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Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 145

It's actually pretty common for the founder to be someone who doesn't have any technical knowledge or any knowledge of managing the finances of a business.

Are we talking founders in general, or founders of companies that survive long enough that we've actually heard of them?

Comment: Re:Sorry, you'll have to outsource. (Score 1) 145

Surely what he needs is the "opposite half" of himself - a great developer who is bad at (or just hates doing) the things OP is good at?

Now whether such a person would be willing to take the risk on an employer with no track record is another question. Possibly, if one had a row with the boss over a fundamental point like whether a utilikilt constitutes business attire or where the { and } should go; but I reckon he might be more likely to find one as a partner.

Comment: Class projects vs. professional projects (Score 1) 145

The pay cheque isn't the important thing. Experience working in a professional environment is. The difference between how you work on a class project and how you work in a professional environment is vast.

For example, class projects are typically:

- very small

- implemented by a single person or at most a very small team that does not change over the lifetime of the project

- finished within a short period of time

- built with unchanging requirements determined by a single authority and entirely known from the start

- implemented with little need or regard for ongoing maintenance.

Exactly none of those things will be true of a typical industrial software development project. The need to take these kinds of factors into consideration completely changes how you design your software, what tools you use, what processes you follow...

Comment: Re: First and foremost (Score 3, Insightful) 145

by drooling-dog (#48442573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?

It's always a good idea to have a rough map of where you think you're going, but be careful about getting too carried away with formal business plans. You'll meet lots of people educated in business who will tell you that you need to sweat blood over a comprehensive plan - to the neglect of everything else - and then tour the country with a finely polished road show pitching it to potential investors. They tell you this because it shines the spotlight on their own training and talents. In reality, successful software business development almost never works this way, unless you have a stellar track record with several big hits behind you already (in which case they're investing more in you than the specifics of your plan). As others here have pointed out, what matters most is your rapidly growing list of happy, paying customers. Don't let your focus get diverted too far from that.

Comment: Re:Dear Slashdot: Messaging is broke (Score 1) 65

by Hognoxious (#48441487) Attached to: Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

Am I imagining this?

A long time ago, before beta was even a twinkle in some dreadlocked UXtard's eye, you could reply to a comment or follow an external link and when you came back you were at the very place you left from, rather than the top of the accursed page?

And recently, for just a few days, you could again. And now you can't again?

Spam

Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal 123

Posted by Soulskill
from the start-building-your-resume dept.
Frosty P writes: A scientific paper titled "Get Me Off Your F****** Mailing List" was actually accepted by the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology. As reported at Vox and other web sites, the journal, despite its distinguished name, is a predatory open-access journal. These sorts of low-quality journals spam thousands of scientists, offering to publish their work for a fee. In 2005, computer scientists David Mazières and Eddie Kohler created this highly profane ten-page paper as a joke, to send in replying to unwanted conference invitations. It literally just contains that seven-word phrase over and over, along with a nice flow chart and scatter-plot graph. More recently, computer scientist Peter Vamplew sent it to the IJACT in response to spam from the journal, and the paper was automatically accepted with an anonymous reviewer rating it as "excellent," and requested a fee of $150. Over the years, the number of these predatory journals has exploded. Jeffrey Beall, a librarian at the University of Colorado, keeps an up-to-date list of them to help researchers avoid being taken in; it currently has 550 publishers and journals on it."

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