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A Model To Fund Open-Source Projects. 20 Jun 2016. Synopsis. Place a bounty on the next release of an open-source project. Until the bounty is met, those who need/want the newest release must pay an amount in order to get it. Previous releases remain free. Once the bounty is met, the new release ...
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It's an important topic, but I don't think your proposition works particularly well. It's still rooted in the "product" mindset, and software, especially open source, is simply not a product.

The main two problems I see with this approach are that it gives the developer a strong incentive to keep adding new features in every release, which leads to software bloat quickly, and that it punishes the companies and clients who get involved early, and rewards those that wait.

It also completely ignores the need for continuing support and maintenance of already released versions, which is often a significant fraction of the effort, especially for high-quality software.
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Java 8 Parallel Operations Are Not As Simple As They Seem. 27 Apr 2016. As an exploration of the uncertainties of streams and parallel streams, let's look at a problem that seems simple: summing an incremental sequence of numbers. There turns out to be a surprising number of ways to do this, ...
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Guaranteed Basic Income
This topic has been coming up a lot recently. Here's a capitalist investment guy making a strong case for it . Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age is a world that provides the basics. I talked about it a couple of years ago in this post . Henry Ford paid his ...
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We Must Do More Than Call An Idea "Dumb"
In  Salesforce CEO Slams 'The World's Dumbest Idea': Maximizing Shareholder Value , Steve Denning, the " Radical Managemen t guy," points out the opposite of what MBA programs teach: that maximizing quarterly profits is aggressively harmful, not just to the...
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Experiences of the Winter Tech Forum
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"A Language is More Than a Language." Video of my opening keynote for the Jet Conference in Minsk. 
Video Of Belarus Conference Opening Keynote. 10 Jan 2016. Here is the opening keynote presentation I gave at the Jet Conference in Minsk, Belarus, last Fall, titled A Language is More Than a Language. For some reason, all my travels in recent years have been exceptional, and this one was no ...
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Hey Bruce, I can't load the video as it is set to private on YouTube.
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Pycon 2016. 15 Jun 2016. Pycon was wonderful this year. It was held at the Portland convention center which I like, and there were about 40% women at the conference; my perception was that around the same percentage of women were speaking. I credit Guido Van Rossum with requesting that the ...
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Addiction to Growth
Douglas Rushkoff gave a keynote at South by Southwest 2016 entitled  Distributed: A New OS for the Digital Economy , based on his book Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus . I've watched it twice now; it is satisfying, because it vindicates the work I've been d...
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Don't Find a Career. Discover the Problem You Want to Solve.
I read or heard some version of this in my recent journeys. It's not exactly Start With Why ; indeed, asking "what problem do you want to solve?" firmly establishes it as a "what," rather than a "how" or "why." But it's a very important "what." It seems to ...
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Hello Bruce, I would love to re-post this on my blog at www.smartreinvention.com -- giving you full credit of course! Would you permit me to post this on my site? Thank you!
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Join fellow JVM and Javascript enthusiasts for this year's Winter Tech Forum in Crested Butte, CO, Feb. 29-March 4.
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Cornerstones
My own experience with cohousing, along with the Holacracy training and learning about Teal Organizations has reinforced my anti-consensus bias. But there are folks at this week's workshop  who actively practice consensus-building using tested techniques, a...
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