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Philips Develops Roadside Drug-Testing Device

Proto23 No it does not see the difference (647 comments)

There has been some news here in the Netherlands about it and no it can't see whether you are under the influence or have used it in the last 24 hours or even days before depending on the drug. Most drug effect wear off after sleep and this machine won't know the difference. In the Netherlands this is such a big problem that drug prevention units like Trimbos are advising against its use as it will create more problems than solve. But maybe it works better in countries that prosecute users anyway.

more than 5 years ago


Proto23 Umberto Eco? (216 comments)

Compare this book with the work of Umberto Eco, post-modernist literature? You got to be kidding, right?

more than 5 years ago

What To Do When a Megacorp Wants To Buy You?

Proto23 SELL! (412 comments)

Don't listen to any of these armchair socialists. In the real world when someone wants to buy your company you sell. For any amount I might add. Reading your post I guess you are under 30. Sell, sell, sell. Or you will regret it later. You have to look at it this way: your first company is just to proof that you can build a company and sell it. It's like a good grade on your business building CV. Forget about the money. The money is nothing. I hope the big company puts some shares in the deal, or at least options. Shares are good at the moment in this market. The best thing about selling now is that you get an excellent CV. The next time you want to start a company with your track record you can go to any venture capital firm and get enough funding to start a real company with offices, employees etc. Then you sell your second company for the big bucks. After the big bucks you start your third company. This is the company that you keep as it is a combination of a great business idea and work that you really like. So your first company you sell. I am currently doing my third company which you can see here: http://usa.tiouw.com/

more than 5 years ago

Would You Add Easter Eggs To Software Produced At Work?

Proto23 Bar code scanner to say "Hello Joost" (747 comments)

I have programmed an in shop bar code scanner meant to display the price information to customers in the store to say "Hello Joost" for one particular of the shelve product. For those in the Netherlands it was at XL Paris a shop with a lot of perfumes and stuff. I never ever heard about it from any manager, but have shown a number of friends and my girl friend the "Hello Joost". As far as I know they still use the same bar code scanners, but I am not sure whether my code is still in.

more than 6 years ago


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