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Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle

The Cydonian Re:Advocacy organizations (539 comments)

When the Authors Guild says these kinds of ridiculous things (and uses logic which, incidentally, implies that people with disabilities should not be allowed to convert media to a form they can use), it makes all members look like greedy idiots.

No, it just makes you look like an illiterate moron. Read the article before you start boycotting authors:

On the National Federation of the Blind's Web site, the guild is accused of arguing that it is illegal for blind people to use "readers, either human or machine, to access books that are not available in alternative formats like Braille or audio." In fact, publishers, authors and American copyright laws have long provided for free audio availability to the blind and the guild is all for technologies that expand that availability. (The federation, though, points out that blind readers can't independently use the Kindle 2's visual, on-screen controls.) But that doesn't mean Amazon should be able, without copyright-holders' participation, to pass that service on to everyone.

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Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle

The Cydonian Re:Let's do a reality check (539 comments)

Read the fucking article. Roy Blount Jr talks about exactly this very technology.

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Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle

The Cydonian Re:not crazy, auditioning for a job w/ RIAA (539 comments)

I guess that's too much to ask for today's businesses?

Now, I'm the furthest from a paid author by any means, but surely, it's not too much to not expect authors to think like business-people? They aren't selling products for fuck's sake, they're writing books.

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Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle

The Cydonian Re:Audio books are worth more than e-books (539 comments)

Good thing then, that they aren't objecting to private performances, merely devices that create said performances. From the article:

The guild is also accused of wanting to profiteer off family bedtime rituals. A lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation sarcastically warned that "parents everywhere should be on the lookout for legal papers haling them into court for reading to their kids."

For the record: no, the Authors Guild does not expect royalties from anybody doing non-commercial performances of "Goodnight Moon."

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Authors Guild President Wants To End Royalty-Free TTS On Kindle

The Cydonian Re:Audio books are worth more than e-books (539 comments)

I had mod-points and was modding posts here, but heck: I find it _extremely frustrating_ when people don't read the article in question, or read it and misunderstand it entirely. Here's what Roy Blount Jr said:

Audio rights are not generally packaged with e-book rights. They are more valuable than e-book rights.

Basically, he's lamenting the certain death of audio-rights as an income-source when you sell e-book rights. Now you may call it immoral or greedy or whatever, but the argument is that Kindle 2 presents a lost stream of revenue for authors. I don't see this an unreasonable argument to make.

This is not about copyright infringement folks, this is about selling the site of a future financial center for 60 guilders.

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Microsoft Asks For a Refund From Laid-Off Workers [updated]

The Cydonian Re:No accident (424 comments)

It is remarkable difficult to be too incompetent if you are a MS contractor in Hyderabad. -- All generalizations are false, including this one

Glad we got that cleared!

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Facebook's New Terms of Service

The Cydonian Re:Delete it first? (426 comments)

Yes, exactly what I was thinking. We're assuming, of course, that Facebook doesn't have some sort of a versioning system.

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The Flying Giant Is 40 Years Old

The Cydonian Re:Luxury (366 comments)

Flew Dusseldorf to Singapore with stopovers in Istanbul and Bangkok in 2003. This was _right_ when Gulf War II started, a mere days after the initial bombardment in fact, and just when SARS began to scare everyone here in Asia.

The 200+ seater A340 (?) flight had may be 6-7 folks on-board, and of course, they were feeding us meals every two hours or so. And yes, I had the aisle for me, right in front of the big TV projector. Fun times.

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Microsoft Surface To Coordinate SuperBowl Security

The Cydonian Re:Only in America... (218 comments)

Nope, I can say with certainity that a similar project is being done in another part of the world. Just that, Surface hasn't been "officially" released in some markets.

Given the multiple sources of information that we often have to deal with, there's a lot of good work to be done in terms of data-visualisation for threat-perception matrices, Surface being one of the many things you can implement. There's obviously some branding going on now, but hey, the way I see it, _any_ tech-branding is good in these uncertain times.

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Microsoft Says H-1B Workers Among Those Losing Jobs

The Cydonian Re:Require pay and benefits parity (612 comments)

Most places with progressive emigration regimes offer something called as 'permanent residency' as default, instead of the relatively half-baked guest-worker status. The benefits are obvious to everyone; PR's pay taxes, contribute to social security, have no political rights and get less preference in such services as schools, house-allotments (yes, housing is socialized in some countries) and medical services (they pay more). In return, their visas are tied to their passports, and not to the companies they work for. Fair, simple and efficient.

