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Looking on it as more than entertainment seems to be a bad idea though, as it seems to have about as much to do with good investment practices as 'The Apprentice' has to do with good hiring practices.

I wonder if you could use something like this as a platform to promote an open source project. Might be worth doing just to annoy them when asked what sort of IP protection you have on the idea you are telling them about.

I agree. I'm actually worried that it sets a bad example for people who think it's okay or necessary to go hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to make some kind of trinket to sell. There should be some kind of warning in between segments about that. Although in today's market I don't think most people can get bank loans. Credit cards on the other hand...

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