Saturday, August 25, 2007

Lessons from current Hyderabad Blast

The impunity with which these blasts [Lumbini park near Hussain sagar Lake & Gokul chat in Koti, Old city] have happened within a very short time, it leaves much to be desired. Within 3 months of blast in Mecca masjid, Police failed to pro vide good security in the public place like Lumbini park. Not much could have been done for Gokul chat, but Lumbini park one was avoidable.

It seems to be the failure of intelligence although State minister for Home portfolio claims that in the country of 1 Arab, anyone can blast anything at any time. What a worthless statement from the guy handling Home portfolio in central government. Have he never heard of Intelligence apparatus? These congress politicians are busy with their vote politics only.

These blasts will ensure one thing. Many bright people will think many times before shifting to this place. At the same time, market will react in very bad way. I do not see that Y S R Reddy has any intention to improve policing and intelligence in the state. He, himself with shoddy background, is busy more with his political maneuvers than to think about these. Some time back, there was call about bombs in court and an MNC. I myself am now thinking about shifting to better city.

Add to the incompetence of these politicians, we have a peculiar situation in this place. people from a particular community does not allow police to go into their areas. The reason being that they are involved in many gray activities. These activities are not necessarily terror activities, but are of general petty nature like piracy, duplicates etc etc. They do not want police to enter their area as their illegal activities will be exposed to the public and Police will extort money.  This means the terrorist also get free hand when staying in those areas. Normal people are not able to recognize them and these guys can come out any time to commit these things.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Why commercial software should not fear open source

  1. Open source software is mostly written by students and few rebel heart people. In case of later, they does something when their is free time away from the job. The moment job demand grows up, they will deflect taking away valuable knowledge with them. In case of students, when they join industry, most of them will drop out of it when in industry. So, there is no long term full time commitment from core developers. 
  2. Most of the software created starts with the niche market demand and then grows up for big user base when demand picks up. However, The moment they decide to grow big, perils of big software chips in immediately. Few of these are
    1. Need to maintain portability across the platforms as well as with the old version of itself. This means lots of dead code starts appearing in the code and size starts increasing. Add to that, aging of software due to this factor and they become similar like commercial one.
    2. As the less technical user comes in to use, they need fool-proof things without any hassles. This is the moment when commercialism starts to creep in since long term commitment from core developers is missing. When support companies will start sprouting and make noise on the forums due to their inherent interest in maintaining status quo, genuine guys will move away.

Finally, the developer community which was earlier frustrated with commercial guys due to perceived unresponsiveness starts seeing the nature of this attitude. Once they start writing their own big software and try to maintain it, they understand why the commercial guys may be unresponsive at times. This means they will come back and buy more commercial software developed and maintained by people whose livelihood depend on those.

Open source is good thing, but it has some limits which will not allow it to grow very big. It will stay limited to niche components and proof of concept research things.

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