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Comment: Well the government is not the only game in town a (Score 1) 57

by brunes69 (#48668185) Attached to: The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

Back in the eighties and nineties, the only organization who could even feasibly track Santa was the military, because they had the radar and private companies like Google did not own their own satellites taking pictures of the whole globe 24 hours a day. Nowadays, the idea that Google would do just as good a job of monitoring Santa as NORAD, is not far fetched.

Comment: Scale (Score 1) 55

by brunes69 (#48624717) Attached to: The Joys and Hype of Hadoop

"The setup, on an enterprise scale, takes thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in hardware"

You are off by at least two orders of magnitude, at last by any reasonable definition of "Enterprise".

An enterprise grade hadoop cluster that is dealing with enterprise workloads is going to start roughly in the mid-six figures and grow into the low 7 or 8 figures over time and scale. Scale is not cheap.

Comment: Facebook search is horrible (Score 5, Insightful) 33

by brunes69 (#48593117) Attached to: Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

Even trying to do a very simple thing, like search through all past facebook messages or group posts for a given word, is essentially impossible.

I dont know where Facebook thinks they are going with their "graph search", but as of today it is absolutely horrible.

Google is no better, with complete inability to search through Hangouts history without going into GMail of all places. You would think a search company would do better.

Comment: Re:Cloud (Score 1) 241

by brunes69 (#48585411) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

There are standards such as ISO 27001 that are independently audited that can prove if a cloud provider is following the right security practices. I would seriously doubt your IT shop is ISO 27001 compliant. Amazon is, Google Apps is, as are many other cloud vendors.

The whole cloud boogeyman has to die. It is foolish, short sighted thinking. Moving applications to cloud is an opportunity for enterprises to finally do things PROPERLY in IT for once instead of cobbling together systems on shoestring budgets with lax security policies and unaudited shell scripts holding the mess together like crazy glue.

Comment: Re:Cloud (Score 3, Insightful) 241

by brunes69 (#48585095) Attached to: Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

This. A million times this.

Getting so sick of the same old sub story about how the cloud is insecure, as if it is some rule of nature. The cloud will be as secure as the cloud vendor makes it.

The idea that sensitive data is more secure in-house than in the cloud, just because it is not inside your four walls, is not rooted in reality. It might make you FEEL more warm and cozy that the data is in your four walls, but does your company have all of the latest enterprise application level firewalls and IPS devices? Does your company have a well-staffed dedicated 24/7 SOC IN ADDITION TO a 24/7 NOC? Does your company have a defined IOC sharing procedure with it's peers?

So which has a better chance of having the resources needed to secure their environment - your tiny little IT shop with it's cash strapped budget, or an enterprise cloud vendor that has all of the above? My money is on the cloud vendor.

Comment: Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (Score 3, Informative) 270

by brunes69 (#48575513) Attached to: Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

You are confusing K-Cups with these K-Cup 2.0 pods. K-Cups are what have a great range and are available anywhere - because they have no DRM and all patents were worked around. K-Cup 2.0 pods have a very horrible range and limited distribution. I feel sorry for anyone suckered into buying one of these newer brewers.

Comment: Re:Sounds unlikely to me (Score 1) 135

by brunes69 (#48574631) Attached to: Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

The whole reason I linked the wiki is because of the "Difficulties" section.

IE, despite what this Slashdot article implies, this is not really fully accepted theory yet. There are a large number of holes in the theory that the moon came from the earth that have yet to be reconciled.

Comment: Re:Sounds unlikely to me (Score 1) 135

by brunes69 (#48571357) Attached to: Rosetta Results: Comets "Did Not Bring Water To Earth"

How can they know for certain the moon came from an earth impact vs just a passing proto-planet without a well defined orbit that got caught in our gravity?

There is so much about the universe that is not understood at these timespans, I have a hard time believing that anything can be known for certain at this point in science.

Comment: A bird carying a grenade? (Score 1) 325

by brunes69 (#48546103) Attached to: Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

For one, commercial quad-copters are a lot larger than the average bird unless you are talking about a giant eagle.

Second, if the drone is powered by a LiON battery pack and gets sucked into the engine, when the drone is struck by the impeller it COULD rupture the battery pack in a way that causes a small explosion. I don't know if this would be enough to damage the engine but I certainly would not dismiss it.

Comment: Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (Score 1) 93

by brunes69 (#48526723) Attached to: A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

There is a big difference between what Uber and Lyft offer and what a free-for-all unregulated taxii industry of the past offers.

On one hand, you have some large companies that can be held to account for wrong doing. You CAN allow Uber and Lyft to operate, AND regulate them, you know - it is not an "either-or" situation.

On the other hand without any Uber or Lyft or regulation, you would have thousands of independent drivers with no ability to oversee them and no ability to hold them accountable in the aggregate, since there is no aggregate.

By choosing to not allow Uber and Lyft to operate AT ALL, even under regulation, the government is artificially choosing a winner and propping up a monopoly.

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