frequent hand-washing & other practices involving hygiene, etc.
  • The trial has not included even one of the groups that causes death. The further spread of disease, if it happens, will lead to even more fatality in the four groups mentioned above.
  • Also, people having co-morbodities, low oxygen saturation levels and old patients will believe that the concoction cures 100%. 
  • However, Patanjali has conveniently hidden the fact that they did not test the medicines in these 4 critical groups at the first place.
ICMR and Ministry of Health have rightly not given any official approval to the concoction. 

Such misleading claims are only dangerous in the current scenario for the high risk-groups. In fact, the government, the doctors, the medical and scientific community must spread awareness about it.

People are free to consume whatever they want. If something does not harm the people and have no side effects, let people be free to choose. One cannot force people, especially when faith and following become larger than anything else. 

However, the society must be made aware of claims that may mislead a large population during crisis.

Amazon to Start $2 Billion Fund to Back Climate Technologies

Amazon | Amazon Launches $2 Billion Fund To Invest In Climate ... Inc. is investing $2 billion on “sustainable and decarbonizing technologies” in an effort to eliminate its carbon footprint.

The fund, which will be run by the company’s corporate development group, aided by Amazon’s internal sustainability team, will have a mandate to back technologies being developed to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for a warming planet. The Climate Pledge Fund plans to make bets in a broad range of industries, from transportation and manufacturing to energy generation and agriculture, Amazon said in a statement Tuesday.

Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, under pressure from employee and outside activists, last year unveiled a Climate Pledge committing his company to meet the goals of the landmark Paris climate agreement 10 years early.

On Tuesday, Amazon also announced a more aggressive schedule to power its operations with renewable energy sources -- moving forward the deadline by five years to 2025. The company retained its original commitment to be carbon neutral by 2040.

Microsoft Corp., Amazon’s Seattle-area neighbor, in January announced its own $1 billion climate fund. It will invest in technology to remove or reduce carbon from the earth’s atmosphere, part of an effort to erase the company’s cumulative impact since its 1975 founding. The cloud-computing rivals have put public pressure on each other to fight climate change even as their employees push them to do more.

The company timed the announcements to coincide with the release of an annual sustainability report, the first since Amazon disclosed its carbon footprint and set out its sustainability goals in September.

Amazon last week announced the first signatories to what it calls the Climate Pledge, an open invitation for other companies to match Amazon’s ambitions to eliminate or offset their carbon emissions by 2040.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

PeaZip 7.3.2 released

PeaZip Free Archiver: Un gestor de archivos comprimidos ...

The new release introduces support for more file types, now 210 file extensions can be managed by PeaZip.

It is now possible to auto-configure Rar.exe (if present on the system*) for creation of RAR files through PeaZip's GUI choosing "Custom" format - this is a first implementation that will be improved in future, more information about supported RAR options is available on Change Log page.

This allows to create RAR files from PeaZip's interface, with the benefit of PeaZip's features as two factor authentication (protect archives with password and keyfile), integrated file conversion tool, secure deletion after archiving, etc...

The need for separately installing WinRAR to have Rar.exe available is due RarLab's licensing terms, which does not allow to bundle WinRAR components (which are not free software) nor to write a RAR compressor using any of the existing code or binary as example (a clean-room implementation would still be legally possible, but onerous to prove).

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Huawei claims it isn't built on Chinese state funding

Huawei claims to be free from Chinese Govt influence through the following advertisement. 

Some experts warn that tensions between Washington and Beijing over technology could lead to a “digital iron curtain,” which would result in governments having to decide between doing business with the United States or China.

Apple's shift to ARM Mac at WWDC next week

Next week at the Apple developer's conference, Apple is expected to announce that they will be dumping Intel and moving to ARM chips.This has been a tech rumor for a while now, next week if it happens will be the official public announcement.

However it represents a deeper long term problem. Programs written for Intel x86 architecture chips do not run on ARM chips. Switching chips requires all the software vendors to make minor modifications to their programs to work on the new architecture. Given that the programs typically took years to develop, even a minor modification might take weeks. And, this will require that consumers making the transition obtain new versions of their programs.

Intel chips have always been power hungry, which is not good for laptops. In years past Intel offset this by being faster, but surprisingly that gap had started to disappear by 2017. iPhone 8 faster than intel Core i5 and it's only gotten worse since then: on Geekbench the A13 (Iphone11) has the same single core performance as the i9. That's a tiny phone chip compared to the top-end desktop CPU targeted at gamer. Wait until Apple introduces a desktop-oriented ARM chip.

The ARM advantage over Intel has become too compelling to ignore, and other PC makers will be making the switch in coming years. Microsoft has already been trying (several times), with mixed success. People are also trying to replace Intel on Servers, and (for different reasons) Intel is also loosing some ground to AMD.

All these efforts are having (or will have) mixed success initially. But the point is that everyone is trying to get away from Intel.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

China for f**k sake stop eating things softer than rock

Gilead suspension of China Covid-19 trials should serve as bellwether

COVID_19 is everywhere now. 

It's fine, everyone makes mistakes, and China, because of your total ignorance around 500,000 people died. That's a lot of people China, people who did nothing to deserve to die in this way. And with great loss comes a great responsibility. 

You have to reinforce at least minimal food safety standard. You just can't go back to eating anything softer than rock and pretend nothing happened because it's not how world works. 

