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Comment Re:Hydrogen = oil (Score 1) 160

As long as the lowest cost means of producing hydrogen starts with oil or natural gas, it is not a green fuel.

I'm not sure about that. It's somewhat akin to the argument about electric cars and where the electricity comes from. Is your electric car "green" if the electricity to power it comes from coal?

The advantage to something like this is your car is being powered by hydrogen. You can get that hydrogen from fossil fuels. You can get that hydrogen from water. You can get that hydrogen from the solar wind. However you can economically produce hydrogen--and that will change over time--won't matter to the car. As long as you're delivering hydrogen, it's all good.

And much like the argument about using "dirty" means of producing electricity, it's much simpler to regulate the pollution from a factory or 20 producing hydrogen than it is to regulate the pollution from 10,000,000 vehicles.

Comment Re:Ideas, products, and sales do matter! (Score 1) 167

Your idea is your product, and you need a product that customers are willing to pay for. Sales are incredibly important, but they aren't going to happen without a product that someone will pay for.

While I agree, I somewhat understand what he's saying.

It's sort of like the guy who writes a neat app for storing recipes and ends up developing a fantastic database engine. So while storing recipes isn't necessarily going to set the world on fire, a fantastic database engine might be worth something.

The article had an interesting example of one of Tilt's competitors, WePay, that basically started going down the same road as Tilt. But discovered that the money just wasn't there and "pivoted" into becoming a back-end for others who want to do crowdfunding. It's more boring, but there's good money in it. So while the idea of being a "social payment app" isn't going to work out, it might lead you into some other interesting areas.

Comment Re:Not everyone is Infomercial level incompetent (Score 2) 344

Part of the issue is, frankly, I'd rather you not kill me. Yes, I can appreciate that you feel you can talk on the phone while driving or that you can drive while drunk. But if you're wrong...then what? I'm dead.

Would you be willing to spend the rest of your life in jail? Whoo...that's a toughie. I mean, hey, you killed someone. But it's not like you meant to do it. It was an accident. You looked away from the road for just a moment, honest, because your phone rang. It could've happened to anyone. And I'm sure you're sorry. I'm sure you're very very sorry. And you're a basically law-abiding citizen and I'm sure you'll never ever do that again.

But I'm still dead.

Do I have to die in order for you to learn that, hey, maybe you're not quite the superman that you think you are?

Comment Re:Parallels? (Score 1) 149

Actually, my father taught high school for 21 years and became miserable. He finally quit (which was a good thing) and went and did something he enjoyed--making signs.

Now, he had a family to help support. So if someone needed a sign, he made them a sign. He'd suggest ideas, try to steer them in the direction he wanted to go, but ultimately, the money was what was important. So if they wanted a square painted sign, he'd give them a square painted sign and charge them for it. He got so that he could whip those out pretty quick (unless he got distracted--"Norwich Pubic School"?! Oh shit...)

On the other hand, if somebody wanted a nicely carved sign with gold leaf, he'd probably charge them less--more than the boring square painted sign, but less than what others might charge--because it was something he enjoyed doing. Heck, I know he lost money on a few of those because he was learning. But he enjoyed it and got pretty good at it. After awhile, as the family became smaller, he got into a position where he could say, "No, I don't want to do that sign because it's boring. Here's a guy you should talk to instead." He also started doing more chip-carving and making the local craft-fair circuit. He finally got completely out of the sign business (retired) and did the craft-fair thing.

The point is, kind of like in software, there are the boring things you do to make money. Sometimes you get to do interesting things to make money. Occasionally, you do exciting things and make money.

Comment Re:Selective memory is the reason (Score 1) 149

- My company's IT refuses to alter our company's firewall rule settings to be compatible with our company's own products. -- YES we cannot use our own products at all from our IT-issued systems!

Hm. I'm not sure of what the firewall settings are, but perhaps you should consider making your products more flexible?

Comment Re:It's called market demographics. (Score 1) 85

[...] his product is for folks who can cough up hundreds of dollars for smart phones. Marketing his service to folks who struggle to get food is a complete waste of resources.

But, you see, those people don't have smartphones. So you're marketing to people who do.

Also, keep in mind the sheer number of people. Even if 90% of India is struggling to get food (which is a percentage I pulled out of my ass--I have no idea about income in India), that's still 120 million people who aren't--about 1/3 the total population of the US. Last I saw, smartphone sales in India numbered in the area of 30 million units. So somebody over there is rich enough to buy them.

Comment Re: SIGH (Score 1) 237

Humans get blinded by the sun because our eyes can't function while staring at the sun. AI may be 'excused' by getting blinded by the sun once [...]

AI can be outfitted with sensors that we don't have. So while the visible spectrum may become confused, radar and infrared may not be. So a hexagonal object positioned near an intersection might be enough to tell the AI that it should stop, even if there are a few stickers on the sign or the sun is shining into the sensor.

Also, it's easier to make sure a light sensor feeding an AI has appropriate filters. It's tougher to remind drivers to wear sunglasses...

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