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Comment Re:Take it (Score 1) 893

"Which is more likely: that 150 million Americans are lazy or that 400 Americans are greedy?" Meaningless hyperbole. All Americans are lazy and greedy, whether or not they're wealthy. More wealth doesn't necessarily make someone more greedy. Less wealth certainly makes one jealous of those who have more (which many Americans can relate to), but even that doesn't necessarily make one more or less greedy than the other based upon the size of a bank account.

Comment Re:coz they get more excited? (Score 2) 134

Most people seem to forget that for every successful entrepreneur out there you'll find 10 who failed or got stepped on by someone else.

Most people don't seem to understand that every successful entrepreneur fails first and often, sometimes on purpose, learning from his/her failures and applies lessons learned with both sides of the brain. Anyone who avoids failure will never be a successful entrepreneur. The other 10 you write about may or may not be on the continuum of growth that every successful entrepreneur has to experience: a series of rounds of failure, learning, and adaptation. But chances are pretty good that if all 10 of those entrepreneurs dust themselves off and keep learning about what customers want (with a great team), all 10 of them will start something amazing. Non-entrepreneurs avoid learning from failure because they perceive costs/benefits of failure differently and thrive in environments where any failure is purged, even if it could be helpful. This is fundamentally why new companies founded by entrepreneurs have a distinct advantage over larger companies, because they have less to lose, don't see failure as bad, and are thus much more agile in applying systemic failure to learn lessons about what their customers really want. Whereas larger companies are measured and driven by the bottom line for their shareholders and managers are incentivized along these lines. So the two (entrepreneurs and managers) learn to function and thrive in environments where incentives are fundamentally different.


Submission + - Is this guy crackers or is he saying he's built a revolutionary antenna? (

ND356 writes: So, I like to back kickstarter projects that contribute something to society. Some create jobs. Some create new technology that we would like to see, because its "cool" or makes some kind of a difference. I ran across a kickstarter project that talks about antenna technology in a highly-technical and mathematical way. From what I can gather, he seems to be claiming a better gain on his antenna design and/or it has a more directed antenna beam, which would be interesting and could maybe improve our communications technologies? Of course, I'm not a telecommunications physicist and don't have the expertise to verify his claims. So Slashdotters, is this guy onto something "progressive" and just has a hyper-intellectualized speech impediment, or is he merely using techno-babble to sell snake oil? Should I back this project?

Submission + - Adapteva's Parallel Processor Project: 64-core processors? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: I'm supporting a low-wattage parallel processor initiative at kickstarter (Epiphany processors by Adapteva) because the release of newer multi-cores seems to have slowed recently on the market. This project is particularly appealing to anyone who likes to mess around with cutting edge hardware (Rasberry Pi and Arduino enthusiasts). Adapteva plans to have 144-core "mini-clusters" available in the spring of 2013 for hardcore hardware enthusiasts who pledge. But, their long-term plan is to have 1000s of processors operating on a single chip in 2-3 years. Their project stops accepting funds in 3 days. This is a short description of their project.

"Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as "a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced". With such a big challenge ahead, we need to make sure that every programmer has access to cheap and open parallel hardware and development tools. Inspired by great hardware communities like Raspberry Pi and Arduino, we see a critical need for a truly open, high-performance computing platform that will close the knowledge gap in parallel programing. The goal of the Parallella project is to democratize access to parallel computing. If we can pull this off, who knows what kind of breakthrough applications could arise? Maybe some of them will even change the world in some small but positive way."

What are the slashdot community thoughts on this project?

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