Saif Ali Khan Says Sorry for assault on lensman

PATIALA: The furore sparked by actor Saif Ali Khan's alleged involvement in the assault on a local photo journalist in Patiala on Sunday turned se
rious on Monday as mediapersons blocked trains and shouted slogans against the GRP for not including the star's name in the FIR. The row ended only when Saif, who is in the city for the shoot of 'Three Idiots', apologized for his behaviour. (Watch 

Trouble started on Sunday when photojournalist Pawan Kumar accused Saif of ordering two film unit staff to beat him up. Following the incident, the GRP booked the unit members for assault and intimidation. 

Realizing that Saif's name had not been included in the FIR, the journalists began to protest. As the situation began to turn serious, senior officials stepped in to broker peace and the actor tendered an apology. Later, Kumar said he would withdraw his complaint. 

On Sunday, Kumar had alleged that the two accused snatched his camera, mobile phone and wallet on Saif's directions when he was clicking photos. On Monday, when it was discovered that the actor's name was not included in the FIR, mediapersons gathered outside the GRP police station, demanding action. "Though we have not named Saif in the FIR, we are investigating his role," Banarasi Das said.

Google Not Sure About Giving Users a Voice in Search

Google began running a live test last year that lets people re-rank and remove search engine results and comment on them, but remains undecided about rolling out the changes for everybody.

The test, presented to a random portion of users, adds buttons next to result links to move them up and down, remove them from view and append comments to them.

Implementing these features permanently would be a major step for Google in giving more participation to its users in influencing the process of ranking and evaluating search results.

"It's a really fun experiment. I can't say for sure whether it will go live for everybody because we're always running a ton of experiments. Only some of those, the ones that are being very successful, are launched live for everybody," said Google software engineer Matt Cutts.

Google has presented people with different variations of the experiment, which the company first publicly detailed about two weeks ago in an official blog posting.

For example, in one version of the test, people can only remove results, while in another they can append comments that only they can see, Cutts said.

One challenge is how to apply the collected feedback in a scalable and useful way, but what's clear is that the data offers interesting insights to Google for search quality purposes. "Personally, I'm very excited by it and I hope that it does work out," he said.

Some Google critics complain that the company's search engine remains too closed to user participation, ignoring a basic Web 2.0 principle and favoring automated processes and mathematical algorithms.

However, Cutts takes issue with this argument. "A lot of times people think about Google as being nothing but algorithms and computers operating around the clock," he said. "But if you think about [Google's proprietary ranking system] PageRank, the way we judge how reputable a particular page is boils down to human judgments and actions in the sense that it depends on who is linking to whom on the Web."

Still, some in the search field maintain that Google's reticence to give end-users more participation could end up harming it. Competitors like Jason Calacanis' Mahalo, Yahoo's Delicious social bookmarking service and Jimmy Wales' Wikia Search are examples of search engines that focus on users' contributions for their operation.

Wikia Search lets anyone add, delete and rate search results, as well as edit the content of a search result URL by modifying its headline and description. Changes appear immediately without going through an approval process. Following the wiki philosophy, Wales believes that the Wikia Search community will police itself and that a collective wisdom will prevail.

Google does offer some customization and personalization options to users with a Google account. For example, account holders can maintain a log of their search and browsing activity via a service called Web History, as well as bookmark and annotate site links with a service called Notebook.

While Google ponders implementing the test's feedback features to all its users, it is taking definitive steps to extend its search technology beyond analysis of text by understanding multimedia characteristics in photos, videos and audio, Cutts said.

For example, Google's Image search engine can now be told to filter results and return only photos of people because it can recognize whether a face dominates the image, Cutts said. In video search, Google has started creating transcriptions of speech, so that people can search for what is said on a clip. "We're not just relying on metadata," Cutts said.

"We have people at Google who are voice-recognition experts and image-recognition experts and video-recognition experts, so it's really quite exciting to think about the future of search in terms of understanding more about voice and video and images," he added.

Cutts, who is very well-known in search circles and whose blog is required reading for search specialists everywhere, also challenges the charge that Google doesn't employ semantic search technology, which seeks to understand the meaning of Web pages as opposed to analyzing links and keywords.

"Many people have a misconception that Google only searches for exactly the words that you type," he said. "We try to be a little more helpful. We search for different [word] stems, so for 'run' we might search 'running' and even for synonyms, so if a page has the word 'jogging' that can help us quite a bit even though your query was 'running' or 'run.' So we actually do quite a bit of semantic searching to try to help the user out."

Asked whether Google is worried about being locked out of popular social-networking sites like Facebook that limit search-engine crawling, Cutts said that Google is happy that the overall trend over the past 10 years has been toward openness.

"The high order bit for us is we don't want to index content if the site owner doesn't want us to," he said. "That said, over time, the vast majority of sites have realized that it can be very helpful to have pages within the search results. Although there are some walled gardens, a lot of these places open up over time if they see the benefit and rewards in showing up well in different search engines."

