Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A random arbitrary piece of blah

While in science and technology, we reuse the discoveries previously done, in society there seems to be a totally opposite phenomenon - Rediscovery and Rework

Somehow importance of social science has been totally ignored. Worse than that, its application. In the world I am aware of, unique social problems rarely occur in the world. What occurs is repetition of the same problem in different societies having the same root cause.

The reason I feel behind a society not able to curb such problem duplicates, despite the knowledge available in the world, is awareness at all levels in society. Of all the levels, I feel that awareness at individual level is the most important thing.

Thanks to blindness given to us by technology, the word awareness in many of our minds immediately translates to ulti media and fragile SMS. They are seen as the swissy chaaku for every problem.

People forget that societies used to exist before the invent of the first gadget, not only exist but also thrive which means they were surely having their own ways to cope with social problems. Just because a rocket is invented doesn't throw a knife out of use.

We seem to have forgotten tools such as short stories which have the capability to sustain longer in crowd memory than an S M S. They create a stronger meme and I think are a great way to stop social problems reoccur.

Because if an individual knows a social fact encoded in a story and believes in it whole-heartedly, he would at least resist himself from performing an act with bad implications for him and his society. Not only that, he would also share the same story with his close ones and the loop would recurse till the base step.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cashing on Environmental Consciousness

Though I personally use Google (search, mail, chat, blog, docs, homepage, maps), I can't accept that they are a company whose net effect on environment is positive; rather it is largely negative

Blog entries like "Helping others go green" in my perception are nothing but a way to stress upon their intention to be environment friendly and run away from any opposition on various other fronts.

To run their enterprise, they need a lot of energy. Apart from a portion of it coming from some of its green initiatives, most of it comes from greenhouse gases producing processes. And that applies to Yahoo, Microsoft, Ask and all others.

I understand that people do need them and therefore they have become so big so one can't question that. But what I would like to point out is many other things that they currently do, esp. Google whose slogan is "do no evil", but can avoid and hence create an example for the world.

1. How many garbage is generated in one day at each of their offices?
2. How many polythene packaged fast food is gulped by its employees? Is a water filter installed in their office or everybody uses mineral water to drink packaged in plastic bottles?
3. How many people leave their machines ON while they leave for home?
4. How many other environmentally non-friendly products they use in their office?
5. Have their buildings been constructed to conserve energy? How much electricity is used per day on air-conditioning? How many electronic gadgets like screensaver running on a big screen to get the awe of visitors can be done away with?

My list can never end. I know that implementation of any of the above ideas needs effort but only if you are able to do one or more of them that you must claim a blog entry titled "helping people go green". All other gadgets are just another way to cash on people's conscience for environment and gain their support.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

GATE CS 2008 Answer Keys

GATE CS 2008 Answer Keys

A little correction!
Answer to
  • 17 D
  • 32 B
  • 36 D
  • 40 B
  • 44 B
  • 50 C
Disclaimer - I don't guarantee the above keys to be cent percent CORRECT.
The keys are just a result of compiling various keys from various gate coaching institutions and discussion on various forums (orkut and gateforum).