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Comment Cold calls are annoying, but (Score 1) 402

I can understand the 'no cold calls' policy, taking it literally to mean "Don't have recruiters cold call our engineers and offer them more money". I disconnected my office phone a few years ago, and have kept it that way. Two or three calls a day from headhunters is a huge distraction, especially if they're pushy and indiscreet. Co-workers have adopted the same strategy, so we effectively have no phones here. So I'm all for a literal no cold-call policy. They're a waste of worker's time.

Comment Re:Good answer (Score 1) 393

I have the special purpose-built JVM on a chip that was given out at some Java conference a few years ago. I imagine it was just a gimmick, but I've always wanted to see if it works. No idea what its supposed to do, as it has no IO except the conductivity of the ring itself. I think it may just be an empty magic ring.

Comment Re:Contractual obligations (Score 1) 247

Agreed. A startup team or individual has no assets, no 'good will' value and no product yet, so putting the capital in escrow and borrowing on it is the best way to protect the investors. There will be interest of course, because the bank... But at least the funding from Kickstarter will allow a company with no assets to borrow capital. As an investor, you still stand the chance of losing it, but the bank will pursue the now criminals for skipping out on the loan.

Comment many different kinds (Score 1) 502

5 pairs various hand made ropers boots
1 pair Double H Ranch Wellingtons
2 desert combat boots
1 pair black Magnum combat boots for colder weather
2 pair forest/olive combat boots for cold weather
1 pair Redhead extremely cold weather hunting boots
1 pair general purpose mountaineering/hiking boots
1 pair Madrock climbing shoes
1 pair Scarpa climbing shoes
1 pair Asics indoor sneaker
1 pair ZEMGear neoprene exercise shoe
1 pair Puma driving sneakers
1 pair Asics indoor/outdoor running shoe
1 pair brown patent leather dress shoe
1 pair black patent leather dress shoe
1 pair black imitation alligator dress shoe
1 pair Salomon leather 'casual sneaker'
Shoes are something that must be specialized. The wrong shoes in any given situation will easily become a liability. There are no general purpose shoes except for the ones you wear while doing nothing, in which case you should be wearing none at all.

Comment Commercial clients don't crack (Score 1) 635

You have to sell software to commercial customers. In order to do that it has to be competitive with comparable offerings, but be better overall. It also needs a large user base, so that it becomes an industry standard piece of equipment. Music, design and video editing folks at the low end of the industry are notorious for pirating software. But who cares? It's not like they can afford it in the first place. They're not making any money. They're not customers, but potentially later on their ability to work fluently with the software might help them get a job with one of your commercial customers. $10k software doesn't just sell itself. You need a sales and marketing staff to get the commercial interest. the pirating part is just free crack for potential users.

Comment I suggest a few simple scanning rules (Score 1) 172

Was the app developed in the Republic of China? Reject. That solves most of the problem. I have my own filter for apps, one that is based on cultural bias and animosity towards Chinese software mills: If the description is written by an idiot, or the obvious result of machine translation: reject If the 'reviews' are spam or are the typical 'ITS SO ADDICTING!': reject

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