Well, to be frank, sites like Saholic are trying to improve stuff.... Saholic offers 'x' days delivery (generally 1-2 days) and then fines itself (giving out gift vouchers for every day that the shipment is delayed)
This is a project that I've been following since it first appeared on HN, and was pleasently surprised by the email they sent out today! Way to go guys.... Looking forward like crazy for using this product! :) :)
Even got a friend to sign up for a beta invite! :P
I remember you guys from: http://www.learndot.com/how-to-name-your-startup/ .... I remember posting on that asking if it was logical to spend 9 months on deciding a name of a product.... and here, it's a year and 2 months on... I really sincerely hope you do well, but I wish you'd work faster than the velocity you're pulling.
For those who do not know about him, Ratan Tata is a role model for many entrepreneurs in his homecountry (India). He is renowned for his practicality and down-to-earth attitude, despite being the head of a multi billion $ conglomerate.
Infact he spent his last day on the shop floor of Tata Motors rather than at some lavish retirement party (as most CEOs today do)
Massive respect for the man who's led the conglomerate for decades and brought it to the forefront in multiple sectors, and all this while keeping values and morality at the core of his business logic.
Wish him all the very best for all of his future endeavours!
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are machines that (literally) determine the fate of a nation, and in democracies, it is of utmost importance that they are thoroughly tested and validated by security experts.
> The word machine implies predictability [...]. Computers are not predictable [...]
First of all, computers can be mechanical - the first computers have been .
Furthermore, computers are predictable. If a CPU would not be predictable, how would you program it? If you write a program, you assume that your computer is predictable and that your instructions will be carried out. (If that assumption is not met, a fault occurred - but this happens in mechanical systems as well)
In fact, you can perform computation in lockstep to detect errors.
Of course, it can be practically impossible to exactly predict a network of computers with several layers of software deployed... but that is not the issue here.
Please don't twist it to make them appear safe for voting purposes. They are not.
With today's computers that have any non-trivial piece of code on them it is for all practical purposes unpredictable that they will carry out the task that they are supposed to do, even if every piece of code is known.
The task at hand it "perform a universal, secret, equal and verifiable vote without any fraud involved". I doubt that this can ever be achieved.
If even a small sub-task of this is violated, I consider that such that it didn't carry out the task.
Not to mention that it should be an absolute priority for the software to be open source, and easily verifiable by anyone, which doesn't seem to be the case for many such voting machines. And I think that should literally be a crime. It should be illegal for states or local governments to buy voting machines with proprietary software.
So, you spent 9 months on changing a name (which IMHO is just as peculiar as matygo, as the comments in this thread have shown), rather than working on your product itself?
Nice blog mate, but seriously think you're losing track of time here. Facebook (thefacebook), Twitter (twttr), Google (a typo of Googol) are all products that didn't take naming too seriously when they started. Don't you think spending 9 months on a rebranding campaign for a startup that was set up just 3 years ago is a little rash?
Personally, loved the earlier Matygo logo.... the 2 word bubbles intersecting told me everything I needed to know about the company. And the business card was sharp too.