Saturday, August 12, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
Saturday, July 15, 2006
But the New York court also put forth another argument, sometimes called the “reckless procreation” rationale. “Heterosexual intercourse,” the plurality opinion stated, “has a natural tendency to lead to the birth of children; homosexual intercourse does not.” Gays become parents, the opinion said, in a variety of ways, including adoption and artificial insemination, “but they do not become parents as a result of accident or impulse.”
Consequently, “the Legislature could find that unstable relationships between people of the opposite sex present a greater danger that children will be born into or grow up in unstable homes than is the case with same-sex couples.”
To shore up those rickety heterosexual arrangements, “the Legislature could rationally offer the benefits of marriage to opposite-sex couples only.” Lest we miss the inversion of stereotypes about gay relationships here, the opinion lamented that straight relationships are “all too often casual or temporary.”
Monday, May 29, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
The OBC view on reservation!
What more do the upper castes want?
A healthy debate is what we need. But for that the Arjun Singhs need to go! They have had a long parasitic existence on the Indian fabric. They need to go! But then who will replace them? They, the youth (The party referred to in the link is inconsequential as far as I am concerned)? Parasites in the making?
" This is the last — but perhaps the most destructive — relic of the licence quota raj. The quota crisis, and the fortuitous arrival of higher education on the political centrestage is in many ways similar to the other crisis that led to India mortgaging its gold to escape payment defaults. Finance Minister Manmohan Singh managed to convert that crisis into an opportunity that changed our lives. Can he similarly in today’s crisis in higher education do the same for our children? Surely, this situation is no less daunting in its risks and complexities. But the rewards of expansion, opening up, private investment, genuine administrative and intellectual freedoms in a society that lays such a premium on education and scholarship will be no less significant."
Friday, May 19, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Monday, May 15, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
Well, no winners here. A good post comparing the two for the desktop. The author's opinion is at the very end of the post, rest all is pretty much without any malice or bias or hatred towards either of the two operating systems.
I have a dual boot, XP and Debian (upgraded the CD version with 2.6.16 Linux kernel and the latest KDE). I do not think that Linux is any bit faster especially if u run the GUI with all the fancy features. Even Windows XP gets faster if one runs it in the Windows Classic mode! The one thing I love about Linux is its great command line interface (shell). It makes life much easier most of the times. Also, Linux is much more configurable if you are willing to take a bit of pain. The greatest disadvantage with using Linux is that most applications, drivers, tools etcetera are made for Windows and it is not always easy to use a different set of tools or applications in a world where almost every other person uses Windows. Wonder why Linux tries more and more to look and feel like Windows?
A lot is said about the security aspects and how Linux is better. Well, I guess the sheer numbers of Windows' users makes it more vulnerable to attack and as far as I am concerned I have had no problems related to security all the while I have used Windows and I do stay connected and online for most part of the day!
Last but not the least, Windows allows me to concentrate more on my work than on how my OS works. Linux satisfies the geek in me!
Well, there is a winner, in fact there are millions of winners.... The users, you and me are the winners. The user can decide and choose and given the ease with which information is available it is not very difficult to decide what one wants!
Monday, May 01, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
Ridiculous. Such clerics need to be brought to book!! Link to Supreme Court judgement on the case.
Saturday, April 15, 2006
"In fact there is a lurking suspicion that the violence is not entirely a product of angst at the death of an icon. The support base of a celluloid icon often comes from the things he stands for and Rajkumar was unabashedly Kannadiga, espousing support for local culture and values against much reviled others. In an earlier era, those outsiders were Tamilians and Telugus who came and took away jobs. Today, apart from the familiar villains, the wrath is also directed at multinational companies who are recruiters from outside the state." [link].
Sunday, April 02, 2006
“Dowry is a symptom of a deeper disease that relates to how our society values women. The original concept of streedhan was based on providing a newly wed girl with some things that she could cherish and call her own. Today this concept has been vulgarized to symbolize all the things that not even the bridegroom, but his family want to have as their own.”
Read the article [Why dowry will not die?].
Friday, March 24, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
Jaga hua Zameer woh Aaina hai "Qateel"
Sone se pehle roz jise dekhta hun main - Qateel Shifai
Zamir meaning Conscience.
The best I can do at translating into English... (no poetry though)
"I look into the mirror of my conscience everyday before I retire for the night"