Saturday, March 31, 2007

Is Google up to something?

I think i know what Google's up to.
What does average users do in office after they ON their PC ?

Word, Excel, Calendar, Calculator, Solitaire, Email, Spider, Word, Solitaire, Email, Excel, Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Spider. OFF

And to top it off, it's normally a Pentium 4 3ghz PC, with 512MB of RAM, graphics accelerator which inevitably, was running Windowsand those specifications are 'recommended' by them, so "you wouldn't run into trouble for these """"long term investments""""" "

Most PCs that were used in the business world was 'wasted' by running these applications based on the 'recommended' specifications by Microsoft, so that Pentium could continue to sell their processors, Kingston could sell their RAMs, nVidia for their graphics card.

But notice how internet connection speeds had increased over the years? How WiFi is so prominent now? How Google seems to be able to give you the answers directly when you type "200 British Pounds to Malaysian Ringgit" ? And Google's seemingly domination of online search results? Coupled that with Google's recently published collection of excellent applications, which are FREE? Picasa, Hello, Blogger to name a few. And of course those excellent web based applications that process Words, Excel files and a web based Calendar, and those cheeky Google Widgets.

Is it enough for average office users?

What if you have a computer that had the cheapest processors, and perhaps low rams, no Operating Systems, just a simple web browser. BUT, with mega internet connection speeds say 100MB. Would you still buy Microsoft's Vista ?

However, the so-called 'plot' that Google had, wasn't some secret explosives that they'll suddenly announce in Microsoft's face, that'll render everyone panicked and wet their pants. It's called a 'plot' because I think Larry and Sergey realized it.

Google plans to slowly, letting users get online more to settle their daily job tasks, do the little things they've always wanted to do in office, play games, play around with Google Earth, send emails, Words, Excel, Powerpoint, arrange their photos, chat with friends etc.
Without realizing what actually was needed is a simple PC, a web browser and a high internet connection speed connected to a vast array of servers that does the computing power for you, does the storage for you. Add to that, all their applications are FREE.

This, will slowly topple Microsoft's dominance.
By then Microsoft would be like PlayStation 3, which only serious users would buy, and Google, with their cheeky, fun, fuss free Web Browser and a stupid processor (perhaps stupid enough to not be able to run viruses) acting like Nintendo's Wii.

The underdog, had bitten the Pitt Bull.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Why dictionaries aren't getting much thicker?

Have you stumble upon someone who goes "Wrong, that word doesn't exists in dictionaries." ?

Inferiority complex.

Embarassed with own culture and origins, hence felt the need to speak proper english to not 'feel ashamed' for not being in the same league as Americans or British. Huh?!

Language is, just a language. The French and Italians don't give a fuck to the Brits when they can't pronounce the so-called Proper English.

Do you give a damn when you're trying to speak to your Indonesian maid when you couldn't pronounce or having the know-how to speak Indonesian well? Nope. Because you felt yourself being the superior being.

Malaysians deserves every right to speak our accents our way, in which ever language we think it helps in our communication. No single language are 'complete'. It's a partially slow evolution that needs to change from time to time, era to era.

I find it annoying that our ancestors are able to name water as 'Water' and a book as a 'Book' where as we can't even name a 'PDA' as a 'Ghibo'or 'Plipher' because that would be grammatically, socialogically, and politically incorrect; hence we have to result to 'Personal Digital Assistants' because put simply, we are confine to people like you, that we had to speak proper english, with the correct 'accent' or 'grammer' simply because plipher or ghibo doesn't exist in our dictionary.

What if books are called 'BPW' which goes 'Binded Pages of Words' and that we were taught this way since young because calling a 'Binded Pages of Words' as a 'Book' seems weird?

The word Google was derived from the word Googol, which actually means the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. This term was coined in 1920 by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. What if she was spanked by Edward, saying "there's no such term in mathematics !"

Any nomination for PDA ? I'd say we call it Peedeeay because I wouldn't wanna be bombarded by YOU. Given the choice? Plipher, or Ghibo.

To enhance my point it's plipher or ghibo if you catch my drift. OR DORIFTO

Dare to dream

Hayao Miyazaki.

Ever watched his animations? He's a master.

I've watched a couple of them over the past few days and it really inspires me.

Really do hope that if I've watched his animations a couple of years back, I wouldn't have picked the wrong path in life, wouldn't even subject myself to the cruelty of people's so called advice.

Most of the time, advices ruined people's life, especially those with dreams.

The so called "What I'm telling you is for your future!" ruins a kid's life, stopping them from reading comics, stopping them from doing what they liked most, stopping them from frequent football games, and perhaps, there goes a professional footballer.

I've met people who's dreams are to have their own bakery shop, people that dreamed to become very special persons, only to be ruined by their parent's so-called advices and took up accounting courses. It's such a waste of life, why would people nowadays stop other people from realizing their dreams?

