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Comment Lose anonymity, lose bargaining power. (Score 3, Insightful) 332

Companies want to extract maximum revenue from careless and casual customers and would grudgingly provide better deals to informed customers who insist on fair deals. They try to give coupons and deals to the informed customers and charge the rack rate for the customers who don't bother. Till now they could only do this at broad categories.

Once they have individualized information, all customers lose their bargaining power. They will know exactly how much you can be squeezed. Unless you are constantly on the vigil and constantly know the best price for each product, you will be taken to the cleaners.

Comment Content that you control. Very satisfying. (Score 1) 195

When my daughter was about three years old she would use an "educational" Reader Rabbit kind of software. If she spells the three letter word correctly, a line drawing would animate and make sound. B E E, zzzzz ! She would squeal with delight and repeatedly spell B E E.

She would also watch Disney cartoon animations, she liked them and enjoyed them too. But somehow the simple black and white line drawing animation produced as much delight in her as did the rich colors and fast moving animations of the Lion King or Cinderella.

I think the difference is her ability to control the action. Sitting back and dumbly drinking in whatever spews forth from the screen is one form of entertainment. But if you can control what is going on, even very simple content can be very satisfying.

Comment I am confused (Score 0) 53

Don't we call these things tidal forces? When large masses (like our Moon) moves, its gravitational influence also moves along with it. That changes the graviatational effects on other bodies near by. The general term used for this is Tidal forces. Because the ocean tides are the most common and observed phenomena due to this.

Gravitational waves on the other hand are extremely hard to observe, and they do not involve moving large massive bodies locally.

Comment Re:Two Solutions (Score 1) 255

So what kind of software and usage did your code have?

For comparison, we have 10,000 seats. Multiprocessor license. My code typically clocks 3 CPU months per year per user. The minimum config machine for our software is 16 processors, 64 GB memory, typical installation is 32 processor and 128 GB. Going with 5000 users average over 20 year span, I estimate my code has clocked around 300,000 x 30 x 86,400 cpu seconds. 860 billion cpu seconds almost. Which means our FE solver has clocked 4 trillion cpu seconds!

As of today I have 1 high priority and 58 total known defects.

Comment Re:Two Solutions (Score 1) 255

We are talking performance here. Not bugs. The code is correct and the solution is correct. It is just not as efficient as it could be.

Further the inefficiency is in the STL implementation.

Marketing and shipping dead lines are always important. We ship real software to real users who pay real dollars. 50K per seat per year. We raised 12 million in our IPO back in 1996. We are 9 billion market cap today. I stayed all the way through. The architecture I designed and implemented back in 1996 is scaling up to our current usage pretty damn good. We are not sinking anytime soon. I am quite proud of taking care of a critical component of our product for 20 years. yes, I pay attention to marketing and deadlines.

Comment Re:Use Mahindra & Mahindra (Score 1) 486

Simple, simplistic, just semantics.

Are you sure you are working on the South African export versions? I thought they add all this emission control only to the models exported to Canada/USA/Europe/NewZeland/Australia.

Anyway that is what that random passenger, working for M&M SouthAfrica, sitting next to me on a flight from Dubai to Chennai told me.

Comment Use Mahindra & Mahindra (Score 5, Interesting) 486

These tractors from the Indian company are pretty good, all old school, old tech. No fancy nancy software controlled stuff. Simple rugged diesel engine and clearly understandable mechanical parts. Apparently it is competing well in South Africa with other global giant farm equipment companies, due to "fix it and run it in the bush several hundred miles from the nearest repair shop" ability. Sub compact models are available in USA too.

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