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Comment Re: Who? (Score 1) 574 574

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) 267 267

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) 296 296

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) 296 296

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) 387 387

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) 387 387

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) 387 387

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) 153 153

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.

Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps 179 179

Unknown Lamer writes: Microsoft and Cyanogen Inc have announced a partnership to bring Microsoft applications to Cyanogen OS. "Under the partnership, Cyanogen will integrate and distribute Microsoft's consumer apps and services across core categories, including productivity, messaging, utilities, and cloud-based services. As part of this collaboration, Microsoft will create native integrations on Cyanogen OS, enabling a powerful new class of experiences." Ars Technica comments, "If Cyanogen really wants to ship a Googleless Android, it will need to provide alternatives to Google's services, and this Microsoft deal is a small start. Microsoft can provide alternatives for Search (Bing), Google Drive (OneDrive and Office), and Gmail (Outlook). The real missing pieces are alternatives to Google Play, Google Maps, and Google Play Services."

Rather than distribute more proprietary services, how about ownCloud for Drive, K-9 Mail for Gmail, OsmAnd for Maps, and F-Droid for an app store? Mozilla and DuckDuckGo provide Free Software search providers for Android, too. With Google neglecting the Android Open Source Project and Cyanogen partnering with Microsoft, the future for Free Software Android as anything but a shell for proprietary software looks bleak.

Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools 649 649

sandbagger sends this news from io9: In what's being heralded as a secular triumph, the U.K. government has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all existing and future academies and free schools. The new clauses, which arrived with very little fanfare last week, state that the "requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school." So, if an academy or free school teaches creationism as scientifically valid, it's breaking the funding agreement to provide a "broad and balanced curriculum." ... In addition to the new clauses, the UK government clarified the meaning of creationism, reminding everyone that it's a minority view even within the Church of England and the Catholic Church.

Chrome Will End XP Support in 2015; Firefox Has No Plans To Stop 257 257

Billly Gates writes "Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP in 2014. Fortunately for its users who want to keep browsing the web, Google is continuing to support Chrome until at least 2015. Firefox has no current plans to end support for XP. Hopefully this will delay the dreaded XPopacalypse — the idea that a major virus/worm/trojan will take down millions of systems that haven't been issued security patches. When these browsers finally do end XP support, does it mean webmasters will need to write seperate versions of CSS and JavaScript for older versions if the user base refuses to leave Windows XP (as happened with IE6)?" Update: 10/29 17:31 GMT by S : Changed headline and summary to reflect that Mozilla doesn't have plans to drop XP support any time soon.

Comment Re:batteries are not rechargable (Score 1) 247 247

No moving parts, no maintenance

Let's see you couple that battery directly to a wheel and see how far that gets you moving before you wish you had moving parts between them. I am looking forward to electric cars being more common but blind optimism doesn't help, the fact is you still need an electric motor and batteries have too small a charge, too short a life and too much environmental impact.

You still have maintenance on the electric motor, you still have a motor and you still have toxic emissions albeit they are now suspended until the battery replacement.

Comment Re:Antibiotic Placebo? (Score 5, Insightful) 240 240

That's exactly how I feel, but moreover logically that is why these medicines are prescription only.

As a European I was horrified to see that prescription medicines are routinely and frequently advertised on television in the USA instructing the viewer to ask their doctor to prescribe the medicine.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)