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Comment: I feel sorry (Score 5, Insightful) 136

by blantonl (#33091484) Attached to: DefCon Contest Rattles FBI's Nerves

I feel sorry for the poor fish in the barrel that gets shot on this one.

Unwittingly, right now, some guy/gal is sitting in their cubical and is on the cusp of getting the phone call that thrusts them into the international spotlight when the tape of the winning team's efforts is played. They might even lose their job for doing nothing more than, well, doing their job, or answering a harmless set of questions.

Comment: Re:Wait a minute (Score 1) 164

by blantonl (#32596896) Attached to: US Sues Oracle Over Alleged Overcharging

preferred customer status is bullshit... everyone should be paying the same price for the same product (at the same time)....

Right, just like when you buy a car?

There is a reason why software companies employ armies of salesmen - their principle job to sell their widget for as much money as they can get for it. A salesman does not transact a product - he sells it just like a stock is traded on an exchange. Supply, demand, emotion all apply for sales transactions. You might find a better price elsewhere. You might find a better "stock" elsewhere. But most likely you've already got your product in mind. That leads me to this comment...

treat it like the equity markets handle things.

Ahh.. that's how software sales works. Supply, Demand, Emotion, and finally, negotiation. I guarantee that if you walk up to an Oracle salesman and demand to have his product, you will pay full price, plus 10%. That is why most large software purchases go through a huge dance of evaluations, bake-offs, and other meaningless activities. For the most part, the technical decisions were made long ago - it's the leverage building for the buyer that is needed for these transactions.

Comment: Re:Well for starters (Score 3, Interesting) 517

by blantonl (#32398418) Attached to: IRS Wants a Cut of Sales On eBay and Craigslist

's also worth noting that the IRS is prohibited by law from sharing information with other government departments,

Really? That is interesting... because the FBI needed to get ahold of me about an issue with my business, and they contacted my [b]accountant[/b] first.... presumably through my corporate tax returns. Why/how else would they have contacted my accountant?

Comment: Find a good M&A attorney (Score 1) 165

by blantonl (#30628326) Attached to: Finding Someone To Manage Selling a Software Company?

You need to find a skilled mergers and acquisition attorney. There are a number of tasks in the selling process, including valuation (what are you really worth) all the way up to the final negotiation - which covers everything from earn-out to pay-out to final disbursements of assets and funds. You need to at least start and find out what your company might be worth.

If your company is worth good money, you need good advisers to facilitate this process. We're back full circle.

Summary: find a good M&A attorney. and be willing to pay good money to get good results. If you aren't willing to do that, you're not ready to sell.

Comment: Re:Treason (Score 1) 327

by blantonl (#30233354) Attached to: Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fake Chips To US Navy


If I sold something that knowingly was designed to kill solders, than yes. Selling something to the military with degraded quality and attempting to defraud someone?. .. uh... I don't think so.

Seriously, there are numerous military contractors out there that are "gaming the system" to provide to our troops overseas. We could start with Haliburt.... oh nevermind.

Assholes? Yes! Illegal.. Yes!

Treasonous? Sorry, I don't think so.

Comment: Code Review? (Score 1) 298

by blantonl (#30179700) Attached to: iPhone Owners Demand To See Apple Source Code

So, who is going to review the code in this closed process? The judge? :) Hehehe... I can see him now powering up is new Mac Book pro, reviewing the source code and exclaiming "There it is... the smoking gun!"

In all seriousness, how would they manage this process? Would the plaintiff and defendant hire expert programmers to comb through the code looking for evidence? Would it then be presented to the judge and he would decide? Would he even know how to decide?

I can see it now - "Your honor, you can clearly see here where Apple overloaded the xxYY class with functions that are clearly..... " Watching the judge's eyes glass over, you would have to wonder how something like this would actually come to a "successful" conclusion for either side.

Comment: Power Fail Often (Score 2, Interesting) 100

by blantonl (#28603111) Attached to: Data Center Power Failures Mount

Frankly, if data centers are going to proclaim their redundancy, they should test by power failing the entire data center once every two weeks at a minimum. A data center that goes down twice in a month would get ahead of any issue pretty fast. Lessons learned from the staff and the management are very valuable.

The marketing messaging:

"We power fail our data center every two weeks to ensure our backups work..."

Sound scary? Just think about the data center that has never been through this process. at that point, the wet paper bag you tried to market your way out of dried rather quickly and you are now faced with the prospect of slapping around inside of a zip-lock.

Comment: Government problem solution... commercial sector. (Score 1) 210

by blantonl (#27960509) Attached to: GPS Accuracy Could Start Dropping In 2010

It sounds to me like a cry for help directed to the public sector, from the US Government.

Imagine a subscription/license service for a geo-location broadcast platform from space that is unrestricted to users and as accurate as science knows how to make such things "accurate." How much do you think that license would be worth?

Scary? Absolutely.

Possible? More Absolutely!

There is serious money in geo-location today. Not just to target nuclear warhead.. if you call that a business.

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.