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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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TWIL - Week #29


This Week I Learned:

Browsers:



Security:


Science:
  • The technical term for the physiological study of laughter is the not-so-funny-sounding word, gelotology. In terms of what we find funny, there seems to be three general categories of what makes us laugh. 
    • The incongruity theory suggests that it is humorous when logic is turned on its head, as when a joke or story takes an unexpected turn, or when non-sequitors are used.
    • The superiority theory (aka Schadenfreude) focuses on laughter that arises at someone else's mistake or misfortune, as when a cartoon character slips on a banana peel or has an anvil drop on them out of the sky. 
    • The relief theory posits that laughter arises as a relief to pent-up emotions or passing danger.
India:
  • Overseas workers from India are expected to send back home $71 billion this year. Remittances exceed the country's earnings from information-technology exports. China is the No. 2 recipient of remittances after India, at $60 billion, according to the World Bank. (Source: WSJ)
  • Only three per cent individuals pay taxes. Of this number, the government earns more than half from those earning Rs 20-25 lakh (Rs 2-2.5 million) or more, annually. Officially, there are only 42,800 individuals in the department’s records who have declared taxable income of over Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million). (Source: Rediff)
  • India has the highest petrol-price-to-income ratio in the world.

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