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The Cult of Elon Musk Shines With Steve Jobs' Aura

Sivaraj Re:I'm OK with this (181 comments)

Most of that hype is fan created rather than directly from Musk or his companies.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

Sivaraj Re:Not sure about the recovery test (125 comments)

The purpose of recovering it is to cut costs. Even if the stage becomes reusable, how much it is actually going to save is still an open question. In such case, landing it offshore, and transporting is not going to help with the costs.

SpaceX is audacious, but I am sure they will take all precautions and won't attempt to land it in the pad, unless they are highly confident that it will work.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

Sivaraj Find a topic "the expert" is actually good at... (384 comments)

...and tell the client he is an expert on "that", but you want a expert on "this". If you search hard enough, you can surely find some related topic, that the expert is actually little bit knowledgeable. But that is the easy way out.

On the other hand, if the client actually considers the person an expert, it is possible there is another problem. The person may actually know things, but may not be interested in telling you that. S/he might be misguiding you on purpose. Or if s/he is not really an expert on the topic in hand, you may even get that expert to tell the client that s/he may not be the right expert for the job, and someone else might know better.

So you actually need to analyse your specific situation in depth before figuring out exact action needed.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

Sivaraj Rockstar developers detrimental to teams (356 comments)

I consider myself as one as far as technical competence is concerned, though not as much by attitude. I would typically rate at 10 in most of the teams I have worked.

But having managed a few high profile developers later in my career, I would definitely say they are detrimental to the health of teams. In most teams, you just need average or above average developers who can churn out pages of code, once specifications are given. This is very much true in business computing, though it may not be valid in product development and system software.

Rockstars have their uses though. When the time is short, or during critical situations when quick thinking and a fast hack is required, they come in handy. So most teams tolerate having one of them around. So long as there is a decent manager who can keep such developers controlled and balance team dynamics, they won't cause too much trouble.

about a year ago
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Tim Cook May Not Know Why, But Samsung Is Winning in China

Sivaraj Re:My question... (327 comments)

The quality of chinese brands have improved significantly over the past year. Some of them are better built and much better looking than Samsung models. Especially the new ones with quadcore Mediatek MT6589 chipset and its variants have taken over the market by storm this year. The market here in India too is flooded with models having crazy specs (1.5GHz FHD 13Mpx/5Mpx 2GB/32GB for less than $300).

One problem with these sets is that, you can't flash CyanogenMod or other ROMs. The Mediatek chipsets is not supported by CM and that company isn't sharing info.

about a year ago
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No US College In Top 10 For ACM International Programming Contest 2013

Sivaraj OP gives too much credit to Indian universities (199 comments)

There is just one Indian college in that list at position 60. Indian universities are equiped to mass manufacture programmers for IT industry, not for creating star programmers.

about a year ago
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No US College In Top 10 For ACM International Programming Contest 2013

Sivaraj Re:Could be a good sign... (199 comments)

Quick and dirty solutions have no place in real world? Tell that to the customer losing a million an hour due to broken system. He will take whatever quick and dirty fix you can give him in a matter of minutes.
I am not sure which real world you are living in. But thinking and coming up with fixes at very short notice is a real skill needed in software industry. I have saved or recovered from several disastrous situations with quick and dirty fixes.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With New Free Time?

Sivaraj Prepare yourself for a layoff (299 comments)

If the number of hours you are being *called* is minimal and you are worried about what to do with your time, then it is doubtful you will have that job for longer.

about a year ago
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Fear of Death Makes People Into Believers (of Science)

Sivaraj Re:Science is a belief system (434 comments)

I am not talking about the philosophical aspect of science above. Neither am I questioning the validity of scientific method. This is about psychology. This is what the original article is asserting. There are of course some fundamental scientific truths or apparent truths. But at the same time, every "scientific" article or assertion coming out of our research centers can't and shouldn't be believed as it is. For scientists and scientifically oriented people this is not a problem. However it is problematic for journalists and general public. People tend to believe a good amount of what they read in newspapers and wikipedia - just like they believe the preachers and gurus. So from a psychological perspective science is gradually replacing religion.

Now I have a question about psychology... is it really a pure science?

about a year ago
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Fear of Death Makes People Into Believers (of Science)

Sivaraj Science is a belief system (434 comments)

We are just gradually exchanging one belief system to another. Most of what we have as science is belief and trust. Instead of trusting any religious holy book, now we trust text books. Instead of gods and priests, it is scientists and theorems. There are good number of fallacies, misdirections, and bogus research in science as in religion.