Why my parents stopped me from training with Malaysian Snooker Team when I'm 17 ? Why? Because they themselves did not achieved it in life and they fear i would stumble upon the same path? Hence I'm told to study? Why my secondary school forces me to attend chinese caligraphy art classes when i do especially well in illustrations? I hate the classes so much that eventually I've stopped drawing.

Why our current society in Malaysia is so afraid of jumping out of the norm? Only people who succeeded in life will they give advices such as "Go for what you liked, do it, never give up, you'll definitely succeed." Whereas people who failed in life goes "Do not affect your studies! Why did you waste so much time in that? You should be studying!"

I've met a friend who had a brother who played video games, win tournaments and joined clans, but his family claimed he's useless. They claimed he's not good enough to join international tournaments or becoming famous at all. How could this person succeed if his family did not offer the support given, and that he's family stopped him halfway when he's struggling to learn, practice and perhaps becoming really good at it?

There's this famous pianist 'Lang Lang' from China that his success stories inspires me. Read

"Lang's success is closely related to the support and sacrifice of his family. After discovering Lang's gift in music, Lang Quoren, his father, decided to spare no efforts to foster Lang Lang's ability.

To provide Lang Lang with better musical education, Lang Quoren quit from his steady job and left his wife to come to Beijing with Lang Lang. They lived in a shabby room for five years. In searching for the most suitable teacher for Lang Lang, Lang Quoren annoyed quite a few people because of his upright temper. And to send Lang Lang to take part in an overseas competition, Lang Quoren borrowed much money from others and finally got the visa. To his pleasure, Lang Lang became one of the winners of the competition"

Now, this is where he stands, at international arena, playing what he loves most, succeeding in life at a tender young age. There's no way he could've succeeded if his family did not play this important role in supporting him to the fullest.

Fear, is what that stops people from going beyond. The fear of falling, the fear of being behind when failure steps in. This is what that stops people from cultivating their interests.

Go ahead people, fight for your dreams, dare to be different, jump out of the norm. Do not subject yourself to the grey hands of mediocrity.

Charity, Philantrophists. Mere selfish acts?

As in chinese proverbs, human born good? or evil ?
There are people who claim that without education, humans were savage beings, killings, rapings were an act of born traits.
There are also people who claim that humans were born good, fairy-like, would only then turn selfish and cruel through the various temptations in life.
Which is it? It's actually that when human civilisation had reached to a state of going beyond basic self realization, to improvise on various traits of human being. I believe its under the influence of education, socialization that we started to think in a way that stealing from the rich, to buy medicine from one self's ailing mother, is an act of barbaric. How barbaric was that? And we've also come to a state of self realization that some considered eating animals, killing them, chopping off their limbs, are also an act of barbaric, they preferred eating vegetables, which in my opinion, if the cabages and potatoes would scream in streaks of pain when they plucked them off, they would die of hunger. Or would it?
Humans have came to a stage where there are so many options in life, that many simply act fakely, to achieve a state of self improvisation to feed the sense of pride and morality than to feed one self's stomache. How stupid and barbaric was that?
It is only humans that receive educations that would turn back and ask themselves human started good, or evil; and it is only humans that received educations, that would eat vege so as not being cruel, to satisfy their own self morality gain and to have a self perceived state of being more 'advance' more 'civilised' than others. And it is also this state of 'self morality gain' temptation, that Warren Buffet gave 37 Billion USD away? Would poverty and famine end because rich people started to give out to the poor? I however don't think so.
Take this scenario, a family in Africa, the father, with a couple of kids lying around, big bloated stomaches, at the peril of dying away, ok perhaps with Aids as well. Just as this guy is about to die, a loaf of bread reached him, donated by philantrophists like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates; that pain stricken guy ate that loaf of bread, together with his family, gain some strength. While having a good night's sleep (which he was supposed to die off that same night) he felt horny and had sex with his wife, 9 months later, another stomache bloated kid was born. And a couple of years later, another stomache bloated family is there again for the rich to take care of. Is that moeny well spent in helping? Or its dragging on with the overall wellness of human civilisation? So is Bill Gates or Warren Buffet helping the world, or are they merely satisfying their own needs of morality satisfaction?
Of course, i myself would be selfish enough to hope that some rich guy would spare some of his money to me, if i'm in peril. But that is a selfish act ain't it? To hope that someone would help me, because i wasn't lucky enough, but that same loaf of bread, if was passed to 2 dying families next to each other, would they kill one another to survive? I believe they will.
Mother earth is now supporting 6 Billion homosapiens, if the poor and stricken would die off 'in peace' hopefully, maybe we'll have less to support? Less polution? Who cares about less humanity? Morality? We want long term sustainability. I believe if Bill Gates is the one next to the pain stricken family, he himself in peril as well, he would not have spare half loaf of the bread, then tell the other guy :" Ok, you have 8 kids, i have 8 as well, lets let each 4 of them die off tonight so that we can share the loaf of bread. " Not in a million years he would do so. Hence in the end, is he merely doing it for self morality satisfaction? I believe sub consciously, YES.
That's why, sorry to the Indonesian Tsunami victims and African famine 'victims'. I did not pay a single cent in helping them, because i believe its nature's way of making human and earth sustainable. I would sacrifice my earning of self morality satisfaction, and let the Tsunami and famine victim gain that small piece of morality satisfaction by not asking for help and die off in peace for the sake of humanity. Ok, that's probably an excuse, but i do feel bad for them, seriously. But sometimes, i do give out to those decapitated, really felt sorry. Ok, one must be selfish sometimes right? And it does feel good after paying a little in gaining that bit of self morality satisfaction.

