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Comment V R Feroze has little programming experience (Score 0) 441

I worked in SAP Labs India till 2 years ago, and I was there during Feroze's first two years as its MD. That place has a culture of mediocre coding standards and general lack of any programming methodology. This person has thrived on that culture, and moved up the ranks very fast and hasn't spent more than 5 years as a programmer himself. This is primarily why he has made this comment because he has no understanding or perspective on the importance of programming experience and why that or why it matters.

Comment Re:If Americans cannot compete with non Americans. (Score 0) 795

I think most of them who come from Indian outsourcing companies like Infosys and HCL earn much lesser than 80K and save up close to 100K. Since I live in India and work in the industry I know a handful of people who work for these outsourcing companies and are working in the US on H1-B Visa. Usually they would rent a one room apartment where four people would stay together. Some of them would go even cheaper, one of the persons who I know, stayed in a Gurudwara (Sikh Temple), where usually the people who can't afford a place to stay would usually go.


Submission + - Firefox mulling separate release cycle for enterpr (pcpro.co.uk)

Unitedroad writes: "Mozilla is finally considering having a separate release cycle for enterprises who cannot update to the latest stable every six months to keep up with the current Firefox release cycle.
The enterprises will use the extended release cycle which will mean a new release for them every 42 weeks, in contrast to every six weeks for the regular users."


Embedded Linux 1-Second Cold Boot To QT 141

An anonymous reader writes "The blog post shows an embedded device cold booting Linux to a QT application all in just one second. This post also includes a link which describes what modifications were made to achieve this."

Submission + - Amd joins Meego (pcmag.com)

Unitedroad writes: AMD has joined the the Meego alliance, which is developing the Meego platform targetted towards handhelds and smartphones. What makes this move interesting is that AMD is a long time Intel rival in the processor space, and them joining the alliance could be a significant move for the Meego platform, which is supported by Intel and Nokia.

Submission + - AMD joins Intel's MeeGo OS effort (idg.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "In an effort to expand software compatibility for its upcoming Fusion chips, AMD has joined rival Intel's efforts to develop the open-source MeeGo OS. AMD "will provide engineering expertise intended to help establish the technical foundations for next-generation mobile platforms and embedded devices," the company said in a blog post on its website"

Comment Solution to the bigger issue of piracy (Score 1) 728

What do governments usually do when they decide that a substance corrupts the society and influences people to commit crime? They ban that substance and device laws that give harsh punishments to the sellers of that substance. Like banning narcotics for recreational use and punishing their dealers with long multi-decade sentences. The analogy I am drawing to piracy here is that it's the MP3 players made by mega-corporations such as Apple and Sony that drives people to download music illegally. Say, an 80 GB ipod costs 200 dollars. So if each song takes an average 4 MB of space, then your ipod can hold 20,000 of them. Something which was unimaginable before you could store your music on a hard drive. This would need you to shell out 13,800 dollars at 69 cents per song. So if we just ban the sale of these MP3 player, our primary motivation to piracy will be gone. It could also serve as a good precedence for the future if the makers of these MP3 players are told to pay billions of dollars in retrospective fines for the losses they have caused to the music industry.

Comment Maths skill is necessary for some programming .... (Score 1) 609

With only three years in the programming field with the backoffice of one of the top software companies in the world, I have got the feeling that most of the jobs do not require much mathematical skill. Especially in my kind of setup in this part of the world, because if you have the most rudimentary logical skills, then this is all you ever need to get your job done. Our team maintains a product which was developed five years ago by handful of people who have all moved on. Since this product has become so stable that the most of the requirements seldom requires us to cut into the muscle to fix anything. So our team spends all its time doing work which pretty much can be done by a high school grad or an arts student with little or no knowledge of, or inclination towards, mathematics. But does that give me a reason to think that Maths is not necessary at all for programming? No, because I know I can not go very far with where I want to go if I don't have strong logic and mathematical skills, and the desire to learn.
The Almighty Buck

Homeless Man Lives On Reward Points 4

Jim Kennedy lost his six-figure corporate development job 19 months ago, his house went into foreclosure, and his bankruptcy will be finalized in January. A story that is not uncommon these days. What is unusual about Kennedy is how he has been living since his financial meltdown. He has been supplementing his cost of living with reward points from hotel and airline loyalty programs. From the article: "This week, Kennedy is at the Holiday Inn Express in San Clemente, where he converted his United Airlines miles. He brought down the 7,000-points a night cost to 5,000 by adding $100 for his four-night stay, so it costs him $25 a night. But there’s an added benefit because he can expand his food budget with the free breakfast. It’s also convenient, as he can drive up the 5 Freeway to get his mail at the Mailboxes Plus in Irvine – he has a post office box because he has no address. It’s here he gets his unemployment checks, which he and 147,000 other jobless people in Orange County are using for survival."

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