In the past it was religion because human mind had been conditioned from childhood in believing in a supernatural power which can solve all our problems. But in today's world more and more children are conditioned into believing *science* can solve all their problems.

Bottomline is, humans have to believe in something. Lack of belief will do *bad* things to human mind. This is especially true in highly stressful situations, where we feel we don't have full control ourselves. Our mind tries to find assurance in other things which can have a influence. Those with weak reliegious beliefs as in the above study, in other words, those who already have a stronger belief in science will show a higher tendency to believe in science during stressful situations.

Now my question is, why should a belief in science better than belief in religion? If believing in something is essential for human mind, religion is anyday a stronger one than science, since it emphasises on absolute belief. So believing in religion might be better than believing in science as far as mental health is concerned... at least until the scientific belief system grows as strong as religion.

about a year ago
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Why Earth Hour Is a Waste of Time and Energy

Sivaraj Feel Good (466 comments)

You are forgetting the main intention and benefit of Earth Hour. It is supposed to make us *feel good*. The sacrifice of switching off our redundant lights gives us enough karma to not feel guilty the rest of the year when we splurge on fossil fuel. No other energy saving event would feel as good.

So I am all for Earth Hour, even if it wastes more energy in the process.

about a year and a half ago
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New Research Sheds Light On the Evolution of Dogs

Sivaraj When a scientist has a theory... (374 comments)

...why does he/she go on a tangent and link everything under the sun to his/her theory?

about a year and a half ago
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What Birds Know About Fractal Geometry

Sivaraj Ig Nobel (74 comments)

Now, that should be worth an Ig Nobel, no?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which International Online Music Stores Are Legit?

Sivaraj In India... (166 comments)

Most of the legal music stores online here sell hardcopy music :-(. Flipkart is the only downloadable music store that I know of. No DRM. It has somewhat decent collection. Note that majority of Indian popular music is film songs, other popular categories being devotional and classical.

about 2 years ago
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"Open Source" Drug Development Company Launched

Sivaraj Re:There is a precedent for such groups (140 comments)

Mod parent up!
OSDD seem to be more in tune with FOSS philosophy (no patents, generic, free to copy drugs) than TLS. I don't think TLS is going to release their drugs unpatented. At best we can call TLS a crowdsourcing scheme.

more than 2 years ago
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Could Crowd-Sourced Direct Democracy Work?

Sivaraj It can work with an adder (594 comments)

Main problem with crowd sourcing or any other form of sourcing is, we can't (don't want to) look far enough into the future to understand implications of what we are doing now.

So if they add a mandatory re-validation of constitution periodically (say 20 years, ala TJ) into the constitution itself, then it just might work.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

Sivaraj Talk (735 comments)

If you have good relationship with your managers you may not feel like bargaining. £7k doesn't sound much assuming this is on annual salary. But those 1.5 hrs of commute you are saving can be much more beneficial. You are recovering about 8% of your waking life which could be spent in better way.

In the long run you know this new job is more beneficial for you. So start talking to your managers, not for bargaining but to explain your scenario. Tell them you do need to quit, but give them time to plan your departure so that there is no feeling of betrayal. If given some time, they can recruit someone capable enough to take it over from you. If the other company really wants you they will relax their joining date.

But before you talk, you should make up your mind on what you want. All the best.

about 3 years ago
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Researchers Demo Hardware Attacks Against India's E-Voting Machines

Sivaraj EVM: Simple tech & tamper resistent procedures (179 comments)

The way EVMs reduce rigging is not by any superior technology. It is based on simple accessible technology and elaborate procedures to ensure that poll rigging is minimized to the maximum extent possible. Check this very detailed FAQ by Election Commission of India, specifically Q24 and Q28.

http://www.indian-elections.com/electionfaqs/electronic-voting-machines.html

more than 4 years ago
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Computer For a Child?

Sivaraj Re:Oh, get over yourself (556 comments)

To keep my daughter pounding on the keyboard, I gave a keyboard of her own. Just a plain keyboard with cable dangling - not attached to anything. These things cost next to nothing and are pretty sturdy. That worked until she realized the relation between keyboard and monitor :0). Still it kept her busy until she was about 2 yrs old.

Now she is 3, and I just let her on my home desktop (Linux Mint with XFCE) with her own restricted user id. Somebody has to log her in, but once logged in she has ready access to launchers for TuxPaint, etc.

more than 5 years ago

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