Sunday, December 22, 2013

Quick notes: Green sipahi, US spying proves costly...

  • Green sipahi to growth juggler: “Main Dilli mein aapka sipahi hoon (I am your soldier in Delhi),” Rahul had told tribal residents in March 2008 when he visited the Niyamgiri hills where tribals were protesting against a bauxite mining project. His comments today were a far cry from the “sipahi” clarion call he had given in Odisha.

  • Brazil Snubs U.S.-Based Boeing In Retaliation For NSA Spying: Documents leaked by Edward Snowden ended up enraging Rousseff and completely changing her plans. Boeing was out, and the Rafale was by far the most expensive of the three jets. That left the Saab Gripen. Many defense analysts said that, independent of the politics, it was a solid choice.

  • Alert On Multitasking: "People who multitask all the time can't filter out irrelevancy. They can't manage a working memory. They're chronically distracted. They're basically terrible at all sorts of cognitive tasks" Nass said. He also warned that the mental strain of taking in an ever-increasing load of information through electronic media hasn't been fully realized. "So when they're writing a paper, they're also Facebooking, listening to music, texting, Twittering, et cetera. And that's something that just couldn't happen in previous generations even if we wanted it to."

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