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Comment: Re:Yawn (Score 2) 72

by mlk (#48157905) Attached to: Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

> Nope, it means you were lucky!

Crap. Yes evaluate the projects first. Do a little internal math and check if the company has asked for enough to complete the project. Do they appear to have the skill set required to get the project out the door? Have they lied in the project description?

I've backed a few projects on Kickstarter (and alikes). I've got some fantastic big name games and cool indy games and the warm glow of knowing I helped them on their way.
Its a risk but a risk but one you can do derisk quite a way.

> Anyone who contributes money to a Kickstarter project deserves what they get.

I agree. I've got naught but awesomeness.

Comment: Re:A simple link to the code? (Score 1) 72

by mlk (#48157393) Attached to: Anonabox Accused of Lying About Its Product Being Open-Source On Kickstarter

>mostly it seems like it a moot point if it's cheap and offers the functionality specified

I disagree, if the hardware is open source or not is neither here or there but trust in the company providing the product is important and it looks like Anonabox have lost trust.

Comment: Re:Reality Distortion Field (Score 1) 277

by mlk (#47974791) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Or they have figured out what is best for the customer, and it is what everyone else is providing.

Personally I hope the 6C is closer to the size of the iPhone 4/5, as what is good is options. I love my big PDA (don't give a shit about phones and phablets), but I can see good reasons for others to want a smaller device.

Comment: Re:Editors, please fix title (Score 1) 134

by mlk (#47863895) Attached to: Under the Apple Hype Machine, Amazon Drops Fire Phone Price To 99 Cents

> $600.99

Assuming a $25 contract I guess?

$600.99 or $600.99 - the cost of 2 years worth of credit - two years worth of phone usage?

Now this number will be maybe $450. Some "throwing numbers about" puts two years of credit at $85. So that is $515.99 for the phone + mobile contract. Take away the phone ($450.99) and you have a mobile contract at $32.50 a year or under $3 a month.

I'm not sure I see that as all that bad.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 5, Interesting) 561

by mlk (#47661199) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

I come from the same camp, hire the best person for the role. Definitely.

But best is not just "technically best" but also "team fit best" and "not a dick" and "can communicate with the team" and various other little things. What this can mean is that the team unconsciously equates "best team fit" as "same as the rest of the team". The management should step in if this happens and look at ways to fixing what is a problem and reports like the one performed by Mr Apple is one quick way to measure if this is happening.

Maybe Computer Science should be in the College of Theology. -- R. S. Barton