Amazon or amazon?

amazon

I was searching for a logo of Amazon.com to use and did an image search for ‘amazon’ on Live.

This is what I got as the #1 Amazon image. OK, it’s not quite what I was looking for but hey, I’m not complaining! ;)

As long as you’re at it, here’s the query, look at #9 or if you’d rather just skip right to the fun, brace yourself for this one. Hmm.

Computers

Alarmist Global Warming Claims Melt Under Scientific Scrutiny

Global Warming

Finally, the mainstream press is calling out Al Gore and some his numerous claims that have been refuted by science. Link to the article in question.

In this case the Chicago Sun-Times is asking him to acknowledge that these were in fact mistakes made in his book and documentary and we should be having a reasoned discussion on the subject, not further driving the Lemmings of society off the cliff with his belief of doom and gloom.

Global Warming – yes I’m sure the global temps are rising faster than we’d like. But it’s more apparent that it’s likely nature that is shaking her lovely Gaia of the flee infestation called ‘man’? Or is it man sending his descendants into a hellish existence on earth hundreds of years from now? Or is it a combination of the two?

I’m inclined to believe it’s the natural order of things and we should learn to ride the storm.

Agree or Disagree? Let’s hear it.

Science

RIP Fred Saberhagen

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Fred Saberhagen passed away today at age 77, he was born in 1930 and spent a great amount of his time on this world taking geeks to other worlds. He began publishing in 1961 with short stories in Galaxy and If magazines, and published his first book ‘Berserker’ in 1967, first in a series about interstellar killing machines programmed to destroy all life. The best stuff he’d written in my opinion was the Berserker series.

Here’s my favorite quote of his:

I am generally way out of touch with trends, except now and then I am surprised to find myself leading one, like sympathetic vampires.

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Indian firms hire Americans to drive growth

Call it reverse outsourcing or local talent hunting, but high-tech Indian firms say they have been hiring Americans as part of their long-term growth strategy.

Officials at companies like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest outsourcing firm, and Wipro Technologies, another major Indian technology provider, say this has nothing to do with periodic outcries that Indians are taking away jobs from Americans.

Upwards of 10% of the workforce for Tata is non-Indian and play a variety of roles at the companies such as sales, consulting, IT services, marketing and communications.

I’m inclined to agree with their sentiment that it’s unrelated to the recent wave of negativity such as the Senate inquiry into the H1-B issues of late. I’ve worked with a handful of offshore development sites and it truly behooves these IT providers to have ‘local talent’ in this country. As one executive from Wipro recently put it, they “are better culturally assimilated to the local environment with a stronger market knowledge and local domain competence?.”

[via: Indo-Asian News Service & BOP Watch India]

Software

Happy Birthday Canada!

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Today is Canada’s 150th 140th birthday, also known as Canada Day. On this day in 1867 the 1st of the British North America Acts were passed (they’re now called the ‘Constitution Act, 1867‘).

Q: Where did the name ‘Canada’ come from?

A: French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew interacted with the Iroquoians (today they’re referred to the ‘St. Lawrence Iroquoians‘) in the late 16th century along the shores of what we now call the St. Lawrence River in Quebec and Ontario.

Cartier picked up on their word ‘canada’ which meant ‘settlement’, ‘village’ or ‘land’ and henceforth the territories had a name.

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