Sunday, July 21, 2019

Quick notes: Afghan loss | Han love jihad...

  • Afghan proxy war - India is the big loser: The Four-Party format crystallises Pakistan's crucial role as a factor of Afghan security and stability.  This works in China's favor and, paradoxically, makes Pak an indispensable partner for the US (and Russia) as well. A revival of Pak's moribund strategic ties with the US is already under way. China's shadows lengthen over the Hindu Kush and Afghanistan transforms as a hub of the Belt and Road Initiative.

  • Han Love Jihad: China promoting marriages among Han and Tibetans

  • Comparing Indian and Chinese startups: Nine of India’s top 10 unicorns by value are in the online-consumer space. In China, three of the top 10 are online consumer companies, two are bricks-and-mortar businesses, and the rest are a mix of hardware and B2B.

  • pSecular utopia: 50% nominated posts in Andhra Pradesh for SCs, STs, BCs, minorities

  • Humble origins of a space power: Dr APJ Abdul kalam along with R. Aravamudan assembling an Indian Rocket at Thumba.

  • Novak Djokovic: Meditation, Yoga and Veganism helped shape my success

  • Libra digital currency: “Look at Facebook’s record. We would be crazy to give them a chance to experiment with people’s bank accounts.”

  • Anand Malligevad: Bengaluru’s Techie rejuvenates four lakes in the city

Monday, July 15, 2019

Quick Notes: Peaceful rise | Digital distractions...

  • Peaceful rise: 'Next Dalai Lama must be chosen within China; India should not intervene': Chinese authorities

  • Digital distractions: Bill in the works to put an end to pesky ‘after-office’ calls, e-mails

  • East-India-Company: Walmart told U.S. govt India e-commerce rules regressive, warned of trade impact. . . How Britain stole $45 trillion from India

  • French Tax on Tech Giants: The U.S. has lobbied aggressively to stop European countries from taxing the revenue of American tech companies like Facebook and Google.

  • Bursting at the seams: “In 2003, Bengaluru, with 100 lakh population, got 19 TMCs of water annually, primarily from the Cauvery river. Even now, with a population of 1.28 crore, the BWSSB has to make do with 18-19 TMC”. . . . The water footprint of a ‘$5 trillion’ economy hasn’t been thought through

  • India-made-iPhones: India-made iPhone XR and XS devices expected to hit the market by August 

  • Raag Charukeshi: Ustad Shahid Parvez sitar - Denis Kucherov on tabla

  • Cap-and-trade: Gujarat launches the world's first "cap and trading" programme to curb particulate air pollution. "If it succeeds, it could be scaled up and prove to be a great policy tool to address particulate air pollution in India."

  • Sky-walk: Waking up to gaps in the last-mile connectivity, Bangalore Metro has proposed a one-km long skywalk to connect Yeshwantpur, IISc with Metro

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Quick notes: Water export | EV reality...

Monday, July 01, 2019

Quick notes: Stealing clouds | Fasting cures...

  • Stealing clouds: Eight of the world's biggest technology service providers were hacked by Chinese cyber spies in an elaborate and years-long invasion. Hackers working for China’s Ministry of State Security broke into these networks in an effort to steal commercial secrets from their clients

  • The Global Data War Heats Up: The Indian govt has concerns about Chinese firms misusing Indian data. For example, Indian military personnel aren’t allowed to install WeChat, the Chinese social-messaging app, on their phones, but can use Facebook’s WhatsApp. The historically tense relations between the two countries are likely driving India’s caution.

  • Fasting miracle: The Growing Science Behind a Fasting Treatment for Alzheimer’s. . . Ketones provide neurons with more energy than glycogen does, and with this extra energy, the neurons can better ward off cell death and brain degradation

  • Divine Magnetism:
    Silence is the most potent form of work. However vast and emphatic the scriptures may be, they fail in their effect. The Guru is quiet and peace prevails in all. His silence is vaster and more emphatic than all the scriptures put together. These questions arise because of the feeling, that having been here so long, heard so much, exerted so hard, one has not gained anything. The work proceeding within is not apparent. In fact the Guru is always within you.”

  • Dr Devra Davis: The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation.

  • AMD helping China? How a Big U.S. Chip Maker Gave China the 'Keys to the Kingdom'.

  • Not a day too soon: Modi government freezes ads in Times Group, The Hindu and Telegraph India.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Quick notes: Data-localization | Heat wave...

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Quick notes: Data dominance | State-led innovation...

  • India must reclaim its lost digital space: Today the US is collecting data freely from all countries, except China. Soon as India and other countries develop similar tools, they may regulate data flows preferring local firms over the US firms. The US is putting in all its might to stop this from happening. The US strategy is to force countries to join WTO negotiations and agree to the free flow of data.

  • Investors are betting on the 'sober curious': "People are sick of drinking. We're seeing a consciousness around it more and more. "

  • Managers overvalue their ideas:

  • Metro Man Sreedharan writes: “Sir, when the first section of the Delhi Metro was to be opened, I had taken a firm and conscious decision that no one would be given any travel concession on Delhi Metro. Even Prime Minister Vajpayee bought a ticket for himself when he went to inaugurate the first section of the Metro in 2002. Now, if ladies are to be given free travel concession in Delhi Metro, it would set an alarming precedence for all other Metros in the country.”.

  • Our costly obsession with cars: Parking eats up an incredible amount of space and costs America’s cities an extraordinary amount of money... Joni Mitchell famously sang: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” It’s time we reclaim our cities from car storage and use the space for what we need more of, from housing and bike lanes to sidewalk cafes and parks.

  • Create cycling facilities, and you'll see the impact: More bikes make cities safer for all. Cycling facilities benefited most when they had physical barriers to divide bike lanes from cars, not just stripes and road paint.  Human powered transportation may be the most sustainable form of transportation. 

  • Nicolas Delaigue: Yaman Vilambit

  • State-led Innovation: The world’s fastest supercomputer, Tianhe-2, and China’s self-developed spacecraft, Shenzhou, were among the fruits of the 863 programme, which was set up in 1988. In 2001, China identified electric vehicles as a major technology.  Sixteen years later, Shenzhen company BYD has become the world’s biggest EV maker, and a crop of start-ups have joined the race.  In 2017 alone, China’s central and local governments allocated $7.7B in subsidies to both carmakers and the consumers who bought their vehicles.

    Beijing has decided that it wants China to be a high-tech superpower that emphasizes hierarchy and discipline over the perceived chaos of free markets and societies.

  • Genocide: Yazidi Children, Torn From Their Families By ISIS, Forget Their Identities