Monday, November 5, 2012

Why was the Google chairman in Pakistan ?


Why was the Google chairman in Pakistan?
By Farooq Tirmizi

“Eric is now playing the role of an internet evangelist, meeting with heads of state to see how the internet can help society in those countries,” says a source at Google. PHOTO: AFP
KARACHI:
If the Google chairman’s quick, unannounced visit to Pakistan has anyone optimistic about Google investing in Pakistan; they should not get their hopes up. Eric Schmidt was here for nothing of the sort.
By most accounts, the visit was a brief one and kept secret for at least a day. Schmidt was in Pakistan on Thursday and met with the former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in Islamabad, but the official press release was not issued by the prime minister’s office until Friday, and even that only included what Gilani asked Schmidt, not what the Google chairman himself said ...............

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Boeing 737


Boeing [NYSE: BA] on July 17 delivered the second production P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy. The P-8A is one of 13 low rate initial production (LRIP) maritime patrol aircraft that Boeing is building for the Navy as part of two contracts awarded in 2011.
Navy pilots flew the P-8A from Seattle to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., where the first LRIP P-8A is being used for aircrew training.
“We’re proud to be able to meet our commitment and deliver another Poseidon to the fleet,” said Chuck Dabundo, Boeing vice president and P-8 program manager. “Navy crews have had a couple of months of training with the first plane, and their feedback has been positive.”
Three P-8As currently are undergoing mission systems installation and checkout in Seattle, and three are in final assembly in Renton, Wash. In order to efficiently design and build P-8A aircraft for the Navy and P-8I aircraft for India, the Boeing-led team is using a first-in-industry, in-line production process that draws on the company’s Next-Generation 737 production system. All aircraft modifications are made in sequence during fabrication and assembly.
Overall, the Navy plans to purchase 117 of the Boeing 737-based P-8A anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet.
As part of the two LRIP contracts, Boeing is providing aircrew and maintenance training for the Navy, in addition to logistics support, spares, support equipment and tools. Separate from the LRIP contracts, Boeing was awarded a System Development and Demonstration contract in 2004 to build and test six flight-test and two ground-test P-8A aircraft. The flight test aircraft have completed more than 600 sorties and 2,800 flight hours, mainly at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

Facebook Phone


Mark Zuckerberg is working on putting a Facebook phone into the hands of the 350 million users who access the social network via their mobiles each month.
Days after its $16bn (£10.2bn) roller-coaster share sale, Facebook is preparing to take on Google and Apple by creating its own handset and the software to operate it, according to a string of reports from Silicon Valley to Taiwan.
The social network has hired former Apple software and hardware engineers, and one who worked on the iPad, the New York Timesreported. Employees and engineers approached by recruiters say the company hopes to release its own smartphone next year.
Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor is said to be leading the project, and the new recruits will expand a group working with Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC on a project codenamed Buffy – a reference to the vampire slayer TV series.
News of the Buffy phone first emerged in November. It is expected, like Amazon's Kindle reader, to run on a customised version of Android, according to Digitimes.
Facebook could be looking to stake Google, which dominates the budget end of the smartphone market with its Android software. Google last week won approval for a $12.5bn takeover of Motorola Mobility, which could see the software company designing its own handsets.
Zuckerberg is worried that if he does not create a mobile phone soon Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms, a Facebook employee said.
Facebook has been assembling the elements needed to create a phone. Besides its alliance with HTC, it is to launch its own app store, where phone versions of Pinterest, Spotify and other websites with links to Facebook will be spotlighted, rated and available for download.
Facebook already has a camera app and is about to own another, once its $1bn purchase of the 18-month-old photo sharing site Instagram is complete. It also has an instant messaging service, like Apple's iMessage and BlackBerry's BBM. The company was reported on Friday to be in talks to acquire a web browser. Gadget site Pocket-lint said Facebook had set its sights on the Norwegian firm Opera Software, which has developed internet browsers for mobile phones and desktop computers.
"They are not doing a phone to enter the devices market," said Carolina Milanesi at research firm Gartner. "If they do a phone they will have to embed Facebook and Instagram at the core of the device, learning from every click the users does."
Motorola and HTC have already made phones with a Facebook button. The HTC ChaCha, a BlackBerry style handset, lets users share music, photos and updates by pressing the keyboard's F button.
A phone would allow Zuckerberg more control over customers and make for less dependence on Google and Apple.
While Microsoft has integrated Facebook features, Apple has been less welcoming. A Facebook spokeswoman referred to a statement on the company's mobile strategy: "We're working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers."

