About Sarmad

Languages

English, Pashtu, Punjabi, Urdu

Areas of Expertise

Web development, Blogging, Computing, PHP development, Web Programming

An idea worth spreading

Making Internet "viewable" for the blind

I'm passionate about

Computing & World Wide Web and that is all !

Talk to me about

almost everything, specially web programming, tech trends

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Sarmad Hassan
Posted over 1 year ago
Michael Stevens: How much does a video weigh?
No offence but your comment is pretty much stupid. You seem to have lost the whole point of his videos. As he said, its a bait to catch attention. What you are criticising here is, "quality of a bait" and not its actual purpose. Its not about making an absolute accurate claim on how much a video weigh or what color is the mirror. As he said himself, he is coming up with very ordinary questions which we never get to listen to, and use them to explain various boring scientific concepts. To be honest, I have learned more from his channel than I ever have in formal schooling. Again ! its not about if I'll ever be asked by someone that how much a YouTube video weighs, and whether I'll answer it precisely to the same number of bits as it really is. But its more about how he uses his question and simply tell a laymen, the relationship between energy and mass, how much uncertainty is there in weighing things and how the most accurate scales we invented are only accurate to 10-9 gms.
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Sarmad Hassan
Posted almost 3 years ago
Clay Shirky: Why SOPA is a bad idea
I can understand the frustration of some of the creative people and media agencies here who complain that "sharing" is "stealing". But there is a bigger picture to this. and I'll speak in plain words so that if anybody from the media business or film industries are here, can understand me and answer if they can. Whenever I buy content on or off the internet, lets say a music album or a movie, or an e-book. You so as to speak the "creative guys" don't make me own it. I cannot play a movie I bought just because I traveled to another region, I cannot listen to same album I actually purchased in my car because I am not allowed to make CD copy of it. The other day I purchased an e-book. I cannot convert it into a format so I can read it on ipad, computer. The point is, the media industries should first let users OWN what they purchase. People are not thieves, they would pay you if they think you deserve it. Wikipedia get millions in donations because people see their creative work. A recent experiment comedian Louis CK did was had his show made available for download for just 5 dollars without any restrictions what so ever. He earned more than what he would have using the conventional broadcast methods. If you are a movie producer, creator, be creative and make it cheap and let me do whatever I want with it. I'll buy it. If you brother is photographer, make him sell his content which doesnt cost me an arm and the leg. if your friend is a music composer, have his quality music be cheap and 99 cents on itunes. If you gona restrict me as user, ofcourse I'll have any of my friend "share" the bought item with me.
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Sarmad Hassan
Posted over 4 years ago
Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks
I belong from north west frontier province which is in the spot light of war on terror. People of my state are witness to the suicide blasts more than anybody on earth. We have been a part of largest human displacement that has ever taken place. Considering all the above hating Americans and the Taliban is obvious in the region. US is blamed here for starting a meaningless war (according to general point of view). Taliban are hated for their brutal acts in the name of religion. Yet I believe Chris raised a wonderful, wonderful point that showing such a video humiliates ordinary, patriotic soldier. Another aspect to this, and I believe it is very significant, is that with such videos being leaked out, they can easily become a curriculum to suicide bomber training centers which ultimately end up having another 9/11 and the cycle goes on and on.
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Sarmad Hassan
Posted over 4 years ago
Carl Safina: The oil spill's unseen culprits, victims
I respect your opinion but I would disagree, The way we are burning the ground beneath our feet (As Sir Ken Robinson said in a book launch ceremony) has never been done before. The way we have dug our earth to run our cars and factories, the way we have burned down trees to make A4 print papers, the way we have mined for coal to enjoy barbecues, every single person on this planet should be ashamed of what they have done to this world. I am sorry Sir, this is not just part of a cycle.
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Sarmad Hassan
Posted over 4 years ago
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
Although I am not as experienced as most of the respected commentators here but honestly it annoys me when people who really have to make a change say, "curriculum is fine we just have to make new innovative teaching systems" I have always been interested in web technology and not hyperbolas and parabolas. I was taught calculus and algebra in first 3 semesters as a compulsory subject 4 years ago. I never got that learning to implement anywhere in the field i am working and interested in, web technology and I am doing pretty good. My question here to all the teachers, curriculum developers, educators, parents, my government is; Why you didn't give me this choice to sit in the class of web programming instead of calculus 4 years ago? I would have been much more productive now isn't it?
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Sarmad Hassan
Posted almost 6 years ago
Deborah Scranton: An Iraq war movie crowd-sourced from soldiers
"More importantly though... wars are not fought by politicians or reporters. Wars are defined by soldiers, and whatever the excuses used to send them out there, the soldier's motive for doing what he does is more noble - duty, responsibility, compassion, patriotism (although where I'm from that latter is almost a dirty word with some people). While they're out there, the thing they cling to is that they are doing the right thing - they're trying to make these countries safer and better places for the people who live there. Whatever the reasons used to send them out there in the first place may have been, what they're actually trying to achieve is something important and worthy, and it's important not to lose sight of that." Mr. Johnson I really respect your thoughts and most of the things you said comes close to the truth but its also important, not to lose sight of the pictures at Abu Ghareeb and Guantanamo bay. Its easy to portray soldiers as ultimate heroes but also there is no justification of humiliating people with unchained dogs. I hope that one day so called world's oldest democracy's leadership and their people understand what a value of a human life is.