And he's chanced upon a Chinese manufacturing practice, Shanzhai, which incorporates the anti-patent concepts he's long fought for.
(My Pocket entry for this blog post has a curious set of associated tags.)
I got the luck to have a "gentle" lymphoma, but the chemo is hard nonetheless. My 2 last rounds, I couldn't bend down to grab a pan without sweating, starting to tremble and having difficulty breathing.
Let's hope that he gets all the love he needs to pass through gently.
Running windsprints at 51% of normal red blood cell count is probably the stupidest, most painful, thing I've ever done.
Best of luck to him
It's sort of one of those synthetic colors, the ones that you never see in reality but recognize instantly if exposed to them.
> This is why you can buy the same product from a slew of firms on Amazon or Ebay. This is why the price drops smoothly, as predicted by Cost Gravity. No patents and trade secrets to slow down the spread of knowledge. This is why Chinese products haven't just caught up to western designs. They are way, way ahead. My Xiaomi is built of 95% Chinese components. This is why Apple will die.
So who pays for capex like the exact thing Apple is known for, protracted and high-quality R&D?
My friend who manufactures random stuff in Thailand told me that he has a one month lead on China when his company releases a new product, after which copies flood the markets. His competition's labor costs are effectively negligible, and that's compared to Thai labor. Obviously, this is an unsustainable condition, and one day it will be the Chinese who are scrambling to stay ahead of Bangladesh or whoever.
Everybody, because it becomes a Red Queen race at some point. You either constantly innovate and create new stuff, or you get left behind. The "fast follower" companies just become part of the ecosystem, like everything else.
It's also important to notice that "newer/better product" is one possible basis for competition, but it's not the only such basis. I mean, there's a reason that people still pay thousands of dollars for Chanel hand-bags or Rolex watches, even though cheap knockoffs exist, that look nearly identical to the untrained eye.
Apple, proudly doomed™ and going out of business since 1976
That said, at times the realisation is that you are going to die, that parts of it are going to be awful. And yet there is so much more in life you wish you could have accomplished.
So you do what you can, with the time you have left.
That doesn't just apply to Pieter. It applies to all of us.
So, no, he's not going to get better. He's going to die, fairly soon. But he'll use some of the better parts of tech to do parts of what he'd hoped to do. And I wish him every comfort while that happens, and appreciate his insights.
The Shanzai concept was new to me, but resonates deeply with ideas I've had myself, and is something I've wondered "well, why can't that happen?"
It turns out it is happening.
http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=147 is also interesting.
Have you tried marijuana to easen the pain?
Chemotherapy is used both curatively and palliatively. Yes, it's often a treatment option to shrink or at least slow down tumors, in order to prolong qualitatively meaningful life (even though the side effects are quite severe).
""There's this alternative cure people are talking about," Which gets the ban hammer from me, and happily I only got a few of those. Even if there was a miracle cure, the cost and stress (to others) of seeking it is such a selfish and disproportionate act. With, as we know, lottery-style chances of success. We live, we die."
Perhaps this reaction is somewhat dependant on the circumstances surrounding it (general mood, how it's suggested, etc...).
Enlightened dude, staring right back into the eye of death without seeming to flinch.