I have been researching and working on a concept that for all purposes the business model I put together for it not only compliments the current internet trends, but also fills a huge gap. A gap so large that I cannot understand why it has not been implemented before (something similar to what the first person who made the phonebook most likely felt like) "This idea is so obvious that everyone would use it, but why hasn't anyone done it before"
My dilemma is that with literally no additional funds to put toward a lawyer, patent/copyrights etc.. I'm fearful of mentioning it to anyone.
I've been sending correspondence to both Google and to News Corp; though proceeding cautiously as I'm afraid of someone stealing the idea; which would produce revenue on a global scale, internet users, mobile and pda, everyone would use it.
So my question — what resources are readily available to help someone in my situation protect themselves and also profit from this? I'd love to implement the idea and watch it grow, though my estimate bandwidth for usage would run 25k to 50k monthly (remember I can't even afford the lawyer at this point). But I'm also open to selling the idea outright — though I'd only be open to an offer that was of a substantial amount.
I've considered contacting my local S.C.O.R.E, though previous dealings with them didn't seem to provide the information and guidance I was hoping for — and again, I'm fearful that if they here something they like they could do it themselves. I know most of you might say "NDA", but I feel that isn't worth the paper it is on, a mere call and a tipoff to a friend 2000 miles away would be something I'd never be able to prove.
Just to bring things into light, I'm estimating initial investment of 4 to 10 million dollars with a return of approximately 5 to 15 million a month! — With that type of return investment you can see why I am leery of mentioning anything to anyone.
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This is a pretty unique opportunity. He wants to accomplish these three goals: universal and affordable broadband, "preserving an online environment for innovation," and "broadband technology that enables more voices to be heard." What should the ideal bill contain?"
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One of the options that was discussed was to create a fake business at our address and just change the "account manager" as needed for the business account. Unfortunately, none of us really know what would be required to establish this business or prove its existence.
So I ask two questions: 1) Is this a reasonable option? 2) If so, what would we need to do to prove the existence of our company? If not, what would be required for your proposed solution?
Now that my 4 year old is learning to read and type, I'd like to set up some form of parental controls on my network. I consider myself a moderately competant Linux user, but I do not have anything approaching the skills of the talented sysadmins I've worked with over the years. So, I'd like to reach out to the Slashdot community for advice on how to lock down my network so that they won't accidentally bump into the seedier side of the web.
What are the best firewall apps to use for internal filtering? Do (or could) any of them support pro-active whitelisting, where I could get an email with a blocked URL that my kids tried to visit, and in response — I set up a rule to allow or deny access to the URL. This is a fairly mainstream feature of various parental control software out there, how could a similar solution be set up in Linux?
I'm going to assume that my kids are smarter than me and will one day figure out how to own the network. You get bonus points if you can give pointers on setting up a dual system, one that they can hack, and one that is running in the background in silent or stealth mode to monitor activity. My intent here is not to be big brother, but rather a responsible parent.