Archive for March, 2011

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Peter Armstrong, founder of Ruboss Technology Corporation with a few of his drawings.

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Posted: March 22nd, 2011
at 11:52am by mnp


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My Ninja, Please! 3.22.11 : Kid Lotto

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I wonder if any of them won…

Gidani’s PlaySALottery, a website that allows punters to buy Lotto tickets online and from their cellphones, was suspended for just more than a week because a technical glitch would have allowed children under the age of 11 to register and play. (Source)

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Posted: March 22nd, 2011
at 11:52am by mnp


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Who is Bill Buxton?

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The Microsoft researcher is a technologist, a designer, a musician, an author, outdoorsman and a nationally ranked equestrian. via

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Posted: March 22nd, 2011
at 11:52am by mnp


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Internal Brain Drain

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Norman Matloff of the University of California-Davis computer science department on the current serious scientific and technological workforce problem facing the US:

In fact, Matloff went on, the nation is "wasting the innovation" that Americans could create because they are being driven from technical and scientific fields by the influx of foreigners.  "There are a lot of good people who are displaced," he said. In the tech field, this does not occur because of  talent, education, productivity or ability but with age, and ultimately with pay, he stated.  Employers prefer to bring in young foreign workers who are cheaper in preference to employing experienced Americans who are more expensive.  In a number of tech companies, a majority of workers are foreign-born while many Americans being displaced "are of good quality."    Over 20 years ago, he noted, experts predicted that encouraging immigration would discourage citizens from entering these fields.

"It’s an issue of money….It’s all due to an oversupply of people" created by immigration policies, he said. The issues applies to both the IT industry and scientific research, he added.  One result is that young American "would have to be crazy to go into lab science today," he said.  "No study except for industry studies has ever shown a shortage" of scientific or technical workers, he said.  One indication of non-shortage is that "salaries are flat," whereas in a shortage situation they should rise.

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Posted: March 21st, 2011
at 10:06pm by mnp


Categories: computers,business,mnp is for the children,science,"ninja",development,blogs,education,jobs

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Rush Hour : Vietnam

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Posted: March 21st, 2011
at 6:45pm by mnp


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How to Negotiate

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An analysis of how not to negotiate (i.e. Pawn Stars) and tools that you can use:

As noted in Monopoly, there are three skills which are vital to the success of every startup: (i) selling, (ii)networking and, (iii) negotiating. In addition, an entrepreneur’s two most valuable assets are time and money. Thus, judicious Frugality is vital, irrespective of the amount of money a startup has in the bank. Thus, even though pawn store negotiations are atypical of the type you will encounter operating your startup, studying them does yield some valuable lessons, such as:

JV vs. Varsity - The Pawn Stars have a huge home field advantage. They buy and sell items all day, every day. The typical seller might sell a handful of items to a pawn shop in their lifetime. As such, the Pawn Star negotiators are professionals, while the Rubes are rank amateurs.

The paradigm is similar to the relationship of Venture Capitalists (VCs) and entrepreneurs during the fundraising process. The most prolific, serial entrepreneur might raise money from a VC a dozen or so times over their entire careers. Conversely, an experienced VC can easily craft hundreds of fundraising transactions over their professional tenure. This experience puts them at a tremendous advantage, which is why entrepreneurs should offset this experience deficit by relying on battle-tested startup lawyers, as discussed more fully in Roping In The Legal Eagles.

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Posted: March 21st, 2011
at 4:47pm by mnp


Categories: business,weaponry,entrepreneurship

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Solving a Problem

Aza Raskin talks about how the winner of the original X-Prize came to be.

When you are solving a difficult problem re-ask the problem so that your solution helps you learn faster. Find a faster way to fail, recover, and try again. If the problem you are trying to solve involves creating a magnum opus, you are solving the wrong problem.

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Posted: March 21st, 2011
at 4:23pm by mnp


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Publishing 101

This is an "internet" ongoing conversation by Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath.

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Posted: March 21st, 2011
at 3:00pm by mnp


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Google’s 20 Things

Watch the video here.

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Posted: March 21st, 2011
at 2:50pm by mnp


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