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Comment Re: Who? (Score 1) 574

If you really think the amount of airplay you get in a bar is equivalent to the critically acclaimed musical legacy of this man then I'm not sure what to make of that.

I'm 35 and Neil Young is one of my favourite musicians. I think he's one of the most accomplished songwriters of the past century. I suggest listening to some of his albums rather than waiting on random airplay of one of his "hits".

Comment Re: Correct (Score 1) 267

That is not how Security should function. It's not a matter of being judge, jury and executioner. Your task is to advise of the risk and propose (and possibly enact) controls to mitigate or avoid that risk.

If your job was to be perfectly secure you'd just unplug the network and lock all the doors with the employees outside. The security function must support business operations.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 296

In my experience a broader view pays dividends. That can be achieved through secondment, introduction of new blood or with the best cost/benefit ratio by going through industry certification. Maybe an RHCE for a 25 year Unix sysadmin is questionable, but an Audit certification for your systems auditor will likely provide a view higher-level corporate governance and of course provide the assurance that your C-level suite will require.

Not everyone is working at grunt level for their entire career. Upward mobility typically requires expansion of experience, outlook and qualifications in larger organisations.

Comment Re:rip-off (Score 2) 296

Assurance is very important. This thread unsurprisingly is focussing on programming certifications. However, if you hire someone to maintain a system you are indemnifying yourself against any challenges to your decision where you have sought industry-standard certification.

This not a substitute for judgement and a thorough approach. You filter down to the candidates who are enthusiastic enough about their career to actively partake in continual professional development, make your own decision based on your interview and then as I said are largely indemnified where a decision later comes under scrutiny.

Comment Re:Arrogance about a job you don't understand (Score 4, Insightful) 387

I am the OP and what I said was

They have a limited scope of action and limited deliverables.

Successful or not I was trying to call out the shortcomings of the role rather than the people working in it.

Every day I talk to project managers who probably do an excellent job meeting their deliverables and will be rated very well for doing so. Unfortunately what they do isn't the right thing but what they were asked to do. There's no reward for doing the right thing even if it's value-add. That same point is what I was trying to illustrate with my comment; the output seen here is the perfect manifestation of that kind of attitude.

Comment Re:Salespeople making salespitch (Score 3, Interesting) 387

When your brief is simply sell and your output is "Ah sure no one should use pens any more, buy our product" you can either stand over it or recognise the base nature of what you've done. Your argument about creativity really can't reasonably apply here. The output is by nature not of substantial creativity but rather the narrowly interpreted result of a functional requirement.

Comment Salespeople making salespitch (Score 5, Interesting) 387

I've never considered the sales and marketing people to be the smartest part of any organisation. They have a limited scope of action and limited deliverables. Calling this out is right. I wonder if they also think children should stop learning maths as we all have calculators - or more likely that we all have calc.exe.

Comment Re:Indeed... (Score 1) 153

I feel like you haven't been reading many of these articles over the past 13-14 years here on /.

The problem is conflicting jurisdictions. The PATRIOT act requires US businesses to hand over data stored when requested, even if it is outside of the US. Twitter are subject to those requests.The EU have strict laws regarding data protection but the fundamental issue is Twitter are breaking somebody's law whichever they choose to comply with.

Let's paint the picture - a request for data on an EU citizen, posted from Europe through a European datacentre but on a service owned by an American company. The American government request data but European law prohibits it. What do the American company do? Whose law do they break?

Storing the data under a non-American subsidiary puts at least some buffer in there. I'm not sure how effective this will really be but that is the intention.

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