Time travel, is it possible?

There's always been this debate of whether we can travel in time. There has been no end to it, almost 99% of people would conclude, oh, we just don't have the technology now, we would be able to do so in the future, perhaps year 2100.

Ok, what is time? It's actually a scheduling tool used by homosapiens to delegate our daily chores, its a dividing of a process we go through. On a smaller scale, hours, on larger scales, years. But is there a definite relativity to our natural world? Does nature comprehends or response in the way we, homosapiens divide our time? NO.

We cannot relate year 1950 to a state where the earth's temperature is 2 degrees celcius colder on average, it's just our recording of a process that nature went pass, and we're in it; not above it. This theory of time travel is based on the same concept that we, homosapiens living on this third rock from the sun, is actually the middle of the universe, and that everything rotates around our sense of understanding.

Time travel is impossible. There is no way we can travel our selves in space and dimension to a world where we have been. The theory of time travel is based on our believing of everything is destined, and that we can change it if technology allows, it is so near to reality because we can perceive the 'benefits' that could be obtained, it is also based on our imaginations, our thinking power which renders us almost 'free' from our basic instincts, to gain a higher level of self consciousness whereby we are able to change destiny.

Let me explain abit, if it is destined that if YOU crossed the road and thus both your legs were decapitated by that truck, and that if you are able to travel in time to stop your own self from crossing the road, or if earlier, sabotaging the truck to not allow it to start, it would be also destined, that time travel would definitely happen !

If the timeline of activities were of a constant line that we humans believe what destiny are to be, then time travel would also be included in this time line, perhaps at a later stage, and this, would literally means time travel would not be able to change destiny after all because it is in it.

Now let's move to a slightly deviated topic, looking into the past. As we all know, light travels at 299,792 Kilometers per second. The vision of something happened at 299,792 KM away will reach you at 1 second later. We also know that by looking up to the Sun, we're actually looking at history because light needs 8 minutes and 20 seconds to reach us, and if you have a powerful enough telescope to take a glimpse into, you'd be able to see the surface of the sun, albeit 8 mins and 20 seconds slower to what was happening there RIGHT NOW, because the vision which could only be comprehended by light, needs that amount of time to reach our very eyes.

Now bring this to Proxima Centauri, the nearest star (Another SUN, closest from earth) is 4.22 light years away from us; now what are lightyears? A light year, is the amount of distance light travels in a year's time, 365 days. Hence light needs 4.22 years to reach us from there, meaning we're looking at something 4.22 years ago, however we do not know what was happening to it NOW.

Ok, vice versa, if some alien being was looking at us thru their high powered telescopes, and they are able to zoom to the surface and see what's actually happening, perhaps on someday in year 2005 (maybe near September) these aliens were shocked by what they actually saw, 2 planes crashing to the twin towers in New York City. Ok, imagine you were there as well, looking back from the very telescopes these ETs were looking thru, are you looking back in time?


Hence to conclude, if we are able to invent something that travels faster than light, say, we could reach a planet 100 million light years away, in 1 year, ok perhaps immediately reaching there, (not much difference ain't it?) and when we looked back thru some portable hubble telescope, what can we see? You'd guessed it, 100 million years ago, T-Rex, from Jurassic

You can see the past, you can never go back.
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Dying the Steve Irwin way

Salute to the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin.

His shows had always been a favourite of mine. Yes, he died, what a waste.

But that is a great way of dying ain't it? He died being stabbed thru the heart by a Sting Ray, how heroic could anyone die in this modern society?

Let's put it this way, imagine there is this place called heaven, and Steve reaches there, waiting for some heavenly transit system maybe, next to him, another chap.

They chat :

Chap :" So, how you ended up here?"

