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Comment: Re:Techies aren't making things anonymous enough (Score 1) 300

by Standard User 79 (#27398329) Attached to: Anonymous Blogger Outed By Politician
My guess is that it has nothing to do with online privacy and everything with vanity. Se began to enjoy the attention too much and started speaking to the press 'off the record'. Doogan is a former journalist and only needed to speak to the right colleague to track her down.

Comment: Re:They forgot operational transparency (Score 2, Insightful) 58

by Standard User 79 (#26849997) Attached to: UC Berkeley Lab Examines Cloud Computing Obstacles
>> Is that so wrong?

Yeah it is. A cloud service requires more trust in one provider but offers far more efficiency than requiring trust in multiple providers (e.g. my colo, cisco, netapp,redhat,etc..) A successful business has to be able to balance mitigating risk with trusting providers.

So.. while you are interviewing admins and auditing code everyone else is busy making money. Guess who is still in business in 5 years?

Comment: What your customer wants to hear: (Score 2, Interesting) 674

by Standard User 79 (#26808597) Attached to: How To Argue That Open Source Software Is Secure?
You don't exactly say what the tech level of your customers are but I'd suggest:
1. First tell them it is a great question. Explain to them that your company is very serious about security and they should always feel comfortable asking any question about your architecture, methods,etc..

2. Explain one of the reasons you use Linux is because of your concerns about their security.

3. Be able to link/show them the percentage of infected windows computers compared to Linux. This link should be from a highly reputable news source. (e.g. http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/17/technology/17virus.htmll) This is the only stat they need to see.

4. Avoid any evangelism about open source. Most likely they don't care, they want a solution and a provider they can trust.

5. Finally take this as an opportunity to build a better relationship with your customer. The fact that they called you rather than switching providers means they *want* to trust you. Leave them with the feeling that they can.

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