Trained scientist; Business consultant; Armchair philosopher; I write on various topics including science, climate change, startups, and business.

The star system next door has its own share of secrets!

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A few years ago, I read this article that talked about aliens in the Alpha Centauri system. For the uninitiated, the Alpha Centauri is the nearest star system to our own, a mere 4.4 light years away. It has three stars named Alpha Centauri A, B, and C— the last one is also known as Proxima Centauri and is a red dwarf. The article I read talked about how in the 1950s there were talks of aliens from the system visiting earth telepathically and having chats with scientists. There were also talks of 8 feet tall humanoid aliens from the…


Jeff Bezos’ second inning post-Amazon

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I am sure you heard that Bezos is stepping down the tech giant Amazon after being at its helm since its inception. Many have written excellent pieces on the history of Amazon or how Bezos built the company. I guess another interesting speculation can be what Bezos is going to do next. Will he lead a philanthropic effort like Bill Gates or will he start many visionary companies like Elon Musk.

Elon Musk created Paypal before Tesla

Elon Musk, now famous for legendary companies like Tesla and SpaceX, started with X.com which was the precursor of PayPal. Musk’s first company was Zip2 which he started in…


NASA’s Perseverance lands on Mars

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Mars has always been a source of fascination for humans. In past, we have fascinated about intelligent forms of life thriving there — and attacking us at will. Movies (and books) like War of the worlds or Mars Attacks! are perfect examples. In real life though, no conclusive sign of life on Mars has been found. But, there is always the tantalizing possibility of Mars holding life at some point in the past. Especially so, since we now know that Mars has water and used to have a lot more liquid water in its history.


Or just a useful scapegoat!

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Iran in January was plagued by power shortages and smog. One culprit, as the government claimed was Bitcoin. Large scale industrial mining of bitcoin across the republic was leading to pollution as well as shortages. Bitcoin mining needs a lot of computer processing that is powered by electricity. Also, these computers need to be kept cool and that uses electricity too.

For Iran, anonymous online transactions made in cryptocurrencies allow individuals and companies to bypass banking sanctions that have crippled the economy. Bitcoin offers an alternative to cash printed by sovereign governments and central banks — and in the case…


The news rumor mill is ripe again!

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How would a social network make money? Either sell user info for targeted ads aka the Facebook model or make it a paid subscription like Medium. The problem with targeted ads is that to make them really work the company has to collect a lot of user info. Facebook has sort of mastered that and their revenue is soaring. Also, advertisers would want to focus on social networks that give them a bang for their buck. All this means there is only so much ad revenue that Twitter can target. …


Or just baseless rumors?

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The news cycle is going on about Apple’s car project that is no longer just a theory but slowly inching to fruition. As a news update, this week we heard that South Korean automaker Kia (part of Hyundai) is going to be building the Apple car in its Georgia plant. Of course, neither Apple nor Kia confirmed the news.

So far in 2021, the Apple car has been on a rollercoaster of will-they-won’t-they flirtation with the Korean auto conglomerate. By December 2020, the canned Project Titan was back on, and come January this year, Hyundai entered the frame. The specific…


The company shuts down their Stadia Game Development Studios

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Google announced this week that they are shutting down their game development operations. Some are seeing this as a massive downgrade of the company’s ambition in the gaming arena. Computer games have taken off in the lockdown era with Microsoft, EA, etc posting impressive gains. Even Amazon has stepped in with their Luna service.

Google’s Stadia was supposed to be a Netflix-like service where subscribers could play games streamed from their servers. Google was aiming to have an in-house studio to develop games that would really shine with their Linux based multi-server approach similar to Netflix Originals.

When Google originally…


Subway says it's all a bunch of lies

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Long ago when I was in college, we all swore by Subway. It was always on, had a variety of sandwiches, and looked healthier compared to other choices. Incidentally, the Tuna sandwich was one of my favorite. For few years, Subway was my go-to at least once a week for dinner. Now, one lawsuit alleges that Subway’s Tuna sandwich is anything but Tuna!

What Subway bills as tuna is a “mixture of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna, yet have been blended together by defendants to imitate the appearance of tuna,” according to the complaint…” — CBS News

Meanwhile…


US lags many other countries in 5G speeds

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5G or the 5th generational cell phone internet standard is supposed to provide dramatic download and upload speeds. And this is expected to revolutionize our world just like each of the previous Gs. 3G enabled easy use of pictures on the phone while 4G allowed video streaming. As a result, we now have apps and productivity on phones that can rival a traditional laptop. Streaming anything from movies to videos is now super easy. Imagine the YouTube revolution without the 4G LTE speeds — not possible! 5G is expected to provide 10x more speed than 4G LTE. Instead of 4G’s…


…And Australia responds in kind!

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The feud between the Tech Giant and the rich nation of Australia sounds more like a bar fight with the former threatening to pull out of the country and the latter sagaciously retorting that they don't take threats kindly. The feud is over Australia’s proposed law to modify arbitration for deals between Big Tech and news publishers. Tech companies like Google and Facebook say this would leave them powerless against news companies. Of course, the news companies support the law.

Google Australia’s Mel Silva said in a parliamentary hearing — “If this version of the code were to become law…

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