US has a similar window for emigration; it's informally called as 'green card'. Just this:- the wait period to get that status is super-long; way way waaaaaaaay longer than for other countries. (It's about three months in places like Singapore, 3-ish years in Canada, while it is 6-8 years in the US) Which is why you have such half-baked idiocy as balloting for 80,000-a-year tied-to-company guest-worker visas; the US government, essentially, outsources the validation of each candidate to individual companies(validating that the candidate is contributing to the economy).

Essentially, like other departments offering governmental services, the US' immigration services are facing a problem of scaling up their operations. What makes this scaling up unique, though, is that citizens don't see this as being ultimately services to themselves, but as governmental services to an unstated Other. There is, therefore, no motivated self-interest to improve things quickly anywhere. The politicians think this is working, because the system has self-imposed caps, but clearly, it isn't the _number_ that's the main problem, it's quality.

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Microsoft Says H-1B Workers Among Those Losing Jobs

The Cydonian Re:WHO IS JOHN GALT? (612 comments)

The United States is the best country in the World to do business in.

One of the largest economies to sell in, I'll grant you that. It isn't considered the absolute best though, that apparently would be Hong Kong. Indeed, all four economies Hong Kong and Singapore have a considerably freer visa-regimes; in Singapore, in particular, has a million guest-workers against a total resident population of about five million.

A more relevant bit to this discussion, though, is not about hiring, but firing. I look forward to hearing your views on how it'll help meritocracy in America if you fire employees not based on performance or need for an enterprise, but based on something as arbitary as the colours of their passports.

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Microsoft Says H-1B Workers Among Those Losing Jobs

The Cydonian Re:B*cough*s*it (612 comments)

What are you talking about?

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Watch the Obama Inauguration With Moonlight

The Cydonian Re:I'm watching using Moonlight now. Observations. (197 comments)

Moonlight can never be a substitute for Silverlight. They just back-ported the stream from SL 2.0 to SL 1.0 to get it running this time around.

You're right about the Linux hack though; the fact that they pulled this off this fast is quite a feat myself. Extreme, clanky balls made out of brass as well; if I was leading the effort at such a high-profile website, I'd have enforced a code-freeze at least a week earlier. (May be that's why I'm not in that position. Hmmmm.)

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Watch the Obama Inauguration With Moonlight

The Cydonian Re:Change but not all change is good... (197 comments)

Built-in optimization for multimedia. Streams better. Go to the Singtel Grid Girls site; you'll see 60 videos being loaded in one go (5 * 4 grid with three states for each girl). Not a Flash guy myself, but I'm told streaming it all is a bitch in Flash. Not so in Silverlight.

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US CTO Choice Down To a Two-Horse Race

The Cydonian Re:Answer is obvious? (284 comments)

A popular Malayali surname; it's often transliterated as 'Warrier' or 'Variar' as well. In fact, there was an Indian minister with the exact same surname, just transliterated differently in English.

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Review of 'MacHeads' Documentary

The Cydonian Machead girls not sleeping with Windows guys? (277 comments)

As a MS developer with a journalist girlfriend who runs Linux on her Asus EEE PC, I fart in their general direction. ;-)

</gloats>

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Man Invents Alternative To Cooking Gas

The Cydonian Re:obvious answer (553 comments)

I would understand 'modern age' to include possession of the will and the technology necessary to prevent the British from occupying to begin with

I'm not sure why you'd confuse military conquest with an epoch, or even why the British conquest of the sub-continent was profound in a historical sense; India has been conquered before by earlier marauding invaders, British were merely the last. None of the earlier invasions were epoch-making, so I'm not entirely certain why you'd consider British wins in the battles of Plassey, for example, to be qualitatively different from, say, the Battle of Tarain, or even the First Battle of Panipat. Perhaps your euro-centricism is at display here?

