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Serial entrepreneur Mike Harris shows you that all it takes is enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn. And Mike should know - he's spent the past 20 years creating successful businesses from apparently impossible ideas - ideas which everyone told him would never work. With invaluable business advice and case studies from entrepreneurs and innovators on both sides of the Atlantic, this make-it-happen manual will help you fix the odds of success firmly in your favour. Please enable JavaScript before proceeding:.

Internet Explorer. In stock online. Not available in stores. Serial entrepreneur Mike Harris shows you that all it takes is enthusiasm, commitment and a willingness to learn. And Mike should know - he's spent the past 20 years creating successful businesses from apparently impossible ideas - ideas which everyone told him would never work. With invaluable business advice and case studies from entrepreneurs and innovators on both sides of the Atlantic, this make-it-happen manual will help you fix the odds of success firmly in your favour. The following ISBNs are associated with this title:.

ISBN - On the Content tab, click to select the Enable JavaScript check box. Click OK to close the Options popup. Refresh your browser page to run scripts and reload content. Click the Internet Zone. If you do not have to customize your Internet security settings, click Default Level. Screw Philips, they're not getting a dime more. Josh in CharlotteNC profile , 14 Dec pm.

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They should be sued for their money back. But, like with Sony and their advertised support of Linux with the playstation and later removal of such support, the broken court system will probably favor against users. Rekrul , 14 Dec pm. Someone should invent a lighting system where you can just use any bulb you want and which only requires a simple, low-cost switch to turn them on and off.

I wonder why nobody has invented anything like this yet Nicolas , 15 Dec am. David , 14 Dec am. Posting this here since the linked blog does not support Javascript-free comments. Thanks Discus! Without any communication they delivered a new firmware This is a bit unclear. Is the new firmware installed magically via Over The Air updates, making it impossible for users to avoid even if they know what is coming, or is the new firmware manually installed, but classified as "without communication" because it does not warn the user about this huge anti-feature?

If the latter, spreading the word quickly and wide could protect users from installing this disaster. If the former, it's tin-foil hat tin-foil house? WDS profile , 14 Dec am. The update shows up in your app showing there is one to be installed, but not giving you any detail about what it "fixes".

It warns you the lights might flash during the process, but gives no hint it is going to brick the non-Phillips lights.

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And, of course, any attempt at a workaround is illegal, because you can't have a bunch of little people thinking they actually own the stuff they bought. That would be stealing. Rich , 14 Dec pm. It's not illegal. The courts have already told the printer people as much when they tried it with ink. David profile , 14 Dec pm. Ink cartridges are a physical good. Accessing the software to make changes violates copyright At least according to the companies doing this sort of thing. Firmware in cars, tractors, etc are going through this battle right now.

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Looks like this might be next. JMT profile , 14 Dec pm. William H. Taft , 14 Dec am. If this is the "future," I'm going to perform a post-birth abortion on myself. DaveL profile , 14 Dec am. Q: How many Phillips executives does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A: 2, but don't ask me how they get in there Anonymous Coward , 15 Dec am. How many friends of hue does it take to not screw in a lightbulb?

Find Your Lightbulb: How to make millions from apparently impossible ideas

All of them. And yet people still wonder why many people are hesitant to allow any sort of software update to install. Philips isn't just turning their product into a wall garden. They're also teaching people not to buy Phillips and not to trust any interoperability standards.


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Way to go. Anonymous Coward , 12 Jul am. Deniable Sources , 14 Dec am.

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Add this kind of nonsense to the multiple reasons that "smart light bulbs" aren't on my Christmas list any time soon. The architecture's not great, the costs are significant particularly if you have a house as opposed to a small apartment , and the standards - such as they are - are half-baked and incompatible. Add corporate Newspeak "Friends of Hue"??? Except, they were definitely on my "hopefully next year" list.

Not so much. Time to sue Hue. TechDescartes profile , 14 Dec am. While the Philips Hue system is based on open technologies we are not able to ensure all products from other brands are tested and fully interoperable with all of our software updates , so we have disabled those products to ensure that they do not work f or guaranteed in compatibility. Y ou need to use Philips Hue or certified Friends of Hue products. There, fixed it for you. A very valuable company messes up their half-baked plan to lock in their customers and ends up Yeah, I'm pretty sure they learned the lesson just about as well as the two pigs that now know they can relax and build crappy houses because their brother will take care of them when something bad happens.

MadAsASnake profile , 14 Dec am. That only happens in the sanitized version.


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In the pre-commercialised version, things don't work out nearly so well for the first 2 pigs. Just make crap quality knockoffs for a tenth of the price that sell for half what the "Market Leader" sells theirs for and the suckers at Walmart will wind up buying five of them as they burn out via planned obsolescence and manufacturing defects. They're very popular in the "don't want it" Xmas present recycling market and thrift stores, not to mention landfills.

So corporations didn't learn when Keurig's attempt at DRM backfired? At least this provides a strong rebuttal to the idea that corporations are people.

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People learn. People think. Corporations do not. They are nothing more than bags of greed and crap. Keurig is one of the few failures. Look at inkjet printers for an example of success.

Yes in both cases there are 3rd party work arounds but in reality the manufacturers make money hand over fist. If you cant make a product that can compete on its own merit, lure the customer in , then lock the door behind them. Make claims of FUD for other products and profit.

I know we all want to live in a society where businesses dont try to ream you for every penny but we arent there yet and wont be for decades, if ever. This is why standards groups should be created by non interested third parties and when someone even as big as Phillips turns evil their products should be ejected from the group.

It would almost behoove standards bodies to require participants to put in a back door so they could revoke the functionality altogether.

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I hate to say it but I foresee a class action coming. Well as long as "So vote with your wallet if you don't like it" remains the dominant response to this, enjoy being gouged. Slapping "DRM" style restrictions onto something that didn't have them before? Reminds me of Green Mountain with their Keurig machines. And we know how well that went. When lightbulbs were first invented they used to last for years - which was too long. So Osram got together with the other manufacturers and they wrote up an agreement that bulbs shouldn't last more than hours.

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