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I wish I had spend more time at the office?

What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too? (https://www.ted.com/talks/ricardo_semler_radical_wisdom_for_a_company_a_school_a_life?language=en)

Edit Distance: Impossible to calculate in linear time?

In Computer Science, Edit Distance is a technique to calculate number of characters required to be add or removed from a string to make equivalent to another string. We can also use this to quantify how differ a string from another string. This has many application including in Bioinformatics to match two DNA strings.

Recently, two scientists, Indyk and Backurs, found that it is impossible to calculate Edit Distance in less than quadratic time. They proved that Edit Distance problem can be solvable in polynomial time if and only if P equal to NP problems.

Source: http://goo.gl/ocdSfk
The complete paper is available here: http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.0348

ہمارے کرنے کے کام!

یہ آنکھ ظاہری بصارت کے لئے ہے اس سے لوگوں کے باطل کے بارے میں فیصلے صادر نہیں کرنے چاہئے۔ کہیں کسی میل کچیل میں کوئی ولی تو کہیں کو اندھیرے میں اللہ کابندہ ۔ تیرا کام تو بس اللہ کے دیے کو بانٹنا ہے چاہے وہ اسکی دی ہوئی مسکراہٹ ہو یا سکا مال یا اسکی صفت "معافی"۔

When change can happen in institutions?

Dr. Irfan Hyder mentioned in comments of his recent post on his blog post "Why Project Based Learning? An Experiential Learning Case Study of Language Teaching" about change management in institutions. I believe this one paragraph is enough to understand how you can make changes at higher level. The full blog post is worthy to read and recommended for everyone; specially those in academia.


You are right no institutional change can happen unless you have a critical mass of "change agents" (technical term). As I mentioned elsewhere, these "change agents" can be found in your subordinates, peers and even superiors. These are the people who are willing to change because they can see that the change will bring for them professional prominence in this job or even in market elsewhere. These are the people to be first identified, stimulated, convinced, and encouraged. Then each of them would start posting "small-wins" (technical term) wherever they are.…

Update: Personal Website

Hello everyone!
Finally, I am able to update my personal website. The earlier version was too old and was loaded with some heavy graphics. This time I stick with minimal and responsive design. The site developed using GetSimpleCMS - a file based content management system. The reason to use file based system is simplicity - CMS like Joomla and Wordpress indulge unwanted complexity which result long learning curve even for simpler tasks. I had to spend sometime to select right theme and then there is need to play bit with templates and style-sheet. 
Visit my page at http://qasimpasta.info - any feedback is welcome.