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And the light still works. Wow. Last time I saw a red light get hit here in the states, the light and the pole disintegrated. The bus then hit a large 15' thick cement pillar and.... baboom. (no one died, the driver was thrown out by the first impact, and the bus had been off duty.) the crash was caused by sabotaged brakes. The perpetrator and his buddies were caught easily enough because they wrote and bragged about what he did on the main guys blog. With pictures and a video.
And the irony of it all is that these guys were the super-brilliant-and-top-of-the-class people at the college there. They also were seniors about to graduate with degrees in Computer Science, Biology, (Quantum and Nuclear) Physics, etc.
Poking around the Chronicle (the Tynside-wide paper) it was interesting to see the gap between reality and eulogy this[^]. The person in question owned the "Jazz Cafe" and doubtless he had many followers. He used to constantly leaflet the Newcastle University students as they walked into town but, if you were a local, it was near impossible to get into the club. Unless you were very obviously middle class and preferably looked what he presumably considered bohemian (this was all parodied from time to time in Viz). This lead to the odd circumstance of my uni friends (who wouldn't be interested) receiving flyers for entry as they walked past, but he wouldn't give one to me (who would be depending what was on). Lesson number one of Jazz club: You can never get in to Jazz Club.
Looks like a mate's dad; he was a tory winker too.
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This is a symptom of a wider problem, though: people believe their satnav without even thinking about whether there might be a mistake. At least with a map you have to interpret it yourself and so if things are going weird you will notice.
There's a nice sign at the A46 interchange with the Gunthorpe road (A6197 I think), where the junction has been recently greatly remodelled because they're upgrading the A46. It says something like 'NEW ROAD LAYOUT: Do not rely on satnav'. I think it's bad that people need that reminder.
Back in October a Hedge fund started buying shares in my Company to a stage that they have got 23% of the shares now. Effectively with $100 million in the bank and a very undervalued stock price, we were very attractive to them.
To combat this we have employed a poison pill approach as well as a one-off $2 per share pay-off in order to unload some of the excess cash to make us less attractive and also in the hope that they would take this windfall and 'do one'.
According to El Reg[^] and an e-mail from my CEO today this has failed and the Hedge Fund has written an open letter criticising the Boards insistence to move into the cloud market and wants to put 3 of it's own Directors on the board.
Word is that the Hedge Fund will just rape us, and then Liquidate us. And with it get reported in El Reg amongst other places I am worried now. Has anybody else had experience of these funds? Should I get out now?
23% is not a majority, so they should need considerable support to do anything really drastic - the existing board should be able to weather the storm even with shareholder appointed directors, unless it has a massive psychosis to start with.
It may be that they do have good ideas which could help the company (I doubt it, the letter implies they want dividends and other short-term gains rather than the long term survival of the company)
I wouldn't jump ship - if enough of the good people quit then the companies survival becomes less likely rather than more - but I would keep my eyes and ears open, particularly if I enjoyed working where I am.
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Wish I had the money to do so. A guy I work with bought a load when they were less than a dollar a share a few years back they now regularly sit at around $12-$14 and he's always rubbing it in how much money they've made him.
That price is seriously undervalued too, as the market doesn't fully understand what we do (it thinks we're a drive manufacturer, we're a 'storage solution provider').
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