94 posts • joined 27 Mar 2008
Re: Access to data
Dear Mr Montana,
may I be so free and correct a common misunderstanding that I see very often nowadays? Thank you.
And I quote "underlying server on which the data is stored or even physical access to the servers/drives its stored on". That's the whole point of storing data on the cloud: There's no underlying server, which is not even physical, and therefore can't be physically accessed.
Oh... See how easy it is to pretend that I could work for the government... Cranking stupidity is far easier than cranking up intelligence... But nowadays even stupid people must somehow be able to survive, even if they are clearly not the fittest :D :P :O
Now, as far as Google Admin access is concerned: All you nitwits who assume that one Admin goes in and mines the data... *FAIL* The point here would be that a Google Admin can create a backdoor into the data because (s)he has access as a privileged user to the virtual(!) server the data sits on. Through the thusly tampered backdoor, Google advertising experts can then mine the data for purposes of displaying adverts to patients undergoing surgery via a beamer mounted on the surgeon's back, and pointing to the ceiling....
Oh and never mind the rant about the encrypted data. Imagine this: Google has more than 1 server. In fact, they have more than 100 servers. Some of them are operated in such a way that they can spawn hosted virtual servers at the click of a virtual button. So then, imagine Google (or more likely a rampant Googler) ramps up say 1000 virtual servers. That Googler knows how to parallelize workloads and runs a decrypt attack on your stale but encrypted data. The Googler soon finds out that 1000 is not enough, and employs a 1000 instances at the premises of competitioned giant Amazon. Et voila: 2000 servers working together on cracking your uhm our data.
So... go THINK before you burn down some commentary... Oh yeah: The first part of this post is uhm sarcastic?!
Re: Cheap Labour through the back door.
mind you, this is not only done by alien firms like TCS but also by English/US firms like IBM / HP / Barclays, to name a few...
I really hate the practice. It undercuts the freelance market enormously. Nowadays you get offered £400 for an architect job... For that amount of money, I can't even begin to set the alarm...
And indeed, the most appalling aspect really is that they do not even pay local Income Taxes, so it also undercuts the permanent jobs.
Not fair on anybody, even on the poor Indian who has to live in the UK on a mugger's salary, which is not easy, even given that housing is provided for the people. No wonder you see them come into the canteen with boxes full of rise, and community made lunches... Nothing against that, don't get me wrong, but their standard of living is far far away from what it *should* be (comparing to locals)... It's just too damned profitable for companies to not use this scheme...
Illegal and immoral from all perspectives... People go to jail for less...
OK, building that non-US data network is not too difficult. One could easily use Huawei from eh China to put that together. London (TfL) has good experience with using Huawei, so that must be no issue to use their experience Europe-wide.
Services on top of that may need programming and orchestration, but we'll get to that, for sure.
How does this EWW interface with the WWW? Everything the EWW will be liable to snooping by some non-EU government organization, I suppose.
And of course since China is now knowingly holding much of the switching and routing equipment in the EWW, and since China is the biggest world economy by the time this EWW is built, they will eh implement the ehm exact same type of ehm patriotic laws that the eh USofA implemented.
So really, nothing to gain, but billions to lose to a ehm non-EU business where the EU is not really getting any benefit at all...
Now, there's something new! Oh well: It's IT: Every ten years we re-invent the same thing under a different name... How clever, especially since we do it in such a way that nobody really ever catches on... Aren't we smart?
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
Are cars so intelligent nowadays that you can befriend them?
KISS... dozens or hundreds of networks?
In your mind, then, string theory solves the problem to form one theory that covers both quantum and relativity?
The best solutions are always simple, yet elegant.
Re: I actually like the idea...
the sales process is not there to actually try and see what you buy, but to merely put a signature under a contract in which supplier gets money and purchaser receives unknown goods to a particular quantity. This all happens in one of the backrooms of a golf or country club.
Of course they have no idea what can / cannot be done on these things, but you've got to admit that it looks good for John Doe... More policing/crime data means reduction in crime... Everyone's a winner!! Except for uhm HMRC, as surely Apple will flock the revenue stream over to some taxfriendly country... Oh well...
Re: Very reassuring
not only that, but I'd feel they'd be getting paid too much if they can afford Starbucks...
Or can they sit in Starbucks for free, just like the Maffia does when there's a new restaurant in town that doesn't pay protection money?
what makes you so sure the BND isn't hackable by the NSA?
