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OTC CatchUp #104

Date: 05-11-2022

Duration: 4 hrs 47 mins

Topics Discussed

  • Tushar Nankani shared his learnings from an article that pushed him to read more about cores, processors, threads, cache and sockets.

  • Wilfred Almeida talked about problems he was facing with AES ciphers and its use case in one of his projects.

  • We talked about Meltdown and Spectre which are vulnerabilities in modern processors.

    • Meltdown is patched in all the major OS.

  • Tushar Nankani talked about the thought process behind writing the tweet regarding his recent project blurrit.

    • He talked about how the tweet and the poster seemed clickbait-ey to some since it did not elaborate on its functionality, as it only talked about how it might make someone feel. (Safer in this case)

    • Aditya Oberai suggested that marketing a product in this way isn’t wrong, since one isn’t selling the product, but the impact it creates.

  • We talked about recent layoffs and the potential reasons for the overvaluation of companies during the pandemic which led to the layoffs. A good example could be Signal.

    • Twitter recently underwent many changes in leadership and as a result, many employees were laid off.

    • Ashwin Kumar Uppala and Tushar Nankani shared layoffs.fyi as a resource to find out about layoffs in tech companies.

    • Decrease in business could be a potential reason for layoffs since it results in a decrease in revenue.

    • Sreekaran Srinath talked about how stock prices for companies were decreasing in value.

  • We talked about some platforms such as MS Teams and Zoom that gained traction over the pandemic period and now serves as an integral part of the system.

    • MS Teams is catered towards enterprises with its tight integration with Office365 tools and provides a relatively better experience in terms of handling bandwidth at even lower tiers.

  • Ramyak Mehra talked about Dyte and its functionalities while comparing it with 100ms.

  • Aditya Oberai talked about how some layoff panics are a part of the echo chamber, where the layoff news seems to be exaggerated and amplified by multiple people.

    • Layoffs might hurt less when you are early in your career without many dependencies.

  • Darshan Rander talked about potential reasons behind not choosing a startup, where one does not get any form of guidance or a course correction wherever the candidate might go wrong.

    • Aditya Oberai talked about the status of an individual contributor that is allowed by startups which helps with a personal brand.

    • Vatsal Patel talked about the importance of feedback from seniors and how it might be lacking in startups.

    • When upper management isn’t there to guide, one could also work at their own pace and reduce bureaucracy.

    • A company should be selected after weighing all the pros and cons.

  • Vatsal Patel shared his experience with releasing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at Activision and all the challenges encountered in the process including team management.

  • Darshan Rander shared that he’s going to give a talk about "Server Side Dart" at MWC Meetup.

  • Jay Kaku talked about the process behind building his final-year hardware project in which he had to learn about how most basic components work.

  • We talked about the ostensibly sad state of the USA’s gun laws and how it is a major reason behind the high number of deaths due to gun violence.

  • We discussed how multiple customers tend to compare cars based on vibrations and the kind of sound that it makes which seems redundant, especially when talking about electric cars.

  • Jay Kaku talked about AMD’s latest CPU lineup with a 5nm process and how the graphics technology with RDNA3 competes with Nvidia’s RTX 30 and 40 series.

  • Sreekaran Srinath, Tushar Nankani and Vatsal Patel discussed differences in engagements on social media platforms like Twitter and TikTok.

    • Twitter gives lower engagement for a new user with fewer/no followers.

    • Whereas, TikTok boosts their engagements to a great extent for new users and creators.

  • Jay Kaku asked about how to not get demotivated when preparing for DSA in interviews.

  • We discussed how we can find some good tech discussions and take value from these perspectives on Twitter.

Projects Showcased

  • Aditya Oberai shared his process of learning frontend where he tried to build a web project for converting English to banana language (Minion language).

Meet Screenshot

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