Thursday, November 21, 2013

Why Infosys is doomed!

Start from the top.
Say Nandan Nilekani
Say Narayan Murthy
Two people I've had the priviledge of meeting face to face, after repeated dreams and constant nailbiting.
They only think urban and western. The fact that their head of consulting has been American, should be an eye-opener in itself.
Contrast this, with the current king of the ring, TCS.
TCS has been constantly sending their employees further and further into the hinterlands, building services which the rural people currently curse, then will feel blessed, like the Passport Seva Kendra.
The fact that the new head of consulting is from a rural area in Goa, shows that the future is rural.
This is a fact which even the colleges fail to understand, even as they see fewer and fewer MNCs entering their hallowed colleges, and more and more enterpreneurship cells get set up in various colleges.
The answer is not just blindly driving students into enterpreneurship.
It's about taking leading stalwarts from the urban space and making them start developing solutions for the rural space.
Think one way roads with traffic signals on Baga road. Think footpaths with built in drainage systems.
Think solar powered houses across main coastal areas.

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Indian CCTV hypocrisy

The hypocrisy of the CCTV in India is based on the following points:
1. No one is constantly watching them. This is totally unlike what you expect after watching tonnes of movies where the security guards are manning the cameras. Most of them are just gossipping in a corner sipping tea.
2. That there is no trigger for a CCTV, only passive recording.
3. That they are looking at the right thing. Most CCTVs aren't even placed in a proper position so that you may adequately get a view of the perpetrator, or his license plate. In supermarkets, most cameras don't even face the customer or follow his hands. In most aisles, the camera usually faces the back of the customer.
4. That they can even see anything. Most of the actual footage to be viewed, is viewed in the dark, with no surety of actual visibility.

Possible solutions:
1. Place a CCTV at entry points with suitable motion censors and lights tied in, so that the only footage taken, is when there are actually people in the room. This would make sieving through videos that much simpler, it would also frighten the people into thinking that there was constant monitoring.
2. Try a call-centre setup for CCTV monitoring so that any situation occurring, may be addressed in real time. Alternatively, use video tracking software which will trigger in case of violent situations. Example: http://iomniscient.com/

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Monday, November 18, 2013

The scariest app on a smartphone - TruCaller

Completed six months now, without a smartphone.




I realise that the scariest application which I don't have is TrueCaller.

Barely a month since I used a new mobile phone connection, and people can already find me on TruCaller.

It just means that there are that many users across the world using TrueCaller.

That means that TrueCaller has access to that many phone books across the world.

In other words, TrueCaller is building the largest database of phone numbers in the world.

If they are able to track the location, then they can identify callers by location and hence their databases by location.

If they can identify your location and your name, then they can easily find your social media profile.

If they can match your social media profile with the number, then they provide details on any person throughout the world, for a price to the buyer.



Another issue, is that if Truecaller starts tracking calls made to and from various parties, it will be able to identify big data patterns between callers, thus identifying boss, girlfriend, wife and even possibly mistresses, using the additional parameter of time.

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