2012: An Earthly Odyssey

Imagined doomsday, one more reason not to pat the bomb ...

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, December 18, 2010 0 comments

This is the way the world ends, not with a whimper but a bang-up. That's what a man in Kentucky, US, thought :.till he collided with the law. Collecting explosive materials, he had reportedly turned bomb-maker at home. Why? Come 2012, his loved ones needed saving. Blame it on him watching the Hollywood blockbuster, 2012, whose world is less maya than Mayan.It depicts cataclysmic events inspired by a supposed ancient Mayan 'prediction' about the end of the world. Solar flares, earthquakes, avalanches, cyclones, the mega-movie unleashes every disaster imaginable, amplified to monster-size by special effects. Who can forget the city of Los Angeles crumbling into the Pacific? Or the White House hit by a swallow-all tsunami? It's doom maro doom all right.

Scientists to New Age writers, many have studied an old Mayan "Long Count" calendar. Some say it foretells a new era following the close of a major "time cycle". Others insist it fore­ casts

doomsday: in devastated 2012, there'll be nowhere to run. Yet, on the big screen, run they do, humans being all too human. Politicians build "arks" in secret. Ordinary mortals try to save (ex) wives, kids, buddies, flying from trying plains into volcanic fire. Now, taking reel-life
for real, our seismically impacted Kentucky man had an 'explosive' idea. To beat
upcomingnature'sfury,mass riots and the collapse of civi­ lisation, you armed yourself. That's why, he's said to have told federal agents, he'd gone weapons-grade. No sir, he and his family wouldn't go gently into apocalyptic night, only to get Kentucky fried.

Hmmm...don't world leaders follow the same philosophy? Whereas Kentucky's family man, they say, is headed for jail for being a clear and combustibledanger, ruling politiciansthe world over compete in amassing weapons of mass destruction. Patting the bomb, they're even applauded for projected machismo. Size does matter, with warheads, mushroom clouds and military-in­ dustrial complexes.Haven't world netas got their version of 'fam­ ily' to save-for, what is 'country' but extended family? It'salways politically useful to say one's compatriots are under threat, be it from 'enemies of the nation', Martians or phantom WMD. That's howwag-the-dogwars are justified and the warrior ethic issancti­fied. Defence budgets, arms-dealers' bank accounts and WMD stockpiles alsofatten up nicely. A battle for thelucrative bulge.

Only, there are smarter waysto tackle myriad 2012s-natural or man-made catastrophes-whose outward destructiveforce is a metaphor for the violence within.If world-wrecking wars bring gloom and doom, pursue peace. If no nuke is good news, turn arms race into competitive disarmament. If global warming threatens to microwave the planet, serve up earth conservation. If great floods, T-Rex typhoons and crash-landing asteroids cock a snook at human certitudes, gain perspective, think compassion and perfect post-hazard relief delivery. And, to all end-of-days narratives of pessimism and defeatism, oppose the optimism of the human-and, certainly, terrestrial-capacityfor renewal.

Hollywood's 2012, you'll remember, ends with survivors' arks sailing towards the Cape of Good Hope!See? Worldsend.Worlds begin.The dud here is the bomb.

UPS Plane Crash in Dubai

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, September 4, 2010 0 comments
UPS Plane Crash in Dubai

There’s been a plane crash in Dubai today involving a UPS 747 cargo plane which came down just after takeoff. Sadly the two crew aboard the plane are believed dead.

It appears from witness accounts that a large portion of the plane was on fire before the crash and the United Arab Emirates civil aviation authority now reports that the bodies of the 2 crew involved have been recovered, according to msn.com.

Kristen Petrella, a UPS spokeswoman said that the plane came down around 8:00 pm local time. The Flight 6 Boeing 747-400 was headed to Cologne in Germany but crashed only 10 miles southeast of Dubai’s international airport in an Emirati air base close to a highway intersection.

There was an account from an Associated Press photographer that the crash could not be seen from the highway as there were walls separating the site but smoke could be seen at the crash spot. For more on this go to msn.com.

The Fear-Based Psychology of the 'Internet Kill Switch'

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, August 21, 2010 22 comments
Security legend Paul Kocher talks about the attitudes shaping Congress's latest tech misstep.