As for will, you seem to be under the impression that the British state completely subjugated India as a whole. This certainly wasn't the case; the British East India Company, (and not the British Empire, as you will see) was one of the many players in the Great Game. In addition to a certain monopoly over opium, tea and other exotic stuff, they also offered military solutions, not dissimilar to Blackwater in contemporary times; legions of Indian kingdoms outsourced their military from the British East India Company. Indeed, they continued doing even after the Company was "nationalized" in the wake of the events of 1857; they merely changed their outsourcee from a public-limited company to a governmental wing. This continued till 1947; one of the first resolutions (and some would say the continued crisis in Kashmir) of the United Nations were because of these agreements: now that the British were finally leaving, questions were raised on the validity of these military agreements, going back three hundred years

In short, even using your non-standard definition of "Modern Age" (which, must say, is quite unique), I still don't see how the British brought about the "Modern Age" that you so define.

Was it not poverty, religious beliefs (idol worship), and lack of technology preventing such

Here's a thought, and this might come as a surprise, but you have no idea. None at all. May I suggest reading up a bit first, say, the White Mughals and the The Last Mughal? Among other things, you'll be interested to know that a) the British came and tried to monopolize trade in India because of the region's wealth, that the battles fought by the British were against Muslim republics; the first Battle of Independence in 1857, for example, was widely seen as a jihad even though most of the foot soldiers were Hindu. I'm not sure where idol worship comes into play in this discussion at all, or even why it was a problem militarily speaking.

You have a point on military technology; I mean, it's clear that the armies of the British East India Company were better trained, better equipped and more efficient than the native armies. However, and here's where the _Company_ bit comes in, native rulers typically used a mixture of diplomacy, trade, intrigue _and_ military options in their foreign policy; while they were used to negotiating trade or forming military alliances with kingdoms, they clearly didn't know how to do it with an anonymous public limited _company_. You can't, among other things, defuse its threat by giving your daughter in a matrimonial alliance, for example. There is no hear, no _emotion_ involved in working with a 200 year-old trading company, and the native rulers, for all their might, power, wealth and diplomacy, simply couldn't tame the beast.

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What Carriers Don't Want You To Know About Texting

The Cydonian Re:Correlation (570 comments)

Oh don't bother. If seven years of Slashdot has taught me anything, it is that Americans here on /. are so steadfast in their opinion that no amount of logic will ever make them consider anything else.

And that's not related to that god-awful Red-Blue demarcation that Americans love to spout on; push comes to shove, everyone, San Franciscans, New Yorkers, Pittsburghers, Buttesvillans are alll convinced about their moral and logical superiority, completely oblivious to the sheer reality that most of the rest of the world has far superior telecom and transport infrastructure.

Now watch as this post gets downmodded to oblivion.

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Man Invents Alternative To Cooking Gas

The Cydonian Re:obvious answer (553 comments)

About India--I think they have a very valid point.

If by "Modern Age", you mean an epoch in human history, than India was already in the Modern Age by the 1500's; hell, the entire world was in the Modern Age just about the same time, seeing as it is that the calendar across the world is the same and is wholly unaffected by traders travelling across the world.

If you meant the figurative meaning of "Modern Age", which Wikipedia loosely calls as "progress driven by deliberate human efforts to better their situation", then a case can easily be made that India went the _opposite_ direction, what with the GDP falling and life-expectancy, infant mortality etc falling even more during the British Era.

On the other hand, if you meant it to be a "replace[ment] [of] the Biblical-oriented value system, revalued the monarchical government system, and abolished the feudal economic system, with new democratic and liberal ideas in the areas of politics, science, psychology, sociology, and economics" (from the earlier Wiki link), then you could say that that did not begin happening until the late 1930's, when India had its first limited self-government and began taking steps against the feudal zamindari system. In either case, I'm not entirely certain if you'd like to call the British Raj as being liberal; they had an efficient administrative system, but liberal they weren't.

Finally, if you really meant that India "opened" itself up to the rest of the world because of the British, even that can't really stand up to scrutiny, considering that we had been trading with West Asia and China for five thousand years before the Portuguese and the British blockaded our ports. Even technology isn't really a point to be made for the British; we had rockets and cannons from the French.

The British's main claim to fame is ensuring that the ports they set up, the Bombays, Singapores and Hong Kongs of the world were laissez-faire entrepots to their respective hinterlands, but you can hardly credit modernism for that; when you run the largest and most powerful trading firm the world has ever seen, you want to make sure them factories run properly.

