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Ask Slashdot: How To Gently Keep Management From Wrecking a Project?

Rsriram PHBs love a good conspiracy theory (276 comments)

Convince the manager that bringing in too many external people before significant progress has been achieved will result in ideas/credit being stolen. Therefore it is important to keep it under the radar till success is clearly attributable to the PM and his team. In a highly hierarchical and political environment this should generally work. Worked for me in the past.

about 2 years ago

Happy Birthday To Ada Lovelace, the First Computer Programmer

Rsriram Did it work? (60 comments)

The program she wrote but could not test. Did it work in 2002?

about 2 years ago

It's Hard For Techies Over 40 To Stay Relevant, Says SAP Lab Director

Rsriram True in most cases (441 comments)

In most cases by the time a person has completed 15 years in IT, they have moved on to a managerial or quasi-technical role which needs a good grounding in technology but not hands on technical knowledge necessarily. There are a small number of people in their forties who are still coding, but they run the risk of age discrimination if they need to change their job. Everyone, including US/Europe employers looks for high energy geeks who can spend additional time on the job without encumbrances like wife/kids/home far away/relocation issues. Some of these issues get sorted out naturally simply by way of what employees are willing to pay for "programmer", where the job is and what benefits are available. If you are 40 plus you will be at a salary level which will make many of the programmer jobs unattractive. Of course, there will be a small percentage (10%) who will continue to do this till they retire, but they will be in the small minority.

about 2 years ago

Study Claims Human Intelligence Peaked Two To Six Millennia Ago

Rsriram The meek (or dumb) shall inherit the earth (637 comments)

The meek or dumb know the only way to rule the world is by using brute force of numbers to outnumber the smart ones. The smart ones will argue for democracy and the meek ones will inherit the earth. A two millennia old wisdom.

about 2 years ago

Is Microsoft's Price Model For the Surface Justifiable?

Rsriram Wait three weeks (417 comments)

For a drop in the prices from MS to $50 below comparable Apple products. Just like Playbook.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Co-founder Dings Windows 8 As 'Puzzling, Confusing'

Rsriram God help the layman user (343 comments)

If a geek like Paul Allen finds it confusing, I can imagine the plight of the layman user who upgrades from Windows 7 to 8.

about 2 years ago

Calif. Man Arrested For ESPN Post On Killing Kids

Rsriram Officers arrest this man!! (416 comments)

He admits to having committed a thought crime when he was a kid. He also used the "k" word in his post along with the "b" word which is irrefutable proof that he is a bad person with bad intentions.

about 2 years ago

Quantum Random Numbers

Rsriram Humans are most random (167 comments)

Why not use a recaptcha type of random number generator with hundreds of individuals writing their favorite three digit number and this being used to make a random number

more than 2 years ago

Neil deGrasse Tyson Outlines a Plan For Saving Earth From Asteroids

Rsriram Why mention Friday the 13th? (241 comments)

He mentions the date as Friday the 13th, April 2029. When the date is about 18 years from now, what was the need for mentioning that 13th is a Friday. Now instead of focusing on science, there will be a bunch of people who focus on Friday the 13th.

  |On Friday the 13th, April 2029, it will dip below the altitude of our communication satellites

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Feedback On Programming?

Rsriram follow the 'personal software process" (196 comments)

The Personal Software Process (PSP) is a structured software development process that is intended to help software engineers understand and improve their performance, by using a "disciplined, data-driven procedure".

It sounds a little esoteric for programmers who like to code and not collect any data, but in my experience, it works.

more than 2 years ago

Does Outsourcing Programming Really Save Money?

Rsriram Wrong outsourcer (653 comments)

I have worked in outsourcing companies and product companies in India

14$ an hour in India means you are using a low end outsourcer and their quality is questionable.
Good companies charge anything between 20$-25$ an hour and provide better programmers. Much better.
It is safer to pay $25 an hour and ask to interview each programmer before they get on your team
Run a small pilot to check out their programming, communication and collaboration skills
Many good programmers have studied their masters in the US/Europe/Australia and understand cultural context better. Look for such programmers.

more than 2 years ago

China Hires 1 Million People To Fight Fake Products

Rsriram Numbers don't add up (151 comments)

Seems like PRspeak. China has a working population of about 500-600 million of which probably 300 million are in the manufacturing sector (remove agriculture and services). A 1 million strong workforce means one person for every 300 workers just to check counterfeiting. Something wrong here. I guess these are just buzzword to show how much the Chinese govt is doing against piracy. It signals intent rather than actual implementation.

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Create New Type of Superconductor Wires

Rsriram Using "sapphire" makes it viable long distance?? (96 comments)

Imagine a wires made out of sapphire. I am not sure they will be financially viable for long distance usage. Copper is getting stolen, imagine safeguarding sapphire wires!!

about 3 years ago

Santa Cruz Tests Predictive Policing Program

Rsriram How do they know if the program is right? (228 comments)

The program presents a paradox. If the program analyses rightly and crime has been prevented by the presence of police officers, how do they know that it was prevented because of the prediction? Is the absence of crime proof of rightness or proof of wrongness?

more than 3 years ago

Average Gamer Is 37 Years Old

Rsriram More to do with the "age" dropdown box" (295 comments)

Many youngsters play games online and simply use 1970 as their year of birth to avoid issues with being underaged. If this survey has been done online, they have to adjust for these data errors in which case they might arrive at a lower age.

more than 3 years ago

Genghis Khan, History's Greenest Conqueror

Rsriram Is he greener than Hitler? (279 comments)

So did killing 20 million people in 6 years help in mid 20 th century more? Given than the average emission per person would have increased in the 1000 (or whatever) odd years!

more than 3 years ago

'Reading Level' Filter Added To Google Search

Rsriram I told you so. Slashdot isn't that advanced! (266 comments)

Slashdot is only 1% advanced and 1/3rd simple. Not that hard to understand for the average joe!!
Either I have too great an opinion of myself or I am grossly underestimating the average joe!!????

more than 3 years ago

Stallman Worried About Chrome OS

Rsriram Prescient and on the 'left' side (393 comments)

RMS has not only talked about various issues over the years but the general public (not the geeks) seems to have a knack of totally ignoring him. By that count Chrome should be a commercial success adopted by millions of people. Just like RMS warned us about Windows, Iphone, Kindle, etc. Look each of them is a commercial success.

more than 3 years ago

Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'

Rsriram Sarah Palin is like FOSS?? (1425 comments)

I hear people say that Sarah Palin does not fit in, is weird, does not do the 'right' thing, does not have the 'right' (or in this case, left) opinion. And alarmingly, there is a large number of people across the US who seem to identify with her, like her and will vote for her.

Does this sound like a familiar pattern to the people in the open source community??

more than 3 years ago



Best "parental control" solution for a multi devic

Rsriram Rsriram writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Rsriram (51832) writes "I have a preteen child at home with a PC, iPod, PS3, Mobile and Internet TV all of which access the internet through a router. I have installed K9 on the PC but with the new devices accessing the internet, I need a router based solution. I know about OpenDNS, but what I have seen on the internet about OpenDNS does not seem to do what the regular Parental Control software seems to be doing. Please help with any solutions or suggestions."


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