If the Internet ever does something unfriendly to the national security interests of the United States, what if the president of said Union could pick up a cold war-era style phone - or maybe whip out an iPhone pre-loaded with a custom "kill the internet" app - and order that it be shut down?

That's what activists are saying is one potential outcome of the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act. The so-called "Internet Kill Switch" is not actually an outcome of that bill, by the way - some commentators have compared this meme to the "death panels" myth that almost derailed the healthcare bill.

But the fact remains that the president has broad power under the 1934 Telecommunications Act to restrict "wire communications" during a time of war - and that includes the Internet. So even under existing laws, an off switch for the United States' most important information conduit is, in theory at least, only one over-eager lawmaker in chief away from reality.

Paul Kocher, current CEO of Cryptography Research, is a legend in the field of security - one of the engineers behind SSL 3.0 and an innovator in a host of other areas. Recently I interviewed him on the subject; here's what he had to say about the so-called "Internet Kill Switch."

"It's a Rorschach blot."

"On one level it's absurd, and on others it's impractical and frightening. It's a Rorschach blot.

When you build something that will shut down a massively critical piece of infrastructure that people have tried to make reliable, that's a more frightening prospect than anything that could have inspired such a defense."

"It's a very blunt weapon."

"Networks like the Internet are critical for a lot of tasks - if you ever flipped a switch on that, you'd cause tremendous amounts of harm. It's unclear you'd get any particular benefit from doing that."

"Maybe I'm being cynical, but my read on the rationale [for the Internet Kill Switch] is that it's a fear of technology."

"The idea that people can kill the technology if they wish to makes people feel reassured that the technology won't go rogue in some way. If you had an army of robots walking around you'd like to have switch to turn them off - people still have that concept of the Internet."

"I can guarantee every teenage hacker will try to figure out how to trigger it."

[Ed. It goes without saying that Paul was once one of those teenage hackers, and knows whereof he speaks.]

"If I want my name in the paper, or to have an effect that's bad on the world, it's hard to think of something more perfectly designed for that kind of use."

Attemps to degrade the quality of civilian GPS signals shows that disabling communications networks hurts the good guys more than it hurts the bad guys.

"The whole GPS infrastructure is built with a mechanism where they can degrade the quality of location measurements. It's designed so they could have the military have more accurate GPS units than civilians.

But it turned out the military ended up using civilain GPS receivers because they're cheaper. They ended up disabling the degradation capability because the harm caused to the U.S. military exceeds the benefit to the folks they're fighting."

"Stopping a Denial of Service attack by shutting down the Internet is like trying to stop a small explosion by triggering a much larger one."

"You could conceivably come up with ways to bring down the entire Internet, by playing games with BGP protocol or bringing down the entire DNS archicecture. But you can't stop a pinpointed attack with this.... If you had a kill switch you'd either shut down entire internet or achieve nothing.

"The question this comes down to is, 'Is there some scenario where one would really want to bring the entire internet down?'"

"Everybody working from home: gone. Everybody's [VoIP] phone connection: gone. Everybody's website: gone. That's the only binary choice you can really achieve with this."

For technical as well as political reasons, no bill with anything resembling an "Internet Kill Switch" will ever be signed into law.

"If Congress decrees electrons have positive charge and gravity goes in the other direction, it doesn't mean it's possible to achieve those things.... But the reality is that if something like that came close to passing there would be a tremendous outcry.

"The government has had some misleading experience with this area, with telephone switches where there are requirements that there be backdoors so law enforcement can do wiretaps and eavesdrop on calls. But there's a lot more homogeneity in telephone infrastructure than within the packet-switched internet infrastructure.

I was Shocked to Find my location on Earth

Posted by Vipul Mistry Thursday, August 5, 2010 0 comments
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Cabinet approves symbol for Indian Rupee

Posted by Vipul Mistry Friday, July 16, 2010 0 comments
The Indian rupee will soon have a unique symbol — a blend of the Devanagri 'Ra' and Roman 'R' — joining elite currencies like the US dollar, euro, British pound and Japanese yen in having a distinct identity.

Mother - "Mari Ba" - Gujarati PPT Presentation

Posted by Vipul Mistry Thursday, July 15, 2010 0 comments
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Can Money Buy Happiness?