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Gnu-ing Doubts.

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 8 years ago

... and from the pages of an otherwise extremely readable governmental policy magazine, a quick lesson in how to dis-objectively introduce a long-standing jihad to a fresh audience.

You do this by first instilling fear:

Trouble is, the benefits of open source are not always so clear-cut. Software is too complicated a creation to be captured in rhetoric, and assertions about some of the technical benefits of open source fail to tell the whole story.

Next, claim there is uncertainity, mostly by quoting a thoroughly irrelevant tidbit:

Software, with its millions of lines of code, is so complicated that experts dont know for sure that open source has fewer bugs, nor can they say with certainty that having fewer bugs makes open source more secure.

Finally, as a result of fear and uncertainty, demonstrate doubt:

... software is so complex that serious source code manipulation and maintenance is a high-cost endeavor, not a job one can plunge right into.

... and notice that you've basically repeated the same bloddy point over and over again, adding zero value to an already dry debate.

*shakes head*

Update [2006.5.31 12:00PM SGT]: Remember, you read it here first, not there. :-)

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My Chair Broke.

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 8 years ago And I fell. Therein lies a story of commoditized globalization.

It was a nice chair, actually, a bwig, black executive chair that swings, pitches, tilts and yaws. You'd be forgiven for thinking it had a leather cushioning, but the reality, as it were, is much more nuanced; it had pseudo leather with pinches of cushioning that exist only to remind us that all good chairs must have some cushioning, even if it isn't exactly useful.

Over the four months I've had it, I've made exactly utilitarian enhancement; I somehow entwined my speaker system's volume control onto one of the arms. It's a minor change, and indeed, perhaps not entirely aesthetically pleasing, the cleaning lady who comes once a month to clean my house always makes it a point to disconnect the volume control and the wire from the sub-woofer source. The overall effect, though, is that of sheer, unbridled power; with my A/C remote and telephone to my left, music to my right, my wireless keyboard, mouse, office laptop and home comp in front, I knew it was only a matter of time before I get on with that taking-over-the-world process in earnest in a way neither Captain Kirk, nor trivia(l) masterminds could.

Until that is, it all came tumbling down tonight.

I was watching X-Men 2 on the comp while it happened. Actually, I think a lot of things happened simultaneously; those security folks attack the school, some mutant kid screams the hell out of my speaker system, another dissaparates through wooden floors, I received some astrological spam assuring me that my next week would be even more mundane than this one... and I'm on the ground, with my right arm hurting from all that sudden weight thrust upon it.

While I am shaken by the experience, I can't help feel stirred by the larger macro-picture from the above. You see, it was a bargain deal, or at least was supposed to be; between the sleazy furniture dealer around the corner, and those overpriced, unpronounceable swivel chairs from IKEA, I had opted to buy a cheap one from a local French hypermart chain, Carrefour. Unfortunately, those French marketers, with their double entendres and convoluted phrases, didn't quite mean "least expensive in town" when they said "cheapest in town". They had, instead, meant to say, well, low-cost, shoddily made, unfinished... cheapest.

The overall result, therefore, is something very familiar to Americans; I got a low-cost product sourced directly from some Shenzhen warehouse without, it now appears, passing through QC or other upper-class niceties.

My feet may be firmer on the ground now, but alas, I'm left with only two options and neither of them entirely desireable. Either I could show some Asian street-smarted-ness, eat crow and haggle with that neighbourhood furniture guy once more, orI could show some Indian ingenuity, eat crow and fix this with super-glue or duct-tape. In which case, alwas, there's only one place to get my hardware supplies in this region, Carrefour.

My world domination plan may be temporarily in pieces, and to steal an idiom from a longtime favourite comic (points for getting the reference), I seem to now throw my weight around more often, but oh, the choices we have to make just to stand on our feet.

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.... and we're back!

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 9 years ago Still alive, and still angry at the world, but now we're back to blogging at Slashdot as well! Which also means, if you and I are somehow connected through the Zoo, I might very well post in your journal as well!

YEEEEEHOOOOOOOO!!!

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Slashdot Sub-culture.

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 9 years ago Apparently, Wikipedia thinks I've made a positive contribution to Slashdot subculture.

:-D

The irony, of course, is that I intended the post to be an experiment; wanted to see how much /.-tter-like I could sound (which is why I felt compelled to put in credits and references). Guess we know now.