AC vs McD
in other news: an anonymous coward sued McD for discrimination based on the incorrect use of the stative verb "to love" in McD everlasting "I'm loving it" multimedia marketing campaign.
Re: The law?
with reference to Monty Python, I fixed your post like so:
"of your naughty bits flashed..."
Re: Americans safe from... What?
Don Jefe struck a nerve (with me) when the word "fear" came into the discussion.
You see, "fear" is a very powerful and valuable method of controlling masses. Religion (in the form of churches and congregations etc) is a classic example of Management by Fear. So is Government. Both are there to control roughly 95% of humanity. Both are totalitarian in nature. Both have a limited number of leaders (one each to be exact).
1) Selling tickets to Heaven
2) Fearing God
4) Cold War
6) China / India
We (as we are all controlled by a Government nowadays) must all be constantly fearful of something, otherwise the actual fearful people (those within that very Government) do not have a life to live. You see, the most powerful are oftentimes those people that lack a good basis of common sense. Some might actually call them stupid in a common sense way of thinking... I call them deprived of a sensible upbringing... And now you see why this problem will never go away: Religion is here to stay, some Governments water down secondary education to make sure people remain deprived of a sensible upbringing, etc etc...
Solution? Not on my radar, but the ability to think for oneself by oneself with a view of doing Good(TM) when dealing with others will give us a long shot at actually surviving.
Now what's Good(TM)? Well, compare all world religions and filter them down to their very core, and what you'll start seeing is that they all share sociological aspects that were important 2 or 3 millenniums ago, and are still important today: Don't hurt thy neighbor, Don't steal, Respect thy Elders, and there's a few more.
With the best possible regards,
Re: "Actually it's a mystery as to why the UK doesn't speak Dutch"
Thanks for that, Natalie. Gave me a nice giggle, being Dutch an'all
the what now? Forensic investigation? To understand how it (the network device) failed?
So it's a crime now for a network device to fail? fo . ren . sic: adjective: of, relating to, or denoting the application of scientific methods and techniques to the investigation of crime (forensic evidence / forensic investigation)
OK, I can see (maybe!) the application of scientific methods and techniques (IT is a science, right... well for some it is, for others (including some in the IT field) it is magic / the stuff of gods). I can see that it is a crime in the eyes of Amazon for a network device to fail, but still to us users / observers that seems a bit Over The Top(TM).
Spindoctors / PR people: please use language that actually means something, and please stop using language to make it all sound nice... When you do a root cause analysis, just call it a root cause analysis. What's wrong with that? Forensic Investigation? Just makes me think: You've obviously got no clue as to what you are saying, you're just saying things because, to you, they sound nice... That, I would think, is showing, and I quote, not so much brains as earwax.
Re: Satnavs - The curse of modern driving
I'm actually sure, dear Sir, that the police couldn't be bothered with such a lowly offense for which they need 20 days to fill in the red tape...
They don't even come for a stolen bike... That's a criminal offense too... Sometimes they don't even come when one calls and says there's a burglar in the house... Remain and Quiet, si... Paf... Hello? Hello? Helloooo? Oh well... Click Tuuut Tuuut Tuuut....
Isn't it rather so that if the government wants us to have cellphone capabilities in our cars, that it must provide that for us? If my (considering I'd be fully employed) employer wants to me to come with 24x7 mail reading capabilities I sure as tell him/her to give me a device capable thereof. If he then says: it should also work in the neck of the woods, I sure tell him/her to get me a device capable thereof.
On the other hand, didn't Brussel win a case against Microsoft for forcing people to use Internet Explorer (or rather for not having enough options available besides Internet Explorer)? If the Automotive Industry is hoping for long lasting service contracts by reselling mobile services, they sure as hell should provide any possibility. Even one where it says: I buy a car in Belgium-, yet live in the UK, just because I can (and because it is cheaper in Belgium)...
Or is Brussels hoping that the Automotive Industry is stupid, and therefore Brussels might cream off on yet more beeeeellion dollar legislation that costs treeeeeellions of dollars to start with....
AC And Guus Leeuw disagree. El Reg Facilitating.
"and the reg is doing a good job of letting people know."
