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The End of the 3.5-inch Floppy Continues

VampireByte Re:Next up, the mainframe! (472 comments)

Probably going to be waiting a while. Mainframes are still heavily & widely used in banks.

more than 4 years ago

Why Computer Science Students Cheat

VampireByte Where do you think IT managers come from? (694 comments)

Student cheats way through college CS courses. Then cheats way into getting first software development job. Soon after that, colleagues discover he can't code worth a damn, but but bullshits with the bosses, gets promoted into management. Company pays for evening/weekend MBA program. Repeat cheating exercise, complete MBA. Get promoted to CIO.

more than 4 years ago

Killer Convicted, Using Dog DNA Database

VampireByte Re:Orwellian (97 comments)

How many legs does the dog have Winston?


And if the Party says it's not four but five then how many?

more than 4 years ago

BSkyB Wins £709m Lawsuit Against HP-EDS

VampireByte Interesting question (187 comments)

I always figured it was a good thing I hadn't invested in learning SAP and jump on the gravy train some of my software consulting neighbors have been riding... just seemed like a matter of time before word got out and the hours dried up for them.

more than 4 years ago

Pope Urges Priests To Go Forth and Blog

VampireByte Spanish Inquisition would be less disturbing? (284 comments)

The Internet is less disturbing than a face to face meeting.

Makes me wonder if the Spanish Inquisition would be less disturbing if it were conducted over the internet. Spanish Inquisition 2.0

Don't say it couldn't happen. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

more than 4 years ago

INTERPOL Granted Diplomatic Immunity In the US

VampireByte How's this different from embassies? (450 comments)

My first reaction is WTH, but on the other hand don't embassy staffers have pretty much the same deal?

more than 4 years ago

Finding Someone To Manage Selling a Software Company?

VampireByte Re:Best reply so far, I've done this (165 comments)

Yep, this is a situation where attorneys pay off. When selling a company ($1M - $5M) I tell people to prepare to pay $15K to $50K for a transaction attorney, but an IP attorney will probably run more. Buyers will try last minute tricks to cut the price in half or more so an experienced lawyer is a must.

While I'm at it... Some other comments have said a broker wants 6%, that's only for a quite big deal (assuming some variant of a sliding Lehman scale is used). Even in the $1Million range 10% is common (even 15% in some states like Florida).

Another commenter said something about getting MBA students involved. No way. This stuff is way, way above a student class project.

more than 4 years ago

Finding Someone To Manage Selling a Software Company?

VampireByte Best reply so far, I've done this (165 comments)

The poster is going to have to find someone who has been through this and get referrals. Sorry, that means meeting people and using social skills. Emailing potential buyers probably won't help because if you don't know any people in the space, you also don't know how to communicate with them out of the blue; you'll probably put them off, if they read your message at all.

Get an attorney who has experience doing these types of deals, this has saved me from failed deals. The guy who did Daddy & Mommy's will or plays golf with Uncle Barney or whatever isn't the way to go.

Trying to sell your company through one of the hundreds of business for sale websites brings tire kickers and scam replies. Going to the local business brokerage franchise (basically a bunch of commission-only out-of-work real estate salesmen) is usually a dead end for this type of thing, they won't grasp what you are selling, but they will have free balloons for the kiddies.

more than 4 years ago

The Environmental Impact of PHP Compared To C++ On Facebook

VampireByte Assumes PHP Dev Effort = C++ Dev Effort (752 comments)

What about all the cycles compiling and debugging C++ code? Or all the trees torn down for C++ books? Or the environmental impact of C++ developers? I mean, have you ever had to share a cube with one of them? Pheewww.

more than 4 years ago

Where Are the Cheap Thin Clients?

VampireByte Re:Yes (349 comments)

...but I'd prefer to be able to buy something assembled

Slashdot, news for nerds. So sad, I remember when nerds built their own systems.

more than 4 years ago

What Computer Science Can Teach Economics

VampireByte Fail to see the big deal (421 comments)

I have graduate degrees in both Computer Science and Economics and this commonality was so obvious to me over a decade ago that it wouldn't have seemed worth writing about. Hell, you even study Von Neumann in both of these fields at the undergraduate level.

more than 4 years ago

School Uniform To Block Cell Phone Emissions

VampireByte Yes, they've also requested... (153 comments)

Schools are putting out bids for cat 5e cable knit sweaters and kneesocks

about 5 years ago

Are Information Technology's Glory Days Over?

VampireByte Re:As a HS sophomore, I was told to not major in C (333 comments)

They were all mainframe guys at insurance and automotive-related manufacturing companies, white short-sleeve shirts and pocket protectors. In 1978 I'm sure PCs and the Internet were way beyond their imagination.

more than 5 years ago

Are Information Technology's Glory Days Over?

VampireByte As a HS sophomore, I was told to not major in CS (333 comments)

At age 15 my college plan was to major in computer science. This was in 1978. My father had me meet with some people who worked in the field. They all told me to find another interest, that by the time I graduated from college there would be nothing to do... all the computer programs would be written, all maintenance would be automated, etc. Lucky for me I snicker at crusty old fuckers, ie. anybody 20 years older than my current age.

more than 5 years ago

UK Plans To Monitor 20,000 Families' Homes Via CCTV

VampireByte Finally, some insight (693 comments)

There are plenty of humans, the last thing we need is unproductive ones breeding. In the US we get a tax break for each kid which just encourages breeding in this country... and that's just the start once you throw in welfare benefits that pay you to have kids and not work.

more than 5 years ago

RAID Trust Issues — Windows Or a Cheap Controller?

VampireByte Or just keep drives from overheating (564 comments)

Heat kills drives so avoiding it is a big plus. I've had friends buy neat looking cases that didn't have proper drive cooling and the hard disk died. At three separate employers we had weekend air conditioning failures and each time hard drives died not just over the weekend but the following weeks as well.

My machines are in 4U server cases with a dust filter on the front, a 120mm fan in front blowing on the drive cage, and two 80mm fans in back pulling air through. Temps in the case stay low.

The other key is quality power supplies. A poor p/s can kill your drives or the motherboard with that on-board "RAID" functionality.

Make backups and take steps to avoid hard drive abuse through heat or unstable power. That should be good enough

more than 5 years ago


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