Author Archives: Nadeem Saleh

Crazy at the wheel: psychopathic CEOs are rife in Silicon Valley, experts say

Attributes of a psychopath can be good for running a business, says SXSW panel, but weak HR departments and investors can enable bad behavior There is a high proportion of psychopathic CEOs in Silicon Valley, enabled by protective investors and weak human resources departments, according to a panel of experts at SXSW festival. Although the term “psychopath” typically has negative connotations, some of the attributes associated with the disorder can be advantageous in a business setting. “A true psychopath is someone that has a blend of emotional, interpersonal, lifestyle and behavioral deficits but an uncanny ability to mask them. They ...

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Nawaz Sharif orders ban on ‘blasphemous content’ online

Pakistan’s PM orders blocking of all social media content deemed blasphemous to Islam and for prosecution of suspects. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the immediate removal and blocking of all online content deemed to be “blasphemous” to Islam from social media – and for those responsible to be prosecuted. Tuesday’s order came in the wake of ongoing hearings at the Islamabad High Court in a case seeking the blocking of all Internet content deemed to be “blasphemous”. “The [posting of] blasphemous content on social media is an unclean attempt to play with the feelings of the Muslim Ummah [community],” ...

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Boaty McBoatface submarine set for first voyage

The yellow submarine named Boaty McBoatface is set to leave for Antarctica this week on its first science expedition. The robot is going to map the movement of deep waters that play a critical role in regulating Earth’s climate. Boaty carries the name that a public poll had suggested be given to the UK’s future £200m polar research vessel. The government felt this would be inappropriate and directed the humorous moniker go on a submersible instead. But what many people may not realise is that there is actually more than one Boaty. The name covers a trio of vehicles in ...

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China fans anger over Seoul’s missile move

The deployment in South Korea of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defence system has been slammed by Beijing. Now the Chinese Communist Party is calling on its people to embrace their ill will towards their neighbours. It’s incredible the speed with which China’s leaders can just switch on anti-South Korea sentiment here. The Communist Party has complete control of the Chinese media. So the instructions go out and a way of thinking is simply poured into the community from above. The giant Costa Serena cruise ship docked at South Korea’s spectacular island of Jeju at the ...

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Why all English speakers worry about slipping up

The English language is confusing, inconsistent and easy to muddle. But some pour too much scorn on those who break the rules, writes James Harbeck. Since Jonathan Swift’s 1712 Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue, two centuries of self-appointed correctors and improvers of English usage – such as Robert Lowth, HW Fowler, George Orwell, Kingsley Amis, Simon Heffer, Lynne Truss, and Neville Gwynne – have decried the decadent state of our language and instructed people on how to use it better. But what have they accomplished? They have helped enforce agreement that there should be a standard ...

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Empowering Women – Empowering Economy

Empowering women is the key to social and economic development in the world. In today’s world, around49.6 percent of the world’s population is female, giving a total female population of around 3.52 billion in the world as of 2014. Pakistan needs to take serious step for women’s participation in overall national economy because according to GeoHive, Pakistan has 85 million female populations out of 170 million totals. This is almost half of the total population. When they are given equal rights and opportunities in social, economic and political grounds, this huge folk would bring heaps of benefits to the nation. ...

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Ed Lane of BBC News wrote a fascinating article about how technology is changing disaster relief.

Consider the efforts of the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force in distributing to refugees in Northern Iraq the following: water; food; and the technology needed to communicate — power for mobile phones. Lane describes the initiative: Alongside tents and drinking water, RAF planes dropped more than 1,000 solar-powered lanterns attached to chargers for all types of mobile handsets to the stranded members of the Yazidi religious community below. It is the first time the lanterns have been airdropped in such a relief effort, but humanitarian workers say it is part of growing efforts to develop technology designed to make a ...

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South Korea impeachment: Critics urge Park Geun-hye arrest

Image captionAnti-Park protesters in Seoul. The sign reads “Go to prison” Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye is keeping her silence as calls grow for her arrest. Ms Park was forced from office on Friday, after judges unanimously upheld parliament’s decision to impeach her over her role in a corruption scandal involving close friend, Choi Soon-sil. Despite the ruling, she remains inside the presidential compound. Thousands turned out for rallies in Seoul on Saturday, a day after three people involved in protests died there. Many were calling for Ms Park’s arrest, although a smaller number of her supporters also gathered ...

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Apple’s iPhone-destroying robots are ‘operating’ in California and Europe

Last spring, Apple introduced a new robot at its spring event, Liam, whose job it is to take apart iPhones so more of the valuable materials inside could be recovered and reused. Liam “production line” systems are currently operating in California and the Netherlands, Apple said in a report published on February 21. One Liam system can disassemble 1.2 million iPhone 6 units in a year, according to the report. The maximum 2.4 million phones the two systems can take apart per year are a fraction of the 211 million iPhones Apple sold in 2016. Last spring, Apple said that its robot could ...

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Mississippi River: North America’s Mighty River

The Mississippi River is the second longest river in North America (after the Missouri River) and the fourth longest river in the world (after the Nile, Amazon and Yangtze rivers). The river’s basin is the largest drainage system in North America, reaching parts of 31 states and two Canadian provinces. The Missouri and Ohio rivers merge with the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis, Missouri, and at Cairo, Illinois, respectively. Although these are major rivers themselves, the Missouri River and the Ohio River are considered tributaries of the Mississippi River. When the lengths of these three rivers are combined, ...

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