No it's not. That's the whole point... The article has "facilitating" in its title. "Facilitating" has a meaning: actively making sure that two parties, who are in obvious disagreement, talk to eachother (without actually judging either party before, during or after those talks). I'd like to see how and what took place with that "facilitating". That's not only far more interesting then just copying two statements from two people and asking your readership for their opinion, but also better if you put "El Reg Facilitating" in the title of your article.
Have a look at "Vorsicht Kunde" from the Heise Verlag in Germany. They do facilitating stuff, and report:
1) What happened to the customer (what was bought / sold / stated in the contract)
2) Who they contacted at the vendor
3) What that (vendor) contact actually did
4) If and how the case was resolved
Much better than "Oh look here, two people have a disagreement", wouldn't you say?
Affiliation with EMC
Just to make sure that everybody understands where I stand:
* I have been working for EMC in the past on three occassions: 2000 - 2001 for EMC Germany, 2006 for EMC Switzerland and in 2007 for EMC UK/Ireland.
* I have been working for EMC customers throughout those years and have gained indepth knowledge in most if not all EMC storage systems.
Currently I am working on a contract with HP UK Ltd for a client of theirs who needed some data migrations done on EMC arrays.
I am in no way currently depending on EMC to help me provide food for my family.
"Atmos is EMC's object storage system for public and private cloud providers. It is a follow-on to the Centera content-addressed storage (CAS) product which continues in production."
Not quite. ATMOS provides a similar high-level function (store objects and get a hash for their location), but that doesn't mean it's a follow-on from Centera. ATMOS is actually quite a separate product line from Centera. The team that built Gen 1 and Gen 2 ATMOS, of which I know at least 1 in person, had nothing to do with the Centera Team. The ATMOS is not geared towards the core functionality of a Centera, namely archiving. The ATMOS is geared towards delivering BLOBs in environment where the end-user does not (need to) know where the BLOB is actually located. BLOBs may have certain parameters like store-three-times and the ATMOSphere (a number of ATMOS systems working together), will make sure that the BLOB is stored in three different arrays. One can also specify store one copy in London, one in Tokyo and one in New York. The ATMOS keeps all three copies in sync. Should the New York ATMOS have failed disks, it will ask either London or Tokyo to provide their copy instead, without the end user needing to know (so there's no referal information visible to the user).
You might wanna get some sort of confirmation of what it is that you're writing about in order to fully understand what you are writing.
I do not believe that el Reg is facilitating the communication between EMC and the customer. EMC certainly is old and wise enough to communicate with its customer themselves. El Reg is not an ombudsman or similar organization to actually try and make sure that EMC is doing the Right Thing. Neither does EMC need El Reg to understand what the Right Thing would be in this case.
EMC is clearly stating that as part of the product development, certain features were left for EMC Support to have access to. There have been discussions about these features and the Product Development Team would have said: We don't want end-users to be able to do that just yet. What is so wrong about that? We are after all dealing with data that in all likelyhood does not belong to the people operating the ATMOS systems!!! So a certain degree of care with regards to data and access to that data is actually a Good Thing(TM).
Re: Support Contract Lock-in?
obviously you have never worked with EMC. Nor with their support, nor with their sales.
EMC products are so dear to their customers that EMC provides support with the product. During the first 3 years that support is provided as part of the baseprice of the product one bought from EMC.
EMC Support has gained most of the 10 yearly Support Organization awards between 2000 and 2010.
They are the best in the world when it comes to Customer Support. Although they have been on a somewhat downward spiral, they seem to be doing the Right Thing(TM) again lately.
As with Lee, though, one has to have worked with EMC in order to cast an opinion about EMC.
Re: Lee Downing
have you ever worked with an ATMOS? Have you ever set one up?
ATMOS systems come with a strict internal network that should not, or hardly change. The external network may change, but because it is relatively straightforward to change things to a wrong IP address, I can understand why EMC doesn't want anybody to just change an IP address on the system. There are upto 8 subsystems in 1 ATMOS installation, each of them having up to 4 IP addresses... Can be quite confusing if you're not really into the whole hardware aspect of an ATMOS system.
Authentication that no longer operates? Nobody said it no longer operates. The guy just wants to delete it. Fair enough. There is a risk involved in doing these operations: Deleting the wrong or the last auth source. Then what? Call EMC Support to hopefully gain access again? You might as well have called them to begin with.
I'm not saying ATMOS is the best ever Object Storage invented. It's a young product, and as such, will have to grow up in certain areas more than in others.
