* Posts by sketharaman

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IT services giant Wipro fires 300 for moonlighting

sketharaman

Re: restrictive conditions?

When I joined Wipro in 1988, my employment contract included a "No Moonlighting" clause. So did the employment contract of every other Indian and American IT company that I worked for since I left Wipro in 1991. In the current case, the 300 fired employees not only violated the no moonlighting clause but, by working for competitors, they also probably broke nondisclosure provision in their employment contracts.

SEC charges VMware with hiding slowing sales from investors

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Postpone or "Prepone"?

When other companies advance ("prepone") delivery dates to obfuscate an otherwise slow quarter, how did VMware manage to achieve that effect by postponing delivery dates?

Trump and Biden agree on something – changing Section 230

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Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem

This must be the first time that I'm reading about Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem after studying it in engineering college over 35 years ago!

Ex-HP finance manager jailed after going on $5m spending spree using company plastic

sketharaman

Re: 46 handbags

LOL You seem to be the guy in the old joke where a guy's wife loses his credit card. When his friend asks him why he hasn't filed a police complaint, he quips, "The thief will spend less than my wife":)

sketharaman

Re: Ambition, risk-training, vanity, lack of morals…

Oh c'mon, you're insulting HP if you thought you can become CEO of a company of that size by committing a mere 7 figure fraud:)

You'll soon be able to ghost a WhatsApp group without making everyone hate you

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Quitting a WhatsApp Group in my circle is a big deal, which is why I configured my WA in such a way that others can't add me to groups by themselves, which is the default feature. What they can do is to send me an invite à la LinkedIn and it's up to me to accept it and join the group or not. I've noticed that, if I don't accept an group invite, I get 1/10th the number of questions from others as when I leave a group. This new "Quit Quietly" feature is great for me.

As for why it was not built as default, I happened to ask an ex-WhatsApp PM about this. He told me that, especially in small groups, when people communicate with A, B, C, and C leaves quietly, it could cause misunderstanding because they think they're still communicating with C. Made sense to me.

Amazon buys US healthcare chain One Medical for $3.9bn

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People are sick?

"We think health care is high on the list of experiences that need reinvention". Well said Neil Lindsay, even if in a canned statement. Indeed. With the kinda hoops it makes people jump through, the primary healthcare system in the West forgets that people who seek it are actually sick.

Google, Oracle cloud servers wilt in UK heatwave, take down websites

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AC/DC

I get why 40C can be a problem in homes and even offices that don't have fans or AC. But Data Centers are supposed to have AC. If ACs in DCs in Middle East and India can support temperatures as high as 50-55C, why don't the ones in Oracle and Google DCs in UK support 40C?

Now-frozen crypto-lending biz Celsius accused of devolving into a Ponzi scheme

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True dat. According to studies, the first one-third of investors in Ponzi Scheme do get their promised high returns. I surely don't seem them complaining.

Near-undetectable malware linked to Russia's Cozy Bear

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Re: Cunning ?

I agree that .ISO is a major tell but (1) File extensions are not displayed in some email clients (2) Some people don't notice file extensions (3) Most importantly, "0-touch" malware is a thing, which does not involve any file or clicking any attachment.

Schneider and Dell integrate UPS, HCI for graceful shutdown

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From no power outage to power outage so long...

When we had a roadshow at a certain 5 star hotel in Frankfurt 20+ years ago, I asked the banquet manager if they had a power backup. He looked at me like I was crazy and told me that Germany has never had a power outage in his whole life. From there to building solutions to not only address a power outage but one that lasts so long that even the UPS runs out completely - a situation that I've never ever encountered in India in my whole life - the west has come a long way in infrastructure.

NOBODY PRINT! Selfless hero saves typing pool from carbon catastrophe

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Going by carbon paper catastrophe in title...

Going by the title, I thought a user had actually inserted a carbon paper into a laser printer and "Dan" removed it just in time before it could gum up the laser printer! This reminds me of a time when we came close to doing exactly that! Until then, purchase orders issued by customers of our IT company were printed on dot matrix printers. Since customers needed multiple copies, they would take three sheets, slip in a carbon paper in between each pair of them, insert the whole bunch into a DMP and print multiple copies at one shot. As sales reps, we'd "help" the customer in this process by hunting around for carbon paper, which was, for some reason, a precious commodity those days. Then came a time in circa 1990 when an MNC bank was going to place an order on our company. Like always, our sales rep went fishing around for carbon paper to help the customer to print multiple copies of the PO. But this customer turned out to use a laser printer - carbon paper not required. For the first time ever, we saw someone enter "3" against "number of copies" on the software's print screen, and three printouts coming out of the printer, one after the other, without any carbon paper! Memory serves, it was our company's first ever PO printed on Laser Priner.

