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The Economics of Federal Cloud Computing Analyzed 85

Posted by kdawson
from the clouds'-illusions-i-recall dept.
jg21 writes "With the federal government about to spend $20B on IT infrastructure, this highly analytical article by two Booz Allen Hamilton associates makes it clear that cloud computing has now received full executive backing and offers clear opportunities for agencies to significantly reduce their growing expenditures for data centers and IT hardware. From the article: 'A few agencies are already moving quickly to explore cloud computing solutions and are even redirecting existing funds to begin implementations... Agencies should identify the aspects of their current IT workload that can be transitioned to the cloud in the near term to yield "early wins" to help build momentum and support for the migration to cloud computing.'"

Comment: Re:LP? (Score 1) 306

by Cheesetrap (#29743883) Attached to: Why Won't Apple Sell Your iTunes LPs?

> So on a scale of usefulness from "necessary for human survival"

Art is necessary for human survival.

...

the artwork from Electric Ladyland or The Wall or Bitches Brew

Are you mentioning anything yet that isn't easy for a 5-year old to find on Google? (see my OP)

I'm not sure what great DIFFERENCE in benefit you get from a mass-produced printout of this artwork, or a digital copy from a large company in this particular format, and what you can get from Google Image Search, The Pirate Bay, or any of the player-embedded information retrieval mechanisms I mentioned.

> WinAMP

So the digital age is for Windows and Slashdot blah blah blah

I mention two programs, one designed for windows and one not, and you disregard 50% of what I posted to try and make some point? Intellectual honesty please; this is the internets, good sir!

We can throw all that stuff out as long as we rip a copy of the audio for fucking WinAMP.

Lame.

So. All I have been able to discern with any level of clarity is that you have some beef with WinAMP's LAME(tm) encoder.

And now I'll take my ball and slowly back off your lawn. :)

Comment: Re:LP? (Score 4, Informative) 306

by Cheesetrap (#29731415) Attached to: Why Won't Apple Sell Your iTunes LPs?

Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, what they're calling an 'LP' is essentially a DVD-style menu for your album. With pics, lyrics and bio - you know, the kind of stuff any 5-year-old can get from google or can be auto-loaded by many modern music players (WinAMP, Amarok, take your pick).

So on a scale of usefulness from "necessary for human survival" to "would rather have my balls in a vise", it scores about a "meh".

Comment: Re:Their site... (Score 1) 454

by Cheesetrap (#29642415) Attached to: Do Retailers Often Screen User Reviews?

Why is this illegal? Why is this any different than a commercial

Or, perhaps more specifically, how does it differ from the 'testimonials' included on many corporate sites?

Simple answer is, no-one expects advertisements or featured endorsements in a company's literature to be unbiased. It becomes misleading if biased coverage is presented in such a way as to lead a reasonable person to think that what they're reading is balanced review.

Comment: Re:We never needed them before (Score 1) 607

by Cheesetrap (#29491417) Attached to: Children's Watch Allows Parents To Track Their Kid

You're right, of course. While we're on this line of reasoning, let's also stop using the following:

  • Modern medical intervention: Ultrasounds

Probably give you cancer...

delivery rooms

Often disregard centuries of midwifery and basic ideas such as beneficial use of birthing baths and gravity...

c-sections

Have been shown to be over-prescribed and the associated dangers minimised so that many mothers do not give informed consent...

disinfectants

Irresponsible overuse of which has helped give us superbugs, whereas just training people to wash their hands with soap and water more often would have worked just as well. Oh, and probably cause cancer...

medicine

Millions of kids on expensive anti-psychotics for run-of-the-mill running-around-like-a-kid activity, not to mention the trillions of dollars spent on the unregulated, so-called 'herbal' side of big pharma, making expensive pee for hundreds of millions of people every day... Not what I'd call progress, oh, and of course probably cause cancer :P

thermometers

Doesn't take a genius with equipment to work out if someone's hot or not. We have heat receptors in our skin... Oh, and if you break them, they can cause cancer...

disinfectants

See?? Overuse! :P

Automobiles

Should be eliminated. Personal, autonomous (in other words, easily crashable) transport vehicles are illogical in a day and age when we could have a top-notch public transportation system in every city; or it could still use private vehicles but utilize something like compressed air engines (needs electricity but this at least consolidates the fuel issue at the power plant, instead of having a billion separate pollution points you can have just a few thousand, and convert those to non-polluting sources); and between every city maglev can do the job... But I digress..

Diapers

Disposable nappies are a huge problem in landfill - we would be hugely better off if people stuck with reusable ones. Also less chance of things like allergic reactions (or cancer!!) from the plastics involved, and much cheaper too.

Books

The paper comes from trees and needs to be bleached, the bleach runoff gets into the waterways, and gives you cancer.

Any footwear or clothing technology invented in the last 200 years

What, are you kidding? Ruffles are BACK dude! :D

With a little trust and good parenting, ALL of these items are unncessary ... until you need them.

Or until you get cancer.

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