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Comment: Re:Ob (Score 1) 65

by Degrees (#47143915) Attached to: Grace Hopper Documentary Edges on Successful Crowdfunding

This story was mildly interesting to me, because my COBOL teacher met Rear Admiral Hopper in person.

Did you know she coined the term "debug", because that was how she fixed an errant program? Found the relay that wasn't connecting, and removed a moth? Taped it into the log book with "Debugged the computer".

Comment: Re:Deletionists (Score 2) 161

by Degrees (#44129921) Attached to: Interview: Ask Jimmy Wales What You Will

I feel they are a problem.

I have seen two articles that I think should have been kept; but some asshole that Mr. Wales trusts decided that they should be deleted. Seems like deleting articles is a power trip to me.

So whenever Mr. Wales asks for money, I am reminded to say no because he allows power tripping editors to ruin Wikipedia. Why would I donate money to these people?

Comment: Re:RIM has it backwards (Score 1) 158

by Degrees (#35191822) Attached to: BlackBerry Devices May Run Android Apps

You have a point. ActiveSync is free. But you get what you pay for - no protection from data leakage.

If the BB OS could be a virtual machine image (encrypted, sandboxed) inside an iPhone or Android phone, I would suggest that RIM pitch the idea of having control over the corporate data as Cost Of Doing Business. I'm pretty sure a large number of corporate users would be willing to pay for that.

But yeah, if Microsoft or Apple or Google decided to implement the same and give it away for free, RIM would be even more screwed than they are now.

Comment: Re:You missed one big USP for RIM (Score 1) 158

by Degrees (#35191766) Attached to: BlackBerry Devices May Run Android Apps

It is a plus, but it's not nearly enough. Due to a stupid IRS ruling, we're being pushed toward people buying their own phone and we give them a stipend for corporate use. I don't see my end users opting for a BB (or BB + PlayBook) when they can get an iPhone or Galaxy or Hero or Droid.

I hate that the company data is going to be mixed with the user's personal data.

Comment: RIM has it backwards (Score 1, Insightful) 158

by Degrees (#35190308) Attached to: BlackBerry Devices May Run Android Apps

We're going to be dumping our BlackBerrys and our BES CALs because the Android and IOS devices can do almost as much, with far less security. The reality is that the big bosses want the latest high-tech jewelry, and the BB is The Old Stuff.

But RIM is fixated on selling the hardware of it's BB phone. The PlayBook is a large screen and keyboard for the BB phone. Your corporate email is still kept in the BB phone - not the PlayBook. I've got bad news for you RIM: no-one wants to wear two phones, one for work and one for personal. Even though the personal phones aren't nearly as good as the BB from a security standpoint, they are good enough. And frankly they are better at email/calendar/PIM/chat. Bye bye BB. And with that, I don't need a PlayBook either.

As an admin who has the duty to protect our information assets, I would far prefer to have those assets protected by our BES. It's an established solution and works well.

Instead of trying to make the PlayBook drag the BB along as the second phone (three devices total (are you serious RIM???)), they should be trying to give me the protection of the BES in my IOS or Android device. One device plus high security - that is an easy sell. At least this way they could keep that BES CALs revenue coming in.

Another thing wrong with switching over to personal phones is the mixing of personal data with the corporate data. But it will happen because the personal phone apps see integration as a good thing - it increases the data mining potential.

RIM is trying to make the walled garden larger by importing Android apps. I would far far prefer that my IOS or Android be able to launch the tiny walled (fortified with extreme prejudice) garden of my corporate data protected by the BES.

Comment: I've been through one acquisition. (Score 1) 8

by Degrees (#34963424) Attached to: Niceties

I've been through one acquisition, and it wasn't good. The company I was with was great, right up until a holiday disaster involving a boat and an airplane with a drunk pilot. After the crash / deaths / amputations, the owners of the company decided to sell out. My division was sold to Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) a truly vile company worthy of persecution and contempt. Xerox owns them now. By the way, avoid Xerox if at all possible. But I digress.

Where SCT was interested in customer happiness and the ability to deliver high quality services, ACS had the opposite plan. Cheap as hell, and customer happiness won't be measured unless it was forced on them in the contract. A pox on them!

I hope your merger goes better than mine.

Comment: Re:Should have deleted it from the start (Score 1) 201

by Degrees (#34627608) Attached to: Google Declines To Turn Over Harvested Wi-Fi Data

Revision 9 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure state that if a party has reason to believe that evidence may be subpoenaed, the party must keep the data (or face sanction). It's a lose-lose situation either way, and this way Google doesn't look like a place that is trying to hide a crime.

I have also learned that there is something called "in camera" which means that during a trial, you can show your data to the judge in person (he can view it with his eyes) and then make a decision whether the data should become a part of the official record. So evidence can make a difference in a trial but still be kept private.

Comment: Re:The surprise is in the scope (Score 1) 446

by Degrees (#34326832) Attached to: When Your Company Remote-Wipes Your Personal Phone

So, I agree with you. For these exact reasons, I'm not connecting my personal phone to the system, and I carry a company supplied BlackBerry with remote-wipe capability. However, there is a wrinkle.

Tax law in the USA is such that if you make personal phone calls on your company phone, then that (the subsidy that covers the cost) is considered income for you. It is absolutely insane, and every year I hear from the phone reps "Bill XYZ was introduced to remove phone calls from taxable income status." Don't know that the bills ever got passed, though.

So if your accounting department wants to keep it's nose clean with the IRS, having a company issued phone is a horrible records keeping nightmare. Every single phone call needs to be checked for business or personal. Gah! The answer? Have the employee get a personal phone, and supply a monthly stipend. Tax-accounting-wise, it is simple.

But yeah, as someone who needs to protect the company information assets, it is horrible. You're going to retire after 30 years of service? Here's a going away present: lose all the pictures of your grandkids you took on your personal phone. It truly sucks.

Comment: Re:Good Luck (Score 1) 23

by Degrees (#34213084) Attached to: um, bye?

Heh.

I didn't hang out on Multiply at first. But once I did move over, I found it to be fine. In fact, I bought a premium membership, because I want them to succeed, and not have the pressure to sell out the way Facebook did.

Comment: Re:If you get it just for dedupe maybe (Score 1) 195

by Degrees (#33599108) Attached to: Data Deduplication Comparative Review

We just converted from Xiotech to NetApp, and the NetApp is crap. "High end" isn't how we would describe NetApp. And their sales people lied to us (er, said things that may technically be true but are about as honest as 'pigs CAN fly with sufficient initial velocity'). They also claimed that de-dupe would save us 50% storage space. Lies.

It was a huge mistake. If it weren't for the political loss of face of having spent so much money, we would scrap it all and start over with any vendor other than NetApp.

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 1) 622

by Degrees (#33336582) Attached to: Smart Trash Carts Tell If You Haven't Been Recycling

A sixteen year ROI is never worth it. In fifteen years, the technology to replace it will be FAR advanced, and cheaper, and you will still have another year left to break even on this sucker.

The only saving grace to blowing this sort of money on a project, is that you are funding R&D for the company to develop it - assuming that the NEXT consumer gets a price break because the development has already been paid for. Otherwise, you are just lining the pockets of the Friends Of Bureaucrats.

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