Junk journalists

Apple is the biggest tech company in the world. As with any big company, there are many smaller companies whose business models are evolved around the larger ones.  Most of them are involved in making accessories or apps for Apple devices.

But of late there seems to be another industry whose only output is rumours related to the next Apple product. This has resulted in lots of useless websites which have no credible information. Just search for “iPhone 5 or iPad2”

Sample this.

http://www.beatweek.com/news/8196-paradox-why-most-verizon-iphone-4-sales-are-thus-far-invisible/

Another so-called expert analysis on poor Verizon iPhone sales. He says that Steve Jobs wasnt there nor was the person who is running Apple now. if I remember right, Tim Cook, the COO of Apple was present at the event and it is he who is now running the show at Apple. It’s funny to see people jump into conclusions without getting their facts right.

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Western diplomacy

Protests have started in Bahrain and the country has dealt it with severe violence. Bahrain apparently is an ally of the Western countries. The muted response from the western governments is rather shameful. Right to freedom of the people is a universal right and not restricted to the people who oppose western values.

Few people opposing in Tehran made Lady Clinton come out and ask the Iranian government to respect human rights. They don’t really seem to be bothered about the human rights of the Bahraini counterparts. Diplomacy has lost all righteousness.

Lovely debate

The content below is copied from the following website. No intention to violate any copyrights. But hats of to the arguments made by Rickk. 
http://www.vindy.com/news/2011/feb/15/scientific-theory-carries-weight/
 RickK (3 comments) posted 1 day, 5 hours ago

 

Two points: (1) a scientific theory can indeed be “proved” in the same way a court case can be proved – beyond reasonable doubt. There is more evidence for evolution in one person’s DNA than there is for any court case ever. The only remaining doubt in evolution is unreasonable. (2) If evolution opposes the Biblical account of man’s creation, then plate tectonics oppose the Biblical account of the Earth’s creation. If we’re willing to throw out biology, why not geology? And physics, while we’re at it, since all that radiometric dating must be wrong, no? It’s a slippery slope when we let faith trump facts.

 

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2 kmayo (1 comment) posted 1 day, 1 hour ago

 

Hey Rick, it’s interesting you pointed out the DNA as your evidence. I’d suggest before you place your faith in that statement you read two books. “Signature in the Cell” (DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design) and “The Language of God” by Francis Collins (head of the Human Genome Project). One is an Intelligent design advocate and the other a “theistic” evolutionist. I hope you don’t flippantly write them off, because they are both brillian men.

Also, as for McLaughlin above I will only address his second point that the “majority” believe it to be so. My reponse: who cares what the majority thinks. Since when does that determine truth? First it’s a logical fallacy, and second, how many times in the worlds history has the majority been wrong.

 

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3 RickK (3 comments) posted 23 hours, 21 minutes ago

 

kmayo, I’ve read both books. While I respect Francis Collins’s right to believe as he wishes, his argument is essentially “I believe, and I will interpret the evidence to fit that belief”. Anyone could do that. The same argument can be used to justify “aliens did it”. And he simply doesn’t make an evidence-based case.

As for “Signature”, it is authored by Stephen Meyer, one of the authors of “The Wedge”. So you must first read his book as an “end justifies the means” attempt to use science-sounding design discussions to sneak fundamentalist beliefs into science. He does this by trying to impress the public rather than publishing actual papers to convince scientists. His book is part of a marketing strategy to support his fundamentalist backers, just like the scientists working for Big Tobacco who gave all sorts of medical evidence that smoking isn’t bad for you.

You can find with a quick google many scientific criticisms of “Signature”. But if you want a thoughtful, education Christian’s takedown of “Signature”, read here. RJS has more room than I to point out the flaws of this book, which ultimately fails what it attempts.
http://blog.beliefnet.com/jesuscreed/….

I’ve also read the Bible, read quite a bit of higher criticism on the origins of the Bible, and several popular works like “Evolution of God” and “Case for God”. Now, have you looked as hard at the scientific evidence and mechanisms of evolution as I’ve looked at the religious implications?

 

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4 RickK (3 comments) posted 22 hours, 47 minutes ago

 

And kmayo, you said: “Since when does that determine truth? ” It doesn’t. Truth is determined by what fits the facts.

Let’s look how often evidence has led to a truth that the majority did not at first believe:

The Sun – was a god, now a ball of fusing hydrogen
The Moon – was a god(dess), now a big round dusty rock
The stars – were gods or spirits, more flaming gas balls
The tides – were attributed to gods, now gravity
The seasons – attributed to gods, now Earth’s tilt
Earthquakes – were caused by gods, now plate tectonics
Lightning – was thrown by a god, now static electricity
Rain & drought – was God, now atmospheric moisture
Health & disease – was God, now germs & genetics
Schizophrenia – was demonic possession, now brain chemicals
Epilepsy – was divine possession, now neurology
Origin of species – was God, now science (evolution)
Identity & personality – was the soul, now neuroscience

See how that works?

Given that this is how the world works, if they understand history and are objective and honest, then both Francis Collins and Stephen Meyer should start from the assumption that natural events have natural causes. But they don’t. They both start with the assumption of God (though Meyer says “designer” to avoid trouble with the U.S. Constitution).

Androidify

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My daughter just loves the new android application Androidify. Spent ages yesterday playing with it. Sample this

Andoird Tablets

Update : Xoom has been priced at $799 for 3G + WiFi and $600 for WiFi only. That sounds good.

I am waiting to see all the android based tablets coming out and I must say that the last few days have been exciting for me. First the Motorola Xoom and now Samsung Galaxy 10.1 (Did anyone get paid to name it ? Will they change screen size in the next model?).

Motorola Xoom was listed for pre-sale at $1200 on the best buy website. While we still dont know if that’s the price or whether it is just a place holder. Whatever the case may be, it did create a lots of news on all the geeky websites. Most of them said “dead on arrival”, a view to which I have to agree, provided it sells for $1200. Motorola is not a brand which can price itself as exclusive. They are not Apple, Bose or Bang & Olufsen. They are yet to earn their right to be exclusive.

While the Motorola pricing was disappointing, I am more upset with Samsung Tab 10.1. They have removed the SD card storage and dropped HDMI out (I believe we will have to buy an expensive proprietary cable). From being a standout product, they have become another Apple wannabe. Now if iPad2 comes out with SD card support (unlikely), Sammy will be doomed.

Irrespective of how things turn out, this will be an interesting year for all the gadgets lovers. Cant wait to see it unfold.

Culture of Respect

I saw this sad news today of a Police officer cleaning the shoes of Mayawati, Chief Minister of the most populous state of India.

http://www.rediff.com/news/report/pso-cleans-mayawatis-shoes-opposition-slams-cm/20110208.htm

What was more shocking is how her party members were justifying this act. Mayawati seems to take pride in the fact that she is able to disrespect and insult another human being. To be fair to her, she is not one of a kind. We have seen similiar deplorable behaviour from other Indian politicians. They seem to have lost the very basic culture of respecting fellow human beings.

Political elite of the country insult and try to play down the role of policemen and other parts of the executive. They are insulted and not given the respect which they should get. It is very difficult for them to get back at their masters. They are now void of any self respect. This lack of self respect inspires them to do the same injustice to the common man. What we now have is a vicious cycle of injustice which is propogated through the social hierarchy.

What India seems to lack is good leadership at the top. It is not that the country doesnt have any good leaders. Sadly they are not given a chance to govern. Money and muscle power is essential to win elections and these are not something good leaders are associated with. This leads to rotten apples sitting right on top and spreading the rot through the system. It wont be long before the whole system is like a malignant cancer. Untreatable.

The only way forward will be for people to take ownership of whom they elect to lead. Those elected to lead should lead by example. Respect others and spread a culture of respect. This respect shouldnt be restricted to fellow human beings. They should learn to respect the law of the land, rights of animals and nature.

Nexus S – Worst managed product release

Nexus S was supposed to be the flagship phone for Android 2.3 a.k.a. Gingerbread. Nexus S was released just in time for the Christmas season but sadly the sales numbers have not been great. I think Google really messed up the release of the phone.

Nexus line of phones are normally used the so-called geeks who know their product. I know few people who bought Nexus One and they absolutely love the product. When the first rumours of Nexus 2 (later known as Nexus S) came out, most of them were quite keen to get it. Feels good to be on the latest version of the software. But when the final product was announced, the geeks were less than impressed. Everybody knew that CES (Consumer Electronics Show) and MWC (Mobile World Congress) is round the corner where the first dual core phones would be released. This meant that Nexus S would have its place as the latest and greatest Android phone for just over a week. That is not good for a phone which you are trying to sell as your flagship model.

Matters were made worse in the UK by bad pricing. They announced it at £549.95 and later dropped to £429 before the release. The fact is that it should never have been £549 for an item priced at $529 in the USA. Rather than saying that it was a price correction, they went ahead with the price drop story. A price drop for an unreleased product is hardly a good news.

I feel that Google should have not released this as their flagship product. They should have waited for another few weeks and selected a dual-core Tegra based phone as their next version of Nexus.

Looking at the initial pricing of Motorola Xoom, I am not sure if they have learnt the lesson. It is heavily overpriced by playing into the hands of Verizon. I really hope that Samsung tab is upgraded to Honeycomb. A sub £400 tablet with latest version of the OS will please some shoppers like me who are out looking for a tablet.

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