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I normally don’t post stuff written by others but I just had to share this one.

It’s from Slashdot.org and sums up my experience with outsourcing to India really well.

>> Hello there!
>> Please refer to your opening on job posting site. I, Rajesh Sharma, would like to apply for the job.[…]My hourly rates are $ 9 USD.
> We all like to pretend this isn’t here and it isn’t happening, but I would say conservatively half the job market has disappeared in 10 years due to this currency/standard of living imbalance.

There’s another reality: it’s really, really hard to manage projects in India. I have tried this for a number of projects, and have learned the following things:

  • A day before the deadline, Rajesh will ask for more time
  • Halfway through the project, Rajesh will ask for more money
  • Rajesh will not give the source, as was agreed
  • Rajesh will not use unit tests, or Subversion, as was agreed
  • Rajesh cannot be bothered to provide an estimate or a planning
  • Rajesh will take on other projects and give priority to those before yours
  • Rajesh actually has a day job and just does projects on the side
  • Rajesh will tell you he takes a holiday for three weeks, starting tomorrow
  • Rajesh has a wedding of a brother, a pregnant sister, a sick father, etc and cannot make the planning
  • Rajesh will ask for more money at the end of the project
  • Rajesh cannot be reached because he lost his mobile
  • Rajesh cannot be reached because his mobile was stolen
  • Rajesh cannot be reached because his mobile its battery is empty
  • Rajesh cannot be reached because the e-mail server is down
  • Rajesh cannot be reached because the internet is down

Each and every project, I have had the above things. There are lots of ways around the above, but the main thing is that it’s very hard.

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Oldie but goodie.

  1. We work weird (night) shifts…
    Just like prostitutes.
  2. They pay you to make the client happy…
    Just like prostitutes.
  3. The client pays a lot of money, but your employer keeps almost every penny…
    Just like prostitutes.
  4. You are rewarded for fulfilling the client’s dreams…
    Just like prostitutes.
  5. Your friends fall apart and you end up hanging out with people in the same profession as you…
    Just like prostitutes.
  6. When you have to meet the client you always have to be perfectly groomed…
    Just like prostitutes.
  7. But when you go back home it seems like you are coming back from hell…
    Just like prostitutes.
  8. The client always wants to pay less but expects incredible things from you…
    Just like prostitutes.
  9. When people ask you about your job, you have difficulties to explain it…
    Just like prostitutes.
  10. Everyday when you wake up, you say: “I’m not going to spend the rest of my life doing this.”
    Just like prostitutes.

I just stumbled upon this cool video.

A guy who calls himself Swede Mason has made a song using clips featuring Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson as a sort of “beat box”.

The video is hilarious and really well made. Enjoy.

Brightness, explained by lolcats

Om restaurationsregninger – og topskat

Et forsøg på en forklaring er historien om de ti personer, der hver dag går ud på restaurant og spiser middag sammen. Den fælles regning på restauranten ender hver dag på 1.000 kroner, og de ti deler den op på nogenlunde samme måde, som vi betaler skatter her i landet.

De første fire – de fattigste – skal derfor ikke betale noget. Den femte skal betale 10 kroner, den sjette 30 kroner, den syvende 70 kroner, den ottende 120 kroner og den niende 180 kroner. Den tiende, den rigeste af dem, skal betale 590 kroner.

Rod med rabatten

Sådan spiser de sammen hver dag, og alle er de glade for den måde, de deler regningen på. Lige ind til restauratøren pludselig giver dem rabat.

»Eftersom I er så gode kunder,« siger han, »giver jeg jer 200 kroner i rabat på jeres middage.« En middag for ti personer koster derefter 800 kroner.

Gruppen vil stadig betale regningen på samme måde, som vi betaler skatter her i landet. Så de første fire bliver ikke påvirket: De skal stadig ikke betale.

Men hvad med de seks andre – dem som betaler – hvad skal de gøre? Hvordan skal de fordele rabatten på 200 kroner, så alle får en lige del? Og nu skal man holde ørene stive:

De finder ud af, at 200 kroner divideret med seks bliver til 33,33 kroner. Hvis de trækker det beløb fra hver persons andel, skal den femte og sjette person have penge for at spise.

Restauratøren foreslår, at det mest rimelige vil være at reducere hver person regning omtrent jævnt, og han sætter sig til at regne på, hvad hver person skal betale.

Resultatet bliver, at også den femte person kan spise gratis, den sjette skal betale 20 kroner, den syvende 50 kroner, den ottende 90 kroner, den niende 120 kroner. Den tiende skal betale 520 kroner i stedet for de 590.

Alle seks personer får en lavere pris end tidligere, og de fire første kan fortsat spise gratis.

Men så er det, at én i selskabet begynder at sammenligne, hvad de hver især har sparet. De står uden får restauranten. »Jeg fik kun 10 kroner af de 200 kroner,« begynder den sjette person og peger på den tiende.

»Men du tjente 70.« »Præcis,« siger den femte person. »Jeg sparede også bare en 10’er. Det er uretfærdigt, at han fik syv gange mere end mig!« »Det er sandt,« råber den syvende person. »Hvorfor skal han have 70 kroner, når jeg kun fik 20? De rige skal altid have det bedre!!!« »Hør
et øjeblik,« forsøger de fire første. »Vi fik jo overhovedet ingenting. Det her system udnytter de fattige.«

De ni personer omringer den tiende og giver ham tæsk.

Næste aften kommer han slet ikke til middagen, men de ni andre sættersig til bordet og spiser uden at vente på den tiende. Da regningen kommer, opdager de noget.

Der mangler 520 kroner…

I don’t if the large hadron collider will turn into a black hole but I’m enjoying the cartoons on the subject :)

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Let’s try to sum up the Debian OpenSSH problems

Debian - You can never be sure

Debian - Guaranteed entropy

Debian cat iz looking for antropi

Debian cat iz factoring RSA

Debian cat iz using Valgrind

Debian random cat iz not random

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Due to continuous illegal activities surrounding patchstick I’m giving up. End of the line, everyone off. It was a fun year or so.

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ATV4Windows.com is also shutting down

In reference to AwkwardTV shutting down because of patchstick. We are taking the same route!

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Thank you Andreas for this one

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