Monday, June 29, 2015

S Ramakrishnan Short Story in Uyirmmai: Tamil Fiction

என்ன சொல்கிறாய் சுடரே



(உயிர்மை இதழில் வெளியான எனது புதிய சிறுகதை)

This is what happens when a Google robot gets annoyed with a human - CNET

This is what happens when a Google robot gets annoyed with a human - CNET



Technically Incorrect: In a series of experiments, a Google human has
various conversations with a machine. One involves morality. The machine
gets pissy.



The conversations were recorded and presented in a paper pleasantly titled "A Neural Conversational Model." (PDF)



As the Wall Street Journal reports, Google performed a series of experiments in which a human conversed with a computer program. 

Loyalists vs Mercenaries – AVC

Loyalists vs Mercenaries – AVC



invest in values and culture. Matt’s post is a good starting place for some tips on how to do that. 

Infidelity. Sexual fetishes. Drug abuse. Crushing debt. They’re the most intimate secrets of U.S. government workers. And now they’re in the hands of foreign hackers.

Hackers Stole Secrets of U.S. Government Workers’ Sex Lives - The Daily Beast

Today’s young Internet barons should use the talents that made them rich to transform the world of giving

Sean Parker: Philanthropy for Hackers - WSJ

Photos by Nirmal Pitchai - Jeyamohan at Washington DC

Photos by Nirmal Pitchai - Google Photos

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Microsoft's site dedicated to fighting US surveillance just got hacked | ZDNet

Microsoft's site dedicated to fighting US surveillance just got hacked | ZDNet



The site, which appears to be running an older version of WordPress, was displaying spam links to casino-related pages.



No one is immune to hacks. It doesn’t matter if you are a small site
with 10 editors or a huge business with 10,000 employees. This was
proven again when this past Wednesday the Microsoft site,
digitalconstitution.com, was found to contain numerous spam pages and
links in its website.



When was the last time you looked at the plugins you were using on your
site? How about your themes? Do you really need all of them? Are there
any just sitting there, not updated and disabled? Many of the exploits
and hacks that happen today to WordPress sites are a direct result of
outdated themes and plugins. If you are unlikely to ever use that really
neat slider plugin that you never got around to playing with then why
do you still have it? How about those 10 different themes you uploaded
when you were thinking about redesigning the site? Seriously, are you
ever going to use them?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Writer Jayamohan Talks at Canada - Aram speech

▶ jeyamohan toronto speech 2015 part1 - YouTube





▶ jeyamohan toronto speech 2015 part2 - YouTube





Quotes from stories by Nanjil Nadan, Jeyaganthan

How the future of US wireless service hangs on a government auction - CNET

How the future of US wireless service hangs on a government auction - CNET



The
name of the game is spectrum, and the carriers are jockeying for rules
that could determine the ultimate winners and losers of the wireless
wars.




Verizon and AT&T, which have deeper pockets and have shown a
willingness to spend, would rather there not be a reserve at all. They
say that requests to set aside even more spectrum for companies like
T-Mobile and Sprint, which are backed by major multinational
telecommunications companies, are an attempt to get a valuable resource
on the cheap.




You can thank the last major auction of low-band spectrum, in 2008, which allowed carriers like Verizon to kick-start their 4G LTE networks.  

No Time to Be Nice at Work - The New York Times

No Time to Be Nice at Work - The New York Times






Boors in the Workplace






These are the rude behaviors by bosses most often cited in a recent survey, in descending order of frequency.




• Interrupts people
• Is judgmental of those who are different
• Pays little attention to or shows little interest in others’ opinions
• Takes the best and leaves the worst tasks for others
• Fails to pass along necessary information
• Neglects saying please or thank you
• Talks down to people
• Takes too much credit for things
• Swears
• Puts others down

These are the rude behaviors people most often admit to seeing in themselves.

• Hibernates into e-gadgets
• Uses jargon even when it excludes others
• Ignores invitations
• Is judgmental of those who are different
• Grabs easy tasks while leaving difficult ones for others
• Does not listen
• Emails/texts during meetings
• Pays little attention to others
• Takes others’ contributions for granted
• Belittles others nonverbally
• Neglects saying please or thank you

Empathy: The real star of Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ - Movies - Boston.com

Empathy: The real star of Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ - Movies - Boston.com

2013's CGI-animated short "Brain Divided."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuyB7NO0EYY

It’s an “an absolute delight” and

“new pop-culture touchstone,”

“evoking a largeness of spirit whose ability to be moving sneaks up and takes us by surprise.” 



