****Contains Spoilers****
This crap soup is all about how US military uses its technology to help the righteous and how compassionately and responsibly it behaves when using drones.

One grandma Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), with a severe handicap in decision making, is the US military general heading a drone operation for the benefit of some other country (UK).

She can't take even simplest of decisions. She whines, makes faces and puts up expressions as if she has pain in her gut.

She has some high-tech command centre with huge screens showing drone live images that rival Discovery Ultra HD programs; Also, some spies who have a high-tech van and  bird and fly gadgets that can capture stunning 4K live images and a Kenyan general who relays orders from grandma to his own spies.

And she has a chain of subordinates for relaying orders to drone pilots, but in the end, she decides to call the pilot herself.

She is in contact with a bunch of Advisers, also with severe decision-making skill impairment, from UK who co-operate with her in some terrorist killing operation of UK. I don't know why another country is even involved in this soup of crap.

These Advisers frequently fight among themselves, contradicting themselves like teenage girls. If they fail to come to any conclusion they contact their Foreign secretary Ser Jorah Mormont

This FS, (Ser Jorah Mormont) has health issues, attends weapons fairs, and speaks to those bunch of Advisers over his cute china phone.

How is she in contact with Advisers? - using a laptop with secure connection with a horrible messenger that has 1960s UI to make us believe that it is a secure channel && 'also on her personal mobile phone'. Fuck logic.

Now the crux of the story:

There are some terrorists in Nairobi, guarded by 100-200 armed body guards with AK47s and gun trucks.

US army grandma uses robotic fly that can be controlled by a PSP, high tech facial recognition that can scan faces from any angle to determine who the person is, reaper drones, spies with high-tech van, bird etc., and gets to know that these are indeed terrorists and that they are having tea in their home and that these terrorist bosses fancy wearing explosives..Wow! Cool tech huh!

Once confirmed, grandma calls up the Advisers and also pings them using her messenger and asks for their permission to kill the terrorists..

She asks them - What should we do? we found your terrorists..should we strike? No? Should we wait till  the terrorist's ass warms up? We need decision right now because they started wearing explosives !! OMG!!

These Advisers debate- Whether they want these terrorists captured alive or killed.. one hour debate!
In the end, they ask grandma - Can these terrorists be caught alive by your high-tech drones? She pings back - No and calls them up and says 'No'
Again they debate for an hour..to say 'Strike' or 'Don't Strike'.

Their answer - Wait, we can't decide. We just watch porn on our laptops. Decision is to be taken by our PM or a foreign secretary who has food poisoning (fuck protocol) and who is out to attend some weapons carnival instead of sitting with us!

Apart from all this high drama,
   There is one cute little Kenyan girl with a loving father who fears his neighbor radicals but decides not to shift their home and a mother who makes bread and asks this little girl to sell the bread instead of sending her to a school.
   This little girl takes the bread basket, puts up a stall adjacent to these terrorists' home that is surrounded by hundreds of vicious terrorists guarding it, instead of a market place.

Crap starts...
  Drone hovers over the terrorist home and stays in one position in mid air all along the film giving pilots Ultra HD 4k images.
  Drone pilot spots this little girl on his screen! He forgets every other thing that is in or near the house - girl, boy, dog or pig. He calls up grandma and says he can't do it unless they move the girl!
  He invokes some right of his and some more crap follows. In the end, he says he won't strike.
  Grandma says okay and again contacts those bunch of Advisers. They discuss - They would have negative publicity if that girl gets killed and their reviews and ratings would go down and they may get 1 star!
  So they again contact grandma and tell her to do something. She asks her spy who plays with the PSP fly to get that little girl out of that area and forget the rest.
  He risks his ass to get the girl out, by buying her wares. Some action follows and in the end, he is unsuccessful with terrorists on his tail.
  Now again grandma calls up --> Advisers who call up --> Foreign secretary who says --> Ask UK PM or POTUS --> grandma thinks of taking decision - we will take the risk and mourn the girl as causality!
  The girl goes away the place and comes back on and off creating a sort of enigma.
  The previously disobedient pilot strikes; the building is in smithereens; and the girl is badly wounded and is taken to hospital where she dies. Pilot gets depressed and weeps, grandma looks constipated and crap ends!

Bottom line - US military cares a lot about everyone even in drone strikes.
   





Writing this post after a long time...

I have recently experimented with this platform and I am really impressed with this platform and decided to write a post on this. So here we go:

Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, - These are all e-commerce platforms which changed our lives. They provide a wide range of products to customers around the world. But they do not provide all sorts of products.

Suppose you are a producer of a unique product like some hand-made soap, it is one thing to have your own showroom and trying to create sales. It is something else to sell online.

If you want to go sell online, there are few options like google shopping, these above mentioned platforms  or your own e-commerce website.

Having your own e-commerce is one of the best as you have complete control of your products, sales, etc and you can create your own unique brand.

But here comes the problem - You need to create a website hiring developers, maintain the website and everything else. Tooo difficult and costs a bomb.

One fine day, I came across Shopify. It is a marvel.


  • No developers required.
  • No technology costs.
  • Everything ready made.
  • SEO optimized.
  • Very cost effective.
  • Built in themes and apps for all functionalities.
  • Social marketing integration, shipping, payment gateways, etc., all built right into it.
  • Build a website with just a few clicks.

I immediately created a fabulous e-commerce platform "Ecolabs" and in a matter of 2 days, it was up and running. I took up Social entrepreneurship and create a successful venture with it.

I urge everyone to try Shopify. It is really an amazing platform.
Just see this pic below to get to know about it:


I will detail about my Social entrepreneurship venture Ecolabs in a new post.








