Sunday, December 9, 2018

Spreadtrum - now Unisoc - has finally started its upward journey with its SC9863A chip. Either it's already there or it's now very close to the point where its cheap chips will finally become decent enough or good enough that they'll finally start to be incorporated by mainstream smartphone and device manufacturers.

  • There's no other purely ARM Cortex-A55 SoC on the market currently. Which is surprising considering there were/are several purely ARM Cortex-A53 chips, and A55 is the successor to A53. But the point here is that there was a market gap that Unisoc's chip has filled - at least until others release pure A55 processors.
  • Good GPU.
  • Though use of 28 nm manufacturing process is a shame [they should've used at least 16 nm and preferably 14 nm], all 8 cores are A55 and not A57/A72/A73/A75/A76, so power consumption shouldn't be too high. Still, had they used 14 nm, the chip's power consumption would've become a strong point.
  • 1.6 GHz isn't stellar of course, but it's certainly good enough for casual usage, especially if the OS is a pure version devoid of unnecessary layers/skins [and optimally compiled and configured].
  • The stunning success that MediaTek has achieved in the last 1-2 years, and particularly with its Helio P60 SoC should serve as a cautionary tale for Qualcomm. It's only a matter of time before Unisoc has its own Helio P60 moment. Obviously it's tough to digest that the excellent Helio X30 failed.
  • Obviously Unisoc needs to market itself and its products better. For example, the webpage for its older SC9832E product highlights "VoLTE, ViLTE, VoWiFi", but the page for its latest chip doesn't, making you feel like it might be missing these.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Enforcing equal pay for men and women will lead to a reduction in hiring of females

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].

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ajay Devgan's Shivaay is going to blast and explode on the box office like a thermonuclear bomb :D

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.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Flipkart seems to be the weaker one against Amazon and Snapdeal - it could be the one to fall

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.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Good ideas eventually come back

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.