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Comment: Re:Buy the book BANNED by Costco! (Score 0) 149

Bell peppers are a very popular vegetable. I really like bell peppers. Costco has banned them however, bell peppers cannot be obtained at costco. So I shop elsewhere for my bell peppers.

Your book looks like emotional junk, I won't be purchasing it from anywhere.

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 3, Interesting) 253

by Austerity Empowers (#47411853) Attached to: US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

I guess I don't agree. School is for the young and unattached, it is not an easy thing to go back to at some later date. I'm not saying that no one can do so, I'm saying that no one I know has done so, but continue to either wish they had, or try to make it work but can't find the time between a day job to keep the mortgage paid and kids fed, and the vicious hours studying and doing homework.

I would make the opposite argument: there are always jobs and they always pay money. Unless you're talking about an opportunity with such a high compensation that you can afford to not work for 5 years and pay for school, it's a bad decision for most people. There are cases where it does make sense, but they seem to be the exception. Taking a wage slave job at FB versus going to school seems like a really bad gamble.

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 4, Insightful) 253

by Austerity Empowers (#47411433) Attached to: US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

For every 1999 there's a 2001. Jobs like that tend to get either very competitive or just abandoned when the market contracts. Or they just replace you with some other youngin', since that seems to be the way that job segment is working.

Calculus + coding = Job for life, it's a combo that works really well and it's a market where age adds, rather than subtracts, value.

Comment: Re:Sad, sad times... (Score 1) 333

For the record I would have ZERO problem doing this at all... in fact I could think for hours... although having a pencil and paper to keep track of ideas and plans would be helpful.

I think you're on to something there. I don't think this is about introverts vs. extroverts, or "engagement with the world". If you think about it, even introverts are rarely "disengaged" from the world. We're reading or writing, or otherwise engaged in our own world, but we are fully engaged. I consider myself a strong introvert, but almost never am away from a book I want to read, or a computer where I can work out my creative urges. Simply sitting in a chair, unable to act upon the chorus of our brains seems like it would be as infuriating to introverts and extroverts alike.

When left to myself to think (say taking a shower), I frequently find I have a lot of ideas that i know are going to be forgotten when I become engaged with the world. Left in a place where I can't write them down or act upon them, I might become frustrated and erratic. I like to think I'd survive more than 15 minutes, but I can see it happening. I'm not sure this is entirely a bad thing, on its own.

What would have been more interesting is to compare the results of this survey with people 50 years ago, 100 years ago, 200 years ago. I suspect that we are becoming more incapable of this sort of activity as the amount of stimuli and distraction available to us increases. The reality of instant gratification, coupled with the relatively reduced importance of a strong memory might be withering our ability to endure this sort of sensory deprivation.

Comment: Re:How fitting (Score 4, Insightful) 333

I don't think it's a true statement that introverts recede into the mists unless lasso'd with the titanium chains of social discourse. We are human beings and are motivated by the usual impulses, just not the desire to necessarily be engaged with other people all the time or to do our critical thinking as part of a hive mind. Introverts do a) need money to finance our seclusion (in my personal experience, a proper hermitage in the modern world costs an incredible amount of money, I am still saving up), b) the desire to find a mate and c) the need to acquire goods to live and be happy.

In the quest for these it is frequently put upon the innocent introvert to venture forth into the unholy wilderness of academia, shopping malls or simply city streets. Presented with the option to get a quick $50 for a survey or perhaps simply being intrigued by scientific inquiry, an introvert may willingly participate. Introversion is not the same as social anxiety, we are often known to voluntarily be in the presence of other human beings. It's simply that we prefer not to be, and perform best when left to ourselves.

Comment: Re:besides that (Score 3, Insightful) 131

Plus criticism has to be heavily censored and moderated, comments may end up being career limiting, and since there is no anonymity, the dialog usually driven by the strongest personality in the company, who likely is also driving every other damned thing to the ground. It's better not to have any such forum, or if forced upon you, to ignore it as vigorously as possible.

Comment: Re:Seems plausible... (Score 1) 104

by Austerity Empowers (#47335689) Attached to: Funding for iFind Kickstarter Suspended

I understand that, I order proto PCBs all the time and hand assemble. I speculate their fabricated product would require no components at all, or perhaps a few capacitors. The markup is high for small runs, but it's still cheap for a few units. I wouldn't bother making a kickstarter for that. Their entire design can be proofed out almost for free as the parent said. There is no excuse for them NOT to have done this before going on the web.

But from proto to product is a long road, and to create a viable business you can't sell 10s of units from your garage with no warranty, customer support, instruction manuals, enclosures (that do not degrade performance in the bands of interest, which I have learned is not a given even with plastic), etc. You also have to have a plan to volume manufacture. Even if it's to buy 100s of protos, sell at a loss and have the kid down the street package and ship. It costs money, it requires thought. Operating like that, if it's a good product you'll be demolished the second some cheap taiwanese crapshop sees your kickstarter and copies your design faster than you can scream "patent infringement". Even if they can't work around your patent, the damage will have been done.

So given that a proto is so cheap as to require giving up a few nights out on the town, and the next step is to develop a product and spend money, what exactly is kickstarter funding? If it's the latter I still say $500k is too cheap, or their business strategy too naive. I suppose with kickstarter I don't have to care about that, but it also suggests bullshit.

Comment: Re:Seems plausible... (Score 2) 104

by Austerity Empowers (#47329811) Attached to: Funding for iFind Kickstarter Suspended

You don't buy hardware from a factory a la carte. You commit to a production run, maybe 100k units, whatever entices the factory to give you time and absorb the headache of setting up the line. You make that money back as you sell, of course, but you have to make it.

And getting a factory set up to run 100k units is itself an issue, you normally have to do a low volume run to shake out the problems, maybe 1k units (usually on prototypes). That takes money, lots of airline trips, and you pay a premium on components (in their case, maybe some plastic and cheap pcb) for low volumes.

Hardware is expensive. Yes I know what you can do in your garage, I do that myself on far, far less. But when you start talking about mass producing goods you are also talking about hiring employees who don't work for free. 10 years ago we might assume a loaded headcount cost of $200k/engineer/year. It won't be easy to attract talent with imaginary stock options and promise of riches at this instant.

Comment: Re:Seems plausible... (Score 4, Informative) 104

by Austerity Empowers (#47328185) Attached to: Funding for iFind Kickstarter Suspended

It's not any one thing, it's the culimination of nonsense.

They are going to market in 3 months, but there's not even a prototype to show, that's crazy if you've ever done hardware design work. They just need $500K, that's outrageously low for hardware, I know software startups which eat 10x that. Hardware eats a lot of money in test alone. Their claims are outside the range and specs for the technologies they work with. Not outrageously so, but ... enough that eyebrows have to be raised. Their "technical details" carefully avoid explaining why any of it is possible, and instead give intellectual symbolic links to why it might work and secret sauce.

The things that are really dubious are the "shake to find" feature, which seems to be magical at best given how bluetooth works and what their claims are.

Then people are background checking the CEO and while this may or may not be trustworthy, his alleged linked in pages does not give him the credentials he claims. He's allegedly got patents on cold fusion... Add it all up, and you have to lean on the side of scam. Maybe he's a misunderstood genius, but he's going to have to prove it.

Refreshed by a brief blackout, I got to my feet and went next door. -- Martin Amis, _Money_