Irwin :" Oh, i was filming some show and there was this huge Sting Ray, swimming over me, tried grabbing it like I always do, it turned around, stab me on my heart in the middle of the ocean, the pain was immense, i died shortly thereafter."

Chap :" How sad, hope your wife and parents deal with it well."

Irwin :" So how you end up here?"

Chap :"Neh, nothing much, needn't talk about it."

Irwin :"Oh common, something to share maybe, the transits gotta be here anytime soon."

Chap :"Really, don't felt like talking about it."

Irwin :"Oh it must be really hard then, common, relax, tell me, i might be able to help."

Chap :"I ... there was this fish..............*stuttered* ..... fishball, it was kinda huge as well, i choked...."

Irwin :"...................."

There are many people who should've died the Irwin way, take Michael Jackson for example, if he would have died 15 years ago from some plane while he's on his way to Africa to meet children infected with HIV, what would be of him now?

Preserving dying civilisations

There has always been this outcry for the preserving of dying civilisations, claiming that the 'polutions' of the modern world, would contaminate their thinking, obseleting their habits.

In my opinion that's just an act of selfish, ZOOing act on other slow developing civilisations.

What's the need to actually doing so? So that we can travel with our kids on holiday trips to experience a wholly different world? Ok, the claim to preserve them as to allow our kids to have a glimpse of what are their daily livings like? What for?

The Mayan civilisations died out, so did the Ankhor Wat, so Wat? They did not have an impact on our current society. Your child wouldn't end up dumb and dumber just because they could not catch a glimpse of an aborigine throwing a boomerang, killing a Kangaroo on the way back and biting off the Kangaroo's testiscles to be able to carry on living his life dominated by Play Stations or Barbies right?

Is it because the current world order dominated by Western values have to feel sorry for their acts over the past few centuries? The conquering of Albuquerque on the Malacca Straits, the Opium war, the massacres of Red Indians rendered their off springs to have a different way of down pressing other civilisations? In short, ZOOing them?

Let these civilisations adapt to the changing world, let them have a chance to play World of War Craft, oh, maybe you don't want your kid being bullied on Warnet by an aborigine do you?
I suppose that smart photo of a bunch of African Lawyers had ancestors just like the pictures above right? Give them a break.

Why can't they just ban smoking?

All over the world, governments were talking shit loads about campaigning for people to quit this 'unhealthy' habit, health organizations all over the world talks about banning cigarettes.

Well, these so called Health Specialists think on a micro mode. Gain a wider, broader perspective, and they'll know why governments merely campaign about them and not taking actions to illegalized smoking.

Governments as we all know, measure their 'performance' by the re-elected probability they would have for their next upcoming elections. Thus on a society level, there's this commonly perceived 'goodness' of quit smoking, governments will response to this in order to get the votes they needed, and the seemingly mutual understanding of public's wants and needs; for doing so, they'll be in-line with public's perception of a GOOD GOVERNMENT.

Tell me, is it better to let one die, or a couple of millions? Can i conclude that the tax obtainable from smokers for a government, is enough to sustain the much needed infrastructure build ups, the health and medicinal budgets, the sustaining of social order, the sewage lines, the money to build barriers to sustain over floods over river bannks?

To ban cigarettes, that literally means stopping all production and manufacturing of cigarettes, or the importing of them.

This serious act would definitely trigger the whole tobacco industry to flow underground, triads would be the happiest, prices per pack would inflate, profits will all turn to triads, and the more money they have, the stronger they get. This is a basic economic term call DEMAND and SUPPLY.

One fine example, America banned liquor in the 1920s to 1930s; what hapened? The whole industry turned underground, triads and gangs earned so much and became so powerful and influential that Mayors were controlled by the mafias, police forces corrupted, social security dropped to a level America has never experienced before. Remember Al Capone? (Picture from above) Want that thug to re-emerge? Ban Smoking.

To conclude, stop banning of something that had low immediate effect on a social level, allow casinos, prostitution, gambling, tobacco industries as such to grow in the bright, everything will be under control, taxes would be insurmountable, government stays strong, citizens will have higher per capita earning, educate themselves, and deter whether they wanted to get involved in these so called 'unhealthy' habits.

Smoking is a bad habit for a person, on a micro view, this person smokes, dies. What bad is it for the society? Less one person, less one to fight for your job that you might be interviewing this coming Monday, less one person buying the expensive coffees from StarBucks, the cheaper it will be, less one person, the overall GDP Per Capita of a country will be marginally higher.
If suckers out there would continue to smoke, to thrive the economy, like me, let this sucker die of lung cancer, at least the profits generated through taxes amounted since this bugger starts smoking, lets say, 16 year old, and dying around perhaps 58 year old, this bugger would have contributed more tax to the government than mere average you or him.
Ok, i might die young, sorry mom and dad, but thank me homosapiens.