OT: groovy idea, methinks

From: Ed King 
for those of you who don't work for an asshole who thinks s/he has exclusive 
rights to your every thought...

I just got an email from Jameco electronics, they say "design a project, we'll 
kit it and pay you royalties for every kit that we sell"

I thought it was a groovy idea so I'm just passing it along, as I thought there 
might be some interested folks

Disclaimer:  no assholes were harmed during the production of this email.

=============================================================== From: Mike Harrison ------------------------------------------------------ I recently advised a friend, that was shown where he signed such nonsense when he got hired, to submit, in writing and formally, every near-product idea he has, to his employers legal department. He said it took more than 50..in a week. Highlights include: A dewey-decimal-like system for organizing files on a file share. (all file names would be numbers) Condoms for unicorn horns. (His sexually confused boss was not amused) auto-profanity detection with beep insertion for voip phones. And then they formally asked him to stop. Mission accomplished. That's a valid clause in certain job roles: if Ed was hired as director of research and development for a company, I'd be paying him very well, and own every idea that came out of his head. I imagine the list might look like: 1972 Nova with an Apple II controlled fuel injection system. 1969 Nova wagon with a LISA cluster for automated navigation. Z80 beowulf cluster for redesigning Chevy Nova's. Written in Assembly. Dec Alpha powered Chevy Nova driving simulator. Sweet. Now what can I design using 12AX7 tubes and Nixie displays? Oh, wrong era. I need some Rasberry Pi's and a few weeks to really play.

=============================================================== From: Jason Brown ------------------------------------------------------ Take a look at Sparkfun. Much more geek friendly people and they don't own a forever license to everything you submit: http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/315 This thread talks a bit about the Jameco offer. http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?140099-Jameco-Design-an-electronics-project-we%92ll-kit-it-and-pay-you-a-royalty --Jason

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ oh how I wish they made Nova wagons in 1969, I'd buy as many as I could afford, and then some ;) but... they only made Nova wagons from 1962 to 1967 an actual project: running my home's central heat and air using an automotive a/c compressor