08 Feb 2017
Micromanagement is a “management style whereby a manager closely observes or controls the work of subordinates or employees”.
Micromanagement is bad. It hurts morale and works against making individuals or teams productive. An effective manager or a leader makes people use their brains instead of acting like mindless zombies who require constant babysitting and instructions. A micromanager is like a helicopter parent closely watching and monitoring the employees, which is very demoralizing especially to smart people.
20 Jan 2017
htop is an interactive process monitor. It’s one of my favorite linux tools that I use regularly to monitor system resources. If you take top and put it on steroids, you get htop.
19 Jan 2017
Back when I was in college, I enrolled in a couple of introductory AI courses. I quickly got bored: artificial neural networks didn’t sound very practical and the dry mathematics was off-putting. After I finished the courses, I chalked it down as too futuristic and didn’t think about pursuing the subject further. A while ago, I started noticing articles and blogs on self-driving cars that use “machine learning”. It sounded like a fancy new way to position decades-old field of AI. I still wasn’t sure what the hype was all about. That was about to change.
18 Jan 2017
We live in a day and age where we simply cannot take our right to privacy for granted. When we communicate over unprotected channels, we expose our messages to everyone who happens to be along the way: The WiFi hotspots, corporate IT providers, ISPs, cloud providers, can listen in to our communication. We leave a trail of digital footprints behind. When aggregated, it can reveal information about ourselves. Eavesdroppers and intruders can make inferences about our behaviors and intentions: ISPs can determine what types of news stories we are interested in, employers can monitor our activities even on personal devices at work, look at our searches, see our messages, all when we communicate over unprotected channels.
17 Jan 2017
Last week, Guardian ran a story claiming that a backdoor built into WhatsApp can allows its parent company, Facebook, to read user messages despite advertising end-to-end encryption and complete privacy:
Facebook claims that no one can intercept WhatsApp messages, not even the company and its staff, ensuring privacy for its billion-plus users. But new research shows that the company could in fact read messages due to the way WhatsApp has implemented its end-to-end encryption protocol.