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links for 2009-01-16

16 Jan
  • Salil Tripathi takes on the multi-culti moral police of UK
  • murder has become the primary tool whereby the state seeks to control the organs of liberty. Today it is the journalists, tomorrow it will be the judges. For neither group have the risks ever been higher or the stakes lower.
    Why then do we do it? I often wonder that. After all, I too am a husband, and the father of three wonderful children. I too have responsibilities and obligations that transcend my profession…Is it worth the risk? Many people tell me it is not. Friends tell me to revert to the bar, and goodness knows it offers a better and safer livelihood. Others…have at various times sought to induce me to take to politics, going so far as to offer me ministries of my choice. Diplomats…have offered me safe passage and the right of residence in their countries. Whatever else I may have been stuck for, I have not been stuck for choice.
    But there is a calling that is yet above high office, fame, lucre and security. It is the call of conscience.
  • The Palm Pre rips off the iPhone in plenty of spots — multi-touch, pinch to zoom in or out, flick to the next photo, online software catalog and so on. But it also brims with one completely new idea after another.
    …you’re not limited to running one program at a time; you can juggle multiple programs, e-mail messages or Web pages by flicking your finger through a spread of cool little “cards” on the screen…
    The address book automatically sucks in your contacts from Outlook, Gmail and Facebook, so you have only one unified little black book for all. Same with your calendars from work, Google and Facebook — all on the same grid. Same with e-mail accounts (everything in a single in-box). Same with real-time messaging (text messages and chat messages in a single scrolling dialogue with each friend). It all makes perfect sense.
    The software is fast, fun and flicky, and you can master it in six minutes. Gotta love the single button on the top, too…
  • My feeling at this time is that a big IT company in India will be bought over by Reliance (Anil Ambani group) by end of 2010; it will be interesting to see which one. Also, I’m not going to say that Rupee will depreciate another 20% to 60 per dollar by the end of 2009, but for NRIs in the US, it will become 20-30% cheaper to buy properties in India by then. It can be due to either Rupee or property prices declining by 20-30% in the next year. I feel inclined towards 60 to a dollar but that can be maneuvered by RBI if they got sentimental with it.
    It’s not possible to keep the interest rates low for such a long time without hurting the exchange rate.
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