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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

bayankaran Two cents... (176 comments)

The most important part of any business is "cash-flow". You get that right and your business will be a success in conventional terms.

Your questions on different tools/languages do not really make sense unless you are clear about the product you are pursuing. The same about senior/junior programmers.

Though you don't want a take on Agile/Waterfall, from my experience any project which involves serious "design" works better in a waterfall approach because most of the phases of "design" may not be flexible to be accommodated in a two week sprint cycle.

about 2 months ago

Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

bayankaran Opposite experince... (231 comments)

Interesting. I had the opposite experience...the Americans I meet now days - at least the educated ones - seem to be apologetic about America, its foreign policy, lifestyle choices, oil addiction, consumerism and all that.

about 3 months ago

Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

bayankaran The next step... (253 comments)

Will be to offer surrogate mothers - if you offshore childbearing its "win win" in the latest MBA text books.

about 3 months ago

Code.org: Blame Tech Diversity On Education Pipeline, Not Hiring Discrimination

bayankaran Indian women are doing better... (227 comments)

At my workplace - financial services firm in East Coast - I can see about 30% of IT workforce being women - coders, testers, managers and so on.
All are from India except for one from China.

about 4 months ago

Indian Mars Mission Beams Back First Photographs

bayankaran The best photo... (113 comments)

The best photo is not of Mars...but the women workers of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) handling the Mars mission celebrating.

BBC has a good report and the photo...http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-29357472

As a tweeter asks..when was the last time we saw women scientists celebrating a space mission?

about 4 months ago

Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

bayankaran Questionable ability!!!! (546 comments)

What exactly is this "questionable ability"?
Most of enterprise software development is working on some code base which is a huge hairball and you do not need any "advanced degrees" to do the job. If you are an excellent / above average programmer you are probably wasting your life in such environment.
You should not equate the skills needed to do the above with ability to write "elegant code".

about 5 months ago

WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

bayankaran Hippie Commune... (299 comments)

The last person you want running an organization that might draw negative attention from powerful entities is a guy who grew up (for a period, at least) in a white supremicist cult and then was pursued by them for years after he and his mother fled.
Assange might be paranoid and an ass, but the White Supremacist Cult which you describe is anything but that. Its a relatively harmless hippie type commune. Please do not to resort to falsehoods to bolster your case.

about 5 months ago

No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

bayankaran 2880, not 2080 (123 comments)

2880 is so far away we have nothing to fear. If humanity survives in some form to the 29th century it will be sufficiently advanced to make a meal out of the said asteroid. It may not even make prime time TV.
If its 2080...yes we may have something to think about.

about 5 months ago

Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

bayankaran Militiarization of police... (264 comments)

US has a serious problem with militarization of police. Its ironical that the "munitions" - what an inventive word by the way - are now targeted against your own citizens. The images coming from Ferguson remind you of Ukraine and/or other war torn nations.
All those police snipers/SWAT teams pointing laser weapons at protestors...one mistake by an adrenaline junkie will happen and you will get FPS action against your own citizens broadcast live around the world.
The superheroes, the best and brightest who planned putting military gear into the hands of police should be sent to GITMO.

about 5 months ago

Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

bayankaran Re: Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

The govt in this case doesn't care about that, they want their licensing money back.

You are right. But then without tax and revenue from licensing how will the government function?
We can always argue whether a specific regulation is needed or not, but are you are using the usual "small government", "starve the beast" idea?

about 5 months ago

Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

bayankaran Re:really? (141 comments)

Look at this way...a connected fridge is utterly pointless, but I can see how it will create new jobs.
There will be people employed to create software and hardware interfaces, test the interfaces, and finally when it breaks down or exploited, to fix them.
At least its going to be some extra buttons or a panel on a fridge...there is not going to be a significant hit to the environment. So lets not use the argument "what is the need".

about 5 months ago

Wyoming's Natural Trap Cave Yields Huge Trove of Animal Remains

bayankaran Wyoming... (31 comments)

What an interesting state...cave, Dick Cheney, sink holes, fossils.
Go Wyoming go...

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

bayankaran Re:Sweet explanation... (637 comments)

'What I am' does not matter. You will be employed if your skills are in demand, whether than involves frameworks, bit chasing...it does not matter.
Good to know you are employed. Now please stop being condescending.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

bayankaran Sweet explanation... (637 comments)

Sweet explanation on the 'recent grad'.
I am guessing you (and your C++ wife) were programming equivalents of sliced bread when you started your career compared to the "unschooled" Java programmer.
Why is Java popular...its good enough for most of the tasks and reasonably competent people can write non-scary code.
Not every programmer needs to understand "bit bashing" and a mental model of computers at the assembly level. Its an overkill.

about 6 months ago

Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

bayankaran Re:Change management fail (162 comments)

Outsourcing is bad, but as an Indian who renewed his passport recently, I have to say the process was smooth.
The document verification/IT/software/hardware part of the Indian passport application/renewal operation is now handled by TCS. You make an appointment online - for both fast track and slow track - and arrive at the local passport center with your documents. The TCS grunts allot a token, make sure documents are in order - if they are not you are sent back to get them corrected, take your fingerprints, photo and for final verification you meet an Indian government employee. He/she either says YES, or says YES with police verification.
In my case it was the latter as my passport had some damage - usual wear and tear, but visible.
A few days later a policewoman came home after fixing an appointment over phone, verified my documents/address and in two weeks I got a fresh passport.
I was impressed by the whole process. AFAIK Indian government and TCS is doing everything right as far as passport renewal goes...it was better than getting my experience in getting a drivers license/immigration papers in Toronto/Chicago/San Francisco.
May be US government should indeed outsource the operation to TCS...if they can do a good show in an anarchic chaotic mess like India, I am sure they can do the same in US.

about 6 months ago

Amazon's eBook Math

bayankaran Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

Publishers have a similar role to record companies. Somebody else creates the product, they edit the product, but mostly they are just the marketing firm. Why should they be getting a bulk of the profits?

