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Comment Re:This pretty much sums up IoT ... (Score 1) 149

Every idiot who says "Yarg, teh internet of things" should get swiftly smacked in the head. Because other than they want a piece of the action, not a single one of them can tell you what it is and why you actually want it.

The laser was considered to be an invention without a purpose for a long time too.

Comment Re:2 for me, 2 for others (Score 1) 829

Education foundation that provides free BOARDING school to children of high risk adults - i.e. homeless, drug addicted, criminal convictions. Because normal public school can't help the kids if their parents are the problem.

I think you are on to something here. Maslow's hierarchy says that a person has basic needs that must be fulfilled. Without meeting those needs, a person cannot live to his or her full potential. A boarding school would certainly meet those basic needs. However, I would take it a step further and have a staff member who's responsible for loving the children as their own. I know, it sounds strange! But that is a need that has to be met. Just a person to sit down at dinner and ask them about their day is important!

Based on this summary, it sounds like some of Notch's needs are not met. He basically has no social group to belong to. If he want's to help the world, maybe he should join the Peace Corp. There he will meet a group of individuals with a common goal, and grow his social circle. With that need fulfilled, he can move on psychologically, and do something epic.

Comment Prepare Yourself (Score 1) 829

Being wealthy is only a burden if you let it be one. If you don't want a bunch of attention, don't buy a bunch of flashy things that will attract attention. If you want to save the world, hire an economist from a university to study ways to maximize the impact my money has in benefiting society.
Take time, travel, learn, become well rounded and interesting. Heck, move to Bhutan and steal from yourself. Build yourself to be willing and able to accept the responsibility that comes with this great power.

Comment Ubuntu was great on the desktop (Score 3, Insightful) 167

Since Ubuntu was/is a very easy to use desktop environment, it has become familiar to a lot of people. Those people ended up developing cloud services and stuck to what they are familiar with, Ubuntu. It's that simple.

I know if I were to setup a Linux server, Ubuntu or Mint would be my first choices. Not because they are best suited for a server environment. Because I am familiar with them on the desktop.

Comment Re:Yes, you've increased the precision (Score 1) 89

This is why if I build a custom house, I am hiring an architect/engineer and a professional construction manager that is not associated with the contractor to make sure it is built to spec. A well designed and built house can do amazing things. Unfortunately, most people are only willing to pay for appearance and ignore performance.

Comment Re:Poor comparison (Score 1) 345

The Boeing 747 has its instantly recognised "hump" precisely because Boeing thought at the time of its design that it wouldn't have a long sales life as a passenger aircraft, as the future was "obviously" supersonic for passenger transport. Therefore, the design was optimised for roll-on roll-off cargo transport through the nose section, which made it a very good cargo aircraft and thus increased its forecasted sales life.

I understand the area rule had something to do with it too.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton