Archive for January, 2012
It’s a free world and must remain so.
Twitter announced on 27th Jan’12, that they will censor tweets selectively on a country-by-country basis. The “country-by-country basis” rule states that if they receive a “valid and properly scoped request from an authorized entity,” Twitter will block users from seeing the posts.
And we are not happy with the new censorship rules and many tweeters like me(in millions) decided to protest by asking all tweeters not to tweet at all on Saturday, January 28. We used the hashtag #TwitterBlackout to organize the boycott.
My Last Tweet for 27.01.2012 :
My first tweet after #TwitterBlackout on 29.01.2012 :
I did my part, I had one day tweet free.
There were speculations that the new censorship rules was ordered by Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alaweed bin Talal, who recently invested in Twitter.
China’s first supercomputer built with “domestically-produced” microprocessors and capable of performing around one-thousand-trillion calculations per second has become officially operational.
The supercomputer ‘Sunway BlueLight’ was installed in September 2011 at the National Supercomputing Center (NSCC) in east China’s city of Jinan.China recently came out with a new supercomputer to pound all computers. It’s one hell of a powerhouse. This beefy new computer has been installed at the National Supercomputer Center in Jinan.
Sunway BlueLight MPP(神威蓝光) Supercomputer, is the first publicly announced PFLOPS supercomputer using ShenWei processors solely developed by the People’s Republic of China.The water-cooled 9-rack system has 8704 ShenWei SW1600 processors (For the Top100 run 8575 CPUs were used, at 975 MHz each) organized as 34 Super Nodes (each consisting of 256 compute nodes), 150TB main memory, 2PB external storage, peak performance of 1.07016PFLOPS, sustained performance of 795.9TFLOPS, LINPACK efficiency 74.37%, and total power consumption 1074KW.
ShenWei SW1600 Microprocessor
It underwent a three-month-long trial operation period before going into official use, making China the third country in the world to be capable of producing a supercomputer with domestically produced processors after the United States and Japan.
A product that is a combination of high-density packaging and low energy consumption technologies, the supercomputer ranks among the world’s leading supercomputers in terms of comprehensive performance.
So, there was a 72 Hours non-stop Tweet-a-thon by @theviewspaper from and it was the World’s largest online conference held from January from 8th – 9th January 2012. Glad, I was able to take part in it. I was also in the panelist for the following sessions:
IT - 10th Jan@1AM
Social Media -10th Jan@11AM
Internet - 10th Jan@1PM
Blogging - 10thJan@12AM
How #Ifeelup Chats worked ?
The Twitter based real-time discussion focused on a specific theme. It brought together various stakeholders (from media and bloggers, to celebrities and politicians) and they shared ideas, discussed best practices, identified the latest innovations, and pinpointed areas requiring more exploration and more specifically applauded those things that is making India proud. It was also a great way to connect with colleagues and supporters around the globe! In shorts all intellects on-board
It was a nice session must say and a wonder full job done by the @theviewspaper as they had invited almost all of the intellects on twitter.
Some notable Celebrities who came out – Dr Kiran Bedi, Kailash Kher, @changemakers and many. (For me the celebrities are not the ones who make money in movies )
These kinds of sessions must be organized more in future.
And after the session I say :#ifeelup
So, here is the reaction for different OS users, when the update is available
This happens to be one of my favorite quotes. Look Beyond the Ordinary
‘Things don’t have to be extraordinary to be beautiful. Even the ordinary can be beautiful.’
I bet you remember the Y2K scare? It came and went without much of a whimper because of adequate planning and analysis of the situation done beforehand. Impressive movie special effects aside, Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know. It will, however, be another winter solstice.
Much like Y2K, 2012 has been analyzed and the science of the end of the Earth thoroughly studied. Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the science behind the end of the world quickly unravels when pinned down to the 2012 timeline.
Below, NASA Scientists answer several questions that we’re frequently asked regarding 2012.
Source – NASA Web
Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.
Answer (A): Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.
Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?
A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then these two fables were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.
Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?
A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.
Q: Could phenomena occur where planets align in a way that impacts Earth?
A: There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades, Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.
Q: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?
A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.
Q: What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the earth’s crust does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not hours?
A: A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. There are slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-shift to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. A magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia, anyway.
Q: Is the Earth in danger of being hit by a meteor in 2012?
A: The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near-Earth asteroids long before they hit. We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA NEO Program Office website, so you can see for yourself that nothing is predicted to hit in 2012.
Q: How do NASA scientists feel about claims of pending doomsday?
A: For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.
Q: Is there a danger from giant solar storms predicted for 2012?
A: Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years. Near these activity peaks, solar flares can cause some interruption of satellite communications, although engineers are learning how to build electronics that are protected against most solar storms. But there is no special risk associated with 2012. The next solar maximum will occur in the 2012-2014 time frame and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no different than previous cycles throughout history.
So the world Does not ends in 2012, there will be a blog post shortly after it does not end:P