I wonder if this gets awarded 5 mod points too.
A badly written rant containing ill-informed opinions, even when accounting for the author being no `geek', as she puts it.
The problem is not the `glorification' of hackers (seriously?). The problem is that laws remain outdated to cope with this digital age. The problem is that governments rely on badly protected and badly regulated technologies.
The problem is not having enough hackers.
to get caught, yes.
What the hell kind of news are you watching then?
On the other hand, costs of self-hosting are indeed underestimated very quickly, which is not a good thing when budget is low.
Also, while manycore machines seem cost-effective, look at the solutions you are using for computation; it is hard to press a 48-core machine to peak performance, much harder than driving more standard distributed-memory supercomputers. But this depends on your application.
Buying time on an existing cluster (local university, or a dedicated HPC company) seems the surest way, and also reasonably secure when done at a trusted institute or company.
Not even with a `left-wing' government dude. I can imagine only one left-mid party who would maybe support it, but both green parties would never support the idea as it is presented in this slashdot article due to privacy.