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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Tuzhilin Report - How Google fights fraud clicks

Alexander Tuzhilin's paper on how Google handle's fraud clicks.

Tuzhilin Report - How Google fights fraud clicks
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You can download it here.


Delhi High Court's ruling legalizing homosexuality


Here's the full ruling of Delhi High Court which legalizes homosexuality and voids section 377 of Indian Penal Code. (105 pages, nice info for lawyers)

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You can download the pdf from BBC.


Sunday, May 31, 2009

The King of the World


The King of the World is a novella which I wrote some time back. I have published it online at The King of the World

Check it out and let me know how it is. I am embedding it below. 

Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Leave Out All the Rest"


When Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight released two years back, other than Shadow of the Day, Bleed it Out and What I have done!, I didn't like any other song. 

But after watching the not-so-good (or better, I would say ok) movie Twilight last week, the song Leave Out All the Rest is growing on me. I have listened to it countless times after that. Maybe the beautiful lyrics and the awesome rendoring is making me addicted to it. Fantastic job by Linkin Park.

Here's lyrics of Leave Out All the Rest.

I dreamed I was missing
You were so scared
But no one would listen
Cause no one else cared
 
After my dreaming
I woke with this fear
What am I leaving
When I'm done here
 
So if you're asking me
I want you to know
 
[Chorus]
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed
 
And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
 
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest
[End Chorus]
 
Don't be afraid
I've taking my beating
I've shared what I've been
 
I'm strong on the surface
Not all the way through
I've never been perfect
But neither have you
 
So if you're asking me
I want you to know
 
[Chorus]
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed
 
Don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
 
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest
[End Chorus]
 
Forgetting
All the hurt inside
You've learned to hide so well
 
Pretending
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are
 
[Chorus]
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that ive done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed
 
Don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
 
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest
 
Forgetting
All the hurt inside
You've learned to hide so well
 
Pretending
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are
I can't be who you are
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Congrats, Manmohan!


Dear Dr Manmohan Singhji 

My heartiest felicitations to you on being chosen as the Leader of the Congress parliamentary party. 

Having regard to the fact that you head the single largest party and the largest pre-election alliance and taking note of the letters of support enabling you to command majority support of the newly constituted 15th Lok Sabha, I have the pleasure to appoint you the prime minister and request you to advice me as to the names of others to be appointed in the council of ministers. 

I propose to administer the oath of office and secrecy on Friday, May 22, 2009, at Rashtrapati Bhavan at a mutually convenient time. 

With regards, 

Yours sincerely, 

Pratibha Devisingh Patil

(Source: Indiatimes)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Unix, AWK and me!

I am a database guy. Or to be more specific, I am a Dataware housing developer. I work in Teradata and Mainframe. I was doing my regular Fastloads and Multiloads and suddenly it happened.

Recession!!

Recession mean less money. Which translates to less spending. On everything. Which again means less jobs. Which can mean I might lose my job anytime.

So, I was asked to learn Unix and Oracle (PL/SQL) so that there is no need to hire someone else to do these stuff. And well, for the last one week, I have been learning awk and how to work on Unix platform. And I should say I find it pretty good! I used to do some stuff on Linux in my college days, but this is far above those things.

I could write one awk script to do an expression matching in 2 days. I wrote a shell script to call the awk and then the PL/SQL in one day. And in 5 days, I was able to fine tune it and write a proper script. I should say, I am pretty proud.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Google search shows partiality to Google


Have you ever wondered how Google search works? How Google indexes the web? Thought of how to make your website to the front page of Google?

Well, now one really knows how Google indexes and shows the results (Except for the guys at Mountain View). This has been a long debated issue which showed (and still shows) Google in a bad light. If they don't tell us now they work, then how can we make our sites to the front page of Google?

But another thing that I have noticed is that Google products and services easily make it to the front page, in fact, as the first result. I checked for some of their services like analytics, webmaster, groups and labs. And for all these keywords, Google services made it as the first result!! For sure, they are altering the system manually to do this. Check out below:

I searched for "labs". It's a very common word and I expected the first result to be from Wikipedia. Here's the screen shot.




Next one was "analytics". Again, it was Google Analytics.



My next try was "groups". Google Groups again!!



To be frank, I never thought Google Webmaster will feature as first result if I search for "webmaster". But Google bet me here too. Webmaster if the first result.



There is no difference between Microsoft pre-loading Windows with Internet Explorer and Media Player and Google putting their own products and services as the first result. Where is EU? Where is the anti-trust shit??

Google, this is fucking evil. If you don't want to become another monopolistic leviathan ful of bullshit, then change these policies. If you want people to see your products in the front page, then put them in the sponsored results. Don't shit with people. The day will come when get our revenge. 

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Shanghumugham Beach

Some pics that I clicked in my cellphone at Shanghumugham Beach, Trivandrum, Kerala.










Monday, January 26, 2009

When will Manmohan Singh tweet?


The last day, our PM Manmohan Singh underwent Coronary Bypass surgery at AIIMS, New Delhi. The media gave a detailed coverage, but I was thinking how much better it would have been if he was tweeting from his hospital bed. And now, he will be staying in hospital for the next four days. 

Obama tweets, Kevin Rudd (Aussie PM) tweets, then why don't our PM tweet too? Is India so backward in technology?

How nice it would have to been to see such a tweet:
"Surgery over. Feeling fine. Taking rest for four more days. Happy Republic Day. Jai Hind"


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