Under pressure, SAP shuts down Russian operations

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Fight back / ramp down

Poetic justice! LOLOL.

Russia scrambles to bootstrap HPC clusters with native tech

sketharaman

Re: See ? That's what all those EULA's were for !

LOL. I've noticed that sarcasm - and many other figures of speeches - don't work on forums and social networks.

Skills shortage puts SAP projects on hold

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Re: Really "skills" issues?

LOL I once wondered if that was the real issue with the proclaimed H1B shortage, too.

https://gtm360.com/blog/2018/11/19/to-h-1b-or-not-to-h-1b-is-a-money-question/

London university on hunt for £17m SAP ERP replacement

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Haven't we seen this movie before?

Back when I got into ERP in the mid 1990s, there was no cloud, SAP used to strongly discourage customization on its onprem version. But I've yet to come across a single large enterprise that uses the SAP base product as it is, without some extension / customization or the other.

I wonder if cloud will be any different. Even assuming that cloud v. onprem is more than just a question of deployment, I don't see how a company's unique business process on onprem can suddenly be replaced by a standardized business process on cloud.

Spot the irony: India's Reserve Bank says outsourcing and offshoring are risky

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Big Tech and Fintech

I suspect RBI is referring to product outsourcing by banks to (mostly Indian) Fintechs and (mostly foreign) Big Techs rather than workforce outsourcing to some lower-cost (foreign) country.

Indian PM says digital rupee will facilitate creation of global digital payment scheme

sketharaman

Re: "will be the digital form of India’s physical currency and will be convertible into cash"

China's Alipay *is* RTP. USA's RTGS *is* RTP. There's no <something else> about them. They both exceed India's RTP value (UPI + RTGS) by a mile.

Kudos to UPI for what it has accomplished but that's not the topic here. Your claim that India does #1 RTP processing value in the world is total BS. Not one of the sources you posted supports your claim that India's $1T RTP value is the highest value of RTP processed by any country in the world.

But let this not stop you from posting dubious data and changing the topic when your BS is called out in public.

sketharaman

Re: "will be the digital form of India’s physical currency and will be convertible into cash"

Well, even I could go around cherrypicking payment methods and claiming whatever I want.

If we include RTGS, USA does as much A2A RTPs in a week as India does in a year.

* USA: $805T / year.

* INDIA: $19T / year.

There's no comparison.

sketharaman

Re: "will be the digital form of India’s physical currency and will be convertible into cash"

According to the Statista chart you have linked, India does $25.5 billion in real time payments. Which is extremely underwhelming.

How about posting the correct source for the 1 trillion figure?

ByTW, in 2019, Alipay alone did $17T in RTPs in China.

Western Australia Health taps SAP and Deloitte for AU$220m SaaS HR system over 10 years

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SAAS Will Not Decimate Implementation Efforts?

"SAP gets $37M in software subscriptions while Deloitte gets $117M for implementation of SaaS HR.".

They keep saying that SAAS has decimated implementation efforts but implementation partner is still getting 3$ in Services for 1$ in License! #GoFigure

'Please download in Microsoft Excel': Meet the tech set to monitor IT performance across central UK government

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Excel rules!

Reminds me of an old saying: "70% of Fortune 500 companies have ERPs but over 90% of them submit reports to their board of directors in Excel."

Google sours on legacy G Suite freeloaders, demands fee or flee

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Why Gmail When Hosting Provider Gives Free Mail Boxes?

I get unlimited free email inboxes from my hosting provider. I've never understood the need for Gmail or Google Mail Email Service Provider although a lot of people do use it.

https://gtm360.com/blog/2017/05/12/why-gmail-when-hosting-provider-gives-free-mail-boxes/

Luxembourg judge hits pause on Amazon's daily payments of disputed $844m GDPR fine

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Largest GDPR Fine?

"The €746m fine (slapped on Amazon) was the largest penalty under GDPR to date, topping the previous record of €50m from the French National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) against Google in 2019 by almost 15 times."

Whatever happened to the €10bn GDPR lawsuit against Oracle and Salesforce reported by The Register last year? https://www.theregister.com/2020/08/14/privacy_collective_sues_oracle_salesforce_gdpr/

Apple wins Epic court ruling: Devs will pay up for now as legal case churns on

sketharaman

Re: What BS!

Totally agree. In another comment, I speculated that Apple could charge a fixed listing fee on *all* apps whether or not they generate revenues from AppStore (and elimiinate the current practice of charging a 30% variable fee on sales only on apps that generate revenues from AppStore.)

sketharaman

Re: "allowed in-app purchases outside your app"

I don't know if that's what the OP means but it's very much possible to make purchases of in-app products outside an app: Log in to app's website; make purchase of virtual good; login to app with same creds; said virtual good is automatically made available as in-app product.

sketharaman

Re: Epically wrong.

