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The MBA/"Web Entrepreneur" troll. Also, intellectual property => an anti-Trek society. - Adventures in Engineering
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2011-07-15 16:22
  Subject:   The MBA/"Web Entrepreneur" troll. Also, intellectual property => an anti-Trek society.
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Stop me if you've heard this before: "I'm a business guy, not so good on the technical side, and I've got a great idea that I need a programmer to develop for me. I don't have any funding yet, but I've got a really nebulous connection to the venture capital world. That being said, I'll start paying you once we get funding or we start making a lot of money from the project! All you need to do is write a Facebook clone in 2 weeks."

This kind of shit lands on Craigslist so often that it makes you wonder what they actually teach at business schools. It's time for we programmers to take revenge! So, a couple of months ago, I did a reverse-programmer troll on Craigslist. It went something like this:


The troll itself is hilarious, but the responses are even more hilarious. You've heard the phrase, "hook, line and sinker"? Bahahahaha!

And speaking of internet-based businesses...

Intellectual property law that provides an economic foundation for anti-Star Trek: the ability to tell others how to use copies of an idea that you "own." In order to get access to a replicator, you have to buy one from a company that licenses you the right to use a replicator. (Someone can’t give you a replicator or make one with their replicator, because that would violate their license). What’s more, every time you make something with the replicator, you also need to pay a licensing fee to whoever owns the rights to that particular thing. So if the Captain Jean-Luc Picard of anti-Star Trek wanted “tea, Earl Grey, hot”, he would have to pay the company that has copyrighted the replicator pattern for hot Earl Grey tea. (Presumably some other company owns the rights to cold tea.)


My anti-IP rants are tiresome enough to me already, I'm sure you're sick of them. Suffice it to say you can get the tl;dr version of my feelings here.
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  User: tiger0range
  Date: 2011-07-15 22:45 (UTC)
  Subject:   Companies are no better
Just look at what Aircell did to my brother.

Aircell: "Uh... we want to have internet on airplanes..."

Brother: "Well, your current technology sucks and wouldn't work."

Aircell: "Okay, we just hired you, so fix it."

Brother: "Okay." [fixes it]

Aircell: "Great, now we don't need you anymore. If you are willing to take a pay cut and lick our boots, we *might* keep you around but don't count on it. Hey, how about all the amazing perks we are giving our execs for delivering the product? And all the press attention we are getting? Aren't you proud to work for us?"
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Ben Cantrick: stupid
  User: mackys
  Date: 2011-07-15 23:35 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Companies are no better
One lesson we all learn the hard way...

There are two kinds of people:

A) Those who kiss ass and take credit.

B) Those who actually make the technology work.

Guess who makes more money.
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Alex Belits
  User: abelits
  Date: 2011-07-16 08:29 (UTC)
  Subject:   Re: Companies are no better
It's called "aristocracy", a very old concept that outlived its purpose a long time ago but constantly shows up in various forms.
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