That, and those Wikipedians sure have a lot of time on their hands. :-|

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12th century Indo-Persian Poetry.

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago "Alas! Shireen!" at every stroke he cries;
At every stroke fresh miracles arise:
"For thee these glories and these wonders all,
For thee I triumph, or for thee I fall;
For thee my life one ceaseless toil has been,
Inspire my soul anew: Alas! Shireen!"- Nizami

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New Year is here!

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago The Telugu/ Kannada/ Marathi new year is here!

Ugadi subhaakaamkshalu/subhadigaLLu, and guDI paDva shubhkaamnaayee to everyone!

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Ladies and gentlemen

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago two days before the spring finally arrives, let us take time out and greet each other in celebration

For, as the Googlewhackers among us know already, the Merry Festival of Belgthor is already upon us.

Update: Belgthor presents from /.: mod points! Suggestions anyone?

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On The Bus Home Tonight.

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago An artifact from the past:- a ticket checker with a hypercool RFID(?)-reader checking everyone's tickets/cards to see if they have, indeed, paid the full fare amount or not. The checker comes to each one of us, asks us for our ticket/card, taps it against his reader, and then proceeds, presumably, to fine anyone who hasn't paid the correct fare.

But ah, we note with amused impunity, it isn't *buses* where we beat the fare system. :-)

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Links That You Should Never Click.

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago Whatever it takes, never ever THINK of clicking this link.

Depending on your jurisdiction, you might be jailed, censured, tortured, or even sacrificed for the Great God of the Temple of The Tooth. In any case, forget you've ever seen this link here, coz plainly speaking, you HAVEN'T.

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Geek Humour, Hyderabadi ishtyle!

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago

#include<STD ISD.h>
#include<college.h>
#define MAAL beautiful_lady

main()
{
goto college;
scanf("100%",&ladies);

if(lady = = MAAL)
sugar++;
while( !reply )
{
printf("I Love U");
scanf("100%",&reply);
}

if(reply = = "GAALI")
main(); // go back and repeat the process
else if(reply = = "SANDAL ")
exit(1);
else if(reply = = "I Love U")
{
lover = MAAL;
! ! ! love = (heart*)malloc(sizeof(lover));
}
goto restaurant;

restaurant:
{
food++;
sugar++;
pay->money = lover->money;
return(college);
}

if(time = = 3.00)
goto park;

park:
{
for(time=4.00;time<=5.00;time+=0.001)
kiss = kiss+1;
}

free(lover);
return(home);
}

(Posting here more as proof-of-concept rather than its intrinsic humour value Although, I suppose, it is funny its own corny way)

(Yes, non-Indians, the infamous In-glish in action out here)

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F/OSS versus MS: The View From the Frontlines.

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago So we're a mostly MS-only shop [*] out here with all of our current projects being developed on VisualStudio.net and coded in C#. In fact, we're one of MS' preferred partners in the region; they run to us whenever they want neat lil demos to demonstrate the power of .net to n00b Comp Sc undergraduates. In short, we're the "developers" in "Developers, developers, developers" chant that all of us so love.

Any guesses on what we now insist on using to maintain our CVS? :-) This, after two weeks of absolute chaos using the best MS solution the client could think of. :-|

(For the record, I absolutely love Eclipse, and was even working on a patch I thought would be useful for cross-team collaboration. Unfortunately, I can't quite work on that project on company time for legal reasons, and the shift key on my home laptop has been stuck for the last two weeks. More on that later)

[*] - Apparently, we'll be moving over to J2EE projects as well, now that we have my, ah, expertise, on board.

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POLLS: Work-related travel.

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago Places I've accidentally gone to, instead of coming home:-
1) McDonald's
2) The food court in the local mall
3) The nearby Tropical Rainforest (tm) where I saw a snake,
4) Airport, and thence to Antarctica (or any other random place)
5) The local subway/bus depot (mostly as a result of oversleeping)
6) The local red light district
7) The neighbouring country
8) A place I'll never forget.

