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    Are you the next Gates?

    We all like IT, we all program.

    So I was wondering, do any of you aspire to acheive the greatness he has done in the computing world? Microsoft is massive, we more or less all use their products from Windows to VC++.

    So do you aspire to create somthing like windows and own your own global empire on the IT market too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by swgh View Post
    So do you aspire to create somthing like windows and own your own global empire on the IT market too?
    Nope.

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    I did for some time. After all I was the most active career-wise during the time these companies where being either formed or gaining their market shares. It would have been difficult not to think of the possibility. I was more internet-centric though and companies like Amazon and Yahoo were inspiring examples I wanted to follow.

    In the end I failed miserably. Very proud of my spectacular failure (I didn't even manage to secure a name in my own house) since I learned two valuable lessons:

    . You rarely achieve that level if you are thinking about it
    . That kind of success, at least in my own country, is not dependent in your skills and engine. Private initiative is rarely rewarding in a country where corruption is one of the highest in Europe.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    eww no

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    I have plans on finishing my deathray and taking over the world.

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    cue BobMcGee123

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    I prefer the idea of total world domination.

    I have plans on finishing my deathray and taking over the world.
    If you need hardcore equipment such as a toothbrush or cigarette butt to complete it I'd be happy to contribute.
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    There are two sides to being the next MS/Google. One is the technology/development/idea side... I have ambitions to make these types of accomplishments in my field.

    The other side is the business/marketing/30-hour-days-9-days-a-week-to-build-your-startup-company side. I don't have the desire for that... at least not right now.

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    You forgot the cant-start-a-business-on-a-shoestring-anymore side of it. Without financing, any company is doomed. Software jobs are grqadually drifting into the lower scale pay ranges as they become yet another replaceable position, which means that fewer people on the technical end will be able to finance their own startup. Venture capital is becoming more difficult to find these days, which on the whole means fewer shots at discovering the next big thing. From the looks of it, IMO, the next administration (whoever it is) won't be turnign things around. We are in the post oil boom years now. Production will peak during the next 4 years and begin a permanent decline. What this means is the oportunity is there for new energy technologies, but probably not so much for new IT tech. Things like hydrogen power etc are doomed to fail for technical, safety, and economic reasons. What we need is an new primary source of power. Hydrogen doesnt work because its a dirivative of oil. If we crack water its just an energy conversion process, you have to get the power from somewhere to produce the hydrogen. So, we either need major advancements in fusion or we switch to fission. Current fission reactors are extremely innefficient, but its impossible to do significant research on experimental commercial reactor designs due to regulations and the expense involved.
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    I'm going to be the next me. It'll be great I can tell already.

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    Ah, the nuclear talk. Many were dying to start the whole thing again. The debate started over here already too. I vote we get as many fusion reactors all over the world as we can. Nuclear power is so cool.

    Meanwhile... let's just forget there isn't really any oil shortage as it was repeatedly said by all producers. What there is instead is speculators that are rapping world markets and increasing the prices for their own benefit. Proving in fact that the current anti-speculation measures aren't capable and need to be revised.
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    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    No, supply needs to be increased. There's enough in Alaska to supply the US for 200 years.

    But I'm down with nuclear as well. Wind, solar, nuclear, natty gas, oil - whatever it takes to get the US off of the foreign energy teat.

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    I don't see how. Demand an increase in production? Use the reserves? Why one would want to do that when the recent escalation of prices had nothing to do with oil shortage, but was instead decided by speculators?

    Not for a single day did any country in Europe faced an oil shortage, or an oil shortage made news for the past year anywhere in the globe that I am aware of. There was no increased demand for oil that couldn't be matched. OPEP in fact made it clear throughout the whole time that reserves were at full and production was meeting demand.

    As for US, do you really think increasing supply will solve USA energetic dependence? Or building more nuclear stations, or going with alternative sources. The amount of money needed to supply a country that uses 25&#37; of the world oil production is astounding by any standards. Even by yours since the number is clearly too big and instead the national debate centers often, from all I know, on what can be done to change people habits, as well as proposed (and underway) investigations on more efficient energy consumption methods and materials.

    A similar problem is faced by many other countries, in which a dependence of energy is an almost direct consequence of progress. In all these countries, that I am aware of, the debate is the same; better and cheaper energy and changing people habits. Not supply more oil to sustain an inefficient industry and bad habits.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swgh View Post
    We all like IT, we all program.

    So I was wondering, do any of you aspire to acheive the greatness he has done in the computing world? Microsoft is massive, we more or less all use their products from Windows to VC++.

    So do you aspire to create somthing like windows and own your own global empire on the IT market too?
    I have thought about that before...
    I've always though that it would be nice to get in the history books; not so much create a huge evil cooperation. And not necessarily IT either, any super cool technological field would be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mario F. View Post

    As for US, do you really think increasing supply will solve USA energetic dependence?
    Of course, if it's our supply. In 1970 the US imported 24&#37; of its oil. Today we import 70%. Our government has failed us with bad energy policy for decades and now only one side grudgingly wants to do something about it because people are feeling the bite of $4.00 gas and trickle down effect of increased commodities prices.

    Washington needs an enema followed by a crash diet.

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