Scientists Ready For Big Bang II

Scientists are preparing to view the beginnings of the universe and study some of the most complicated questions of physics with the powering up of the largest particle accelerator ever built.

The Large Hadron Collider in its tunnel at CERN (European particle physics laboratory) near Geneva, Switzerland

A view of the Large Hadron Collider in its tunnel under Geneva

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is 12 stories high and cost £5b. It is buried more than 300ft under the Alpine foothills in a 17mile tunnel along the Swiss-French border.

When the giant machine gets going, the LHC will blast protons - one of the building blocks of atoms - at a velocity just shy of the speed of light, generating temperatures of more than a trillion degrees centigrade.

Each proton beam will pack as much energy as a Eurostar train travelling at 150 kilometres per hour.

In layman's terms, the LHC will take protons and smash them together at high speeds.

The resulting collisions will hopefully replicate conditions found in the moments following the Big Bang - or the beginning of the universe - and scientists will study the fallout.

And why would they want to do this, you may ask?

The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest scientific project since the Apollo astronauts went to the moon, and that's no exaggeration.

Particle physicist Dr Brian Cox, from the University of Manchester

Scientists want to explore answers to such questions as: Why does the universe look the way it does? Does another dimension, or dimensions, exist? How do particles acquire mass and therefore, gravity?

Particle physicist Dr Brian Cox, from the University of Manchester - who in the 1990s played the keyboard in the chart-topping band D:Ream - will be one of the scientists eagerly studying the results.

"The Large Hadron Collider is the biggest scientific project since the Apollo astronauts went to the moon, and that's no exaggeration," he said.

"It is the most complex machine ever built, and it's going to take us to a place we've never been before.

"The whole thing is incredibly exciting and incredibly difficult."

But turning the LHC on is no small feat.

Atoms are made up of a nucleus, or centre, made up of protons and neutrons. Hovering around the nucleus in an orbit-like relationship are electrons.

So in the first steps, atoms of hydrogen will be ripped apart and its protons feed into a series of smaller accelerators to build up their speed.

The move from the final accelerator to the LHC has to be perfectly timed to ensure stability. Once completed, a second beam running in the opposite direction will be introduced and the energy level boosted.

The first particle collisions are expected to take place within a few weeks.

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get ready for a Page Rank update

PageRank is Googles way of assigning a value to your real estate blog or website based upon its perceived authority. While Google calculates PageRank continuously based on complex algorithms, it only updates the Google PageRank toolbar (data centers) about every three to four months. Want to find out what your current PageRank is, what it should be at the next toolbar update and when that update will be? Read on!
What is Page Rank?

According to Wikipedia, PageRank is a link analysis algorithm which assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of "measuring" its relative importance within the set. The algorithm may be applied to any collection of entities with reciprocal quotations and references. The numerical weight that it assigns to any given element E is also called the PageRank of E and denoted by PR(E).

Google uses a complex algorithm to determine the value or PageRank of each web page on the Internet. Google ranks pages from a value of 0 (zero) the lowest, to 10 (ten) the highest with large authority sites like Google itself, MSN and Ebay having the highest page rank. Once you reach a PR 6, you are considered an authority site. Page Rank for is mostly determined by the total number of outside links coming to the site. The higher your PR, the more often your blog or website will get spidered and indexed.

Shout out of the day goes to this Matt Cutts Q&A post on Page Rank

How often does Google update PageRank?

PageRank is updated about every three months, but that is not a hard, fast rule. Thus far, the longest wait between updates has been 122 days. The last major PageRank update was reported in late September 2006. An indicator of a major PageRank update is that Googles various data centers report varying numbers for a single sites PageRank. Some data centers will report 0s when they are being reset for the next update.

To see if your site is reporting fluctuation in PageRank across data centers, visit

Want to see what your real estate blog or website is predicted to rank at during the next PageRank update? Check out this cool PageRank predictor from iwebtool.

Check out this site that predicts the date of PageRank updates and chronicles all past PageRank updates. They predict that on January 28, Google will update its PageRank.

Does an update in Page Rank affect SERP?

No. According to Matt Cutts, "By the time you see newer PageRanks in the toolbar, those values have already been incorporated in how we score/rank our search results. So while you may be happy to see that the Google Toolbar shows a little more PageRank for a given page, its not as if that causes a change in search results at that point. So, you wont see any search engine result page (SERP) changes as a result of this PageRank exportthose changes have been gradually baking in since the last PageRank export."

How can I increase my Page Rank at the next Update?

Its all about the quality and quantity of quality backlinks. Just build them and PageRank will come. For example, since the RSS Pieces launch in August of 06, we have built our backlinks to almost 10,000 which puts us securely at a PR 6 at the next update. Quality backlinks are considered links from other pages back to your that have a comparable or higher PageRank than your own site.

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