Insider Info

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talked to a consultant

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naive goals

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Started working on my essays

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I-Day

happy independence day to all !!!

chatbox is crap

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3 am

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Clear Admit

Clear Admit: "Best of Blogging 2006-2007 Results!"

weekend screwed

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The Truth

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Delivering software as a service

A McKinsey Quarterly report about latest trend in software delivery: report
  • Traditionally, companies buy software and then install and maintain these applications on their own machines. That model is giving way to one where companies will buy subscriptions and access services over the Internet from software developers that host their own applications.

  • Some applications will migrate to the new delivery model faster than others, but all software makers should begin to explore the economics and necessary capabilities for online delivery.

  • Revenue models for these developers will change, since software as a service delivers fees over time rather than large up-front license purchases.

  • Customer service and R&D capabilities will also need to adjust to the reality of ongoing relationships with customers rather than periodic upgrades.

Rajni Mania

Rajni's charisma. Watch The Boss :

Actually I had put Sivaji movie trailer here but it takes long time to load and lately it's not coming up at all.

Some gmat verbal prep tips

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Damned Lies and Statistics - 2

15. The media often fail to question activists' generalizations.
16. Good statistics meet four standards. First, good statistics are based on more than guessing. Second, they are based on clear, reasonable definitions. Third, they are based on clear, reasonable measures and finally, they are based on good samples.
17. One good sign of good statistics is that we're given more than a number; we're told something about the definitions, measurement, and sampling behind the figure - about how the number emerged. When that information remains concealed, we have every reason to be skeptical.
18. Never overestimate the understanding of an innumerate public.
19. When we discover a difference between two groups (e.g that black and white have different arrest rates), it is easy to assume that the obvious differences between the groups (races) causes other differences (e.g., in arrest rates). It is always possible that something else, some other variable (such as class) actually causes the difference. This is an important issue in philosophy: apparent relationships between two variables that are actually caused by a third variable are called spurious.
20. Another flawed method of emphasizing a problem's importance is to focus on some narrowly defined population where the problem is relatively concentrated.
21. One interesting way of claiming authority in recent years has been to publish collections of social problems statistics in small, specialized reference books. The titles of these volumes often emphasize the factual nature of the contents, even though the books frequently promote a particular ideology or the interests of a specific group.


Confronting the Inevitable

As a pratical matter, it is virtually impossible for citizens in comptemporary society to avoid statistics about social problems. Statitics arise in all sorts of ways, and in almost every case the people promoting statistics want to persuade us. Activists use stats to convince us that social problmes are serious and deserve our attention and concern. Charities use stats to encourage donations. Politicians use stats to persuade us that they understand society's problems and that they deserve our support. The media use stats to make their reporting more dramatic, more convincing, more compelling. Corporations use stats to promote their products and improve their profits. Researchers use stats to document their findings and support their conclusions. Those with whom we agree use stats to reassure us that we're on the right side, while our opponents use stats to try and convince us that we are wrong. Stats are on of the standard types of evidence used by people in our Society. It is not possible to ignore stats, to pretend they don't exist. That sor of head-in-the-sand approach would be too costly. Without stats, we limit our ability to htink thoughtfully about our society; without stats, we have no accurate ways of juding how big a problme may be, whether it is gettin gworse, or how well the policies designed to address that problems actually work.

Beyond Java

Rumor has it that after Bruce Tate and Justin Gehtland finished working on a web application written in Spring, Hibernate, and Webwork, they were able to recreate the application in Ruby in 4 nights. From that point on Bruce and company began questioning Java's applicability in different problem domains. The book Beyond Java came pouring out after several epiphanies from this Ruby porting experience.

Read more about Bruce's latest in this article.

Discussion on Serverside

Damned Lies and Statistics

Gems from the book "Damned Lies and Statistics" :

1. Most of the time, most people simply accept statistics without questioning.
2. Bad statistics live on; they take on lives of thier own.
3. The media like to report statistics because numbers seem to be "hard facts" - little nuggets of indisputable truth.
4. Innumeracy is the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy; it is "an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance". Just as some people cannot read or read poorly, many people have trouble thikning clearly about numbers.
5. Because many people have trouble appreciating the differences among big numbers, they tend to uncritically accept social statistics (which often, of course, feature big numbers). What does it matter, they may say, whether there are 300,000 homeless or 3,000,000?-either way, it's a big number. They'd never make this mistake dealing with smaller numbers; everyone understand that it makes a real difference whether there'll be three people or thirty coming tonigh for dinner.
6. One reason we tend to accept statistics uncritically is that we assume that numbers come from experts who know what they're doing.
7. There are 3 basic questions that deserve to be asked whenever we encounter a new statistic:
A. Who created this statistic?
B. Why was this statistic created?
C. How was this statistic created?
8. Reporters are faced with the daily choice of painstakingly researching stories or writing whatever people tell them. Both approaches pay the same.
9. People who create or repeast a statistic often feel they have a stake in defending the numbers.
10. Any estimate can be defended by challenging the motives of anyone who disputes the figure.
11. Whenever examples substitute for definitions, there is a risk that our understanding of the problem will be distorted.
12. Public attitudes toward most social issues are too complex to be classified in simple pros and cons, or to be measured by a single survey question.
13. Survey researchers know that how questions are worded affects results.
14. The representativeness of a sample is actually far more important than sample size.

Will write more about Mutant statistics later ...

My GMAT post on ScoreTop

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ZOHO Polls

Interesting polls site. You can create your own poll and you can display it along with result on your blog page. http://polls.zoho.com

Support Job

Thinnest Laptop from Intel

Just came across this so called The World's Thinnest Notebook form intel. Intel collaborated with Portland company Ziba to design this sleek and highly fashionable laptop, which is as thin as Motorola Razr!! Something to look forward to for this summer.

Intel metro laptop

Business Week - The Word’s Thinnest Notebook

Widget Galore

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Plan v/s impluse

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GMAT - 750 (50Q, 41V)

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scheduled gmat

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