Saturday, May 18, 2019

Quick notes: Pig culling | College admissions...

  • China is killing a third of its pigs: Farmers were feeding kitchen waste to their pigs—a practice that essentially renders the animals cannibals, eating remnants of other pigs. This is reminiscent of the 1988 mad cow epidemic in the UK, which was caused by feeding sheep and cow bone meal to cows, spreading bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

  • Church to Have Say in St Stephen's Admissions: It is for the first time that a non-academic person from outside the faculty of the college been made a member of the admissions procedure of the undergraduates.

  • A Film About the Impending 5G Apocalypse: 5G relies primarily on the bandwidth of the millimeter wave, known to cause a painful burning sensation. It’s also been linked to eye and heart problems, suppressed immune function, genetic damage and fertility problems. EMF exposure has increased about 1 quintillion times over the past 100 years.

  • Chinese dragon swallowing India’s new economy: This could set the alarm bells ringing elsewhere

  • Chengdu J-20 “Mighty Dragon”: India Claims It Can Track China's New J-20 Stealth Fighter 

  • Dilli liberals

  • Pea is everybody’s new favorite plant-based protein: The shift toward a new plant protein—especially one that hasn’t been genetically engineered to withstand a barrage of herbicides—is still a win for the environment

  • Water-powered engine: Coimbatore inventor claims his distilled-water-powered engine can run cars. "Utilising the thermal losses in the engine, hydrogen could be burned that helps vehicle run. I have currently designed the engine with the capacity of 100cc, which could emit oxygen while it's running".

Friday, May 10, 2019

Quick notes: Spy chips | Phage therapy...

  • Super Micro To Move Server Production Out of China: Chinese agents had implanted surveillance chips via a Guangzhou manufacturing facility, and Super Micro had sent the affected servers to customers like Amazon and Apple, which later detected the spy chips.

  • Phage therapy: Teenager rescued from the brink of death through phage therapy. Phages are viruses that solely attack and kill bacteria, a potential treatment for antibiotic-resistant superbugs. . . . Bacteriophages and the mystery of the Ganges

  • 5G and mmWave: Unlike 4G LTE, mmWave is easily blocked by walls, glass, some metal screens on windows, tree leaves, rain, and other obstructions including the human body. This makes mmWave able to be used for fixed-point communications between buildings, or wirelessly from a telephone pole to a 5G modem on the outside of your house, but less useful for a smartphone used indoors.

  • Ravi Shankar at Monterey Pop (June 1967):

  • Stricter emission norms: End of the road for diesel cars nears as emission norms get stricter

  • India's alcohol intake up by 38% in seven years: "Before 1990, most alcohol was consumed in high-income countries, with the highest use levels recorded in Europe. However, this pattern has changed substantially, with large reductions across Eastern Europe and vast increases in several middle-income countries such as China, India, and Vietnam".

  • The problem with not eating carbs: Restricting your carb intake too drastically can lead to: decreased thyroid output, increased cortisol output, decreased testosterone, impaired mood and cognitive function, muscle catabolism, suppressed immune function.

  • Explainer: What would it take for U.S. regulators to break up Facebook?

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Quick notes: Smoking gun | Uighur camps...

  • Huawei Smoking Gun: Vodafone found hidden backdoors in Huawei equipment. . . . . . The African Union installed Huawei servers in its headquarters, in Addis Ababa, only to discover that those servers had been sending sensitive data back to China every evening. . . . . . . 5G trumps weather in spectrum debate

  • Uighur 'concentration camps': China has made criminal many aspects of religious practice and culture in Xinjiang, including punishment for teaching Muslim texts to children and bans on parents giving their children Uighur names, U.S. officials have said.

  • Break up Facebook:

  • MNCs decimate local businesses: The aggressive push by Silicon Valley companies and Chinese firms to win India, one of the last great growth markets, has decimated many local businesses in recent years. With each passing day, Amazon is closing in on Walmart-owned Flipkart’s lead on the e-commerce space. Uber is fighting with Ola for the tentpole position of the ride-hailing market, and Google and Facebook dominate the ads business, to name a few. But a handful of companies in India have not only survived the growing competition, they have built businesses that are positively thriving.

  • ॥ श्रीरामचन्द्राष्टकम् ॥:

