Simon In that case, why don't you simply build a PHP/MySQL-based login system?
That's an option as well. But. I'm trying to avoid duplicating someone else's clever idea because 1) while I'm not dumb I'm always aware that there is at least one person better at X than I am and 2) I'm lazy.
I'm not opposed to getting out a shovel and digging around, but if someone else dug a well next door, I can lay some pipe (as it were) and get back to dozing on the couch.
I've just been to the Liftport website. No kidding?
No kidding around.
I saw from your website that you say Yuri Artsutanov came up with the idea, but I could swear it came from Tsiolkovsky - and over 60 years earlier.
This could quickly devolve into a 'who built the first airplane' kind of deal. Tsiolkovsky did come up with the idea as you noted - but his version was a riff on the Eiffel Tower, which would fail due to compression loading. Artsutanov came up with the correct idea - possibly without reference to Tsiolkovsky's idea.
I'd love to actually participate in this. Brian, I saw the job openings, but there's no good match. Any suggestions?
Dunno, what can you do? We're not really in a position to hire anyone at the moment; we're a startup and, frankly, the benefits would stink if there were any. Since we are a small (but growing, slowly) company finding people who can fit in is difficult.
Still. I'm convinced the project has a chance. When things start to break our way, we will need the right people. Technical folks (of course) as well as suits, lawyers, accountants etc.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will filter to my attention as well as the other mgt folks at Liftport. Even if we can't use you or your services now we'll file the resume for later use.
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