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Comment The Boiling Frog (Score 1) 113

Vast majority of the consumers are like the frog in a pan that is being heated up very gradually. The frog doesn't realize it but it will be eventually cooked alive.
These consumers are slowly opting-in, slowly uploading their personal photos, slowly allowing their personal emails to be scanned until one day, they would realize how far down the road they have come.

Submission + - Brick & mortar retail stores in India refuse to sell Android One phones

oyenamit writes: Online shopping in India is still in its infancy but is growing tremendously to reach the mostly untapped market of 1.2 billion people. Invariably, the conflict between pure online retailers like Amazon and Flipkart and brick and mortar stores was bound to emerge. Unfortunately for Google's Android One, it has been on the receiving end of this friction. Leading brick and mortar retailers in India have refused to sell Android One handsets ever since the US company chose to launch its products exclusively online.

The three Android One makers in India — Micromax, Karbonn and Spice — launched their handsets exclusively online in mid-September. When sales did not meet their expectations, they decided to release their products via the brick and mortar store channel. However, smaller retailer and mom-n-pop shops have decided to show their displeasure at having being left out of the launch by deciding not to stock Android One.

Comment Re:Permanent problem? (Score 1) 223

No, it does not seem permanent. As per the original plan, the secondary batteries were expected to receive about 7 hrs of sunlight each 12.4 hr comet day. Now it is expected to be only 1.5 hrs. This will definitely impact experiments that need to continuously run for long periods of time.

Submission + - Antivirus vendor Avast suffers embarrassing forum hack

oyenamit writes: In what might turn out to be an egg on the face scenario, antivirus company Avast announced that their community forums have been hacked and have been taken down. Avast CEO Vince Steckler has blogged that the attack affected less than 400,000 of Avast's 200 million forum users and that it is not yet known how the attacker breached the forum. Vince goes on to warn that "even though the passwords were hashed, it could be possible for a sophisticated thief to derive many of the passwords".

While the attack affected only the community forum and the payment, license related data was not compromised, it serves as a good wake-up call for everyone that very little out there is truly secure.

Comment Re:Learning is great (Score 1) 230

. . . plus by learning the language . . . you also learn the culture. And be able to understand it better. That makes real business sense.

While this might be true for other countries, it is not necessarily so for India.
English is recognized as the secondary official language of the country (with Hindi being the official one). Even lowly clerks in government offices speak English (albeit with an accent). The huge amount of information & literature available in English and the high percentage of English-speaking population in India make learning Hindi optional.

Moreover, even though Hindi is the dominant language, it is only one of many. If you are doing business with a company based in Bangalore, chances are very high that the mother tongue of your business partner is Kannada (which has almost nothing in common with Hindi).

Save yourself some precious time - learn the culture, skip the language.

Submission + - How to build a better developer community->

dp619 writes: Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon (of GitHub fame) and the OuterCurve Foundation have shared a blog postwith suggestions including how to choose an open source license, why governance processes should be simple, how to establish codes of conduct, why a community helps software evolve, and how to structure a project to provide an easy on ramp to participate. The overarching theme of the post is that the dynamic aspects of software development are lost if a project doesn’t fully embrace open source; communities don’t just automatically form around a license. A added benefit is that companies that consume open source can contribute back to the commons and gain from collaborative development.
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Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.