* Posts by Taegukgi

12 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Apr 2016

Samsung Electronics is on fire! In a good way as profits leap


Re: Trillions of Won

It's not that inconveninent. Almost everything costs more than a thousand won (which is called cheon won in Korean) and it is similar to a US dollar in value (actually a little less than a dollar). So the prices and costs are expressed in cheon won or it's multiple (maan, baek and so on). It's only when the numbers are expressed in western units of millions, billions etc when it starts sounding weird.

Tablet sales remain bitter, but Nougat tipped to sweeten the market


Re: Apple knock-off

Interesting ... Wonder how you deduce that! Galaxy Note Pro 12.2" with sPen started selling in February 2014 while iPad Pro 12.9" with the pencil started selling in November 2015.

Looks like the tide is flowing the other way now!

India tweaks tech colleges to 'become real power in software'


Re: Does that mean...

Yes and No - I understand what you are saying about consultants in general but the people from these IITs are a different breed altogether.

They are the cream out of the kids who pass high school every year and then groomed through a pretty good system to come out as some of the higly sought after Engineers in the whole world. There are estimates of more than 1.5 millon Engineers graduating every year from various collages in India and just a few thousand of them are from the IITs; of course there would be a difference.

So whatever perception you have of "Indian developers and consultants", it would change for good if you work with these fellows.



The article describes the IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) initially and then moves on to talk about IIIT (Indian Institutes of Information Technology), which are a seperate entity. The former focusses on a wide spectrum of Engineering trades while the latter focusses on teaching IT (they are quite unrelated - more than their similar names might suggest).

Teen faces trial for telling suicidal boyfriend to kill himself via text


With a friend like her ...

You don't need enemies!

Don't know if she is just plain stupid or purely malicious. Oh wait! she is just a teenager with a phone!

North Korea clones Facebook, forgot to change default creds


Why is everything on the sign-in page in English?

If it really is made for the people of NK to use that is!!

Norks' parade rocket fails to fly, again


Any suggestions for the programming language(s) they use?

That is a state secret. The only thing known is that the first statement in each file should be:

#salutations "Dear Leader"

Otherwise the compiler would send the compilation error report to the Ministry of State Security!

Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'


And remembering to charge it is a pain

Totally agree with Woz; my Gear S2 does little more than than the phone (and much less without it). On top of it, charging it every few days is a a real pain. Once charged, it works for about 3 days and I inevitably forget to charge it after that!

India continues subsidising elite IT schools


Re: Sounds a bit pricey

Saying "yes" - or rather more accurately, not being able to a say a "no" is more of a cultural artifact. And this is true for most people from Asian countries, not just India. It is considered rude to say a straight no to a request and people go to great lengths to avoid saying it - of course sometimes failing in the process. Try making a Chinese or Korean person say a no and you would know!

My suggestion would be to either be a bit more culturally aware of the people you are working with or like you said: "be burnt". For this particular case of "yes" or "no", instead of just going by the spoken word, it always helps to watch the reaction of the other person when you ask something off him/her and you would immediately know if the person means to communicate a "yes, I can do it" or a "yes, if you say so, but I don't think it can be done; but anyway I will try to it"!!

Try being a little perceptive, and it would work wonders!


" loads of "well-educated" Indians rushing into management jobs, but nothing to show for their supposed skills. '

Maybe that's why companies like Microsoft, Google, Adobe and so on ... are being run by Indian CEOs?

This year's H-1B visa lottery jammed full in just six days


"Consulting Companies" - the culprits

Unfortunately, due to the way the H1B system is designed, not only do the CEOs of the US companies end up taking taking advantage of it but it also allows a large number of Indian "companies" to file petitions on behalf of people, who are ready to pay! Their modus operandi is very simple: lure the software Engineers working in India with a US H1B and demand the entire money required for the filing process in cash from these people. Some of these companies indeed do file for petitions and later also earn by making the consultants work on their behalf while some just take the money and then after the April deadline just apologize saying the lottery system did not select the certain person for a petition (and keep the money showing various non-refundable expenses).

Here, I am pointing out Indian companies because I have seen these companies at work quite up close. I don't know if there are people of any other country who create so many "companies" for this purpose. Sometimes these companies are no more than a single person with a one room office registered somewhere in the US. I came to know of quite a few such people who were waiting for their US Green Card to be granted just so that they could open up such one man companies and make loads of money out of unsuspecting Indian software Engineers!

The story just does not end here. If an Indian Engineer is granted a petition, these companies make them lie about many things including their experience, competency, skill set and even current location. The last one is quite interesting; once the petition is granted, these companies ask the Engineers to say that they are physically in the US and not in India! This is to let the client companies believe that they are hiring a contractor who is already present in the US (and has worked with US companies before).

Further, these companies even make up projects and imaginary products to get all the paperwork ready to get their candidates's visa stamped from the US consulates in India.

The result of all this deceit is that often incompetent or inexperienced people get hired for projects with the US client companies and perform poorly. That gives a bad name to Indian Engineers in general.

It's a sad thing that just because of such a badly designed work permit process, not only the American software Engineers and US client companies suffer, but also the Indian Software Engineers who somehow manage to pay for this process from their pocket and then get trapped with these "companies".

I really wish all this would change one day.