Archive for March, 2011

Get Vaccinated!

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Posted: March 9th, 2011
at 8:56am by Black Ock


Categories: youtube,too good to be true

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Braille Credit Card

This credit card displays a transaction in braille amongst other features that help read a payment for the visually impaired. If they could only make these for the average shopper, the budget could be balanced. That’s asking too much though.

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Posted: March 9th, 2011
at 1:34am by mnp


Categories: business,design

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Entrepreneurship Fail

Matt Ackerson talks about the main problems that an entrepreneur faces. Interesting read.

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Posted: March 8th, 2011
at 11:12pm by mnp


Categories: entrepreneurship,fail

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What is the Consumer’s Dilemma?

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The resulting consumer dilemma is a ubiquitous experience in medium and low-income countries but one that confronts the American or European reader (or the media company employee conjured up by the commercial reader license) much less frequently and with much less intensity.  The global market is made for those consumers.  It is priced and distributed for them.  They are rarely faced with what they experience as ridiculous pricing for a DVD or book-or seriously disadvantaged by differential pricing. (Source)

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Posted: March 8th, 2011
at 4:51pm by mnp


Categories: business,what is?

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What is a smart-dummy? diiq explains.

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Posted: March 8th, 2011
at 4:42pm by mnp


Categories: the column

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

MNP is celebrating International Women’s Day! Check out this article about women tech entrepreneurs in Canada: "Between 1998 and 2008, the number of self-employed women grew by 6.4 percent compared with 11-percent growth in male self-employment" (Canada’s Labour Force Survey, 2008).

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Posted: March 8th, 2011
at 11:46am by mnp


Categories: entrepreneurship

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You and Your Research

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Richard Hamming, transcription of the  Bell Communications Research Colloquium Seminar  7 March 1986:

Now self-delusion in humans is very, very common. There are enumerable ways of you changing a thing and kidding yourself and making it look some other way. When you ask, "Why didn’t you do such and such," the person has a thousand alibis. If you look at the history of science, usually these days there are 10 people right there ready, and we pay off for the person who is there first. The other nine fellows say, "Well, I had the idea but I didn’t do it and so on and so on." There are so many alibis. Why weren’t you first? Why didn’t you do it right? Don’t try an alibi. Don’t try and kid yourself. You can tell other people all the alibis you want. I don’t mind. But to yourself try to be honest.

If you really want to be a first-class scientist you need to know yourself, your weaknesses, your strengths, and your bad faults, like my egotism. How can you convert a fault to an asset? How can you convert a situation where you haven’t got enough manpower to move into a direction when that’s exactly what you need to do? I say again that I have seen, as I studied the history, the successful scientist changed the viewpoint and what was a defect became an asset.

I claim that some of the reasons why so many people who have greatness within their grasp don’t succeed are: they don’t work on important problems, they don’t become emotionally involved, they don’t try and change what is difficult to some other situation which is easily done but is still important, and they keep giving themselves alibis why they don’t. They keep saying that it is a matter of luck. I’ve told you how easy it is; furthermore I’ve told you how to reform. Therefore, go forth and become great scientists!

.:cs.virginia.edu->

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Posted: March 8th, 2011
at 11:36am by mnp


Categories: science,"ninja",philosophy,education

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Prices of a Used Laptop

Gathered over a two year period, this graph is for a 15 inch Mac Book Pro:

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Posted: March 8th, 2011
at 11:26am by mnp


Categories: computers,business

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What are the biases associated with creative work? Bob Sutton with his research.

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Posted: March 8th, 2011
at 11:21am by mnp


Categories: the column

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