Wait a sec. Did the pope just say that God didn't create man fully formed because he *couldn't*?
[...]The Pirate Bay is more "mainstream" (more used by normal people) than Netflix.
Not to outright dismiss your larger point, but Netflix has 29 million paying subscribers, compared to The Pirate Bay's claim of over 5 million active users.
The problem is, it only takes one person to bother and release a nice GUI application that you point at the URL and then everyone can do it.
...you mean like the Pirate Bay?
Right, because The Pirate Bay provides such an excellent mainstream user experience.
Start with the Sparkfun Inventor's Kit. I encouraged my coworkers to pick'em up and work through the tutorials, and now they're spending half their time coming up with concepts and building prototypes with stuff they buy from DigiKey.
Seriously, give it a go.
I don't mean to be malicious, but does anybody else find it funny that somebody would find an opt-out provision for a
1) Microcontroller programming is the new BASIC. Buttons and lights are infinitely more compelling than magical and confusing text input and output.
2) Motors and sensors are highly enabling for aspiring makers.
3) It's a huge win for a kid to recognize a modern computer in within a proper taxonomy –as a powerful yet degenerate class of electronic device.
Rather than relying on the 80's BASIC experience, you can actually do better for your kid by buying the SparkFun Inventor's Kit, and helping him through every step of the tutorial. $100.
To program the microcontroller, you can use a cheap, standard netbook, which will also help the kid in school.
I find it weird that Thomas Biskup thinks he can reenergize ADOM without derailing his fledging sequel. But I've enjoyed many hours of ADOM gameplay, and if he wants money to fulfill a personal dream, I'll certainly pitch some cash his way.
When it comes to industry questions, I find myself going to Quora first.
"Tushar Katira, Industry Pro" knocking one
There is neither an expensive FDA approval process (except for hearing implants) nor are there IP related obstacles.
As long as governments and insurance companies continue to cover the (high) costs, there is no incentive or reason for hearing aid companies to reduce prices and margins (as Andrew pointed out).
And a silver lining:
The iPhone does have all the components of a high quality hearing aid: A good mic, DSP amplifier, programmability. There are good output transducers available. There are some good apps for amplification and better ones are on the way.
One problem with using your iPhone as a hearing aid is the necessity of "cords / wires / cables". The current bluetooth headsets have a lot of latency delay resulting in the the sound and the movement of lips being out of sync. The new Bluetooth standard and other wireless devices will solve this very soon.
A disproportionate response to astroturfing is actually a fairly pragmatic solution to the problem.