The website habrahabr.ru has a lot of articles about the completed projects (startups), advice on how to become successful and how to finish the game.

So, advice on how to fail the project:

1) If you need in a project graphics, everyone should try to be an artist in the team. If the job is given to one artist, all should to take part in the discussion of result, give advice and generally help in every way. The artist constantly should redraw and revise in order to please everyone at once. In general, democracy is the best way to solve all the problems in the project.

2) The concept is not needed, why should you waste the time? The main thing is to start as quickly as possible to write code and the ideas and concept should come on the way. Who will quickly begin to program that will be able to book the most interesting tasks.
Tags: advice, startup
Pirat 2 september 2011, 11:08

A pair of talking robots, initially did not know any language to communicate with each other, droids have developed it during the interaction. They have gradually agreed and determined that, for example, the word «jaya» means “in the center of the room”.

Amusing experiment was conducted by Ruth Schulz and her colleagues from the University of Queensland. They researched the formation of a language from scratch in the case of two robots. The project was named as “ Lingodroids”.
Pirat 1 september 2011, 15:40

imageI had a dream to write the maps a long time ago. Convenient maps that do not require an access to the Internet with the actual data, fast and work on any device. After I worked as an engineer in Google Maps that dream only became stronger, and at some point it turned into the particular actions.
If it's interesting, I'll write something as I was leaving Google Zurich, and at the same time all around did the square eyes:) and then I with me friends were writing a project for almost a year.

The result of all this was the off-line maps for the iPhone and iPad released on April 12, soon there will be ready versions for the android, Mac and Windows.
The idea is as follows. You are going to go to another country with some purpose, for example to relax, and take along your trusty android or iPhone / iPad, MacBook or laptop with Windows, or all together.
Before you travel, you install the application and quickly download the desired map of the country.
United States and Russia, of course, will be slower, but, for example, a map of Belarus is 45 MB, Switzerland is 58 MB (soon the next version will be released, there will be all the countries compressed for a quarter).
Yes, the program is free.
Tags: iOS, iPad, Maps
Pirat 30 august 2011, 13:03

imageDo you read business blogs in which the author repeatedly describes his failures?
No, because you want to adopt the successful experience, and not to learn about experience from a guy who is not successful.

However, the fact that you have been studying only the experience of successful people could present a big problem than it seems.

Here are some stories that will help you understand the seriousness of this problem.

Marks from the bullets


During the Second World War the British bombers were sent daily to bomb the Germans. Most of the planes did not return home, and those that came back were covered with marks from the bullets of German anti-aircraft guns and the fighter planes.
Tags: advice, Bias
Pirat 30 august 2011, 12:41

People have known a saying “worst is first”, which I cannot say about my recent experience of the internet trade. Most likely, this is just an exception that proves the rule, but after all, I want to talk about those minor findings that I made last month.

So, it is a little story about how you can easily make for one month at least 15 000 Euros.

My professional career is a web-development. I do the R & D in a small IT company; I write “advanced” applications for the corporate intranets and, in principle, I do not complain about my life. Of course, in this scenario I would like to do some interesting project at the same time, what I have repeatedly engaged in the world of Open Source. Over the time, I wanted to make money on the side projects that with Open Source was not as easy as it may seem from the articles on the Habrahabr.ru :) That's why I decided to try for myself something entirely new - open an internet shop.
Pirat 30 august 2011, 12:25

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Tags: iPlunger, iPod
Pirat 30 august 2011, 11:59

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If we reboot 15 times a year, then every “tuning” of the download process takes longer than will win at reboots for the lifetime of the system. However, sporting interest rises, moreover, that people are interested in the process of optimizing performance. A boot was the most obvious candidate as an example of how the process should look like itself. We will boot at the speed 5400 of hard drive in the “working” system: in addition to a vendor crapware, there is still a lot of every types of visual studio, antivirus, skype ...
Pirat 30 august 2011, 11:57

imageThere are interesting facts about the life cycle of periodical cicadas. Usually, we do not see around a lot of these insects, because most part of their life they spend under the ground and gently suck the plant roots.

However, depending on the type every 7, 11, 13 or 17 years, periodical cicadas simultaneously crawl out together to the light and they turn into the noisy flying creatures, mate and die soon.
Although our strange cicadas cheerfully go into another world, here arises the obvious question: is it just coincidence or the numbers 7, 11, 13 and 17 some special?

It turns out that these numbers have something in common. They are all prime numbers that are divisible only by themselves and by one (it's 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23 and so on).
Pirat 30 august 2011, 11:38

Microsoft made an unusually sharp statement that graphics technology WebGL, which has been promoted by the Khronos Group, is too dangerous in order to be supported in Windows.

Currently both browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are provided with support of WebGL. Google calls this “the most powerful way to add 3D graphics on the web pages”and appeals to the developers “explore the field of graphic development “. Mozilla positions WebGL as the ideal technology for “interactive 3D games and applications with the rich graphics and realization of a new approach to the visual design without using other software components”.

In turn, Microsoft has published a statement entitled as “WebGL considered harmful” in the official blog of Microsoft Safety Center. It was published by a group that is responsible for the organization of security of Windows and other products Microsoft.
The statement was made after a pair of reports that describe the “serious design flaws” and “security problems” in WebGL. Last report includes a demonstration of how user data can be stolen through browser.
Pirat 30 august 2011, 11:34

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Despite the complexity with the project of Google Books, Google has been continuing to work towards the digitization of books, and today it has become known about the latest achievement of the corporation. Google corporation has concluded an agreement on the long-term cooperation with the British Library. In the Net will be posted 250 000 digital copies of books, starting with the publications of the 18th century within the scope of cooperation.

Of course, this is a fraction of the treasures that are kept at the British Library (about 150 million books), however, users can access the valuable publications, most of which will be available free of charge. The fact is that for most of the publications copyright has already expired.
Pirat 30 august 2011, 11:18