Still and yet, I would think that in order to cast an opinion, one would need to have worked with and understand the system that one casts an opinion about.
I quote "However this is not the case in football ... what happens in a goal mouth scramble after a corner with half a dozen players lunging for the ball which the goal keeper dives on an claim he grabbed before the ball crossed the line." and I do not understand what part of that situation has to do with either Hawk-Eye or Magnetic Field Football...
Whether the goalie grabbed the ball or not before it crosses the line does not actually form any part of "a goal was scored". A ball can be shot so hard that goalie and ball end up in the net. It still is a goal (and a vomitting goalie, most likely).
You catching your wife or...
Quote: The only way I can force myself to believe the idea that the richest corporation on the planet behaved that way is that the girl who took me is now a reassuringly expensive lawyer who was kind enough to marry me and so we have photographic evidence.
Surely that explains how she caught you, not the other way around, as the article's title seems to suggest. Anyway, there's not enough funky details on the title's proposed partial subject of you catching the olde ball and chain (expensive a lawyer she may be). Oh, and having said that, I by no means mean to indicate that your wife is comparable to a ball and chain. Just to make it clear that you/she cannot sue me for using a paraphrase :) Or maybe you/she can, what the hell do I know about lawyers and how they extract money from people.
Cheerio for the good article, though, as per usual standard.
Re: This brings me happy memories
Quote: Water and electricity do not mix
I was taught that they mix quite well. In fact they mix so well, that you should never try to be in the water while mixing it with electricity...
Just me olde 2 cents,
Re: Nobody can regulate Internet traffic flow
Quote: I think somebody missed the fact that ICANN is a nonprofit. Sure, things like the "anything as a TLD" move are guaranteed to end in disaster but there isn't any profit motivation there.
Surely, Sir, you are missing the point that the organization is non-profit, but that the people at the helm are most certainly for-profit. Have you never seen these pensioners running charitable / non-profit organizations and creaming off to make sure that the organization is indeed non-profit?
Where is the optional 0.80 GiB gone, then?
converting between gigabyte and gibibyte: multiply by 1000**3, then divide by 1024**3, correct?
I f do that with 32, I get (32 * 1000 * 1000 * 1000) / 1024 / 1024 / 1024 = 29.8023 = 29.80GiB.
Meaning their rounding algorithm is off... 29.80 should read 30GiB rather than 29GiB...
Just me 0.80 cents,
(or Just me 0.00 cents in Microsoft terms,)
Why could the not? Surely google can manipulate the search results...
Apple -> Search:
Showing results for "Nexus"
Search instead for "S3"
surely, we heard that before somewhere...
Mythology is optional
Why would one want to introduce religion or mythodology (which led to religion) into a scientific subject?
One might just as well go ahead and say: Sender: God, Receiver: Jesus, Eavesdropper: Maria Magdalena...
As with so many topics in life: Religion / mythodology should stay out of it.
Just my two pennies,
Re: A straw poll to those who DO watch porn
I wouldn't opt in to nothing such madness. Having this type of filter in place at ISPs allows a multitude of things that should not happen:
1) Government has an easy to consult filter statistics and data, even though they have no right to do so
2) ISPs can (based on judiciary incentives) track certain IP addresses through their filter, and therefore people can be spotted by what they are browsing for things outside of the realm what the filters are there for in the first place.
Lastly, and most importantly, every router has Parental Guidance nowadays, most routers can block individually selected websites. Therefore, the Telco Industry has complied with government rules: They gave nearly everybody the option to make browsing safe for children.
The same problem exists here, as with the Red Light Crossers Who Tote Little Children: They don't wanna behave themselves according to the rules, and therefore everybody else has to make sure that the Toted Children are safe, which ironically has nothing to do with me, as the Red Light Crosser is actually endangering the Toted Children.
So I say: I don't want to have to opt-in or out of this. The internet should be on the basis free-communication-for-all (minus some crooked individuals, you know the "explosives information seekers"). Also everybody should behave according to their best safety-interest, and be responsible for their and their offspring safety.
That, though, is the state of society in the modern world: people think too much that they are the most important people, with little regard for anybody else (even their own offspring).
( I don't want to be anonymous, as I represent the industry in some way shape or form)
Re: Fred M
lying to somebody who is sitting next to you and lying to somebody on the phone who is actually half a world away, are two completely different skillsets.