Pixar’s filmmakers consulted with psychologists who say up to 27 emotions can dictate our every move and thought



Studies have shown that happy individuals tend to be the worst at displaying empathy

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Pavel, T.: The Lives of the Novel: A History. (eBook, Paperback and Hardcover)

Pavel, T.: The Lives of the Novel: A History. (eBook, Paperback and Hardcover):



This is a bold and original original history of the novel from ancient Greece to the vibrant world of contemporary fiction. In this wide-ranging survey, Thomas Pavel argues that the driving force behind the novel's evolution has been a rivalry between stories that idealize human behavior and those that ridicule and condemn it. Impelled by this conflict, the novel moved from depicting strong souls to sensitive hearts and, finally, to enigmatic psyches. Pavel analyzes more than a hundred novels from Europe, North and South America, Asia, and beyond, resulting in a provocative reinterpretation of its development.

According to Pavel, the earliest novels were implausible because their characters were either perfect or villainous. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, novelists strove for greater credibility by describing the inner lives of ideal characters in minute detail (as in Samuel Richardson's case), or by closely examining the historical and social environment (as Walter Scott and Balzac did). Yet the earlier rivalry continued: Henry Fielding held the line against idealism, defending the comic tradition with its flawed characters, while Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot offered a rejoinder to social realism with their idealized vision of strong, generous, and sensitive women. In the twentieth century, modernists like Proust and Joyce sought to move beyond this conflict and capture the enigmatic workings of the psyche.

Pavel concludes his compelling account by showing how the old tensions persist even within today's pluralism, as popular novels about heroes coexist with a wealth of other kinds of works, from satire to social and psychological realism.

Top 50 Literary Magazines

Top 50 Literary Magazines

Friday, June 19, 2015

Phillip Trelford's Array | Has C# Peaked?

Phillip Trelford's Array | Has C# Peaked?



Every month or so there’s a “Leaving .Net” articles

Questions around the validity of TIOBE’s numbers abound

stackoverflow developer survey



Caffeine could limit damage of chronic stress | Ars Technica

Caffeine could limit damage of chronic stress | Ars Technica

Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep | Technology | The Guardian

Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep | Technology | The Guardian



Google sets up feedback loop in its image recognition neural network -
which looks for patterns in pictures - creating hallucinatory images of
animals, buildings and landscapes which veer from beautiful to
terrifying



The pictures, which veer from beautiful to terrifying, were created by the company’s image recognition neural network, which has been “taught” to identify features such as buildings, animals and objects in photographs.

Apple does more to protect your privacy than Microsoft, Google, and Facebook

Apple does more to protect your privacy than Microsoft, Google, and Facebook



In the Electronic Frontier Foundation's annual Who Has Your Back report,
Apple is commended for adopting a "strong stance" on user rights,
transparency, and privacy. The 2015 edition of the report 



Apple was awarded a full five star rating, faring better than Microsoft
(three stars), Google (three stars), and Facebook (four stars). Other
companies receiving a five out of five rating include Wikimedia, WordPress, and Yahoo. At the bottom of the heap are AT&T and WhatsApp who received just one star each.



check out the full report at the EFF website.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Time Inc. guide to keeping millennial employees engaged

The Time Inc. guide to keeping millennial employees engaged



That’s why Time Inc. created a group for them called New Media Upstarts.
The Upstarts grew out of a pitch last year that two InStyle employees,
Gwen Rahn and Cassandra Skoufalos, made to CEO Joe Ripp over breakfast
in the company cafeteria. The women were hungry for training, events and
networking with other millennials at the company.

Shock European court decision: Websites are liable for users’ comments | Ars Technica

Shock European court decision: Websites are liable for users’ comments | Ars Technica



European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous and allegedly defamatory comments from its readers. As the digital rights organization Access notes

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ambai: Tamil Poems: Literary Collections from India

கட்டுரை: வராத சேதிகளும் எஞ்சும் நம்பிக்கைகளும் | காலச்சுவடு |



இன்னும் வராத சேதி (ஊர்வசி),

எதை நினைந்தழுவதும் சாத்தியமில்லை (ஔவை),

ஒவ்வா (ஸர்மிளா
ஸெய்யித்),

யாக்கையின் நீலம் (ப்ரேமா ரேவதி),

மகளுக்குச் சொன்ன கதை (சே.பிருந்தா),

ஒற்றைப் பகடையில் எஞ்சும் நம்பிக்கை (கீதா சுகுமாரன்)



என ஆறு கவிதைத் தொகுப்புகள். 

Artist Gopulu: Anjali - Painters and Creators

அஞ்சலி: கோபுலு (1924 - 2015) - கோபுலு: கோடுகளின் பயணம் | காலச்சுவடு |

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Now anti-Kudankulam activist wants Sushma to help with impounded passport | Business Standard News

Now anti-Kudankulam activist wants Sushma to help with impounded passport | Business Standard News




Udayakumar, who is the convenor of the People's Movement Against Nuclear
Energy protesting against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant project in
Tamil Nadu, had his passport impounded by the previous United
Progressive Alliance government.




In his letter to Sushma Swaraj, which was shared on his Facebook and
Twitter accounts, he says that "the Congress government headed by Dr.
Manmohan Singh impounded my passport under the false pretext of facing
several protest-related cases" because of his role in the
anti-Kudankulam protests.

