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Trying to cram a half year's worth of business into the final few weeks is no mean feat. And if it were not for the fact that supercomputer maker Cray already did it once already, in 2010, then Wall Street would probably be all kinds of jumpy about Cray trying to do it again here in 2011. But as it turns out, last year was a …

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Eh?

"XE6 machines and no one was buying nothing"

"No one was buying nothing?"... Is that a deliberate Americanism?

"No one was buying anything" surely.

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its called business stupid

"Trying to cram a half year's worth of business into the final few weeks is no mean feat. And if it were not for the fact that supercomputer maker Cray already did it once already, in 2010, then Wall Street would probably be all kinds of jumpy about Cray trying to do it again here in 2011."

When I worked there sales took something like five years to arrange and salesmen were always being pushed hard to try and bring closure before the end of the current financial year (by the beancounters running the company). The customers *know* this is how Cray and other "big deal" suppliers operate and hold off contracts until EOFY, with many wanting to purchase at the very last second. And I mean with literally minutes/seconds to spare deals are signed!

Its the same thing the US gov is doing - they have a deadline and both sides are looking for an advantage with both sides knowing the deal will be made before the deadline...

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