I am very happy praising people in mails, telephone calls, and the likes. Never, though, when people can see where I'm looking, or when my face or hands are visible to the listener.
I loved your post, and was glad to have had the chance to respond to it.
Re: Face it
I'm gonna sue you!
Re: Hardly a court matter
It is a court matter. Hundred percent.
The next time somebody writes something about a Guus Leeuw and makes that Guus Leeuw do stupid things, I'll go after the author in a Spanish Court.
Because according to this lawsuit, freedom of speech is no more, if we may believe the judge. There is no mention of the ex being the subject of this brutal t-shirt-based attack...
Maybe I can go to court over the T-Shirt I bought myself: "My wife says I never listen or something like that" and get my wife some jailtime... Ah maybe not...
Or what's the other fun shirt she has? Nelson shouting "Ha Ha!". Clearly an insult...
Well, at least I know my next holiday is in Spain :D There's money to be had there.
Re: Re: This title not left blank.
And here's the proof that software quality assurance is often left disregarded: It works, therefore it's good...
"Re: Re: ..." Subject lines were banned from mail clients like a decade ago?
This title field still had "Optional"
titles are for free
So google and their partners in the mobile device industry do not want to develop something by themselves (they re-use linux, without giving much back), but because of that they still want the community to maintain something for them??? Hilarious, really...
If HTC, Motorola (well, google), etc want google to maintain longterm android, they should ask google... if google then wants longterm kernel support, tough luck: do it yourself... You can backport fixes into your own kernel version, for sure....
Does everything have to be for free nowadays????
Best way to sort this crap yet
have a brilliant business model...
A new picture website will come along shortly...
watch this space... something akin unnamed.org or so...
RE: AC 10:05
The previous poster made abbundantly clear that in his opinion the law should state such punishments, so that you can be aware of them at the moment of committing the crime.
As is the case with all of your stated situations. The punishment is known before you commit the crime.
"not so much brains as earwax" I hear somebody say...
At any rate, we (society) can cut off one hand: It still allows the person to feed himself / hold up his hand, allows everybody to see what a person it is, etc. whilst it disallows successful engagement in any form of battle... Problem solved, all around. Oh, and the person would still get benefits, of course. Human rights? It doesn't say that you have to have a fully normal body to be counted as human, therefore, even if you have one hand less... oh... :D Well maybe there is a loophole somewhere to allow this sort of thing...
No, I am not a Muslim / Islamist. I just think that good ideas can be copied.
RE: AC 09:46
"which would then be obliged to re-house them"
Not quite. Once a counciltenant has become untenable by his own behaviour, the council has no obligation to house the tenant.
surely an incitement is BBC showing people mobbing and looting with the police standing by idly...
Do you really think that you can do without title?
And a government operated ICT-based DNA database is going to improve the conviction rate how exactly? Oh you mean, this will be the ICT thing that the government can actually do?
Interesting point of view.
Or maybe it is paperbased, to circumvent screw-ups. And then the conviction is ever so (s)low.
Or maybe the government leaks private data, and then the tabloid press screams bloody murder.
Re: @Cow Parsley
Certain Smug Consultancy: CSC... Jeez
Next installment, please
I surely hope so, though many of the agencies for IT contractors do want to act as an employment organisation...
Is not quite clear to me...
Free for all
what would worry me about such a platform is that is from google for google by google. Have we forgotten what google does best? Data mining, anyone? I wouldn't dare run my company on that stuff.
The fact that a Register reporter cannot use a Chromebook might not be because of the Chromebook, though. Even the reporter, supposedly using a normal book/laptop/desktop machine cannot use that, judging by the number of typos in his article.
"Chrome OS simplifies the operating system by moving ... malware at startup time.": That, to me, does not sound like a simplified OS. A simplified OS would be something akin MSDOS that can run 1 application which is browser, and does little else. Akin a simplified calculator which can only add and subtract... It sounds, thusly, more like an altered OS that does certain (specialised) things and does not do certain other things at all. You'd still need the basic things for an OS: Filesystem, Memory Manager, Scheduler and IPC. No Filesystem => How can they run the Flashdisk? No Memory Manager => No Memory. No Scheduler => Sounds like DOS. No IPC => How can the keyboard notidy the OS that somebody is tapping away...
