How drug dealers and software companies are alike

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 Drug dealers                     Software companies
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 Refer to their clients           Refer to their clients
 as "users".                      as "users".

 "The first one's free!"          "Download a free trial version..."

 Have important South-East        Have important South-East
 Asian connections                Asian connections
 (to help move the stuff).        (to help debug the code).

 Strange jargon:                  Strange jargon:
 "Stick," "Rock,"                 "SCSI," "RTFM,"
 "Dime bag," "E".                 "Java," "ISDN".

 Realize that there's             Realize that there's
 tons of cash in the              tons of cash in the
 14- to 25-year-old               14- to 25-year-old
 market.                          market.

 Job is assisted by the           Job is assisted by
 industry's producing             industry's producing
 newer, more potent mixes.        newer, faster machines.

 Often associated with            Often associated with
 pimps and hustlers.              marketing people and venture
                                  capitalists.

 Their product causes             DOOM. Quake. SimCity. Duke Nukem 3D.
 unhealthy addictions.            'Nuff said.

 Do your job well, and            Damn! Damn! DAMN!!!
 you can sleep with
 sexy movie stars who
 depend on you.