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Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal Alone

robwgibbons Re:$100bn (307 comments)

*Valuation. I fail to digest how an IPO valuation at $100bn could even be CONCEIVABLE

more than 2 years ago
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Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal Alone

robwgibbons $100bn (307 comments)

Where the hell did they get a $100bn valuable? I call BS.

more than 2 years ago
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Etsy Hacker Grants Support Female Programmers

robwgibbons Re:Sexism (211 comments)

That is such a bullshit excuse of a theory. If a person sincerely chooses their career path based on other people she associates with that industry, rather than her own goals and desires, she deserves where she ends up. I took drama in highschool regardless of the stigma associated with it and the "weird" types I met in the course, because I was interested in the program and what I could gain from it. If someone sits down, deeply thinks about their values and what they want to do with their lives, their decision is their own. Chauvinism is a problem in any industry, and to say it has any more impact on the tech industry is disingenuous. If there's any social reason why women don't do tech, it's because GEEKS are unappealing. Not MEN.

more than 2 years ago
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Etsy Hacker Grants Support Female Programmers

robwgibbons Re:Sexism (211 comments)

Countering a sexist selection bias with an opposite sexist selection bias is still a sexist selection bias.

more than 2 years ago
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Etsy Hacker Grants Support Female Programmers

robwgibbons Re:Nice to see some sponsorship of women... (211 comments)

Male chauvinism in the context you describe is not limited or any more rampant in the tech industry. IWhat you're saying is applicable to any field in which men and women interact. And perhaps even opposite in similarly female-centric industries. Having said that, there is nothing wrong with encouraging women to participate in technical fields. Balance is naturally ideal in any situation. The problem of sexism becomes real at some point, however, in trying to "encourage" female participation. The issue of why females choose not to pursue technical careers has no bearing on how we go about encouraging their participation. Female-only scholarships raise a very valid concern of sexism. There is a disproportionate ratio of females to males in the healthcare support field. Would it be sexist to provide a male-only scholarship for this field?

more than 2 years ago
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New Zealand Developers Building Open Source Code For Electric Cars

robwgibbons Electric != Autonomous (45 comments)

I had a weird mixed reaction to this, before I remembered what "electric car" actually means. Open-source electric cars are a great idea. However, if this were to be extended to autonomous cars I would begin to get worried. Allowing people the ability to modify the software controlling their autonomous vehicle seems to me an inherently bad idea.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Should Be Investigated For 'Fraudulent' Data Policies, Says PK

robwgibbons Will Someone Think of the Developers! (138 comments)

At first glance, this seems like a good idea for the consumer, but for smaller, independent and boot-strapped developers (from whom most of the innovative products come) this is basically a nail in the coffin. The only reason the Internet is as innovative as it is now is because any Joe Schmoe with a great idea, some time on his hands and a deep willingness to learn can get his software into hands of millions of people and literally disrupt industries.

Allowing a company to pay for their users' data usage seems like a great idea for consumers, at least in terms of immediate monetary value. Google or Pandora can pay for my data usage and I can consume all I want.

The real problem is that this allows large, well-funded (and probably stagnant) software companies to completely crush smaller, less well-funded companies who have innovative or disruptive ideas. Who's to say You and I don't have a great idea together and want to compete with Pandora? Oh that's right, they have millions in investment capital and we only have time and development skills.

This is the same argument as allowing certain websites to pay extra for faster Internet speeds. Sounds like a great idea on paper, especially for consumers in the short-term, but in the long-term it will harm the entire industry in general by stifling creative innovators.

In the end, whoever has the most money wins.

more than 2 years ago
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Germany Demands Google Forfeit Citizens' Wi-Fi Data

robwgibbons Who wouldn't want the data? (318 comments)

I'd be willing to bet lots of governments would love to use this opportunity just to examine the WiFi data.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Open Source Business Tools?

robwgibbons Re:Pay for it (164 comments)

I have to say this mentality probably precipitated a lot of great software. I'm sure there is a massive demand for *good* open source accounting software. And when you really get down to brass tacks, it's really a matter of doing what open source always does - mimicking the leading proprietary software!

more than 4 years ago
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Best Open Source Business Tools?

robwgibbons Re:Stick to your business (164 comments)

If the OP formed a LLC it would be relatively simple to file his own taxes. In Massachusetts, at least, there is a pass-through taxation option on Limited Liability Companies which means you aren't taxed on the entity level - you're taxed once on your personal income (you and every other member).

more than 4 years ago
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Best Open Source Business Tools?

robwgibbons Re:I'm not sure there are any Free templates... (164 comments)

Actually, there are several websites out there that exist for exactly this purpose - they're extremely great resources for the fledgling startup with no disposable cash for expensive legal services. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty doing some editing and don't mind really diving into the research to make sure you're up to par in your locality, then websites like www.docstoc.com are hugely helpful.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Sued Over Bing Trademark

robwgibbons Re:Trapped! (191 comments)

If Bing! can demonstrate prior art and public use of the trademark, they could potentially have some clout in court provided they have sufficiently deep pockets to sustain a few rounds of legal wrestling with Microsoft. If a business or trademark name is "deceptively or intentionally similar" to an established entity, it is technically in violation by definition.

more than 4 years ago
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How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

robwgibbons Re:Personality types (928 comments)

I've heard this a lot. However, after reading about the system and having a good number of my friends take the test, it is strikingly accurate, and has provided valuable insights into our interpersonal relationships.

about 5 years ago
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How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

robwgibbons Re:basic biology (928 comments)

You just blew my mind. My girlfriend probably thinks I'm retarded!

about 5 years ago
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How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

robwgibbons Re:If women are so smart . . . (928 comments)

I agree that women are the ones who need to stop the cycle. Females learn mostly from their mothers how to act. If a mother teachers her daughter that she needs to be beautiful to succeed, the cycle only continues.

about 5 years ago
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How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

robwgibbons Personality types (928 comments)

If you're familiar with the Myers-Briggs/Carl Jung personality type system, I believe it can apply to this discussion, in connecting certain personality types with society's views of "intelligence." For example, I am an INTP (a "Thinker"), and consider myself to be fairly intelligent. Most who are familiar with the system would also agree that INTPs tend to exhibit traits typically viewed as "intelligent." However, I am constantly reminding my girlfriend, who is an ISFJ (a "Nurturer") that she is a very intelligent person. She seems to have an ingrained notion that she is less intelligent than others around her, and a general lack of self-confidence when it comes to intellectual pursuits. She is actually much better than I am at various mental tasks, specifically factual memory, recalling dates, multitasking, numbers, etc. My understanding is that the same societal and environmental influences which contribute to the development of one's personality are the same that give that person their sense of self-understanding, and transitively their sense of self-worth and intelligence. I may have a more developed "intuition" trait, which allows me to make conceptual connections very easily (ie. inventing, engineering, programming), but I will never be quite as good at recalling dates, or at being very aware of my immediate surroundings as she is.

about 5 years ago
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Devices To Take Textbooks Beyond Text

robwgibbons Seems like a cheap way out (115 comments)

It would be a much more elegant solution to simply use one screen, which combines the abilities of both technologies. I think when e-ink displays are able to offer full-color and rapid-refresh rates as well as the current benefits of clarity and readability, they will replace LCDs altogether.

about 5 years ago
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IBM Smartphone Software Translates 11 Languages

robwgibbons I'll be impressed when (102 comments)

When they couple it with spoken word recognition

about 5 years ago

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