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Comment: Language depends on your target audience... (Score 3, Interesting) 150

by Sivaraj (#48607097) Attached to: Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

...and on the content your are writing, and the sort of influence you want to have. I know of several Tamil writers online who have dedicated following. If you want to influence online Tamil community, then I don't see the point of writing in English or Spanish.

There is probably some purpose for this study, but it is definitely lost in the blurb written above. While it is obvious that most of the internet talks in English, the ability to weild influence online is not just dependent on the language you are writing in. With instant page translations, good amount of the written content is accessible to larger section of audience, regardless of the language it is written in.

Comment: ITIL (Score 2) 317

by Sivaraj (#48552247) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Any Certifications Worth Going For?

For you profile, ITIL certification may be worth looking at. It gives knowledge essential for managing large IS departments, implementations, and data centres. It may not be as glamorous as PMP, but is essential part of managing IT for large companies. It is still a rare certification so it may actually be worth it. Being an IS manager you may appreciate many sections of the standard and contrast it with the way of doing things in your previous jobs.

+ - Telsa Motors Unveils Model D Sedan-> 1

Submitted by SchrodingerZ
SchrodingerZ (2576405) writes "Nine days after Elon Musk hinted about a new project, the P85D Sedan has been unveiled by Tesla Motors. The Model D is Tesla's latest car design, capable of feats not yet seen in electric vehicles. The four door luxury car is able to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in a mere 3.2 seconds, an acceleration similar to the McLaren F1 super car. While the exterior remains the same build as the Model S, the interior will have a second motor in the front of the car, to complement the rear motor. The D models will also have a slightly larger range of 275 miles on a single charge, 10 miles more than the 85 and P85 cars. The safety features have also been enhanced, adding "adaptive cruise control and the ability to read speed limit signs, stop itself if a crash is imminent, stay in its lane, and even park itself in a street spot or in your garage." Musk explains at the inaugural event, "this car is nuts. It’s like taking off from a carrier deck. It’s just bananas." The Model D is available for the 60kWh, 80kWh, and P85 cars, and are expected to start shipping in December of this year."
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Data Storage

Linux Needs Resource Management For Complex Workloads 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the dirty-job-but-somebody's-gotta-do-it dept.
storagedude writes: Resource management and allocation for complex workloads has been a need for some time in open systems, but no one has ever followed through on making open systems look and behave like an IBM mainframe, writes Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum. Throwing more hardware at the problem is a costly solution that won't work forever, he notes.

Newman writes: "With next-generation technology like non-volatile memories and PCIe SSDs, there are going to be more resources in addition to the CPU that need to be scheduled to make sure everything fits in memory and does not overflow. I think the time has come for Linux – and likely other operating systems – to develop a more robust framework that can address the needs of future hardware and meet the requirements for scheduling resources. This framework is not going to be easy to develop, but it is needed by everything from databases and MapReduce to simple web queries."

Comment: Re:Not sure about the recovery test (Score 4, Insightful) 125

by Sivaraj (#46793349) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

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.

Comment: Find a topic "the expert" is actually good at... (Score 1) 384

by Sivaraj (#46235175) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

...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.

Comment: Rockstar developers detrimental to teams (Score 1) 356

by Sivaraj (#44827449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

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.

Comment: Re:My question... (Score 1) 327

by Sivaraj (#44404559) Attached to: Tim Cook May Not Know Why, But Samsung Is Winning in China

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.

+ - Canonical crowdsources to make Ubuntu smartphone called Edge-> 1

Submitted by nk497
nk497 (1345219) writes "Canonical has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $32 million in 30 days to make its own smartphone, called Ubuntu Edge, that can also hook up to a monitor and be used as a PC. If it meets its funding target on Indiegogo, the Ubuntu Edge is scheduled to arrive in May 2014. To get one, backers must contribute $600 (£394) on the first day or $810 (£532) thereafter. Canonical will only make 40,000 of the devices."
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+ - Finnish Copyright Initiative Gets 50,000 Signatures

Submitted by Koookiemonster
Koookiemonster (1099467) writes "The Finnish citizens' initiative site (Finnish/Swedish only) has fulfilled the required amount of signatures for the third initiative since its founding. This means that the Parliament of Finland is required to take the Common Sense in Copyright initiative into processing.

The initiative calls for removal of copyright infringement as a crime, reducing violations by private individuals to a misdemeanor."

Comment: Re:Could be a good sign... (Score 2) 199

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.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.