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Data, Women, skills and soaps June 11, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in America, assorted, india, statistics, weird.
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Imagine all that data of yours – maybe 60 GB drive – documents, spreadsheets, images, C++ code etc. All audio starts playing and video simultaneously through imaginary speakers and screens on the four walls. Now, all of it goes through a superfast printer and gets printed out. How many pages would that be ? (assume no environmentalists hear about this ). Is your house big enough for that kind of stuff ?

Enough imagination. Don’t worry, ain’t going to happen.

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How multinationals work ( and should ), from the Chief executive of SAP based in Germany.

Q. Why did you necessarily have to globalize your work?

A. There really is no alternative, for two reasons. It’s foolish to believe today that the smartest people are in one nation. The second is sourcing, at least if you are a big company. If you are smaller, and have a team of 100 or 200 engineers you can stay in one country and try to attract the best guys. But if you are a big company, you need to tap into the global talent pool. In Germany, we now have this big public debate about there being a shortage of engineers in the country. Well, I don’t care, or at least not as the chief executive of SAP.

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Mankiw Chacha’s links all :

Keep these numbers handy for your next debate on salaries for Undergraduates in America. ( Upperbound since we are talking of Harvard ). From Mankiw Chacha’s post where a discussion ensues ( in the comment section ) about gender discrimination in pay scales in corporate America. More on gender discrimination in salaries. Oh damn one more – there is Gary Becker’s essay on the same topic. !!

Staying on Harvard, but relevant anyway is the answer to the question of why you must co-operate with people who are engaging in alumni networking. 😀

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Barkha Dutt, on India’s national shame :

Here was someone who was indisputably a doormat from the Dinosaur Age and yet she was a national rage. In a country where we are now asking the military to explain why women aren’t let into combat, television’s most iconic female character inhabited an entirely self-referential world. External realities had absolutely no place for the women in Tulsi’s universe. She and her housemates were entirely driven by petty machinations and domestic one-upmanship. Rising prices, career conflicts, politics, the war in Iraq, nursery admissions, books, cinema, music — the stuff of our everyday conversations was never ever part of their discourse.

Yeah, once in a while I agree with Barkha’s views 🙂

 

 

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