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7/30/2015 | 3:49:49 AM
Re: IBM wants your ideas so it can sell them back to you!
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larryloeb
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7/29/2015 | 6:13:27 PM
Re: IBM wants your ideas so it can sell them back to you!
That is what they are doing here, open sourced stuff. Others can inspect, comment and use.

IBM kicks in free use of their products unless you are developing something that is commercial, and that is a good deal.
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asksqn,
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7/29/2015 | 6:00:49 PM
IBM wants your ideas so it can sell them back to you!
LOL why would any developer with more than two brain cells consent to performing FREE research for a proprietary company like IBM that will, in turn, make a profit from it?  If developers want to work for free then they can publish their ideas to free open source projects, instead.
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7/29/2015 | 5:32:52 PM
Re: Making IoT Accessible
You make a number of very good points.

The community they are encouraging is inclusive, rather than excluding. The IoT markets right now reminds me of smartphones in 2008. The first hardware has come online, but the true killer apps aren't there yet. There is no dominant market presence. It's all up for grabs.

By being hardware agnostic in the effort, IBM is taking a smart position. They want to promote what they can do, and that doesn't depend on any particular chip.

This is such a positive change for IBM in so many ways, that I take a far less pessimistic view of their future than I used to.

 
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7/29/2015 | 3:48:58 PM
Making IoT Accessible
While I'm super excited about the promise of IoT (and admittedly less excited about the security side), one thing that absolutely was missing was a strong support platform for getting developers involved in learning how this new platform (in this case IBM) works, and how to create recipes to start linking IoT sensors and understanding the data feeds.  While we are still early in the market, and it's hard to say what the preferred coding platform for IoT will be, it's nice to see more resources popping up to get the next generation of coders familiar with the platform and learning how to create applications within it.  IBM definitely has a strong position in the new IoT market, so having them help create a developer community that supports their platform is a great way to become better engrained in the early development of IoT.


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