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Comment: Re:learn basic entrepreneurship... (Score 2) 313

by rastilin (#42573805) Attached to: Learn Basic Programming So You Aren't At the Mercy of Programmers

Self reported merit is not the best guideline. It's easier to say "the world doesn't appreciate my genius" than to admit that there are skills that an excellent programmer might lack. Like anything else, being entrepreneurial is it's own skill that improves with practice and people can expect to fail over and over before they finally succeed. I suspect that the entrepreneurs that have actually had a few working projects aren't the ones coming up with the silly ideas since they have a better working knowledge of what works.

It probably also has a lot to do with there being no shortage of half-assed implementations of ideas, it's the extremely well part of the implementation that sells anything. If people get a product off you and then have to spend forever getting it to do what they want then you haven't actually done them any kind of favor.

Comment: Re:When in Rome... (Score 1) 131

by rastilin (#41473979) Attached to: Google Brazil Exec "Detained" For Refusing YouTube Takedown Order

Before I click the assassination link, are those people carrying guns in a war zone while fighting against America?

Yes, after clicking it, it looks like they are. This isn't some guy they shot in New York for being a political enemy, it's someone who moved overseas, to Yemen, and joined a known terrorist cell which is currently waging war on America. The idea that they are actually going to walk in and arrest him before taking him to trial is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

Comment: Re:yea but (Score 2) 307

by rastilin (#41232221) Attached to: Behind the Scenes With Samsung's Factory Workers

Why? For one thing, how are people supposed to "work their way through uni" except by unskilled labor? Lowering minimum wage just means that people who are born poor will find it harder and harder to work their way out. It's not like American unskilled labor doesn't get paid terrible wages already compared to any other first world country.

Comment: Re:showcases the Kickstarter-as-preorder model (Score 1) 151

Personally I don't see the problem. For a lot of those project managers they wouldn't be able to get the cash through regular channels anyway and Kickstarter lets them get their business off the ground. There are also loads of people who refuse to fund anything that doesn't already have some work put into it; eg, they don't want to bankroll someone's vacation. They want proof that the person running the project is serious and capable of doing the work.

I think that being too focused on making sure you only donate to things where there's no output is a bit elitist. I'd rather put cash into something that'll be self sustaining after my input, not something that has to be kept running by regular cash infusions. I've heard it said that banks will give loans for pretty much any business plan, except a plan that depends on people putting in work or money for no reward.

Comment: Re:Linux makes money (Score 1) 78

by rastilin (#40255053) Attached to: Linux For Navy Drone Ground Stations

I dunno, after using both I still trust Windows more than Linux. That being said, Windows had loads of problems in the past so it's not surprising that governments moved away from it in their weapons.If you were implementing a Solaris based solution or something custom based on a real-time OS I could understand wanting to use a UNIX based system. However, it's possible for someone to submit a slightly broken feature as part of a patch and insert a backdoor into a linux system; you're assuming that you'll actually bother to look through all the code eventually or that you'll know the security holes when you see them.

Comment: Re:Sell the business (Score 1) 403

by rastilin (#40037193) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Outsourcing Development a Good Idea?

Yeah, pay based on performance of the product are for the founders. Employees and contractors generally expect to make a fixed sum. I'd personally prefer a fixed amount based on fixed goals for the finished product, just make sure to specify everything you need in the contract and leave enough in the budget for stuff you forgot to include the second time.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?