Lastly, the whole thing probably is cheaper to many a user. I mean, thousand bucks for three years is virtually nothing. However not being capable of determining when the OS is updated may or may not be a disadvantage for many organisations, especially if updates start to go bad. In addition to that, I'm wondering what the additional ramp up of the Citrix Farm will cost and whether that evens out that cost savings on the front.
Certainly a change in pace and direction, which is also what google is good at. But will it stick? I would, at least for the time being, advise against it, unless of course, you're the organisation's web 2.0 twatbooker and the only thing you can do is twat and book all sorts of nonsense into a browser.
- Mine is the one with a Dell Vostro 3700 in the pocket
More pity the performance
So the idea that a VMAX would cost roughly $1,000,000 and an ATMOS only cost $10,000 is left behind: You buy ATMOS, you get a VMAX with Atmos software and it still costs $10,000???
I thought so.
Oh and by the way, stop calling it an App... App is a tainted saintly term from a fruitseller that has nothing to do with technology giants such as EMC.
Paris - because she is normally as confused as I am now...
PS: We need a thinker icon that is not Paris...
Messenger vs Skype
The best hing about Skype is that it can behave as a telephone with minimal call charges. A client of mine in the Netherlands gave me a mobilephone but then complained about the costs as I am in England most of the time. So, I setup a Skype landline number, and make them pay my Skype bill. The total cost of my telecomm solution has come down around 50%. Good for them.
My wife uses Skype to call her family abroad and this lowers her telecomm bill by about £100 a month. Which is a Good Thing(TM) Patent Pending.
Not sure how valuable it is to have Skype integrating into Office except for the communicator and the various address books, but then again the communicator is used for a quick chat or when someone's phone doesn't work, so that might a nice idea.
Skype on mobile seems, indeed, rather pointless:
1) You need coverage to receive a skype call on your mobile
2) It is annoying that when you're logged in to Skype on various devices all devices start ringing at the same time
3) You more or less have a calling plan on your mobile anyhow
I would want to see what Microsoft does, if anything, with the callcharges. It could be a nice milkmachine that can be turned on like a tap: more or less money depending on how cashstrapped Mr Ballmer feels any given month... This is where my greatest fear is, indeed: While I trust Skype to do the Right Thing(TM) Patent Pending, I don't quite feel the same about Microsoft...
Maybe now is the time, though to stop that silly credit card restriction that Skype is running: Only three top-ups per month with the credit card, otherwise use Paypal. From where Skype came from, I can understand that restriction, but now that Skype and Paypal are not sisters anylonger, we can hopefully start doling out cash in a more unrestricted manner...
PS: We need a thumb-iin-the-middle icon...
PPS: Beer, as there is no coffee icon...
Before and after
once we were a people to whom the concepts of a smartphone, GPS or A-GPS did not occur. We were happy, and we were able to find the lost paraglider. People knew where I was, knew this only because they could see me there.
Access points, network SSIDs and the likes were known to people in the area, and they could connect if they had the right details / devices to do so.
We did not use location-based services simply because we did not have a concept of it. We were quite happy with that, as location-based services came through the frontdoor in the form of a newspaper, magazine, or other advertisement materials.
Nowadays, some service organisations find it attractive to be able to tell people that "ITPassion" is a wireless network located at 5 Anstice Close. Who should know this? Did I agree for them (and their followers) to know this? Should I care? Not so much... But: when it comes to tracking my location based on GPS data *readily available to non-government parties*, I feel very different. I don't want to be tracked by just about anybody, and the fact that the Telecoms Act indeed protects me in that way (so that only government bodies can find me, should they have the need to do so (that is proven beyond reasonable doubt in front of a judge)). Do I want that Google / Microsoft / Apple / Nokia / Samsung / Sony / Motorola / Blackberry / Somebody-knows-who-else can invariably track my location and use that to provide me with a ping that the restaurant I'm standing in front of, is actually rated 4.59 by 1239993 voters? Do I care what other people think of that particular restaurant? Should I care? Maybe they are kitchen-and-food nitwits and in fact the restaurant is crap?
I do agree that there are, indeed, situations in which it would be desirable to *know* where somebody is, mountaineering, paragliding, road racing, diving, etc come to mind. But then these situations would require *local* knowledge (think of how air traffic control works on a local basis). They would not need knowledge held by a third party that has no value in knowing these things. The ruse "but it is valuable to you that we know" is deemed in Europe (especially Germany) as Brown Thinking (because the Nazis also told the people what was good for them, or worse what they should be thinking).
Besides, we *all* readily state the Governments should know as little as possible. However, we seem to shed the reasoning behind that point of view aside when it comes to for-profit organisations. Or are you saying: I like CCTV everywhere, and therefore I don't mind Google / etc... knowing of my whereabouts... Shouldn't the reasoning be more akin to: I'd rather have Government knowing, because I (collectively ;)) elected them, rather than somebody else, because I (uncollectively(!)) did not elect them.
People should be more vigilent, and should have more common sense, and people should stop falling for marketing ruses. But then again, marketing is forceful, simply because people belief what they are being told (Google does not do evil, Google is good)....
Better late than never
the thing that gives me an uneasy feeling about this all is that there are indeed mission critical services run inside a bookstore, glorified as it may be... Why people choose to do that is really beyond me, equally as it is beyond me why people would store confidential data at the site of a known data miner...
I know it is the aspects of it being cheap and readily available to the nitwits, but aren't business owners supposed to take care of their data anymore? What happened with the stance that IT is merely a replacement of the good old secretary pen?
Also, what nobody seems to pick up, even fellow passionate IT professionals(!), is that most things that happen in the IT industry is merely a way to try and lure money from people without giving them anything back... In the grand scheme of things, we had a mainframe; then somebody decided that central wasn't good enough, and built an open system; now, some 30 or more years onwards, the IT industry is trying its hardest to build a mainframe on open systems, thereby going back to the centralised infrastructure we started out with.
Anyhow, Dear Clients (potential or otherwise): You have to remember that if you want disaster-resistant services, you better do IT in a way that suits your business, not in a way that suits somebody else's business... Or focus on the cost, but then, please, keep quiet when things fail. If you don't want to spend the money, fair enough... Just remember: Only the sun rises for free... Anything beyond that carries a service fee!
CEO - ITPassion Ltd
Re: "OMG, I hate Facebook!"
you state: "The point here is that Facebook has done an awful lot of work". Could you please specifically state how much work "an awful lot of work" actually is?
you state: "... Facebook ... its datacenters ..." You do *know* that Facebook as yet only has 1 data center, right?
you state: "Presumably, ... datacenter customers ... Facebook-style environment cannot be created" You are aware that 99.9 out of a 100 datacenter customer do not even come close to the needs of Facebook style computational power, I hope. Any ordinary LAMP (untuned!) server can service 10 requests a second with ease and no sweat. That would be 864000 requests a day. Or take 5 requests a second, that still is 432000 requests a day. Much more than many organizations need... Yes, there is the Scale For Peak Usage(TM) (Patent Pending) thingy, which leads many bigger companies to have 1 rack of servers geared towards delivering web contents. Even bigger organizations go for 1 row in a datacenter with racks of servers geared towards delivering web contents. Multiple data centers? Yeah sure: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Rackspace. There, that's the whole list of clients that would have this type of scale. Big deal. These people either go with HP/Dell/IBM or simply build their own kit.
So for the normal market, the forces that are, namely Money and Greenery, do enough to drive down cost, whilst driving up eco-efficiency. HP/Dell/IBM have to play into this, as it simply means that customers who are deciding with which manufacturer to go take these two things into account. Decided customers will, though, state that Dell has just delivered 15% more eco-efficiency by whatever, so please, Leo A (HP), why don't you do a similar thing? or that Dell cramps more core into the same power and cooling usage or whatever. There is always competition. The competition must not be better, though!
So how big a deal is it? Not much. If I need 1 top-efficient server in my room, I'll just go to Oracle/IBM/HP/Dell (not necessarily in that order). Why? I know that it will integrate with the rest of the equipment in my room (like cooling systems). 1 rack of Facebook server(s) and I need to get into sorting out this evaporating water cooling thing they have going. Costs me more... Do I need it? No, not really...
Re: Closed-Source JS
Source code staring you in the face doesn't make the code open source!
As much as I like your (implicit) definition of "free software", for a piece of software to be open source, people have to have the ability to submit modifications. Otherwise it is just unobfuscated source code...
Re: And how exactly are we going to upload our customisations
why are you obsessed with security in software development projects and released code, when it is oh so obvious that you do not know the slightest about software development cycles and processes?
1st of April is meant to play jokes on world+dog. It is, however, not meant to show world+dog ...
oh forget it...
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