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How Sun Bought Apple Computer (Almost)

EaglesNest Wow! An honest investment banker!?! (307 comments)

When two companies begin negotiations for one to buy the other, each has its own investment banker. The bankers only make money if the deal goes through. Even if the bankers know that the deal is stupid (like Time-Warner and AOL), they'll push it no matter how much value they know they'll destroy because otherwise, they get nothing. Even companies themselves will sometimes go through with a transaction that everyone begins to realize is bad the deeper they get into it, if only because they already put so much time and sunk costs into it. They ignore the rule: "if you're in a hole, stop digging" because they protest, "but we've already dug so much, let's dig ourselves a little deeper!"

Who was Apple's investment banker who effectively killed the deal? That's who I'd want to hire as my own banker if I ever had to sell my company or buy another one.

more than 3 years ago
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Feds To Adopt 'Cloud First' IT Policy

EaglesNest Re:What cloud? (142 comments)

I am a reasonable, in-house system architect for a major federal agency. Yes, we use virtual servers for most of our applications. This doesn't reduce the number of operating systems that we have, but it certain reduces the number of physical servers and disk arrays that we have to maintain. It's a scalable environment and allows for redundancy between data centers. Most of our users who access our systems are scattered nationwide, so network outages either affect only them, or must be so severe that they take down mutiple data centers each with multiple ISP connections, power sources and HVAC. I supposed that you could call this operating our own "cloud." I don't really care what you call it. I believe it's the among the most efficient and effective solutions for our needs, but doesn't hold us hostage to any one service provider. During out last phase of the migration to our current architecture, our P2V process was straightforward and comfortable. The tools are robust and mature.

If you are thinking of replacing physical servers with virtual or a "cloud," please either build the cloud yourself, or encrypt at the LUN or virtual disk level. For God's sake don't allow any data at rest or in transit to reside or cross over networks owned by third-parties, contractors, etc.

BTW, yes, an MBA or MPP or even PMP probably would go father to get to up to the higher grades in federal public service than a computer science degree. Then again, a CCIE wouldn't hurt either.

about 4 years ago
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FCC To investigate Comcast Bittorrent Meddling

EaglesNest Kevin Martin is a whore (196 comments)

Kevin got his plum FCC assignment when he was airlifted to Florida to help Bush steal the election in 2000. He's a whore. He's just not the cable companies' whore. BusinessWeek explains that he "earned his spurs by being on the first flight to Florida from Austin the day after the contested 2000 election. As deputy general counsel to the Bush campaign, he oversaw the legal team working behind the scenes with the Dade and Broward County canvassing boards."

more than 6 years ago

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Three Years of Prison Possible for Uploading TV Sh

EaglesNest EaglesNest writes  |  more than 7 years ago

EaglesNest (524150) writes "A Chicago man is facing up to three years in prison for uploading pirated episodes of the popular Fox television series "24" to the Internet. The FBI has accused Jorge Romero, 24, of uploading the first four episodes of the show's latest season to LiveDigital.com nearly a week before their Jan. 14 and Jan. 15 prime-time premieres. The criminal complaint handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California also alleges Romero posted links to the pirated content on other Web sites to make it easier for viewers to find them."
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EaglesNest EaglesNest writes  |  more than 8 years ago

EaglesNest writes "The Washington Post reports that "A federal judge in Detroit ordered a halt to the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program, ruling for the first time that the controversial effort ordered by President Bush was unconstitutional." Her language is striking. Her legal opinion says, "There are no hereditary Kings in America." FindLaw has the actual opinion."
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EaglesNest EaglesNest writes  |  more than 8 years ago

EaglesNest writes "The Washington Post writes, "Lockheed Martin Corp. has proposed an unmanned version of its Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35, which would make it the first full-scale fighter to operate without a pilot and signal the Bethesda weapons maker's push into the growing market for drone aircraft.... Much of the work is being done at Lockheed's research-and-development lab in California, known as the Skunk Works, where the U-2 spy plane was developed in secret in the 1950s."

I can't tell whether these would be autonomous, or remote controlled. Do we really want aircraft piloted by AI that can't adopt to new information? These are not recon aircraft, but full-scale fighter jets that "travel at supersonic speed and carry up to 15,000 pounds of bombs and missiles.""

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