It was a time when I was struggling with acute transport crisis. I was working in Mumbai. I had no transport of my own and the transport scenario was like this (No exaggeration):

  


Those were the days when a common man like me could not afford to travel in a taxi which costed around 700-800 rupees for a decent 30km travel with a minimum of 300rs for first 5 km. I was forced to travel in auto rickshaws like the one in the pic. Those guys, even though they had metering systems, tampered the meters, threatened public with strikes and regularly used to charge around 70 rupees for a mere 2 km. God forbid their atrocities in emergencies.

One fine day came Uber, as some god sent gift, into my life. Wow, just wow! cheaper than auto rickshaws, more comfortable than usual taxis. From then on, I became a loyal Uber user.



I was astonished to find many highly educated professionals with MBA degrees became Uber drivers. They earn a decent 60,000 rupees per month, more than a software architect.

Fair price, No advertisements, Highly paid drivers, Excellent cars! 





So I am writing this post examining Uber success business model:

-- TO BE CONTINUED....

Today, I was asked a very beautiful Logic Question by a very brilliant person. I took a minute to think about it and solve it. But then I was soo amazed at my own intelligence and aptitude that I am posting about the problem and my solution. (Sorry for bragging but I wonder how a brain works if not by divine intellect.)
Here is the question:

Question: You have got 90 pool balls which look completely identical in shape, size and weight. Only one ball in the complete set has a lighter mass. You also have a weighing machine. Tell me a way where you can find the anomalous ball in least number of iterations (steps).
Well, I have never come across such a puzzle till now, and was a bit dazed in such a scenario.
Then I trusted myself and started to think, and the solution was brilliant:
Doing it linearly weighing each ball takes 89 iterations.
My solution:
Divide the entire set of 90 balls into 45 each,
Weigh them on the weighing machine.

You get the set containing the ball with lighter weight.
Questioner: Okay, but wait, for the next iteration, how can you divide 45 balls into two sets?
Me: I am going to divide the whole set of 45 balls into two sets of 22 balls each plus one ball extra.
I weigh them. If both the new sets are of same weight, the extra ball would be the light ball,
If not, we get the set which contains the lighter ball, the set has 22 balls now.
Questioner: Okay, but it takes longer than the official answer.
Let us analyze then-
Official Answer
Divide the whole set into 30 ball sets of three.
Within 2 iterations, we get a set containing 30 balls,
Divide the set again into 10 ball sets, do the same.
To get lightest ball, the worst case scenario is 8 iterations.
My Answer
Within two iterations, you get a set containing 22 balls each.
Doing the same procedure, we get the Lighter Ball within 5 iterations.

All this without even referring to the internet.
All this was solved within minutes of the question and I was so thrilled that I am posting this onto my blog.
It is really amazing how the mind works!

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There are many content editors for blogging on Mac platforms. But there are almost none for Windows.



I have two blogs : One for WordPress and one in Blogger.
The editors in both of them suck and I needed a very robust content editor to do all my changes and publish them in one stroke.
Well, MS Word is one of the best content editors ever created. Why not use it for blogs?
After trying very hard, I came up with the following solution:
Blogger is not supported in Word 2013 though it has provision to enable it. According to my observations, Google is implementing 2-page authentication which is failing the authentication process through MS Word.
This is according to my guess after running few trial and error methods.
Now why WordPress Authentication fails? Well, I solved it and it is really a silly workaround.
Let us have a detailed workaround:
You click Manage Accounts in MS Word and select New and select WordPress

Now If you click on next, you will get to the following window:


Please observe that there is http instead of https.
This is because WordPress started to implement the https protocol after the release of Word 2013 and this issue has not been updated.
No windows updates solved the issue.
Now just change it to https and enter your site URL.
Follow the instructions specified and then you can easily link your WordPress Account to Word.

Now to link Blogger,
There is an amazing web application called IFTTT

Just sign up for the Web Application. It is extremely useful.
Choose the recipe: If WordPress then Blogger

We are done for now. Post an article on Word and click on publish!
 and you can see it on Blogger and WordPress.






Just felt my desktop to be too impressive and productive. So I wanted to showcase it on my blog:



Things used:
1. Rainmeter
2. Omnimo Skin Pack
3. Elegance 2 clock Skin
4. Wallpaper: http://www.wallpaperup.com/11578/Nature_focus_moss_macro_blurred.html

Let me know your comments.



Few days ago, while I was opening my Laptop in Airport, I have noticed people looking in awe at my laptop screen as I unlocking it with a picture password. Well, it did seem futuristic but it all started with the introduction of Windows 8 way back. Still no one knows that the feature exists. No one utilizes the feature.




Why memorize a conventional password with all names, characters and symbols?

In many MNC firms, we are required to change the passwords every 3-4 weeks. 

The passwords are required to have symbols, Upper and lower case letters, numbers and what not.

Just imagine my plight to remember all those shitty passwords which change every 3-4 weeks and there must be different passwords for different accounts.

My thoughts: Use a Picture Password instead of creating pain in User's ass.

They will be extremely easy to remember as they align to how our brain works. We can remember gestures easily compared to a set of numbers or symbols.

A safe, secure and easy way which does NOT create pain in the ass.

To set up a picture password Windows 8/10: 

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
  2. Tap or click Accounts, and tap or click Sign-in options.
  3. Under Picture password, tap or click Add.
  4. Sign in with your Microsoft account info, then follow the steps on the screen to choose a picture and pick your gestures.
So my dear readers, please set picture passwords to your PCs and have a pain free, easy and secure way to log in to your PC.



 My Thoughts: Why not websites like Google and Facebook implement picture passwrds with gestures so the users will have a hassle free way to login to their accounts..