Jeyamohan Speech at Iyal Awards - Tamil Literary Garden - Canada: Toronto: Rasanai Sriram

ரசனைக்காரன் பக்கங்கள்: மேன்மக்கள்



ஜெயமோகனின்
பேச்சின் ஆதாரப்புள்ளி தன்னிறைவு, தன்முனைப்பு, தன்மகிழ்ச்சி. இதை இரு
விஷயங்களை தொட்டு விளக்கினார்.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Pentagon Gambles on Brain Implants, Bionic Limbs and Combat Exoskeletons - Scientific American

Pentagon Gambles on Brain Implants, Bionic Limbs and Combat Exoskeletons - Scientific American



DARPA makes a big push into biological research, but some scientists question whether its high-risk approach can work

Cheer up ‘Bifo’—history hasn’t ended yet | openDemocracy

Cheer up ‘Bifo’—history hasn’t ended yet | openDemocracy



What’s the relationship between capitalism and mental
health? A review of Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s Heroes:
Mass Murder and Suicide.
 

Verso’s new Futures
series was put together, so states the inside page, to assess the “outer limits
of social and political possibility.” So it’s disappointing to find in
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s contribution
Heroes: Mass Murder and
Suicide,
such a lack of the
possible. Indeed, the book often seems little more than a lament for the
impossible scale of the task facing
advocates of progressive politics in an age of
neo-liberalism.



From Virginia
Tech
to Norway’s Anders Breivik,
mass shootings are mashed together with collateralised debt obligations and
credit default swaps to create an antediluvian collage of the variety used to
caricature leftists as disgruntled losers with a dislike of progress.


 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

How I created the Dothraki language for 'Game of Thrones' - LA Times

How I created the Dothraki language for 'Game of Thrones' - LA Times



The word khal is from Martin; the rest are my creations. The highest compliment I receive is when fans of the literary series tell me they can't tell the difference between the words I created and the ones Martin did.



David J. Peterson is a professional conlanger who's worked on productions such as HBO's "Game of Thrones," Syfy's "Defiance" and "Dominion," and the CW's "The 100." His book, "The Art of Language Invention," comes out in September.

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes - ProPublica

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes - ProPublica



The Red Cross has built just six permanent homes in Haiti, ProPublica reports, after raising nearly a half a billion dollars for the earthquake-ravaged nation.

Why Jihadists Write Poetry - The New Yorker

Why Jihadists Write Poetry - The New Yorker



It is a mistake, Robyn Creswell and Bernard Haykel write in The New Yorker, to ignore jihadists' poetry. It "provides a window onto the movement talking to itself."

The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Secret Ghostwriters of Children's Fiction - The Atlantic

The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Secret Ghostwriters of Children's Fiction - The Atlantic



Did you think the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books were written by Franklin W. Dixon and Carolyn Keene? Of course not. The Atlantic reveals the ghostwriters behind the YA franchises.

Sometimes a serious reader is stumped when you ask for a book recommendation. Matt Seidel explains in an essay

The Millions : Let Me Think About It: On Recommending Books

Son claims journalist was set ablaze; UP minister Ram Murti Singh, 4 cops booked | The Indian Express

Son claims journalist was set ablaze; UP minister Ram Murti Singh, 4 cops booked | The Indian Express



A
day after a Shahjahanpur-based freelance journalist died from burn
injuries at a Lucknow hospital, his son Tuesday got a case lodged
against MoS for Backward Class Welfare Ram Murti Singh Verma, his four
associates and four policemen for allegedly setting ablaze Jagendra
Singh at his house on June 1.

Is Ancient History Completely Made Up By 'The Man'?

Is Ancient History Completely Made Up By 'The Man'?



Since 1980, Fomenko, mathematician at Moscow State University and full
member of Russia's prestigious Academy of Sciences, has been the leading
proponent of
a radical revision of human history—"an
improved version of the global chronology of the Ancient Time," as he
and collaborator Gleb Nosovsky put it—based on statistical and
astronomical analyses.

From Left Bank to left behind: where have the great French thinkers gone? | Books | The Guardian

From Left Bank to left behind: where have the great French thinkers gone? | Books | The Guardian



From Voltaire and Rousseau to Sartre and De Beauvoir, France has long
produced world-leading thinkers. It even invented the word
‘intellectual’. But progressives around the globe no longer look to
Paris for their ideas. What went wrong?

Why Do Men Like The Brazilian? Science! - The Daily Beast

Why Do Men Like The Brazilian? Science! - The Daily Beast

Friday, June 12, 2015

'Lead in noodles can cause cardiovascular disease' | Articles | INDIA New England

'Lead in noodles can cause cardiovascular disease' | Articles | INDIA New England



The caution comes days after the sale of Nestle's popular noodle Maggi
was banned in several states across the country including Delhi over the
presence of high lead content.