  • ॐ चिदाकारो धाता परमसुखदः पावनतनुर्-
    मुनीन्द्रैर्योगीन्द्रैर्यतिपतिसुरेन्द्रैर्हनुमता ।
    सदा सेव्यः पूर्णो जनकतनयाङ्गः सुरगुरू
    रमानाथो रामो रमतु मम चित्ते तु सततम् ॥ १॥
    मुकुन्दो गोविन्दो जनकतनयालालितपदः
    पदं प्राप्ता यस्याधमकुलभवा चापि शबरी ।
    गिरातीतोऽगम्यो विमलधिषणैर्वेदवचसा
    रमानाथो रामो रमतु मम चित्ते तु सततम् ॥ २॥
    धराधीशोऽधीशः सुरनरवराणां रघुपतिः
    किरीटी केयूरी कनककपिशः शोभितवपुः ।
    समासीनः पीठे रविशतनिभे शान्तमनसो
    रमानाथो रामो रमतु मम चित्ते तु सततम् ॥ ३॥
    वरेण्यः शारण्यः कपिपतिसखश्चान्तविधुरो
    ललाटे काश्मीरो रुचिरगतिभङ्गः शशिमुखः ।
    नराकारो रामो यतिपतिनुतः संसृतिहरो
    रमानाथो रामो रमतु मम चित्ते तु सततम् ॥ ४॥
    विरूपाक्षः काश्यामुपदिशति यन्नाम शिवदं
    सहस्रं यन्नाम्नां पठति गिरिजा प्रत्युषसि वै ।
    स्वलोके गायन्तीश्वरविधिमुखा यस्य चरितं
    रमानाथो रामो रमतु मम चित्ते तु सततम् ॥ ५॥
    परो धीरोऽधीरोऽसुरकुलभवश्चासुरहरः
    परात्मा सर्वज्ञो नरसुरगणैर्गीतसुयशाः ।
    अहल्याशापघ्नः शरकरऋजुःकौशिकसखो
    रमानाथो रामो रमतु मम चित्ते तु सततम् ॥ ६॥
    हृषीकेशः शौरिर्धरणिधरशायी मधुरिपुर्-
    उपेन्द्रो वैकुण्ठो गजरिपुहरस्तुष्टमनसा ।
    बलिध्वंसी वीरो दशरथसुतो नीतिनिपुणो
    रमानाथो रामो रमतु मम चित्ते तु सततम् ॥ ७॥
    कविः सौमित्रीड्यः कपटमृगघाती वनचरो
    रणश्लाघी दान्तो धरणिभरहर्ता सुरनुतः ।
    अमानी मानज्ञो निखिलजनपूज्यो हृदिशयो
    रमानाथो रामो रमतु मम चित्ते तु सततम् ॥ ८॥

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Quick notes: Rocket Force | Indian capitalism...

  • China's Rocket Force is nullifying U.S. military primacy in Asia: This dramatic shift could render American carriers – the backbone of U.S. military supremacy – obsolete in a conflict with China.

  • Indian capitalism needs to be saved from capitalists : Business “promoters,” have used a mix of personality cult and proximity to political power to terrorize the ultimate providers of outside capital

  • Kickbacks for setting up fulfilment centres: Flipkart under Walmart lens for ‘kickbacks’ paid to govt officials

  • Gorillas pose for selfie: "They are imitating the humans" - and standing on two legs is their way of "learning to be human beings".

  • More catholics questioning their church: Sex abuse scandals prompt more to personally question ties to church.

  • “Only Catholics live in Poland”: US ambassador accused of offending Poland for Passover wishes, some calling it a “provocation.” Poland was home to Europe’s largest Jewish population before the 1939 occupation by Nazi Germany

  • CIA warning: Huawei is funded by Chinese state security

  • Beyond Happiness And Unhappiness:
    The self is a story line that develops in the head, very much like a fictitious creation. Yet it forms the basis of most people’s sense of who they are, and that sense, of course, is reinforced by the surrounding world.

    You attack other people’s positions because you are defending a fictitious sense of self. You are so identified with your position that you feel the need to defend it as if it were your life. It’s not your life, of course . . . but that is what it feels like.

    The good news is that you don’t need another thousand years to become free. All you need is to become present to this moment; to open yourself up to the fullness that already is, now.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Quick notes: Chinese apps | Satellite comms...

  • Tiktok ban: “It looks like Chinese internet companies have cracked the code of getting into India. The speed and the rate at which some of these apps are growing is alarming”

  • Han deception: Google pulls popular Chinese Android apps over large-scale ad fraud. They were collecting data and sending it back to China, as well. 

  • China can strike India's satellite system:While India has demonstrated it can destroy satellites with kinetic (direct impact) strikes, Beijing’s highly sophisticated ASAT programme provides it with several non-kinetic options to disable Indian satellites without physically striking them -- “the capacity to mount sophisticated cyberattacks directed at (Indian) ground stations with the intent of either corrupting or hijacking the telemetry, tracking, and command systems used to control various spacecraft on orbit. They also involve huge investments in developing ground-, air-, and space-based radio frequency jammers that target the uplinks, downlinks, and crosslinks”.

  • Cross-LoC trade: How Pakistani traders use California almonds to fund terrorists in India

  • Foxconn to start manufacturing iPhones in India: Apple plans to manufacturer newer iPhone models locally to boost sales in India as the China market is saturated.

  • Locals prevail: Amazon is shutting down its China marketplace business. 

  • Anita Moorjani: Dying To Be Me

  • An effortless way to improve your memory: Doing nothing at all for a brief period after initially learning something can help memory processes to better assimilate the material.

  • Indians vulnerable to air pollution linked zinc deficiency: The prevalence of inadequate absorbable zinc intake has increased from 17.1% in 1983 to 24.6% in 2012.

  • Ganga has higher proportion of antibacterial agents: That the Ganga may contain unique microbial life, which makes it relatively more resilient to putrefaction, was suggested by British colonial scientists about 200 years ago

Monday, April 15, 2019

Quick notes: IIT-M | Alternate sun...