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To the Uber Team -  You made an awesome app (I loved it - great UI and awesome features).In fact it was so awesome that I had been partial towards using Uber by ignoring all the negative reviews about it (corporate culture and access to private data) until yesterday after the Uber incident in Delhi....How I wish I could have said you still are an awesome company. But if you cannot take care of the most basic of things -  Passenger Security, then your business  will go south.

As of now, at least in India, you have lost all credence. Want to save face - Here's a tip - Champion user safety first rather than fancy expensive promotions and free rides! People care about safety first and not just free rides and comfort. Get your fucking priorities right and listen to the market…. And don't be arrogant. It takes no time for a value to fall from $40 billion to 0.


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Another plausible theory.
MH370  A different point of view. Pulau Langkawi 13,000 runway.

A lot of speculation about MH370. Terrorism, hijack, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN - almost disturbing. I tend to look for a more simple explanation of this event.
Loaded 777 departs midnight from Kuala to Beijing. Hot night. Heavy aircraft.  About an hour out across the gulf towards Vietnam the plane goes dark meaning the transponder goes off and secondary radar tracking goes off. 
Two days later we hear of reports that Malaysian military radar (which is a primary radar meaning the plane is being tracked by reflection rather than by transponder interrogation response) has tracked the plane on a southwesterly course back across the Malay Peninsula into the straits of Malacca.
When I heard this I immediately brought up Google Earth and I searched for airports in proximity to the track towards southwest.
The left turn is the key here. This was a very experienced senior Captain with 18,000 hours. Maybe some of the younger pilots interviewed on CNN didn't pick up on this left turn. We old pilots were always drilled to always know the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us and airports ahead of us. Always in our head. Always. Because if something happens you don't want to be thinking what are you going to do - you already know what you are going to do. Instinctively when I saw that left turn with a direct heading I knew he was heading for an airport. Actually he was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi a 13,000 foot strip with an approach over water at night with no obstacles. He did not turn back to Kuala  Lampur because he knew he had 8,000 foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier towards Langkawi and also a shorter distance.
Take a look on Google Earth at this airport. This pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make that immediate turn back to the closest safe airport.
For me the loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense if a fire. There was most likely a fire or electrical fire. In the case of fire the first response if to pull all the main busses and restore circuits one by one until you have isolated the bad one.

If they pulled the busses the plane indeed would go silent. It was probably a serious event and they simply were occupied with controlling the plane and trying to fight the fire. Aviate, Navigate and lastly communicate. There are two types of fires. Electrical might not be as fast and furious and there might or might not be incapacitating smoke. However there is the possibility given the timeline that perhaps there was an overheat on one of the front landing gear tires and it blew on takeoff and started slowly burning. Yes this happens with underinflated tires. Remember heavy plane, hot night, sea level, long run takeoff. There was a well known accident in Nigeria of a DC8 that had a landing gear fire on takeoff. A tire fire once going would produce horrific incapacitating smoke. Yes, pilots have access to oxygen masks but this is a no no with fire. Most have access to a smoke hood with a filter but this will only last for a few minutes depending on the smoke level. (I used to carry one of my own in a flight bag and I still carry one in my briefcase today when I fly).
What I think happened is that they were overcome by smoke and the plane just continued on  the heading probably on George (autopilot) until either fuel exhaustion or fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed. I said four days ago you will find it along that route - looking elsewhere was pointless.  
This pilot, as I say, was a hero struggling with an impossible situation trying to get that plane to Langkawi. No doubt in my mind. That's the reason for the turn and direct route. A hijack would not have made that deliberate left turn with a direct heading for Langkawi. It would probably have weaved around a bit until the hijackers decided on where they were taking it.
Surprisingly none of the reporters , officials, other pilots interviewed have looked at this from the pilot's viewpoint. If something went wrong where would he go? Thanks to Google earth I spotted Langkawi in about 30 seconds, zoomed in and saw how long the runway was and I just instinctively knew this pilot knew this airport. He had probably flown there many times. I guess we will eventually find out when you help me spread this theory on the net and some reporters finally take a look on Google earth and put 2 and 2 together. Also a look at the age and number of cycles on those nose tires might give us a good clue too.   
Fire in an aircraft demands one thing - you get the machine on the ground as soon as possible. There are two well remembered experiences in my memory. The AirCanada DC9 which landed I believe in Columbus Ohio in the eighties. That pilot delayed descent and bypassed several airports.   He didn't instinctively know the closest airports. He got it on the ground eventually but lost 30 odd souls.   In the 1998 crash of Swissair DC-10 off Nova Scotia was another example of heroic pilots. They were 15 minutes out of Halifax but the fire simply  overcame them and they had to ditch in the ocean. Just ran out of time. That fire incidentally started when the aircraft was about an hour out of Kennedy. Guess what the transponders and communications were shut off as they pulled the busses.