You are a big country, yes most countries depend on you for manufacturing but you have to realize, a few companies might call you out for your total ignorance in food safety (which is well justified) and the next thing you know, no one wants to work with you until you fix your issues.

We are loosing people to this disease which is why I'm fucking pissed and it gets me absolutely livid to see China go back to selling cats, dogs, and basically anything softer than rock to restaurants (yes, its real).

China, either improve your food standards or GO FUCK YOURSELF.

India is running the biggest Cattle Exploitation Industry on Planet

India's milk boom would have been same even without exotic breeds

It baffles me how dumb most of these (holier than thou) “religious” vegetarians are in India. Cows need to be pregnant and give birth in order to produce milk. First, they’re impregnated through artificial insemination, then after the delivery, newborn calves are separated from their mothers immediately after birth so the cows can be milked. Then Male calves are starved to death because hypocrite Gau-Rakshaks banned cow slaughter in many states.

If you think chickens have it worse, then think again, cows are subjected to much more cruelty in the dairy industry. At least chickens have to suffer for few weeks, but cows have to suffer for years before they stop producing milk. In the wild, cattle may live up to 20 years. But since they’re artificially impregnated every year, it cause their bodies to deteriorate at the age of just four years. A lot of people think cows are holy in India and are treated like deities. But they don’t have a revered godly status, they are referred to as "gau mata", which came about because we wanted to justify taking milk from cows and wanted to appear good doing so. Calling the cow mother makes it seem like we are respecting the cow and that the cow is giving us the milk by her own will, just like a mother.

Most vegetarian Hindus are delusional enough to believe that litres of milk they’re wasting in temples doesn’t come from exploitation. 

I’m a meat eater, so I’m not the one to say but “religious” vegetarians are the biggest hypocrites.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

History of India China Border Disputes

India, China border personnel meet at Ladakh - Jammu Links News

There are various disputed areas along the Indian-Chinese border in the Himalyas. The one that's caused recent issues is Galwan Valley. Normally neither side brings weapons into the area, but in late April tensions escalated when China set up camps and brought over artillery and vehicles in disputed territory. There were demands from the Indians that the Chinese leave. This lead to the sides verbally shouting at each other and even throwing rocks. The tensions have been growing over the past few weeks, with brawls and even detentions taking place. The escalation reached boiling point today however, when 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a clash. 

Sino-Indian border History

Historically, in that region on the Sino-Indian border, the border exactly was wasn't formally agreed and was a bit fuzzy, from what I can tell more from the countries themselves not really being sure and there being no absolute international standards, though in the 1860s a survey of the region, establishing what was called the Johnson Line, put Aksai Chin - just east of Ladakh - inside India. Due to shifting geopolitical conditions, including not wanting a border with Russia as it more properly entrenched itself in its eastern territory, British invited the Chinese Empire to take control of the no-man's land in the region between the Karakoram and Kunlun ranges. By 1892, the British had decided that they put their border at the Indus watershed, the water-parting from which waters flow into the Indus river system on one side and into the Tarim basin on the other. This was agreed in 1899 and Aksai Chin was ceded to the Chinese Empire. However following the power shifts in China after the emperor was overthrown in the Xinhai Revolution in 1911, and after WWI, the British reverted to using the Johnson Line (which included Aksai Chin as part of India) but made no efforts to assert control on the ground. In the following years, they used as many as 11 different boundary lines, as the political situation dictated. Then, following Indian independence in 1947, India used the Johnson Line as its official boundary, and in 1954 formally claimed Askai Chin, saying it had been part of the Ladakh region for centuries. This eventually led to the Sino-Indian War in 1962, which China won, solidifying its control over Askai Chin. This explains the enmity on the Indian side.

Tibet had been a (largely autonomous) part of the Chinese Empire since the 1720s, but when the emperor was overthrown in the Xinhai Revolution in 1911, Tibet declared their independence shortly after. Then in 1914 Tibet negotiated its border with the then British Raj, along the McMahon line (proposed by the British colonial administrator Sir Henry McMahon), ceding the region of Arunachal Pradesh (north-east of modern-day Bangladesh) to the Raj. Fast forward to the Chinese Civil War, and the Republic of China formed after the Xinhai Revolution was overthrown by the Chinese Communists, and the PRC as we know it is established. Viewing itself as it does as the rightful Chinese government, it therefore lays claim to all the territory that was part of the Chinese Empire, including Tibet. Therefore in 1950 the PRC invaded Tibet and it was formally integrated in 1951. Remember that the PRC claims all the land that was formerly part of the Chinese Empire. Therefore, it rejects the McMahon line negotiated by the independent Tibet, and claims Arunachal Pradesh. This was also part of the tensions that led to the Sino-Indian war in 1962, and explains the enmity on the Chinese side.

Therefore, India claims Askai Chin from China, and China claims Arunachal Pradesh from India. And so, in the PRC's expansionist fashion, they have been pushing the borders to regain Arunchal Pradesh and secure the region around Askai Chin. Recently, they moved various troops and arms into the disputed region, complaining of Indian infrastructure projects (since they claim it's theirs, so what is India doing building there), triggering diplomatic conflict with India, which has now escalated into small-scale conflicts between Indian and Chinese troops, with deaths of 20 Indian soldiers, including 1 officer, and at least 43 Chinese casualties.