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Comment: Re:No Engineers (Score 1) 217

This is not just a UK problem. A lot of companies are neglecting engineers in their countries as too "costly", then you end up with problems like this. This one only got big attention because of the small sized company and article written up, but this is going on all the time in a lot of larger companies, causing costs to rise up dramatically.

Comment: Re:That's the big difference (Score 1) 217

That's why a lot of development for such projects end up going to China where such litigation can just be completely ignored. If it wasn't for China's blatant ignorance of western law, we wouldn't even have half the things we're using right now. You can easily fly out to China and get a product out for next to nothing. The moment you leave the airport, you have a lot of options to go to for manufacturing, even prototyping.

Even a lot of big companies in the US subcontract to Chinese companies to avoid all the problems we have in the US. Yes, you'd be surprised the people I see there regularly from big name brands. Quiet frankly, I found product development that way a lot easier for me than actually going through the hoops in the US as I'm able to gain enough capital to actually do the real research required for doing things the "right way" later, after I'm, you know, actually making money to do it. Yes, I've actually ignored doing all the costly EM testing for quite a while now. And yes, I've taken advantage of self-certification to the extreme. Do I have a product that's selling? Yes I do. Would I have a product selling if I did it in the US? Most likely not. Does that mean my product is a failure? Probably not considering how much revenue it's bringing me.

Comment: Re:New News: Product Design is Hard! (Score 1) 217

And you wouldn't believe the fools that complain to me about my price for such services. I get a lot of businesses like this that will demand I provide services for them for next to nothing, not realizing I have employees to pay, bills to pay, taxes to pay... Sorry, such things costs money.

Comment: Re:Actually a good thing. (Score 2) 215

by nnull (#47891461) Attached to: Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money
Yes and no. Would Elite: Dangerous come out if it didn't get that amount of funding? The game is already turning out to be amazing and they didn't have anything other than some video interviews to start with when they made their Kickstarter campaign. There's a risk to investment, take a chance.

A lot of the industry wouldn't exist if people didn't take risks. A lot of ideas can be pretty expensive and out of reach for a single person to make possible, even to demo or make a mockup. This risk aversion in the US (especially) right now is turning the industry backwards and killing us, when we need more investment in the industry. Yeah, there maybe con-artists and/or cancellation because of lack of funds, but that's what risk is about.

Comment: Re:How does MS get away with it in the US? (Score 1) 421

by nnull (#47891351) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy
Why are you blaming Microsoft for this? This is the manufacturer of the products fault for not outlining their terms to Microsoft on how to resolve this. Microsoft is just selling a product that the manufacturers wanted with the terms they agreed too. If anyone is at fault, blame the manufacturer for these idiotic practices and their lack of foresight of the problem. A lot of these manufacturers will direct you straight to Microsoft and wipe their hands clean from any fault and everyone just blames Microsoft for this, this is the wrong attitude to have and we're letting these manufacturers get away with it. The so called "Microsoft Tax" is something these guys created themselves and you and me for accepting it. No one is forcing these manufacturers to bundle Windows, but they do it anyways to have a "complete" product.

Comment: Re:Forcing password changes is never a good idea (Score 1) 288

by nnull (#46920013) Attached to: Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management
It would just force me not to register for even more websites. I'm getting sick and tired of having to register everywhere to even use a website. What makes people think I'm going to be encouraged to register to a site I want to use for a day and have it email spam me to change my password all the time? I'm already at the point of just using the same password for every non-important website I go to because I really don't care if someone cracks it and uses it to post obscenities on some website I don't really care about.

Comment: Re:Naturally. Software is doing 80% of the brainwo (Score 1) 311

by nnull (#46817675) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor
Not just software, machines as well. Gone are the days where we needed 50,000 people working in a manufacturing plant. Machines have replaced the vast majority of those jobs or it's been outsourced to Asia for the low skilled labor job such as the textile industry, which is changing soon as well with robotics.

Comment: Re:Missing definition (Score 1) 311

by nnull (#46817597) Attached to: In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor
Unfortunately, non-business owners will never understand. They think if we're not sitting in our office, that we're on vacation or sitting at home having a blast watching movies and playing games. Then when I come back from my business trip, I have to listen to these people complain about their long 8 hour work day. I work non-stop everyday trying to keep the business running, finding clients, answering late night phone calls and you've pretty much summed up all my employees. When one of my employees makes a mistake, it's me who has to fix it, mistakes that could be costly to the company. They all think I'm getting massive profits for myself and sailing on a yacht on the high seas with porn stars.

Comment: RE: Upgrade is reinstall (Score 1) 860

by nnull (#46408011) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
Why? A lot of software then was just enough and is still enough to run today for everyone. Why do I need the cloud to share data with? Why do I need all these gimmicks that I don't even use? I still see a lot of businesses running Windows XP or even DOS for their database. A lot of machine manufacturers still run everything on Windows XP because it's an expensive transition to move to Windows 7 or Windows 8, rewriting their manuals, redoing all their code for their machines, and most of them can't because companies like Siemens refuse to let you use most of their software on anything but Windows XP.

So it's not as easy as you think to transition away from Windows XP knowing that it's going to cost a fortune to try to get your old software to work on Windows 7 or Windows 8 and Microsoft offers no real solution for it.

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