It doesn't matter what it is, or how it fits into anything, just identify something which annoys you and make it better.
Curtains don't open when you wake up...
Traffic Lights seems I'll times...
Having to specify times on the microwave when it can easily measure weight...
Windows wants to update to latest version...
KDE doesn't integrate with Office 365...
Your Company is using Office 365...
The Digital Sign-age at the Airport has a brief 0.5s black frame between videos...
I can get a lift anywhere I want by pressing a button on my phone, but I need to wait 20min before a waitress takes my food order...
Then just sit down and learn enough until you know how to make it better. Then make it better.
The reason you became a programmer is because you see patterns in the world, and can imagine a way to make those patterns more efficient. You don't need to revolutionize the pattern, just make it better. Linus Torvolds never revolutionized operating systems, he just made the development process around them better.
One of the things that stuck in my mind about the video (aside from the cheesy feel sorry for me video editing) was that he said they didn't have a corporate account for the funds to arrive in, so they chose his personal account?
I live in a 3rd world country (South Africa), and it takes me 1 minute to set up a new bank account with shared access credentials with my existing bank. This means the account is completely separate from all other of my accounts, and I can create as many logins as I want for it with as much access as I want (read-only, read-write, which accounts they can see etc). This has proved massively useful when sharing a household with others. Open an account and set up access profiles for spending for certain people in 30min. Why can't people doing Kickstarter type campaigns do the same when they are trying to start a business.
It's really System Shock (1) that needs the remake. Even with the mouselook patch, the controls are archaic and clumsy. It doesn't live up to the standards that modern FPS games strive to.
From the Article
One example: Night Dive is developing a full remake of the original System Shock, going well beyond the basic rerelease that launched a couple months ago. Night Dive has acquired the full rights to the franchise, and Kick says he’s been working with Robert Waters, the game's original concept artist, to reimagine his designs from the early 1990s.
Most of that broadcast money goes to the studios, the producers, the managers, the studio, the songwriter, agents and lawyers. Singers (if they're not also songwriters) usually come dead last.
Looks like the studios are double-dipping.
A gigantic set the population used to use pocket watches and I'm sure when someone strapped the pocket watch their wrist, everyone thought, "Whats the point? I have my watch in my pocket!".
I imagine having your phone on your watch makes it easier to see what the time is, who is calling, when your next meeting is when you are in a sitting position wearing jeans, and would struggle to get you phone out. Or are a clutz, and have a habbit of easily dropping your phone into the toilet when trying to see if your wife has phoned you while out at the pub. Or you are out running, and using your phone to play music and want to change the song, but it is cumbersome to get the phone out while running and try bring up the music app to tap skip while also paying attention to your surroundings.
Just because your phone solves all technical aspects of your daily life, it doesn't mean it fills the practical aspects of it.
> the electronic version is quickly pirated and easily available around the world each month
Find a way to track the piracy, then go to the advertisers and say "Hey! Look at how many people are reading our magazine!". Actually, just search the
I think one of the biggest dichotomies between online advertising and print advertising now-a-days is that advertisers have made us hate adverts because they think we hate adverts. When I buy a newspaper, after reading the front page articles, I pull out the advertising section to see if there is anything that may help me save a few bucks in the next couple of days. It is the original "GroupOn". With online content now, sites throw adverts in your face, which means you either ignore them (normal people), or just put up ad-block (normally awesome people).
P.S I work for a company that could be construed as an advertising company in the Minority Report sense
Meh, it makes little difference really. Amazon win the right to call themselves an "AppStore" and they carry on business as usual. People continue to trust the idea of an "AppStore"
Amazon lose their right to call themselves an "AppStore", and they are forced to rebrand themselves as "X" and launch a large PR campaign to push the brand "X" that distuinghes themselves from the old and tired "AppStore". People become interested in the new hotness of "X" and start looking into it.
Amazon winning the "AppStore" lawsuite means they continue as is, which is riding on the coattails of Apple. Them losing gives them a chance to re-invent themselves as something shiny and new. And Amazon have to money and drive to back it up.
Well, yes, that was my thinking as well. But then I thought, "Hey, what if I wanted to reset to the factory default (which is arguably better) and just use that and never connect to the internet and receive the latest firmware update. Then, what if I wanted to make a change to gpgv2 and run the changed binary on my Boxee. In terms of the GPLv3, I *should* be able to, but I can't because I don't have the encryption keys required for the modified image to work".
It is all well and good if they have removed the offending software in recent updates (no way to check though, since you can't get any sort of shell access on the box anymore), but at one point they did violate the GPLv3. And for it, they should make ammends by providing the required keys
It isn't even really about doing something you honestly love, it is the sense of giving back and making a difference - no matter how small - in the world. I have submitted bug patches to Open Source projects before, and when you hit that submit button there is a sense of "there is one less problem in the world now".
I would like to think that when he submitted that patch, he felt he had made the world a better place and improved someones life. Something that had been ignored for 9 years is now resolved. That was his gift back to humanity.