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Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 1216

by brennz (#45504771) Attached to: Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

I'm not sure why this is being down-voted because this is exactly what will happen.

We'll see much more of companies with their core competency senior management on staff only.

Basically Senior managers, VPs, President, CEO, etc.

Everyone else will be contracted in, or 1099 (which is already quite common).

Comment: The story is bogus (Score 1) 295

I have never seen a real college campus served by a Cisco 3945.

I have seen plenty of branch offices and banks with using Cisco 3800 series devices, the 3945 predecessors.

Whether or not the device was overpaid for is a different question - I wouldn't be surprised if they used some 8A competition limiting factors that jacked up prices, or, if it included the actual installation and smartnet maintenance costs.

Comment: Transfer it to NOAA? (Score 1) 71

by brennz (#39019733) Attached to: NASA Considers Privatizing GALEX Astrophysics Satellite

Why not transfer it to NOAA's Satellite Service (NESDIS)?

NOAA's Office of Satellite and Product Operations ( ) in NESDIS is fully capable and staffed for performing 24/7 satellite operations of production systems, or older NASA research satellites. Unlike a private initiative, OSPO is already paid for by the american people, and makes the data available to everyone.

Comment: This is all about shifting the blame (Score -1, Troll) 185

by brennz (#37422960) Attached to: Seismologist Manslaughter Trial Begins Next Week

Idiots who chose to live in antique buildings, in an earthquake prone area.

Rather than take personal responsibility for it, they are now trying to blame the scientists.

I doubt scientists can accurately predict earthquakes due to the limited amount of time we have been observing the earth. Half the Nuclear plants in the Eastern US were built to specifications considered accurate at the time, something we now know not to be adequate.

Comment: Re:Shock - Big Business Lies (Score 1) 213

by brennz (#35789394) Attached to: Microsoft Blasts Google For False Claims In Court Documents

FISMA certified ( and accredited ) means a great deal more than security planning.

Certified means it was tested by an independent security tester to NIST 800-53, using 53A and all associated security pubs. I won't get into the specifics of the security testing required for this, but it is wide and primarily comprehensive*.

NIST's Risk Management Framework

NIST 800-53

Accredited means that a government executive read over everything, with the advice of government security engineers, and still thought it was a good decision to authorize government use. Government types are notoriously risk-adverse

NIST goes far beyond what you see in unregulated industries. If you don't understand the control set, you really are not qualified to speak. While there are other regulated industries that may have similar protections, they are few and far between.

* NIST control sets still need improvement in software security

"No job too big; no fee too big!" -- Dr. Peter Venkman, "Ghost-busters"