Thursday, August 27, 2009

Find out when you die!

Worried that your cold revenge plans won't come to fruition before you shake off that mortal coil? A new Web site,, developed by researchers and students at Carnegie Mellon University, says they can help you plan your schedule accordingly.

The tool allows users to query publicly available data from the United States and Europe, and compare mortality risks by gender, age, cause of death and geographic region. The Web site not only gives the risk of dying within the next year, but it also ranks the probable causes and allows for quick side-by-side comparison between groups.

So if you are a mid-50s woman in Pennsylvania and want to know who is more likely to die next year from breast cancer, you or a woman of the same age in the United Kingdom, now you can find out. Morbid, but people like to worry so this should be a big hit.

"This is the only place to look," said Paul Fischbeck, site developer and professor of social and decision sciences and engineering and public policy (EPP) at Carnegie Mellon. "It turns out that the British woman has a 33 percent higher risk of breast cancer death. But for lung/throat cancer, the results are almost reversed, and the Pennsylvania woman has a 29 percent higher risk."

"Most Americans don't have a particularly good understanding of their own mortality risks, let alone ranking of their relevant risks," said David Gerard, a former EPP professor at Carnegie Mellon who is now an associate professor of economics at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.

The researchers found that beyond infancy, the risk of dying increases annually at an exponential rate. A 20-year-old U.S. woman has a 1 in 2,000 (or 0.05 percent) chance of dying in the next year. By age 40, the risk is three times greater; by age 60, it is 16 times greater; and by age 80, it is 100 times greater (around 1 in 20 or 5 percent). "The risks are higher, but still not that bad," Gerard said. "At 80, the average U.S. woman still has a 95 percent chance of making it to her 81st birthday."

When it comes to dying within the year, it turns out there are dramatic differences between comparative groups:

* For every age group, men have a much higher annual death risk than women. For 20 year olds, the risk is 2.5 to three times greater. Men are much more prone to accidents, homicides and suicides, and the risk of dying from heart disease is always higher for men than women, peaking in the 50s when men are 2.5 times at greater risk of dying. However, women's cancer risks are actually higher than men's in their 30s and 40s.
* For heart disease and cancer, U.S. blacks have a much higher death risk than U.S. whites. Overall, blacks in their 30s and 40s are twice as likely to die within the year as their white counterparts. Only for suicides, do whites consistently exceed blacks, where whites typically have two to three times greater chances of dying.
* For 20-year-old males, 80 percent of their death risks are from accidents, homicides and suicides. By age 50, however, these causes make up less than 10 percent and heart disease is No. 1, accounting for more than 30 percent of all deaths.
* People living in Western Europe have a greater risk of dying from breast and prostate cancer than people living in the United States, but people in the United States have a greater chance of dying from lung cancer than people living in Western Europe.
* Obesity-related death risks are much higher in the United States than in Europe. For example, the annual diabetes death risk in the United States is three times that found in northern Europe for 60 year olds.

"It's much easier to make a persuasive argument when you have the facts to back it up, and this site provides all sides with the facts," Fischbeck said. "We believe that this tool, which allows anyone to assess their own risk of dying and to compare their risks with counterparts in the United States and Europe, could help inform the public and constructively engage them in the debate."

And one more thing to add, till I wrote this post I could not open the website. Its because its god damn packed (Soo much traffic) I could not get in.

Monday, August 24, 2009

How to make good conversations on Omegle?

When the Omegle first launched then everyone stormed into it, everyone were so excited. I too was excited for what was it. Talking to strangers even with their name as "stranger" was quite interesting. I got to talk with some pretty good strangers and had long conversations sometimes. But now as the days grew older the long conversations seems to fade away.

Now a days;

Stranger: hi
Stranger: have you checked Xanka on Bebo its fabulous
Stranger: they add new games every minute!
Stranger: sorry got to go now

This is the one I got recently and more
Stranger: My name is Claudia, u can see me here live on cam Im the first blonde

Omegle has now become home for spams. In every 10 conversations about 8 starts with these spams.

So how to make a good conversation on Omegle?
1. When you see the conversation starting with the above like sentences then just disconnect from the chat.
2. Just start with a simple "Hi" for instance. Even try this one "My name is ... what is ur name?", it might sound a bit geekish but it worked.
3. Don't wait too long for a response. If there is no respose then you can disconnect from the chat and start a new one.
4. If you get the response try talking about the possible topics of interest. Just get any random topic, and do change it if the conversation is getting boring.
5. Listen to what your stranger says and reply to it honestly as necessity. But don't give out ur personal information just yet.
6. Even making fun of your stranger is not bad for running a good conversation, though there is no gurantee the conversation will be long.
7. Can you disguise peoples? Try it to the stranger. If you are a man then try talking in woman ascent. I found talking as a woman is a good way for long and good conversations.
8. If the time comes where one of you has to go or you are ready to exchange contact information, think about starting with an email address.