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, July 3, 2010 0 comments
A worldwide survey of more than 136,000 people in 132 countries included questions about happiness and income, and the results reveal that while life satisfaction usually rises with income, positive feelings don't necessarily follow, researchers report.
Life satisfaction and enjoyment of life are two components of happiness. Life satisfaction is more closely associated with income, while positive feelings also depend on other factors, such as feeling respected and connected to others, researchers report. (Credit: Debra Bolgla)

The findings, from an analysis of data gathered in the first Gallup World Poll, appear this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

"The public always wonders: Does money make you happy?" said University of Illinois professor emeritus of psychology Ed Diener, a senior scientist with the Gallup Organization. "This study shows that it all depends on how you define happiness, because if you look at life satisfaction, how you evaluate your life as a whole, you see a pretty strong correlation around the world between income and happiness," he said. "On the other hand it's pretty shocking how small the correlation is with positive feelings and enjoying yourself."

Acts of God: Why Lightning Strikes Religious Symbols

Posted by Vipul Mistry Thursday, July 1, 2010 0 comments
Lightning Safety Week, a public awareness campaign from the National Weather Service, ended a few days ago. The goal was to educate the public about the dangers of lightning, and that point was driven home earlier this month when a six-story statue of Jesus north of Cincinnati was struck by lightning. The statue, which depicted Jesus raising his hands to heaven, was burned to a crisp, leaving nothing but charred metal and blackened foam detritus.

Guaranteed Job Searching Strategies

Posted by Vipul Mistry Tuesday, June 29, 2010 0 comments
Finding a job can be a daunting task and to some, it can be very stressful and frustrating. However, with the correct steps and right attitude, it can be very successful and rewarding.

Before the job search process begins, a resume must be in place first. The first step to job searching is having a solid resume that identifies your key skills and highlights your qualifications. Once you're satisfied that your resume clearly markets your skills, you can move on to step two of the job searching process.

5 Safety Tips For Online Dating

Posted by Vipul Mistry Thursday, June 24, 2010 1 comments
Online dating is fast becoming the way to meet your future life partner. It has many facilities; there is the awkwardness of meeting someone new face to face in a real dating situation. But in online dating since you are behind the keyboard, you feel more confident and relaxed while talking to your date. However, this also means you have no idea about how the person looks like or is at the end of the other computer. Hence, here are some precautions you should take while you are into online dating. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry!

Father’s Day : Inspirational Quotes

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, June 19, 2010 1 comments
Happy Father's Day
Remembering Daddy, Grandpa or a special Uncle this Sunday with a loving thought…

An interesting, humorous, witty and thought provoking collection of Fathers Day Inspirational Quotes by some of the most celebrated and revered personalities of our times.

Read these Fathers Day Quotes for an insight into the lives of fathers at various stages of fatherhood. You will acknowledge and appreciate the ups and downs in a fathers life with these words of wisdom on fathers and fatherhood. When you read these motivational quotes on Fathers Day notice how the life of the father can be both beautiful, interesting and at the same time be extremely challenging and difficult.

Quote these Fathers Day one liners in the Fathers Day Card you make for Papa and express your gratitude for all the pains he took to bring you up. Tell father how much he deserves to be appreciated and applauded for being the most wonderful person in your life.

Failed College Dreams Don't Spell Depression, Study Finds

Posted by Vipul Mistry Saturday, March 20, 2010 0 comments
High school seniors, take note: A wise person once said, "It is better to shoot for the stars and miss than aim at the gutter and hit it."
That's right on, says Florida State University Sociology Professor John R. Reynolds, who just completed a study to determine whether unrealized educational expectations are associated with depression among adults. Reynolds also is the director of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy at Florida State.

He and co-author Chardie L. Baird, an assistant professor of sociology at Kansas State University, found no long-term emotional costs of aiming high and falling short when it comes to educational aspirations, despite several social psychological theories that would seem to suggest otherwise. The researchers' conclusion: Society should not discourage unpromising students who have dreams of earning a college degree.

see must every Indian

Posted by Vipul Mistry Thursday, February 25, 2010 0 comments
I sow a very wonder full video on orkut.who someone send me it's see must every Indian.

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