Sunday, May 28, 2017

West - England, France, Italy, US, etc. - is expert at stealing money from people of poor nations by selling them expensive stuff under the guise of premium brands

For example, this Vertu Signature Cobra phone at USD 360,000 or INR 2.3 crore is little more than theft. But it's made to look like a premium product that "sets you apart" from others.

West and Western companies have, over the centuries, perfected the art of brainwashing people in the general public into getting deeply attracted to their "premium" brands. Fashion, accessories, fragrances, footwear, fashion jewellery, watches, etc., of these so-called "ultra-premium" brands are sold at such exorbitant prices that it can only be termed as massive transfer of wealth from the buyers to the sellers with little actual value flowing to the buyer. A heist. Daylight robbery.

The defence here is that the buying decision is a conscious choice of the buyer. However, it is the duty of governments, especially of developing/poor nations, to educate their people that obsessively buying products of these expensive European/American houses is highly wasteful - not only at individual level but also at national level. Spending 10-20 times more on a handbag doesn't give you 10-20 times more value. You're not getting something that's genuinely superior at the product/operational/functional level. You're paying for the logo, for the name.

Your brain has been programmed by these companies to lust for their products. It's this programming that drives you to literally throw your hard-earned money towards these companies. These companies know that people in developing nations are aspirational. They further feed/fuel these aspirations via carefully-crafted advertising on TV, in magazines, etc. They spend millions for understanding the human psychology in order to produce marketing campaigns that are so influencing that you quickly get trapped.

This is one of the ways by which these barbaric Western nations get rich by "legally" stealing the hard-earned money of people in other nations. And other nations get poor/poorer because they're left with logos alone. And not with functional/productive products and machines.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cheaper Chinese microprocessors will democratize productivity [COMPACTIDEA]

It's no secret that Intel's profit margins are outsized. Whether it's a poor fellow from Angola or a rich man in Switzerland, both have to make contribution to Intel's billions of dollars of annual profit. And why just call it Intel's profit? It's the world's people contributing to American profits with their sweat and blood, thus making Americans rich. The significant price different between AMD - also American - and Intel chips is proof already that Intel takes an exorbitant amount of profit on the chips it sells. I not only want this but also believe that a few years down the line Chinese-designed and Chinese-manufactured microprocessors [Godson/Loongson, ShenWei / Sunway, etc.] meant for mass-market consumption will pose a successful challenge to the dominance and outsized profit margins of American firms such as Intel and AMD, based largely on significantly lower prices. The current prices of many of Intel's so-called "higher-end" CPUs are simply outrageous. If you want to be productive, you need a fast machine, but Intel wants you to pay a lot if you want a computer that doesn't irritate you with its slowness. Not good. Must be solved. Everyone has the right to be productive without having to pay a lot.

Update [26-Mar-18]: Not to forget that this same idea applies to Snapdragon versus HiSilicon Kirin and MediaTek Helio and Spreadtrum / Unisoc processors [and also Rockchip]. Phones using the latest Kirin and Helio chips are very fast and virtually indistinguishable from Qualcomm's processors. And these chips cost much less than those from America.

Update [16-Oct-18]: A precedent for how Chinese chips will democratize computing can be seen in low-cost-yet-quite-good smartphones from Chinese companies - Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Meizu, Lenovo, etc. These phones are very good and yet are quite affordable. If not for these companies, hundreds of millions of people wouldn't have been able to enjoy the fruits of owning a smartphone. The same will happen with powerful chips.

Update [Jan'19]: Huawei's Kunpeng 920 server chip [and TaiShan servers] is another example of how affordable but no less capable Chinese CPUs will bring a revolution.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Just try to imagine the sheer bigness of India's potential! [COMPACTIDEA]

Excerpt from a recent Bloomberg article: 

"...India is almost ready to implement a tax code that unifies more than a dozen separate levies, effectively creating a single market with a population greater than the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Japan combined."

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Some thoughts on our Universe, time, space, length, Big Bang, God, etc.

  • I don't think it's either correct or complete to talk about the origin of only our "present" Universe [the post-Big Bang Universe that we live in and observe]. I strongly feel that we can't correctly understand this "current" Universe without simultaneously asking what existed before Big Bang [and also why].
  • Is space infinite in the real sense? It seems so. After all, there isn't going to be a wall to mark the end of space. Even if there was a wall, there would be something beyond it. But trying to imagine a "really" infinite space gives me a sort of headache. So much space? How can there be so much space? Is the word "so much" even correct? Because no matter how much space I talk about, it's surely 0.0000001% of some other, larger volume of space [which would itself be a minor fraction of an even larger volume, and so on]. Easy to get headache imagining this.
  • I do get this one thing quite clearly. The Universe cannot be finite. It has to be infinite [saying this without defining what is meant by being infinite], because if it's finite and measurable, then there must be something beyond this demarcated box.
  • However, it isn't necessary that being infinite must/should mean that if we keep going in one direction in the space, we must be able to continue endlessly. The latter is maybe possible but it shouldn't be essential. Why? Because it's possible that the shape/structure of space is such that if you start in one direction and keep going, then you eventually return to the same spot, much like revolving around a circle. But if this were possible, wouldn't it make space finite? Because we would be able to measure the total distance traveled? Seems wrong. Unclear.
    • Is it possible that this issue gets resolved if it turns out that when we start in one direction and ultimately end up at the place of origin [or "space" of origin], the distance travelled comes out to be what's known as "infinite"?
      • Or is it the case that once we leave the place/space of origin, we can never return to it?
  • Why is there anything at all, we must also ask? Why is there nothing/nothingness. No Universe, no us and no space. Now, as much headache the thought of really infinite, endless space gives, that much headache the thought of nothingness also gives. Now that we are here and we can think and observe, it becomes impossible to imagine this absolute nothingness. It seems like there has to be something [at least empty space].
  • And here's the trillion dollar/euro/pound/rouble/yen/yuan/rupee question. Why doesn't anyone talk about the trillions, or trillions of trillions of years before the relatively paltry 13.8 billion years that has been calculated as the age of our Universe? Why do scientists call Big Bang the beginning of time? Was there nothing, say, 500 trillion years ago? Or is it correct to say that time indeed resets every once in a while, and that it's correct to say that time indeed reset to zero - again - about 13.8 billions years ago? Such resets must've happened infinite number of times previously too [not any finite number of times, but infinite]. No scientist seems interested in tackling this question. What about a trillion quadrillion years ago? Something must have existed even back then, unless the very nature of time needs alteration. So like the space is endless, time too is endless backward [as well as forward]. You can keep thinking back and whatever largest number of years you come up with is but a tiny fraction of an even larger number of years, and so on endlessly. Another headache.
    • Now this point appears related to the first bullet point.
  • God?