Totally agree. What Apple is charging is a 30% commission on sales, which is very much industry standard in the software industry (although it's getting wrongly interpreted as 30% MSC / MDR, which is ridiculously high). I wonder what will happen if Apple turns around and tells *all* apps to pay a flat listing fee, whether or not they generate revenues from AppStore, instead of the 30% variable fee it currently takes only from apps that generate revenues from AppStore.

Amazon India execs questioned after sellers allegedly use site to smuggle marijuana

sketharaman

What about Returns?

Any news on whether the customers who ordered Stevia Leaves because, you know, they actually wanted Stevia Leaves, file for returns with Amazon when they found out they got marijuna?

Informatica UKI veep was rightfully sacked over Highways England $5k golf jolly, says tribunal

sketharaman

Overzealous Enforcement

Overzealous enforcement IMO. Golf has been a sales best practice for eons. It costs what it costs. These regulators should be put on quarterly sales quotas, then only they will realize...

Judge rejects claims Cloudflare should be held responsible for customers' copyright infringement

sketharaman

Aiding and Abetting

Had the plaintiffs gone after the hosting or payment service provider of the alleged copyright-infringing websites, I somehow think the judge's decision might have been different. In one Michael Connelly novel, the outsourced digital marketer of an escorts agency website gets sued for prostitution. The court's verdict was that, the digital marketer is culpable if s/he takes its fees in the form of a commission on the escort agency's sales but is not culpable if they receive a flat fee. End of the day, this debate revolves around the exact remit and boundary of "aiding and abetting", which, as we all know, is a crime like the original crime.

Samsung: We will remotely brick smart TVs looted from our warehouse

sketharaman

Re: Everybody can do that

True dat. I've heard of banks that brick your car / smartphone if you're late on your car / consumer loan repayments.

https://gtm360.com/blog2/2018/10/12/will-you-wont-you-will-you-wont-you-get-your-blockchain-app/

Zoom incompatible with GDPR, claims data protection watchdog for the German city of Hamburg

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Commitment

"Zoom is committed to complying with ... GDPR."

I love the way these guys are always committed to complying with the law but never commit that they comply with the law! Reminds me of the time when I was committed to becoming a billionaire and getting married to a Miss India!

Activist raided by police after downloading London property firm's 'confidential' meeting minutes from Google Search

sketharaman

Re: Met police cybercrime unit ?

Of all the explanations for this incident that I've read in the article and comments, yours is easily the most plausible one:)

sketharaman

Re: Loss of income? Inconvenience?

True but, in the USA, AFAIK, "Probable Cause" is required to get an arrest warrant. Question is, was there probable cause in this incident? Given that the said document was clearly an internal company document, the answer appears to be yes. But, given that it was downloaded from a public domain website, the answer would be no. Tricky as it is, it becomes trickier considering that evidence gathered without probable cause would be inadmissable after the booking / arraignment stage.

Customers warn Gartner of AWS's high-pressure sales tactics in latest verdict on public cloud providers

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Cloud Providers Do Access Customer Data

Not FUD in terms of data access. But FUD in terms of anybody caring in USA. Oracle and Salesforce have publicly stated that they will use one customer's data to provide market intelligence to other customers. Although both companies are facing billion dollar lawsuits in EU over this GDPR violation, nobody seems to care about this in their core market in USA. Until the mid 2000s or so, leading US retailer TARGET had its online store on Amazon.com. AFAIK, Netflix still runs on AWS despite the obvious competition from Amazon Prime Video.

sketharaman

Re: Gartner Magic Quadrant

Totally agree. I've been in the IT industry for 35+ years. If there's one constant during that period, it's that CxOs always eat out of Gartner's hands. It's not only in large enterprises but even in the government, as another article on El Reg would suggest: Leeds City Council swallows the Gartner glossary and orders up 'post-modern' ERP in £44m SAP replacement (https://www.theregister.com/2021/08/03/leeds_city_council_erp/).

And it's not just buyers.

Given a choice between landing a Fortune 500 company deal and being featured in the Leader Quadrant of Gartner MQ, I reckon a majority of IT company CEOs would choose the latter.

Jack Dorsey's side hustle – payments outfit Square – acquires buy now pay later darling Afterpay for $29bn

sketharaman

Re: make the financial system more fair, accessible, and inclusive

Banks charge 2-3% MDR and take over the risk of default in payment by credit cardholder ("credit risk"). I can bet that BNPL providers, who charge 4-6% MDR, will also take over the credit risk from the vendor / merchant. Yes, it's too risky but BNPLs are getting a higher slice of the sale to cover their risk. End of the day, NO RISC NO GAIN, as it said on an HP RISC processor T-Shirt back in the day!

