* Posts by gnwiii

4 posts • joined 6 Nov 2018

Don't be too shocked, but it looks as though these politicians have actually got their act together on IoT security


US industry should support standards for IoT security

In the auto industry, many vehicles available outside North America don't meet safety standards, so competion for US manufacturers is reduced. At present, consumers have few ways to judge the quality of IoT devices, but they know how much they are paying, so cheaper mostly wins. With credible standards many consumers will pay more for compliant devices. Local governments are heavy users of IoT building management and security cameras. With credible standards, it will be much easier to justify spending more on a better class of devices. For US industry, the standards will be a barrier to cheap imports from vendors who lack the expertise to build standards compliant gear. A big question will be how much influence US law enforcement can exert to have standards mandate back-doors.

Surface Studio 2: The Vulture rakes a talon over Microsoft's latest box of desktop delight


Re: Hmmmmm!

Space is at premium in cubicle farms. Every watt the gear consumes adds to the A/C bill. Noise from desktop cooling fans and rotating storage mean that mass storage and compute-intensive processing is done in server rooms. Small form factor PC's with external monitors need extra power outlets and clutter tiny workspaces with cables. All-in-one has one or two cables (power and perhaps network). Desktops with external monitors need 3 or 4 cables (2x power, monitor, and perhaps network), which means you need more cleaners. IT time to set up and relocate desktops costs more than all-in-one systems and could be significant if worker turnover is high. The retail pricing for all-in-one systems seems inflated. Bulk purchases all-in-one should come in below the cost of similar spec desktop+monitor configurations.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong


Re: on a similar note ...

At my work we had just received one of the original IBM PC's. The PC crashed every afternoon at 4PM, so I put a multimeter on the outlet. Sure enough, at 4PM the outlet dropped to 90 volts and the PC crashed. The problem was traced to faulty wiring for a huge ventilation fan controlled by a timer and set to go on a 4PM.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here


Re: Why Linux on Apple Hardware?

In the past, Apple hardware has generally been reliable and there is a large community of linux on Apple hardware users so linux bugs affecting Apple hardware get more attention. If your livelihood depends on having a reliable linux laptop, paying extra for top quality makes good business sense. Thinkpads are also popular with linux professionals for the same reason. In general, the reliability of high-end systems from major vendors has been catching up with Apple's laptops, so I would be surprised if fewer people are running linux on Apple hardware in the future.

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