Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Females are paid less, on average, not due to any kind of discrimination, but because they genuinely work less [produce less output per unit time for the employer] and because they generally like to work in less demanding and less skill-hungry jobs. Maternity and also monthly cycles combined with limited physical strength/stamina/endurance and reduced other abilities mean lower productivity. Female employees are also costlier to maintain - extra security has to be provided due to their inherent vulnerability to female-specific crimes, and so on.
Naturally, in order to maintain the "cost per unit of work received" parameter, they must be paid less per month. A fact that everyone - including women themselves - knows but people fear stating publicly is that women are hired primarily to add glamour/oomph for the real workhorse male co-workers and/or for the predominantly male audience/customers [whether it be in the military or in a strategy consulting firm or a hotel or an airline or in a movie], or they are hired when the employer needs a worker who works 0.5-0.75 times a male worker and is paid 0.5-0.75 times. Not hiring anyone means 0 work and 0 pay - not acceptable. Hiring a male means 1.0 work and 1.0 pay. But what if the production need is only 0.5-0.75 units of work? Here's where women can sometimes fill the gap.
So if you force companies to pay women equally, they'll see little, if any, benefit in hiring women. Why get less bang when you're gonna spend the full buck, after all? Women employment will fall [unless, of course, like every other place, women beg for quotas to compensate for a lack of an economic case for hiring them].
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Advanced Western nations - Americans, Europeans, etc. - will create biologically superior human beings using genetic engineering methods such as genome editing, creating at least two distinct classes of human beings on Earth. This fragmentation of human beings will increase the divide between nations and peoples.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Even after watching its trailer several times, you don't understand one bit what exactly the movie is all about. Folks who've cleared such a trailer for release likely would make a poor movie, hence the feeling that Shivaay is going deep down into the ocean.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Current fares of international long-distance phone calls - the epitome of telecom carrier greed and bureaucracy, as we know these today - will be completely undone due to both Internet-based "free" calling services in Skype, LINE, WhatsApp, Viber, KakaoTalk, etc., and also due to the avaricious pricing of IDD/ISD calls that prevails today.
Outrageous and frankly unbelievable pricing of ISD calls and data as shown in the webpages below - and this is happening in 2016 - will come back to haunt and bite mobile companies.
Update [20-May-16]: On the other hand, I sometimes feel that a guy who spends anywhere from INR 1-2 lacs on a family trip/vacation to Singapore or Thailand will probably be comfortable and maybe happy to pay a [relatively] small amount of INR ~2,500 to get free incoming calls as well as a few GBs of data and a few hundred minutes of outgoing calls to India. Compared to the thousands of rupees that are charged for even little things on a foreign vacation, this seems like a paltry amount.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Even though Google is currently going to axe the record-directly-to-YouTube feature for webcams, the broader feature - save user data directly to the Cloud in real-time - is too good and hence will soon come back, including for webcams.
Friday, December 18, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Unless Tata Motors decisively resolves the many extant engineering issues of engine performance, reliability, efficiency, build quality, platform freshness, etc., of its cars, it will continue to lose sales in the Indian passenger automobile market. MBA-inspired attempts to fool the general public - such as the #madeofgreat campaign - will not be able to compensate in any way for the severe fundamental flaws in its products.
All of these boring Tata cars - Bolt, Zest, Vista, Manza, etc., are basically based on Indica and Indigo. It's old wine in new bottle. Again and again. Won't work now.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
CCTV cameras and also other security cameras will soon have their own dedicated URLs on YouTube to watch real-time footage, keep a month worth of recording, etc.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Increasingly, Flipkart isn't able to serve my online shopping needs [link 1, link 2]. I visit it only to check prices, but it increasingly isn't able to convert me into a buyer. I'm a frequent online buyer, and I buy from several places - Snapdeal, Amazon, Pepperfry, Jabong, Myntra, etc. I have a pretty good feel of which website has what strengths and weaknesses. It increasingly appears to me that Flipkart is weak when it comes to making me click the Buy button.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Eventually there will be full-fledged word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, etc., applications directly inside Facebook, thus allowing users to create and share documents within the Facebook ecosystem and beyond
The current system of Docs for Facebook will evolve into applications coming directly inside FB.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Eventually, a unified search engine will be launched out of Bing and Facebook, either inside Facebook itself or on both Bing and Facebook. This unified engine will search both Facebook content and the general Web, and will likely be more useful than a Web-only engine.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Friday, November 1, 2013
Not many years from now, either shredding will become the standard way of deleting data, or storage devices will be such that deleted data cannot be recovered. Later generations will feel surprised listening to past tales of deleted data being "recovered" from hard disks.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
America and its gang will be successful in their desperate attempts to bury and even overturn UN's preliminary findings that the West-supported Syrian "rebels" used the nerve agent - sarin gas - against civilians in Syria. America will instead - by hook or by crook - attempt to establish that it's the Syrian government that used chemical weapons.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
A good idea that's executed improperly or executed at the wrong time won't die. It'll eventually come back at the right time and in the right form by someone. For it's fundamentally a good idea. Examples include the Newton MessagePad and the Sony Glasstron.