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Submission + - How to Sell Open Source at My Company

An anonymous reader writes: At my large software company in the Northwest United States we've been asked to find ways to cut our budgets given the current economic client. We started by eliminating travel and reducing our workforce. Now management wants radical ideas to cut more. We use Windows almost exclusively here, and I keep reading on Slashdot how switching to Linux can save companies like mine a bunch of money. I know I cannot suggest switching to Linux without doing my homework first. What data do I need to collect and present in order to argue Linux has a lower TCO? Currently we spend 4 billion dollars per year on Windows. What percentage decrease is reasonable to expect? Almost all of our development effort is in .NET and Visual Studio, and many of our workers are the world's foremost experts in the technologies. Does the Slashdot community have experience converting and re-training a large workforce to use another language and IDE? How can I estimate the cost of porting existing billions of lines of code to Java? Is it possible that my company won't save money by switching to Linux?
The Almighty Buck

FBI Examines Second Life Casinos 104

UnanimousCoward writes "Yahoo! is running an article reporting that Second Life has invited the FBI to tour their casinos. Under the theory that they may have some objections, Linden wanted to make sure that everything was on the up and up. The FBI has apparently taken them up on the offer, but will not comment on their conclusion. With the recent US crackdown on Internet gambling, visits to Second Life casinos have increased (using Linden dollars that can be exchanged for real currency). 'Most lawyers agree that placing bets with Linden dollars likely violates US anti-gambling statutes, which cover circumstances in which something of value is wagered. But the degree of Linden Lab's responsibility, and the likelihood of a any crackdown, is uncertain.'"

Submission + - Dire need to finish homework!

YAJoe writes: Hi, I'm a CS student at a local university, and I have a major assignment due later today. This one is a doozy, and so far I'm stuck. With the time slipping away, I got the amazing idea of asking slashdot for help. After all, don't you want to keep people like me from failing out of the field? What if I said I was a girl? Here's my problem: Find the second-smallest number from an unsorted array in O(n) time. Then find a clique in a given graph G with that number in O(n^2) time. He says this assignment should take me 1 hour, but so far I've spent 4:01 hours on it. Help!

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