Saturday, September 15, 2018

Quick notes: Mudra loans, Bogota bikes...


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Google's Attempts at Election-Rigging

Given the creative machinations of India's Left - including Bollywood - some vigilance against similar games in India may be appropriate.
If Indians can create a NAVIC to free themselves from dependence on GPS, then they should be able to create their own version of Google to maintain their information independence as well.








Quick notes: Crude oil bill, Green Sahara...

  • Rupee fall: How rupee has been held hostage to a 70% surge in India's crude oil bill


  • EVs to the rescue? India can save about Rs 1.2 tn worth of forex by switching to e-2 wheelers... only as  clean as the grid powering them.


  • Greening the Sahara: "Large-scale solar and wind farms in the Sahara would more than double the precipitation." 


  • How Congress manages the economy:


  • SS-ADT: The Solid State Active Denial Technology is a non-lethal weapon system which disrupts hostile activities and can deny personnel from remaining in specific areas, without causing permanent physical harm or collateral damage.



  • Section 377: India’s ancient religions are actually very accepting of gay people


Monday, September 10, 2018

Imran Khan Condemned for Axing Ahmadi Economic Advisor

Imran Khan is being widely condemned for axing an economic advisor for being an Ahmadi Muslim:

https://www.ft.com/content/b1862f06-b4c1-11e8-bbc3-ccd7de085ffe


As could have easily been predicted, Imran Khan's "Naya Pakistan" is nothing but a hollow sham.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Quick notes: Navlekha, LinkedIn spies...

  • Google sees gold in Indian languages: Launches Navlekha, a platform to help Indian language publishers get on the web. It will use AI to render any PDF containing Indian language content into editable text. It also added a new feature to Google Go, its search app, that now lets users listen to web pages in 28 Indian languages. In 2016, it launched the tap to translate programme that lets users translate an image or text to their own native language.


  • Amazon India unveils Hindi website, app: None of India’s other leading e-commerce portals - Flipkart, Snapdeal or Paytm Mall - currently have a local language version of their apps or websites, and the move to launch a Hindi app and website could give Amazon access to tens of millions of new customers in India’s small towns and villages.


  • How cars took over the roads: City streets used to be a public space. Then automakers invented the crime of jaywalking. "In the early days of the automobile, it was drivers' job to avoid you, not your job to avoid them. But under the new model, streets became a place for cars — and as a pedestrian, it's your fault if you get hit."

  • https://www.vox.com/2015/1/15/7551873/jaywalking-history


  • Espionage: Chinese spy agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to govt and commercial secrets


  • China Wooing Eastern and Central Europe: Overseen by Premier Li Keqiang, the 16+1 platform convenes an annual summit between China and sixteen Central and Eastern European countries. The initiative will “split the continent” and preclude the EU from adopting a unified stance towards China.


  • Coconut  oil:


  • Yoga for prostate health: Baddha Konasana, Supta Padangushtana I and II 


  • Technology: Made in Israel


Friday, August 31, 2018

Quick notes: Afghan base, Blue light...