Google’s self driving car prototypes
Google has made prototypes of Google Self Driven cars available to public for testing.
Features of Google Self Driven Cars
- Look Ma! No steering wheel
- Look Son! No accelerator
- Look Ma and Son! No brakes!
- Top speed capped at 25 kms/hour
- 2 passenger seats with seat belts and space for luggage
- The interactions with the car are through 3 things. On and off button and the map of the route
- 100 prototypes to be put on road this summer
- Looks like Tata Nano (The indian car which was priced below $2000)!
The hope is that these prototypes would help Google engineers to learn more about user behaviour and also help Google Engineers to know what needs to be added to the cars.
Here is a video of the Google Self Driving cars
You can also join the follow the Google Self-Driving Car Project on Google+.
There is money to be made in the tech sector in India
Often investment in tech related companies in India is dismissed because of the belief that tech companies are not serious business.
However, some smart people, like Amitabh Bachchan, do make the investment. Amitabh Bachchan was allotted 62,794 shares of JustDial, in 2011 at the rate of Rs. 10 per share which amounted to an investment of Rs. 6.27 lakhs. JustDial a business listing site which can be queried by calling the JustDial call center.
As on May 28, 2014 the value of the stocks is Rs. 6.8 crores and this is after the shares took a hit in the last four months. Before the decline the investment was work approximately Rs.10 crores!
Certainly the tech business in India has come of age.
Another social change through Twitter #yesallwomen
#yesallwomen is the the hashtag that is trending on Twitter and it is nice to see that because it means there is still hope.
BETWEEN A MOM AND A DAD:I have spent 19 years teaching my daughter how not 2 be raped.How long have you spent teaching your son not to rape?— Sun Mo Mi By RHOOK (@princebussy) May 25, 2014
Why is the Elliot’s retribution video available
It is surprising to see various websites including New York TImes, YouTube, Washington Post and SFGate still carrying Elliot’s retribution video is beyond my comprehension.
The video can only make a bad impression on young minds and I can see some of them being influenced by it. The video is also giving popularity to the perpetrator of the crime which is not something anyone should be doing.
What are your thoughts on it.
Torrentz.eu forced offline by British Authorities
Torrents are usually perceived as foul and bad but they do provide the opportunity to genuine users to share their digital assets and search engines like torrentz.eu are popular and it was one of the best torrent search engine.
Initially torrentz.eu was banned in the UK but now it seems that no one can access it as the authorities have been able to get the domain registerar to take it offline. Too bad.
Alternative to torrentz.eu
Even though it happens all the time, the so called authorities do not realize that access to information on the Internet cannot be blocked completely. According to the torrentz team the torrentz.eu can be accessed at
To add to this the torrentz team is also working to move the torrentz.eu to another domain hosting service.
Reference and suggested reading for torrent related news.
Meaning of pound for pound
It boxing and UFC often participants are referred to as the best pound for pound fighter.
As with most things in life, at least in my case, I never searched for the exact meaning and believed it to mean that the participant is one of the best fighter. However, today I came across a boxing match which was between a champion and the best pound for pound boxer. a champion and the best pound for pound fighter. This made me sit back and think that the best pound for pound fighter need not be a champion. So what does pound for pound fighter means?
THe real meaning of pound for pound
Wikipedia helped me (who else could it be).
Pound for pound is a term used in combat sports such as boxing or mixed martial arts to describe a fighter’s value in relation to fighters of different weight classes.
They may be based on a range of criteria including “quality of opposition”, factors such as how exciting the fighter is or how famous they are, or be an attempt to determine who would win if all those ranked were the same size.
So there you are. Feel free to add more information if you think it will help.
It was indeed surprising when MetaFilter were penalized. Search Engine Land post tries to explain it.
Better late than never Matt Cutts. Thank you Google