Try them and they are not bad for health.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Skeweezelt - Convert any weblink to a mobile-friendly page

While Opera Mini is a great browser and serves all the required purposes, the problem with having a Windows Mobile interface is that for a lot of applications, links will still open in Internet Explorer by default.

Smartphone users are painfully aware of the shortcomings of IE, the biggest of which is opening a full size Web page.

Programmer John Cody of OmniSoft got tired of going through the same on his handset and decided to create a simple tool that should be put onto every single WinMob phone without a second thought.

The idea is simple: If you're opening any link - be it from an email in Outlook or from an RSS feed - Skweezelt will offer to compress the page to a mobile friendly layout, making it easy on your Internet Explorer.

However, you can still opt to view the original page if you so desire. When you click on a link, the application pops up and asks you whether you want to "Skweezelt". Choosing 'Yes' will perform the appropriate compression, while 'No' takes you to the default page as-is.

Now, installing Skweezelt is a bit of a tricky issue, as there's no CAB fire for the same. It requires a few simple changes in the the Windows Mobile registry, and we advise you do the same only if you're comfortable with it. Additionally, don't forget to back up the registry.

Thankfully you can see the detailed instructions on Omnisoft's forum, and even get replies to any trouble you may encounter.

Still, Skweezelt is definitely worth the one-time installation hassle: The page loads quicker, you save on bandwith, and it's easier to read. It's simply great!

Platforms: Windows Mobile
Price: Free

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Things that you didn't know about Gmail

With just two simple sentences at the end of an email, you can now eliminate the ‘Sponsored Links’ that show up on the side of an email in your inbox.

The sentences were based on the logic laid forth by blogger Joe McKay, who wrote in a blog post on his site that all you need to do is mention catastrophes or tragedies in your mail for Gmail to not put up ads.

“Google does not use humans to read your email, only computers. These computers search for keywords that trigger the advertisements, however, if they happen to find a catastrophic event or tragedy Google errs on the side of good taste and removes the ads altogether,” McKay wrote.

While McKay’s suggestions were a bit too offensive, the guys at Lifehacker came up with their own phrases that were ‘safe’ to send to anyone.

So all you need to do is add these two sentences at the end of an email: “I enjoy the massacre of ads. This sentence will slaughter ads without a messy bloodbath.”


“Those two simple (and innocent) sentences at the end of an e-mail appear to consistently block Gmail's sponsored ads for us. We've tested e-mails of varying lengths because Joe remarked that he found that there needs to be a ratio of one ad-blocking word for every 167 normal words, but so far, we haven't seen those sentences fail,” Lifehacker wrote.

McKay also notes how to disable the bar at the top of your inbox, which displays sponsored links. A lot of our tech-savvy readers might already know this one, but the Sponsored Links bar can be turned off simply through the Gmail settings itself.

Go to your settings page, click on ‘Web Clips’ and uncheck the box for “Show my web clips above the Inbox”.

That’s it! You now have an ad-free Gmail inbox.

Of course, Mozilla Firefox users could always just use the AdBlockPlus extension and disable all of the annoying sponsorship nonsense directly…

Facebook -- Simple Plan Best time pass
ATTENTION: This game is highly addictive.
I really don't know how to give it a good phrase "Simple plan for Best time pass", not bad i guess. I would love to hear from you guys. Here's what is it for. The "Crazytaxi". By just viewing the starting part (main menu) of it you can't guess what it is made of. Although not made of steel, you will stick to it at least for 2 hours a day.

Even look at the pictures. They don't have the icandies; just a flat car..., only kids will play this game..., ain't that what you are thinking?? Even when you play the game it has only flat animations like the car flips left right so much like the old flash games.

The game control is simple. You can move left, right and jump. You accelerate with up arrow and reverse with down arrow.

On the first you start with WTF is this game. Then you make a score, you find out you are last ranked by the score. You will want to increase it to better. The new score is a little better, why not make it ever more better. Well the thrust of being better makes this game so special; and also this simple game is able to do it in the most effiecient way. Eventually you won't want to leave this game untill you finish on the top ranking or either you die playing the game.

The scores are updated frequently and shows the high scores on your friends list and also the world wide rankings. It will be quite a while when you make through the world wide rankings.

No more words. Great game, play to see.