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Facebook scare

So I was pretty excited last week (the week of 22nd September, 2011) when facebook held their f8 conference, the annual facebook developer conference.  Since 2007, facebook reveals new features, APIs etc. in this mega event.

2007 had the first f8 held in San Fransisco.  It saw the advent of the Social graph.  It was widely cherished by the developer community.  2008's f8 was a biggie and brought in the New facebook profile and tons of privacy features, along with the famous Facebook Connect, to which all major websites sucked on like a leech.  There was a sort of hue and cry from those who were concerned about privacy; but heck, Zuck gives a shit!

2009 saw the event ommitted, to the utter disbelief of developers.  Then there was 2010, perhaps the biggest one since its inception; the now omnipresent 'Like' button was released accompanying the Graph API and the Open Graph protocol.  And it was a hit!!  The same year, facebook crossed half a billion members.  That was some st…

A random post about nothing in particular

How to earn a million dollars in a month....
No, the above statement has nothing to do with what I am about to write (in a way I am trolling).  The question is why am I doing this.  Well, just for the sake of it.  Or in words of Eric Cartman, I am because I can.  This is my blog and I can do whatever god damn I wish to.  But saying that would be rude.  So let's say I did it just for the sake of it.  Why is it necessary to be a conformist and abide by the unwritten law that the blog title should reflect what the post is about?
Hmm....It won't make sense if it doesn't.  I mean someone would come here to know how to earn a million dollars, and then get pissed off for what drivel I scribbling.
So, then, what is it that I am going to talk about?  Let's just say, trolling the Brain.  It's funny how our brain plays tricks with us.  Though we are conscious beings, most of our behavior and decisions are beyond our control.  You may feel shitty sometimes for no apparent re…

Me, my God and Science

Modern humans have always been thirsty for knowledge since their dawn some thousand years ago.  Earliest humans looked around and tried to figure out how stuff worked.  They were successful to an extent.  They could control fire, which enabled them to eat literally anything.  Cave paintings show how they perceived nature.  They explained whatever they could, what they could not was attributed to divinity.  (It's still a trait)

Fast forward: the dark ages.  Nothing in human history has proven so impeding to knowledge as the dark ages.  Just to give an example, Islamic world was one of the most advanced societies around the 8thcentury AD.  They discovered a number of celestial bodies and hence most of them have Arabic names.  They established complex mathematical theorems.  The Arabic numerals are the ones we use (base 10).  What happened afterwards?  Why did the rational progress stop?  Why was science scorned upon later?  The answer is in one guy.  Some religious leader declared …

Hacktivists

Since last few months there has been a flurry of attacks on prominent websites by 'Hacktivists'.  Calling the victims of these attacks 'websites' is an understatement, they are corporations, government agencies and even banks.  It roughly started after the sensational release of classified US cables by WikiLeaks. 
This was entailed by DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks against PayPal, Visa and MasterCard by a group to retaliate their blocking of payment service to WikiLeaks.  It was perhaps not taken seriously then, as the attacks entailed disabling the websites.  No data was lost or stolen.  The message was clear, though, anyone playing with freedom will have to play the price.  They called themselves 'The Anonymous'.  Their punchline is :  "We don't forgive, We don't forget, We are legion, Expect us".

'Anonymous' launched hack attacks against the agencies that did harm to freedom of speech or challenged them directly.  In…

A stroll into the realms of atheism

Recently, I watched an episode of the animated series 'South Park' wherein one of the characters (Cartman) who is a selfish, foul-mouthed and a modern version of Satan inherits a million dollars from his deceased uncle.  He buys an entire amusement park and keeps it to himself.  He does not allow anyone, especially his friends Stan and Kyle, because he hates them.  He enjoys all the rides alone.


Kyle, who believes in God and is good at heart, angers at this.  To make the matter worse, he contracts  Hemorrhoid and is in immense pain.  He begins questioning his beliefs.  He is angry at God;  he curses Him for treating a bad person like Cartman with riches and him with a hemorrhoid.  He becomes hopeless which worsens his condition.  Doctors say he may not make it unless someone instills his lost faith.  He almost concludes that God does not exist.  His parents try to revive his belief by reading the Bible to him, but it only diminishes his hope.


The story goes on for a while throug…