India to open-source its Co-WIN national vaccination booking platform

sketharaman

Re: Does TheReg have an Anti-India bias?

Good question! I was about to ask it myself.

WhatsApp sues India over new law requiring ‘traceability’ of messages

sketharaman

Re: Just another draconian government move.

Technically you're right but the government's counter to this approach is, in a country with 450M WhatsApp users, and where stuff gets forwarded literally millions of times, it'd take a very long time to use this approach to trace the original sender, by which time the damage purportedly caused by the message would already be done. So the government is seeking a way to cut to the chase and have a 1-Click way of getting the info. From the government's pov, it's not an unreasonable ask, but, but the way WhatsApp says its app is architected, it will have to "unhaystack" the entire haystack to find the needle, which is obviously anti-privacy.

sketharaman

People use Facebook et al, sharing the data is part of the usage, how is it hypocrisy? It's like saying my ISP knows which websites I visit, so my government should do too.

Microsoft sheds some light on perplexing Outlook blank email incident: Word was to blame

sketharaman

Word & Outlook for HTML

"Word's Web Layout view is little used, and users are only likely to encounter it if they open an HTML document in Word, or foolishly attempt to author web content there and save as HTML."

LOL. Guilty as charged!

I use the combo of Word, Excel and Outlook to compose, mail / merge and deliver my company's monthly email newsletters! Since it had images, Outlook's plain text mode was ruled out. I tried the Rich Text Format but the email occupied the entire width of the screen, which necessitated horizontal scrolling, which was not ideal. So, I was left with the HTML mode. At the time I started this newsletter, I had zero HTML / CSS skills but I was able to compose the mailer template in less than an hour. I've subsequently acquired rudimentary skills in HTML, CSS, MailChimp, and, most recently Amazon SES and I've tried to move my newsletter setup to one of those cloud options. But, for a combination of technical and commercial reasons, nothing has worked out, and I've kept coming back to my original MS Office combo. I know a lot of people think it's foolish to do HTML stuff on MS Word but, for a lot of non-geeks, it's simple. And works. Exhibit A: My newsletter has been going out on the first working day of the month for every month for the past 10 years and counting.

Stuck in R/3verse: East Sussex County Council struggles to move forward with £25m SAP replacement

sketharaman

How custom - good question!

I have spent half my career in ERP and the concept of "how custom?" is a perpetual bone of contention between customers and ERP vendors. This is not only the case with old monolithic ERPs like SAP but also with modern ones. In https://gtm360.com/blog/2020/05/27/when-erp-projects-get-derailed-by-silly-reasons/, I give three examples, including one of SAP-Lidl, where customer felt the extent of customizations was minor, vendor agreed to implement them, and the movies had a sad ending.

Microsoft revokes MVP status of developer who tweeted complaint about request to promote SQL-on-Azure

sketharaman

Re: Bloody Azure

AWS does have onprem, just that it keeps it on the QT.

https://twitter.com/GTM360/status/1301135365798014977

Global pharma firm GSK opens Pandora's Box of its SAP system to find 28,000 variations on a process

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Every User ID Is A Variation?

100,000 users, out of which only a subset will enter sales orders. I can believe the "28,000 variations in sales order" figure only if every sales order pathway having a different UserID (or SKU or CustomerID) is treated as a variation.

WordPress core contributor proposes treating Google FLoC as a security vulnerability

sketharaman

Enable or Disable FLoC

Precisely. "We're giving you a way to make money. Enable it" is a godsend. It can never be extortion.

Facebook job ads algorithm still discriminates on gender, LinkedIn not so much

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Snakeoil Not Research

What if more women turned off ads than men and are hence seeing fewer ads than men? This study has no way to know that. Claiming bias on the basis of just the information that these researchers can access is a reflection of bias in the study. Besides, when there are thousands of companies that post job ads on Facebook (and LinkedIn), how will a study based on the job ads posted by just two advertisers yield statistically significant results for the entire ad platform?

Amazon claims victory after warehouse workers in Alabama vote to reject union

sketharaman

Election Fraud!

Sore loser! Reminds me of somebody else who claimed election fraud after losing!!

Privacy activist Max Schrems claims Google Advertising ID on Android is unlawful, files complaint in France

sketharaman

Re: That's what you get when software has to cost nothing

Free versus Paid software is a too simplistic argument. There are so many free alternatives to Windows, still Windows has 85% market share of desktop OS market.

Turns out humans are leading AI systems astray because we can't agree on labeling

sketharaman

GIGO

In short, AI suffers from GIGO. zzzzz.

sketharaman

An enlightened explanation of how we got ourselves into this mess

+1. Precisely.

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