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.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Zor Ka Jhatka: Total Wipeout will rapidly fail, unless it's modified to address its several weaknesses - non-serious presentation, overuse of special effects and music/sounds, excessive commentary (that's also lousy, sexist and vulgar), repetitive obstacle sets, down-market dialogs, etc.


Physical keys for vehicles, like metal keys, will disappear. These will be replaced by biometric keys and electronic keys (authentication using a smartphone, for example).


We will transition from human-driven, unstructured driving of vehicles to machine-driven, structured driving.


The ability to program human brain will allow children to be instantly converted into "experienced" and "knowledgeable" professionals, reducing the chronological age of adulthood.


Dedicated cable service to deliver TV programming will be replaced by Internet-only delivery of multimedia content.


A new generation of commercial aircraft from Brazilian, Canadian, Chinese, and Russian companies will successfully break the duopoly of America's Boeing and Europe's Airbus.


Earth will be inhabited by animal and plant species designed 100% by humans (or derivatives of natural species). Of course, naturally-designed species will exist as well.