Ever since I moved to my new place two months back, I did all of the above. (Update: EXCEPT for the Antarctica option)

--
Incidentally, here's a BONUS poll, just for YOU. If 'x' is the time it takes for you to go to work, x can be defined as:-
a) x < = 30 min
b) 30 < x < = 60
c) 60 < x < = 90
d) 90 < x < = 120
e) x > 120
f) I haven't gone home in the last one week, you insensitive clod!
g) I telecommute; my boss is 3000 km away in Novosiberisk, Siberia
h) I do all my work on /.
i) I have outsourced my project(s) to Cowboyneal.
j) I haven't left home since the last blue moon.

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Work!

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago Writing this as I wait for the boss to get ready and call me up. Yesterday was Bakrid out here and a public holiday, so today is the start of the week out here. We're heading to a client site today for on-site consultation and development.

Well, the short summary here is that the new job has been extremely satisfying so far. The hours are long, heck, we pulled out a night-out-er last Friday night, but the work is fine and, more importantly, the team is amazing - great bunch of guys, loads and loads of talent, and hard-working (and naturally, ambitious!) to the hilt. Learned quite a lot technically speaking in the past one week; suddenly feeling very confident of myself in coding big projects.

The other fun part is being a part of the industry here. Never realised this, but it's an entirely different environment out in the corporate world, compared to the stuff you get back in academia. Let's put it this way:- remember I was talking about the most evil position possible in the World's Most Evil Company? Yup, I found out how was getting hired to that job (not me of course, and personally, no regrets; I'm really not suited for that kind of thing) a cool five days before the guy himself knew about it! Guy is of course a friend of mine, and quite frankly, I didn't know that he didn't know (although my source knew that he didn't know I knew), but all the same, he seemed to be pissed off when I started gloating about having known that he got the job all along. Which, of course, seemed hilarious to me, at which point, he got even more furious. Oops. :-|

[PeeWeeMan and gokulpod, if you're reading this, you know this guy. Not many people from gokulpod's batch in SoC who graduated along with me (and haven't gone to Stanford. :-) ]

And oh, we're hiring. So, if you have experience in .net, particularly C#, (sound of boos from the /. crowd), and don't mind a career in the High Straits, then do let me know. :-) [Of course, doesn't need a mention that you'll have to expect, well, South East Asian salaries, although they are quite competitive under the current market conditions.]

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Gong Xi Fa Cai!

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago Happy Chinese New Year, people; here's to renewed prosperity, success and good luck in this Year of the Monkey.

And oh, this is what you can expect this year.

[Obligatory plug-in: I'm a budding expert in Chinese calendrical traditions. Feel free to ask any questions here. :-) ]

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The Slashdot Effect reported in Reuters!

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago Attached to a fluff on Microsoft-versus-MikeRoweSoft:-

But the high school student decided to fight back and his story got media attention to the extent that he was forced to shut down his Web site on Monday morning after getting about 250,000 hits. He managed to get the site back up after moving to a service provider with greater capacity.

Apparently the kid has been featured on lesser known news sources as well.

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Papers, papers, papers.... and procrastination!

The Cydonian The Cydonian writes  |  more than 10 years ago Here's a list of stuff I've been wanting to write, but haven't for some reason or another:-

a) A Landing By The Gods:- The Forgotten History of Neeli Negara, The City of Blue
The little known story of Neeli Negara, and how it grew from a trading outpost of a dying empire, to become the crossroads of the known world.

b) 19 Apostles:- Celebrating The Merry Festival of Belgthor
Will ancient runes tell us what Hindu-Arabic numerals don't?

c)Gah! The Mysterious Case of a Quasi-Similar Letter
An evening of boredom, exploration, discovery, gore, carnage and failed dreams hidden behind the voluptous contours of one of the few quasi-similar letters known to Man.

d) It Takes Five To Punch... And Millions More To Culturize
Termed as one of the most complex of their kind, Indic calendar traditions are a hodge-podge of cultural traditions, mathematical laws, astronomical truths, superstitious beliefs, computational challenges and rich mythological narratives.

Indeed, amidst its leap days, missing months, and repeated years, the Indic Calendar System holds a secret that is but known only to a few among us.

e) Culturing Movement and The Movement of Cultures
A computational exploration into evolutionary processes that shape realities, virtual or otherwise.

e1) Plugging It In:- The Matrix of Sentinentiality
How emergent is the process of crossing reality?

Question: You guys can shame me into writing these, can't you?

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