Publishers ARE evil, but they do more than being middlemen.
Even good writers need good editors. Look at the complaints on Slashdot summaries...the issue is poor editing, and that's a skill different from being a good writer. Editing is more than correcting spelling mistakes/grammar. On many occasions a book becomes much more enjoyable when a good editor spends time and energy on the manuscript.
Fringe benefits like an advance on an upcoming book. Even if they take the rights perpetually, and the advance is too low, an advance is important.
The books they reject may not be worth much even they got published. Look at the all the books in Amazon...a majority of books are worthless, they were made/published only because they could be published. For every example of a good book being rejected by publishers there are hundreds of examples of a bad book being rightly rejected.
A writers job is to write. In the world of Amazon he/she will have to wear different hats...the marketing person, the editor (or find the editor), do the cheer leading to make his/her work standout etc. I have no idea how a real talent can emerge out of this madness.
But the world will adapt and evolve and my fears are misplaced. For every publisher who closes shop, there will be people announcing their skills for a fee. In the end a new publishing order will appear, which is probably going to be the old itself, but working on smaller margins.

about 6 months ago

The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

bayankaran Saudi Arabia is ISIS (125 comments)

Saudi Arabia is ISIS, the only difference...Americans think "they are bastards, but they are our bastards".

about 6 months ago

FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

bayankaran Re:Transparency (139 comments)

What most of us - including the politicos - forget is the fact that the "idea of being the POTUS" is attractive, not actually "being the POTUS."
BO was sure he is going to create history. And he did create history being the first black prez and all that. But then the actual job sucks. I have no idea how sane people willingly fight for this!
Still its better the illusion remains. Else the top decision makers will be much more worse than what we have now.

about 6 months ago

Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious

bayankaran So so phone... (58 comments)

Amazon is the worlds best organization for packing and shipping stuff. If they expect the money they can spend will give them an advantage in creating an exciting phone...its called hubris. A smartphone is a piece of jewelry. Its not like a book reader.
Amazon's smartphone breakfast, lunch and dinner will be eaten by companies like Xiaomi http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-22/the-latest-slick-cheap-smartphone-from-xiaomi-chinas-rising-mobile-power?google_editors_picks=true. They do only one thing...and they do it well.

about 6 months ago

What Came First, Black Holes Or Galaxies?

bayankaran Neither... (76 comments)

Not black holes, nor galaxies, but da chicken came first.

about 7 months ago



Arvind Kejriwal - Magsaysay Award Winner to be the Chief Minister of New Delhi

bayankaran bayankaran writes  |  about a year ago

bayankaran (446245) writes "In the dramatic development of the worlds biggest democracy India, the anti corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal, ex-civil servant turned politician of AAM AADMI Party (Common Man's Party) is to be sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state of Delhi. AAM AADMI party did not win an outright majority, but is forming the government with the backing of Indian National Congress.
A former civil servant, the 44 year old Mr Kejriwal was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award for Emergent Leadership, widely described as Asia's Nobel prize, for social work and initiatives to fight corruption in 2006.
Two years ago, he set up a group called India Against Corruption aimed at putting pressure on the government to bring about tough anti-corruption laws.
For India, this is the first time in post independence history a new political leader has emerged with strong middle class pan-Indian support and an anti-corruption platform. The other major sociopolitical movements in the last thirty years have been regional and based on people empowerment — whether it is the right wing Shiv Sena organized by Bal Thackeray in Mumbai or the Dalit/untouchables/lower caste Hindu's coming under the umbrella of Kanshi Ram of BSP — Bahujan Samaj Party.
Kejriwal's cabinet members are between 27 and 46 years of age. True to form, Kejriwal and his cabinet members will be reaching the Ramlila grounds for swearing in traveling in the Delhi Metro."

Link to Original Source

bayankaran bayankaran writes  |  more than 8 years ago

bayankaran writes "New York Times (registration needed) carries a report on Kerala's (south Indian state) plans to encourage use of open source and free software. One of the problems with the "report" of NYT/IHT is the unnecessary tone — the news will further unsettle foreign investors in this state.

Kerala recently banned Coke/Pepsi when a CSE (Center for Science and Environment) study showed that Coke/Pepsi products had high levels of pesticide content and that decision is coupled with the promotion of FOSS to portray the state as anti-market/anti-capitalistic. Recently there was a long standing agitation against a Coke bottling plant in North Kerala as it was depleting well water in nearby areas (though banning the products was a political knee jerk reaction). You would be also interested to know that Coke/Pepsi are used by Indian farmers as a pesticides controlling agent.

Kerala has more than 90% literacy and its human development indices are comparable to western countries."


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