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Comment Re:Life is not that difficult ... (Score 1) 143

We will continue to treat all individuals equally and we stand by our pledge to protect the planet, while sustaining our continued economic growth as we adjust our business model in the forward-going directionalized mission to be competitive in a volatile market where shareholder confidence is a parameter that we recognize and appreciate is a futuralized initiative-driven wide scope paradigmed pledge to demarginalize those on the periphery of the broad customer base that we feel is essential to the revenue stream, on a profitized, positional approach to optimizing the talent channels of our employees.

In summary:

... that's all we're going to say about that.

Comment Re:The answer is yes (Score 5, Interesting) 154

I went through this.

Management and I met with the cloud salesperson and technical rep.

The tech rep was full of shit. When asked, he said response time would be FASTER. I objected on the grounds of the restriction of the speed of light.

Our current servers were in the next room via Ethernet.

The cloud was "out there."

I asked, "What fail-overs do you have?" They said that the cloud was in Austin and if it failed, Oklahoma would pick up the slack so fast, we wouldn't feel it.

After the meeting, I called the business number in Austin and asked for support. I got a kid and I asked him if the data center was there in Austin.

He said, "No, but we're thinking of building one."

I said, "How about the one in Oklahoma?" He said, "Cool. We have one in Oklahoma?"

Management loved the word, "cloud." "Cloud." "CLOUD."

It sounded good at cocktail parties and conference rooms and in front of clients.


I recommended that we not go with those crooks and I laid it out very plainly, calmly and stuff.

Long story short ... I told management that my recommendation was on the record and that the IT department would certainly support any decision they made.

They took the bait.

6 months later and $60,000 down the road, I got the word to buy servers and switches and stuff to and to quietly duplicate all the stuff in our old computer room.

The cloud had gone down several times and there was no fail-over. It was slower than molasses and exceedingly expensive.

The blow that cracked the nut, though, was the long list of cloud hacks and the business (law) could not risk a breach by placing client data God knows where.

We're supposed to know where God put it, right?

We do now.

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll