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+ - Firefox rapid-release schedule impacts enterprises->

Submitted by Bill Privatus
Bill Privatus (575781) writes "The headline shouts: "Enterprise IT unhappy with Firefox 4's quick demise — Firefox 4's retirement 'kick in the stomach,' says IBM manager".

For enterprises like IBM where a plethora of operating systems are in use, where can they turn? Is there any hope of a serious backlash, given that Mozilla not only shows casual disregard but flaunts the fact that they would do nothing in service of business? Microsoft has graciously pointed out that their browser (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9217912/Microsoft_exploits_uproar_over_Firefox_4_s_retirement_to_beat_IE_drum) would gladly serve — but that's little consolation to those of us running Linux or Mac."

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Businesses

+ - Mozilla Executive Snubs Enterprise Level Users

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "In reponse to Firefox specialist and consultant Mike Kaply's blogpost, Mozilla Executive ended up saying something ironic and disturbing. Mike Kaply's blogpost was justifiably lamenting Firefox's rapid release scheduling and its negative impact on businesses. Firefox 4 was only released in March. Now, three months later Firefox 5.0 is out in stable release. Hence, Mozilla has ceased supporting Firefox 4. The response, which the executive clearly didn't think through because Mozilla earns most of its revenue through businesses (hence the irony), basically implied that Mozilla couldn't care less about businesses. It was disturbing because Dotzler's comment is also counter to what Mozilla and others in the open source community have been telling businesses for years: give open source a try."
Security

+ - Police share Intelligence on innocent people->

Submitted by doperative
doperative (1958782) writes "Logica have worked alongside The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) to develop a new database which allows Police departments across England and Wales to share intelligence relating to crime ..

Advocates of the new database retort by arguing that it is the nature of police work which makes it essential to hold the records of innocent people ..

In total around 12,000 authorised officers will have access with secure access controls acting to ensure that only role relevant information can be searched."

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Comment: Re:Singapore (Score 1) 66

by Bill Privatus (#32115528) Attached to: IBM Opens New Cloud Computing Laboratory
dAzED1, You're quite right in your facts. This is not something that your average techno-geek (or slashdot nerd) is going to grok or espouse, as you're seeing here. It something that will save enterprises (the larger the better) huge piles of money, while providing all the benefits you cite (and a few you have missed).

I'm riding this wave, too, but from the other side of the table. And Cloud - as an enabler - is bringing fantastic (in a business sense) and fascinating (in a technical sense) technologies to the realm of possibility.

The reason I'm replying, though, is to cast a bit of a cautionary note: not everything is cloud-ready or even cloud-friendly. Regulatory issues like BASEL II will make some information/applications impossible for public cloud. SPI (sensitive personal information) and 'classified' or 'confidential' information may never be put into a public cloud. And that's as it should be.

However, having said that, there are private cloud solutions and hybrid solutions that can be brought to bear.

"Cloud" is the foundation technology, the infrastructure enabler, as I see it, that will allow and even encourage this 'entirely new paradigm' to grow and flourish into an entirely new generation of technologies.

And the rate of adoption is just terrific; the interest is, as someone described it to me recently, so exciting it's scary. It will be some time before the field settles, but my money's on the global players who can bring virtually limitless resources to the problem.

+ - Boucher-Stearns - new consumer privacy bill->

Submitted by Bill Privatus
Bill Privatus (575781) writes "This is two days old now, but .... I just heard about it. I didn't find it on the site, either.

Happy news appeared on the Dataloss Mailing List (dataloss@datalossdb.org) on May 4, on legislation that actually /advances/ the cause of Internet Privacy. Three cheers for Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Cliff Stearns (R-FL) for this one. Let's hope we see more work like this done in our country's legislative center...

From the ars technica story: 'Under the bill, companies would be forbidden from using your cell phone's geolocation information without your consent, and the same goes for information on your race, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. For most other information, a simple opt-out will keep that data—even data already collected—from being used...As for Boucher, he sees the bill as ultimately pro-business. "Our goal is to encourage greater levels of electronic commerce by providing to Internet users the assurance that their experience online will be more secure," he said in a statement. "That greater sense of privacy protection will be particularly important in encouraging the trend toward cloud computing.'"

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