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Drug dealers and software developers - a comparison

Drug Dealers

* Refer to their clients as "users".
* "The first one's free!"
* Have important Asian connections.
* Strange jargon:
"Stick"
"Rock"
"Wrap"
"E"
"Stash"
"Drive-by"
"Hit (LSD)"
"Source"
"The Pigs"
* Realize that there's tons of cash in the 14- to 25-year-old market.
* Clients really like your stuff when it works.When it doesn't work they want to kill you.
* Job is assisted by the industry's producing newer, more potent product.
* Often seen in the company of pimps, hustlers and low-lifes
* When things go wrong, a "fix" is just a phone call away, but may be expensive
* A lot of people are getting rich while still teenagers.
* Product causes unhealthy addictions.
* Do your job well and you can sleep with sexy movie stars who depend on you.

Software Developers

* Refer to their clients as "users".
* "Download a free trial version..."
* Have important Asian connections.
* Strange jargon: "SCSI"
"RTFM"
"Packet"
"C"
"Cache"
"CTRL ALT DEL"
"Hit (WWW)"
"Source-code"
"Microsoft"

* Realize that there's tons of cash in the 14- to 25-year-old market.
* Clients really like your stuff when it works.When it doesn't work they want to kill you.
* Job is assisted by the industry's producing newer, more potent products.
* Often seen in the company of marketing people, venture capitalists and fund managers.
* When things go wrong, a 'fix' is just a phone call away, but may be expensive
* A lot of people are getting rich while still teenagers.
* DOOM, Quake, SimCity, Duke Nukem 3D...
* Damn! DAMN!!!