Monday, July 23, 2012

London Eye is going to see Olympic Flame

i wish i was there when Olympiic Flame reach London Eye.The Olympic Flame spends its 2nd day in london on Sunday 22nd  July, 

Before the Relay gets underway, the Flame will pay a visit to the EDF Energy London Eye where Amelia Hempleman-Adams, who at the age of 16 became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole, will hold it on top of a capsule on the London Eye.The Relay will then begin from Redbridge Cycling Centre, carried by Luke Benjafield, 20 from South woodford, nominated for his dedication to the Air Training Corps 241 squadron.Traveling through the London Boroughs of Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Bexley, Torchbearers will include Olympic Rower Ben Hunt-Davies, world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis and 17 year old Aimee Sell nominated for her dedication to her sport of karate despite losing her sight at the age of eight. Lewis ,as the final Torchbearer of the day,  will carry the Olympic Flame on to the stage to light the celebration cauldron at the Evening Celebration in Danson Park in Bexley.The Evening Celebration will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung – with support from the London Borough of Bexley. it will be fun in London Olympics.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pakistan In New Guinness Record for Tree Planting


Not all world records are created equal.

Being in the Guinness Book of World Records is as often a sign of being just weird as of having done something truly of import. Having the world’s longest nails or being the world’s fattest person is intriguing but not really consequential.

Sometimes, however, the record created is truly consequential. On July 15, 2009, one just truly consequential record was created when a team of 300 volunteers in Pakistan planted 5,41,176 mangrove tree saplings in the back waters of Arabian Sea near Keti Bandar.

This is consequential not because it is a ‘world record’ but because it is truly important for the world. In the midst of environmental degradation and rising sea levels the coastal Mangroves in Pakistan are natures defense against all sorts of environmental calamities, and this defense has been progressively disappearing. Bolstering the Mangroves can make a real difference not only to Pakistan’s environment, but to the world’s.

This was done as part of Pakistan’s “Year of the Environment,” a brain-child of Pakistan’s environment Minister, Hamidullah Jan Afridi. One of us has been closely involved in these discussions with the Minister and in advancing the idea that something big and bold needs to be done to capture public attention. This is certainly big and bold. And it has certainly captured public attention. For that the Ministry and the Minister needs to be congratulated. The real test, however, will be in what is maintained of this plantation and how it survives and thrives over time. That will require the same type of government resolve that has gone into setting this “world record.”

More details from a BBC news report:

A team of volunteers in Pakistan has set a new world record by planting more than half a million trees in one day. Guinness World Records confirmed that 541,176 trees had been planted in the southern province of Sindh on 15 July.

Some 300 volunteers, working in groups, planted mangrove saplings in the 750 acres of the Indus river delta region. They beat the previous team record for tree planting which was set in India just last month when 447,874 saplings were planted in Assam state.

Pakistan’s tree-planting marathon was witnessed by representatives of Guinness World Records and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Each group was issued saplings by a panel of experts which also monitored the planting process to ensure that standards set by Guinness World Records were met.

Aadil Ahmed, the Guinness representative, told the BBC he was there to ensure that no old plants were included in the count. Pakistan’s environment minister, Hamidullah Jan Afridi, said the event was part of a series of events being held to observe the national year of the environment.

“The government has set aside one billion rupees over a three-year period to protect these plants and help them survive,” Mr Afridi said. Mangroves grow in delta regions where the fresh waters of the river mix with sea water. Experts say the new saplings will have difficulty surviving because of diminishing river water in the region.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

19 Pakistani girls in a smart car at a time - New world record

Pakistan (Karachi) A group of students from Karachi Grammar School and other schools made history when they set a new Guinness World of Records by accommodating 19 persons in a Smart Car.This historic event took place at DHA Creek Club, Karachi in front of a Jury and reported worldwide Wednesday in the presence of Speaker Sindh Assembly Nisar Ahmed Khoro who was chief guest on the occasion.The group led by Aymen Saleem Yousuf squeezed into a standard Smart Car to smash the record ealier set by the Climb Fit Team of Australia when 18 students compressed into a standard Smart Car at the Warringah Mall, Sydney Australia on January 25, 2010.The jury comprised of Nisar Khoro, Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig Advisor to Prime Minister, Sharmila Farooqui Advisor to CM Sindh on Information, former cricket captain Waseem Akram, former hockey captain and olympian Islahuddin and Ishtiaq Baig Hon. Consul General of Morocco.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

World Ideologies with reference to cows


(A humorous way to describe some of the worlds existing and erstwhile ideologies)

Feudalism:
You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

Pure Socialism:
You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you a glass of milk.

Bureaucratic Socialism:
Your cows are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs the regulations say you should need.

Fascism:
You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.

