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Comment Re:How does a company like Uber lose $$? (Score 1) 134

If that's indeed the business model (create market share, move to self driving vehicles), what will stop from any of their competitors to replicate this model with cheaper self-driven transportation?

Yahoo had "huuuge" market share. It may still have.

Any rental company teaming with a software shop has a good shot. Even a ZipCar type of outfit.

I guess Uber got lucky. The guy running the outfit seems to be your garden variety sociopath and has run out of ideas. What they need is someone like Zuckerberg (he's indeed good, you can like/dislike Facebook.)

Comment Aadhar - a good idea... (Score 1) 16

Aadhar may have flaky back-end systems, and will be exposed/leaked/hacked any day from now. (They use the super champion web-scale Mongo DB.)

Its a good idea, the benefits may outweigh the concerns. That said I do not know why they wanted bio-metric info other than the dudes championing Aadhar had big brother ideas. The ex CEO of Infosys - Nandan Nilekani - was heading Aadhar. He's one of those smart rich fools. He became popular among the East coast crowd when the other smart not-so-rich fool Thomas Friedman quoted him on NYT saying "world is flat".

Comment Twitter and profit... (Score 1) 84

Started typing "Twitter..." in the subject line and "Twitter and profit" auto-completed from a previous post.

Twitter should consider themselves as a not-for-profit service, retain its independence and so on. (May be the business model of Craigslist.) For that to happen, the current management and the VCs need to be nuked from the orbit.

Comment Re:Cost savings bullshit from a fool... (Score 1) 88

Why is this bigotry? The claim in the report/article is absolute nonsense. It does not matter if the claim came from Jesus Christ or Mohamed or Siva or Buddha!

The PR guys wanted to show their boss in good light. But when making such claims please make sure its somewhat reasonable.

Comment Re:Cost savings bullshit from a fool... (Score 1) 88

You are a class A moron and a liar. I did not say Kerala's education spend is Rs 220 CR, I said "office expenses" would include cost of software.

Kerala's expenditure on education is around Rs.15,000 crore in 2016-17 - refer page 25 of the detailed financial statement straight from Finance dept.

Yes, and what does that entail? Salary to teachers/staff.

The 150k value per machine includes not just Office software but FOSS replacements for other highly valuable ones like Matlab, Animation software, Molecular modelling, Interactive geometric sketching etc.

What silly nonsense! Add software costs which NASA uses to send rockets out of solar system and you will get a $5000 per machine figure. Then the cost savings will be even higher. And the idiots behind the PR release may get free PAZHAM PORI from the morons running the scheme.

Comment Cost savings bullshit from a fool... (Score 4, Informative) 88

They are talking about savings based on money they don't have.

The linked report says the assessment is based on Rs 150K ($2200) per machine cost for using proprietary stuff. No government in India will spend that sort of money on software licenses, forget about the spent on educational sector. This is imaginary stuff.

Here's the annual budget for the state of Kerala - https://kerala.gov.in/documents/10180/3793571/Revised%20Budget%202016-17_3 Go to page 4, and you can see a section for "Office Expenses" (which should include hardware, software, chairs, hammocks, water coolers, desks, fans and whatever else) for the whole state, including Department of Education - its Rs 220 CR, less than the claimed cost savings.

Its like claiming "I saved $100 million when I decided not to purchase an Airbus."

I am from Kerala. I have heard about the chappie mentioned in the report...a self aggrandizing fool.

Comment Twitter and profit... (Score 2) 37

The stock is down and advertising revenue is down.

Last year I spent some money on advertisement on online platforms. 80% of spent went to Facebook, 15% to Google properties, and whatever remaining to Twitter.

The ad platform of Facebook is *the* most sophisticated - the sort of filtering and targeting you can do is detailed, you can build an audience. Twitter is the worst, even the interface is from 1999.

Facebook is not making significant missteps. And Twitter is not taking any steps...forget about missteps. Whoever who's running Twitter should rework their ad platform, then it may or may not make profits.

But the core issue of Twitter...why push for profits? If the inventors were not greedy they could have used the model of Craigslist, remain as a useful public service. There will be enough money for your needs, not your wants.

Comment Re:I don't see the problem. (Score 1) 660

When these people stay in the USA, they generally depress wages and send all the money they earn back to their home countries anyway, which does the rest of the US economy no good at all.

This is beyond ridiculous - especially the part "they send all money to home countries". When they buy houses, automobiles, send their children to school, pay taxes etc. they are a net contributor to the society. And what they do with their money is none of anyone's business...they may send it to their home countries, donate to a Trump charity, or they may go to Las Vegas.

You can make a valid argument H1B program needs tweaking, but you don't have to add gross generalizations, untruth and FUD to the mix.

Comment Human brain is NOT a computer (Score 3, Interesting) 153

This whole approach to me reeks to substance dualism; the human brain is a computer, a very advanced one at that, but it's just a computer. there is no 'soul' that somehow makes the human brain the only thing that's capable of intelligent operations.

Start here...https://aeon.co/essays/your-brain-does-not-process-information-and-it-is-not-a-computer

Comment Re:Why is that useful? (Score 1) 189

Why run Windows in the first place? I am an Agile transformation coach, and I work in large organizations, and I always wonder, Why, if they are deploying on RHEL, are their developers writing code on Windows laptops?

I have no admiration for M$ and I have used Linux in some form or other for more than fifteen years. I admit Windows 7 is a decent OS, may be the best after Win 2000.

Linux is still not a viable substitute to Windows when it comes to Desktop. I don't know how good/bad the IDEs used for enterprise SW development are on Linux. Coding is not the *only* activity a developer does and as an Agile coach you would know the *endless stream of meetings*...do we have a substitute for MS Outlook? IMHO Agile ideas may make a stronger case for M$ SW.

Comment Apple in India (Score 1) 127

India - the worlds second largest market for more or less everything - is Android territory when it comes to mobile devices. Indians generally ask one question while purchasing a cell phone...does it run WhatsApp? Most will not use an email program in their lives, business is conducted on WhatsApp.

So, Facebook (WhatsApp) and Google (Android) has the country divided equally among themselves.

There is no Apple ecosystem in India. All the "iDevices" are niche products used by the minority upper class/upper middle class. Step into a crowded first class compartment of a Mumbai suburban train and you will spot countless Samsung Galaxy phones, a smattering of Huawei, Micromaxx, Xiaomi, ZTE, MotoG etc and may be one or two iPhone's. Its not going to change unless Apple competes on price.

Comment Re:What's the rush? (Score 1, Insightful) 216

Cashless transactions in India became widespread when a rice distribution scheme was replaced by direct payments to debit cards issued to the poor. Under the old system, about 80% of the rice was stolen before it reached the final recipients. Compared to that, 2% is nothing.

What utter nonsense!!! I am from India, and I follow what's happening in the country.

You are talking about PDS - Public Distribution System, a version of the food stamp program in US. Yes, there are inadequacies and some level of pilferage, but not like what you describe. PDS is not only rice, its wheat, sugar, pulses, and kerosene.

Less than 60% of the populace of the country has a bank account, that too most of the accounts are dormant. Forget about credit/debit cards.

The current demonetization is the stupidest idea any Indian government has done in the last fifty years. First they claimed it was to uncover black money, then it was "terrorists", and now "digital India".

You are either trolling or talking out of your backside.

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