A Writer’s Dilemma A Data Scientist’s Decision

CAM00682Writing sucks as a way of paying money. You have to constantly ask for gigs and favours so you can pay the bills, till your publisher sends you the royalties for writing statistics books (which is not much)

Recently I was approached by someone to do research on Indian nuclear policy . I mentioned my billing rates as 80 pounds per hour, but said person wanted me to raise it to 110 pounds per hour.

Only one small hitch. The ┬ásub part of Indian nuclear policy that I was asked to write a report on – was to locate , interview and find out India’s top nuclear scientists for small reactors.

India has of course a big research interest in nuclear energy but we seemed to be going in for big reactors and thorium reactors.

The only two small nuclear reactors in India- and one of them is in INS Arihant ( India’s nuclear submarine launched last year). In effect I was being asked to make a list of top 20 likely candidates who had helped India with a nuclear submarine reactor.

I have said no to the person, I have been subjected to verbal insults, threats and innuendo.

But Data Scientists trust in God. Everybody else has to work harder for the data.

I hope this is a lesson for fellow researchers , data scientists because as I said, writing is a lousy way of making money.

Was I wrong? Am I just living in a fantasy land? Do you believe I am a criminal and a thug?

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What If India bans Facebook?

India bans Facebook for refusing to comply with Indian laws on sharing data to law enforcement and sharing data about Indian citizens to American law enforcement.

To fill the void left by Facebook, an Indian company decides to create Desibook- which quickly gains 300 million subscribers. Within a month life is back to usual for Indian users of social media, and a new hot tech startup is born which will be listed in Mumbai’s stock exchange?

What is wrong in the above scenario? What if —-