Pure Communism:
You share two cows with your neighbors. You and your neighbors bicker about who has the most "ability" and who has the most "need." Meanwhile, no one works, no one gets any milk, and the cows drop dead of starvation.

(Erstwhile) Soviet Communism:
You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the black market.

Perestroika:
You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the Mafia takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the "free" market.

Cambodian Communism:
You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you.

Dictatorship:
You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

Pure Democracy:
You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

Representative Democracy:
You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

Bureaucracy:
You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

Capitalism:
You don't have any cows. The bank will not lend you money to buy cows, because you don't have any cows to put up as collateral.

Pure Anarchy:
You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.

Anarcho-Capitalism:
You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

India's Crony Capitalism:
You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them, when you can milk them or even pays you not to milk them. It decides what price you sell the milk. Then, it takes a third of the profit, gives it to "its friends" ! Both make millions and you and your cows soon starve to death.

Surrealism:
You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Repentance

It was the title of a famous Western movie of Clint Eastwood released many years ago. Clint was the good man and Eli Wallach and Lee van Cleef were the bad and ugly guys. These western films once very famous in our country were in fact the Punjabi action films in English. The story would be the same, one good man and many bad men confronting each other on possession of a beautiful village girl, some disputed land or a hidden treasure.

The end of all these films is always similar; the death of the bad man or men or their repentance and becoming good men. But viewers only see the main part of the movie and skip the last 10-15 minutes of death of the evil or the ugly or repentance of evil or bad deeds. We would see children in the streets acting like Sultan Rahi (the good man or the Clint Eastwood of the Western films) rarely, but mostly like Mustafa Qureshi or like (the bad men). The bad men rule the films for its almost entire length, hence leave a lasting impact on the audience, only to be slain in the end by which time they had left the desired impression on their audience. And when there are social injustices in the society, they give a cue to many to learn the art of grabbing from the have, and even from the have nots.

This is also true in our real life as well. We have seen fate of many a bad man who ruled the darkness of nights, looted and killed anyone who came their way and made good with the booty. They rule as long as they have some kind of weapon in their hands. But when they are caught and de-armed, suddenly their once mighty gaze lowers and heads pulled down in shame and grief. This is exactly the same way when a snake is alive and venomous. But the moment it is killed, those who would never come nearby when it was alive, would kick it and children and would tie a string around its neck and drag it in the streets.

So it is the weapon or the power which makes a man bold, evil, wicked and ugly. He makes money, make poor poorer and lives like an almighty. They rape and plunder at will and care for no age and relation. They just rule. But when they are caught and sentenced for life, the suddenly grow a beard and their eyes remain in tears most of the time, pray for repentance and forgiveness. This is exactly what great men have said, “Bad men are full of repentance (Aristotle).”Because this is how bring an end to their sinful life, weeping and resentencing. Suddenly a man realizes the depth of his ugliness and wickedness, the harm done to the hapless and the helpless.

Despite knowing the end very clearly, bad men continue to be bad or ugly, caring less for the consequences for as long as they have power or strength. And then one day, they realize who bad they have been and repent. Look around and you would find many looting and many repenting. It is only a matter of time.

Another Bad Luck - Missing Pakistani Wicketkeeper

When the Pakistani cricket team was in England recently, there was uproar in the British media about the involvement of three Pakistani players in match fixing. Although despite many probes, even the Scotland Yard also jumped in, there was no concrete evidence found so far to affix blame on the Pakistani players. At that time, I wrote that we must protect our strategic assets against the underworld pressure tactics and save them from falling.
Perhaps like many other vows, that effort went waste, since today once again there headlines about Pakistani players – this time missing of the wicketkeeper from the hotel in Dubai. Zulqarnain Haider, - the hero hero of Pakistan's victory in the fourth ODI with South Africa, is said to have collected his passport last night and has been missing from his hotel room since six in the morning.
Now this is something unbearable. What was the security officer of the Pakistan doing? Sleeping in his room so that anyone could sneak out at liesure? Why was he handed over his passport last night? Didn’t warning bells sounded in the ears of the team manager and the security officer?
At the time of posting this write-up, there is news that Haider has aired him being threatened by someone to lose the last match. Haider is said to have told some friend of his that he was going to England instead of Pakistan. Even the team manager Intikhab Alam has been quoted as saying that he knows the whereabouts of the missing player – why doesn’t he tell where? While this jigsaw puzzle could have been a good input for Agatha Christie to write a new mystery book, but not for Pakistan in any case.
We have the habit of repeating our mistakes many times and make sure that these cause us maximum harm before there is no room is left for more harm to come. The missing of an ace players seems to be height our ignorance about matters related to our players’ security and leaving them at their own to succumb to the pressures which they bear all alone. For God sake get up and open your eyes – everyone…