There is a distinct possibility that the conversation was a chosen topic to try to get at the top of HN, so that we could all go and be consumed by the awesomeness that is Discourse without realizing we just got marketowned.
Woah! Super cool idea. So many ways you can take this to a new level. Also, if anyone is looking to contribute to some open source, this would be a great opportunity as there is lots of epic optimization problems in this algorithm to work on.
For example, whats the fastest data structure/algorithm to make searching for neighbours?
Do the right thing. Are they a massive company who wont notice a missing playstation? Sure. Is it morally okay? Not in the slightest. You are effectively stealing unless you send it in. You shouldn't take advantage of good customer service.
this made me think of a business model for a piece of software. Charge per feature? I wonder if this could be successful. For example, you offer some software with base features, and have the users pay to add specific features.
Like the Home/Professional/Ultimate licensing tiers of old, each presenting slightly more features than the last? Or more like in-app purchases on mobile phones, providing additional features for increments of cash, proverbially nickel-and-diming the user into oblivion?
Both of these things have been done, and of course, their worth is in the eyes of those making the money.
not exactly. More like you offer a base line service (for example sake lets say for free), then you offer individual feature add-ons at a cost. That way, rather then paying x$ for upgrading say, professional to ultimate and getting a bunch of features you don't need, and the single one that you do, you buy exactly what you want, and no more. Also could provide a way of priming your users to submit features that they would actually want to pay for.
Maybe you are trying to do to much? If you can find people that have similar interest to yours, and have skills which are applicable to building your ideas, I'd recommend teaming up with that person. It helps a lot having someone to not only push you along to the finish line, but also to do some of the running as well.
I had a similar issue where I would start projects, implement a bunch of it, and seemingly never finish any of it. I got in touch with some friends who enjoy design and from there I started doing back-end things and leaving the design implementing to a friend. Not only did he push me to hit milestones but I did the same for him.
Also make sure you are picking projects that the end result is something that you yourself want to use. That way, you will have a little extra motivation when it comes to finishing.
Unlikely, as you'd be operating in a different field and there'd be no opportunity for consumer confusion - but obviously you should check with a trademark lawyer or consultant, whichever name you go for.