Get on Google Earth and type in Pulau Langkawi  and then look at it in relation to the radar track heading. 2+2=4  That for me is the  simple explanation why it turned and headed  in that direction.

Smart pilot. Just didn't have the time.


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Somewhere in Coimbatore, India Obama & North Korea's Kim Jong-Un join other world leaders in applauding an Indian politician!

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To learn to hold your head high never give up... Way to go Brian!
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Amazon revolutionized the book industry with its business model forcing other publishers to reduce book prices and change the way books are delivered to the customers .Then it came up with an awesome eBook reader, Kindle and with it, the amazing wireless delivery system called Whispernet (free in 100 countries!).... Many ebook readers followed but they still could not compete with Amazon Kindle. Then came Kindle Fire HD with its own version of Android OS 
( a clever move to distance itself from other tablets). 

And now Amazon is experimenting with a radical new delivery system - 'Amazon Prime Air'. With Prime Air, Amazon will deliver orders in 30 mins using Autonomous drones! Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon calls these electric drones, 'octocopters'. These octocopters will be able to carry items (weighing up to 5 pounds/2.3 kgs) and deliver them in 30 mins.Now that is out of the world! 

#Amazon   #Drone   #AmazonPrimeAir   #Awesome  
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Founder of Pivotal Labs, Rob Mee talks about the 7 famous myths in Software development process.

He talks about the myths as well as better ways of developing Software and building good stable Software teams.

From how not to encourage hero mentality in the team to why hire quirkily to working long hours and more...this is great read to hammer some important points home of the whole messy process of Software Development.

My favorite from this article and which is pretty common in Indian IT companies - 
" ...encouraging the hero mentality leads to corrosive dysfunction in software teams. Invariably the developers who do a yeoman’s 9-to-5, week after week, cranking out solid features that the business is built on, lose out to the grasping egomaniacs who stay up all night (usually just one night) looking to garner lavish praise. Rather than reward the hero, it’s better to cultivate a true esprit de corps"

(Photo: Stuck in Customs) For the last two years, one name has come up again and again when talking with A-class start-up investors: Pivotal Labs. See, Pivotal Labs quietly helps dozens of the fastest-growing tech companies in the world, including freight trains like Groupon and Twitter.
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A company in New York plans to beam Free Wi-Fi Internet to the entire world... This could be a reality as early as next year. Mind =Blown. #outernet #freewifi #freeinternet #cubesat
Developers say they are less than a year away from deploying prototype satellites that could someday soon broadcast free and universal internet all over the globe from high in orbit.
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After Amazon announced a Amazon Prime Air service that would deliver products via a Drone last year, Netflix announces the same...except that drones would be able to deliver it to you in mere minutes and almost anywhere (kinda freaky though). #netflix   #amazon   #Drone  
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Mumbai Airport's swank new Terminal 2 was inaugurated today by PM Manmohan are some numbers to be impressed about - 

Mumbai's Terminal 2 (T2) at 4.39 lakh square metres is larger than Singapore's Changi T3 (3.80 lakh sqm) and London's Heathrow T5 (3.53 lakh sqm).

It will be able to accommodate 9,900 passengers during peak hours.40 million passengers per year. It has a 7-lakh sq ft area of retail space, lounges and travel services.

3-km art wall which houses over 7,000 artifacts collected from over 1,500 artists across the country.

4 storeys with 188 check-in counters, 60 immigration counters for departing passengers, and 76 immigration counters for incoming fliers.

Other numbers - 47 escalators and 73 elevators, 52 boarding gates, around 11,000 seats, 101 toilets, 16 lounges, and 10 baggage carousels

The distance from the boarding gates to the check-in hall is a mere 450 metres. For arriving passengers, it is marginally longer – 600 m (far shorter than IGI T3’s 750 metres).

