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Not only that if they're not found out then they can use the entire affair to continue to justify massive DRM on all their main titles.
Not to mention only 8GB RAM shared between GPU & CPU, I'm sure that'll last us for years to come!
If 10,000 people want to give money to fund somebody's life then why should kickstarter prevent that? Likewise if a few thousand people want to pledge money to a joke project where the end result would be the project owner purchasing a load of chicken wire then why not? As long as all parties follow through on their promises then no harm has been done, all participants are happy.
What the platform should be doing is providing better search capabilities, making it easier for people to find the sort of projects they're interested in, making it easier for people to be able to filter out their own definition of "crap". Kickstarter are the platform, not the crowd.
If "the crowd" don't like your project then it's not going to be successfully funded. The site isn't an automatic "setup project receive money". The harsh reality is that most ideas don't receive funding, this is true whether the source of funds is a crowd of people or one very rich person.
a) your idea isn't very good
b) your idea isn't very well presented
c) nobody sees your idea
Blaming any of the above on the platform you use to get funded is silly.
Yeah, everyone that cares has already moved to Feedly.
I'm not sure the people still at Digg comprehend how irrelevant they are in general.
My country (Canada) is badly enough run now by people who think they know everything they need to, but don't.
I bet all of those people have a degree right? That's the problem with college/university, it produces people that come out of it thinking they know everything they need to but don't.
Experience and learning on the job beats a paid for piece of paper. How do you get the experience people ask; you've just gotta work at it, start young, enjoy what you're doing, and start at the absolute bottom rung of the ladder. i.e. A developer might not be able to land a junior developer role straight away without a degree, but you sure can do any old monkey work... telephone support, QA etc. Then just get some industry certifications in your spare time (book + exam for Oracle Java cert is what $150?), keep hinting to people about your development skills, speak to people you know etc. etc. and you'll easily be where you want to be (and with years of valuable real world experience) before your friends even get out of college.
Those kids who "made it" were very bright to begin with
And that's exactly how it should work. Why should someone who is not bright be more successful than somebody that is? A piece of paper from a college doesn't make someone bright.
I guess maybe computing is a little different from other subjects, you can't really do chemistry at home.
Either way the pixels look like pixels and not a flag.
Therefore do something for yourself, a subject you want to learn about that may not even be related at all to your working life, archaeology, history, politics, philosophy, physics, music, literature... the list is endless, have fun, life isn't all about work.
*posting via wireless keyboard/mouse while laying on sofa 10 foot away*