About 20,000 employees belonging to 100 companies and hailing from about 32 countries worked together to build T2.

Multi Level Car park (9-storeyed) is one of the biggest in the country with space for 5000 vehicles.

....and the best part

A 6-lane (3.2 Km) elevated road will connect to existing domestic terminal with travel time reducing to 6 minutes between International and Domestic terminals!! 

Must say...Kudos GVK, MIAL, MMRDA and the Govt of India!   #csia   #Mumbai   #MumbaiT2  
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Polar Vortex - How cold is -50 C (with wind-chill)...don't forget to watch the 'Peeing in cold' video too ;) #polarvortex   #coldweather  
Hibernation sounds pretty great right now.
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Well some of this hits back home to me. I have been there, done that and seen it all (or seeing it all)...The best approach is you gotta build a team where everyone works together. More easier said than done though. A better way would be to let the team know the schedule and what they gotta build. Then leave it to the team to find the to do their job and more importantly - not interrupt them with sillier processes, meetings and con calls. Most of these interruptions do not add value to the actual code that is being written/tested... And these unnecessary meetings are mostly conjured up by redundant layers of management. The effect is that it gets so much in the way of brilliant software engineers that they have no option but to leave.
How Software Companies Die
Orson Scott Card

The environment that nurtures creative programmers kills management and
marketing types - and vice versa.

Programming is the Great Game. It consumes you, body and soul. When
you're caught up in it, nothing else matters. When you emerge into
daylight, you might well discover that you're a hundred pounds
overweight, your underwear is older than the average first grader, and
judging from the number of pizza boxes lying around, it must be spring
already. But you don't care, because your program runs, and the code
is fast and clever and tight.

You won.

You're aware that some people think you're a nerd. So what? They're
not players. They've never jousted with Windows or gone hand to hand
with DOS. To them C++ is a decent grade, almost a B - not a language.
They barely exist. Like soldiers or artists, you don't care about the
opinions of civilians. You're building something intricate and fine.
They'll never understand it.


Here's the secret that every successful software company is based on:
You can domesticate programmers the way beekeepers tame bees. You
can't exactly communicate with them, but you can get them to swarm in
one place and when they're not looking, you can carry off the honey.

You keep these bees from stinging by paying them money. More money
than they know what to do with.  But that's less than you might think.
You see, all these programmers keep hearing their fathers' voices in
their heads saying "When are you going to join the real world?" All
you have to pay them is enough money that they can answer (also in
their heads) "Jeez, Dad, I'm making more than you." On average, this
is cheap.

And you get them to stay in the hive by giving them other coders to
swarm with. The only person whose praise matters is another
programmer. Less-talented programmers will idolize them; evenly
matched ones will challenge and goad one another; and if you want to
get a good swarm, you make sure that you have at least one certified
genius coder that they can all look up to, even if he glances at other
people's code only long enough to sneer at it.

He's a Player, thinks the junior programmer. He looked at my code.
That is enough.

If a software company provides such a hive, the coders will give up
sleep, love, health, and clean laundry, while the company keeps the
bulk of the money.

Out of Control

Here's the problem that ends up killing company after company. All
successful software companies had, as their dominant personality, a
leader who nurtured programmers. But no company can keep such a leader
forever.  Either he cashes out, or he brings in management types who
end up driving him out, or he changes and becomes a management type
himself. One way or another, marketers get control.

But...control of what? Instead of finding assembly lines of productive
workers, they quickly discover that their product is produced by
utterly unpredictable, uncooperative, disobedient, and worst of all,
unattractive people who resist all attempts at management.  Put them
on a time clock, dress them in suits, and they become sullen and start
sabotaging the product. Worst of all, you can sense that they are
making fun of you with every word they say.

Smoked Out

The shock is greater for the coder, though. He suddenly finds that
alien creatures control his life. Meetings, Schedules, Reports. And
now someone demands that he PLAN all his programming and then stick to
the plan, never improving, never tweaking, and never, never touching
some other team's code.  The lousy young programmer who once worshiped
him is now his tyrannical boss, a position he got because he played
golf with some sphincter in a suit.

The hive has been ruined. The best coders leave. And the marketers,
comfortable now because they're surrounded by power neckties and they
have things under control, are baffled that each new iteration of
their software loses market share as the code bloats and the bugs

Got to get some better packaging. Yeah, that's it.
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