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Comment: Re:Your data is in everyone else's hands (Score 2) 115

by hmmm (#46044285) Attached to: Security Vendors Self-Censor Target Breach Details

Absolutely true. Companies these days are like 9th century coastal villages in Europe. Snakeoil vendors are selling magic potions and amulets to the village inhabitants promising to ward off evil. These villages may have some security people. These security people might be diligent and hard working, but when a horde of vikings appear on the horizon there is little or nothing they can do.

We need to withdraw to fortified castles and towns. Centralise our security resources and, instead of making holes all over the corporate networks, ensure that there is only one way in and out. Monitor everything going in and out of the corporate network through a single chokepoint. If you want to set up your business outside the fortified walls, you take your chances. It won't stop all attackers, but it will stop most.

There simply isn't enough good security people, and those that are out there are scattered working with multiple companies - the attackers have all the advantages at the moment and it is only getting worse.

Comment: Tied in to Office 365 (Score 1) 274

by hmmm (#44529983) Attached to: Microsoft Will Squeeze Datacenters On Price of Windows Server

They should have waited till they had more of their customer base tied into Office 365, and then raised prices. As it is, many companies I know are wavering between going with an all Microsoft future (along with 365), or going with a mixed Linux/MS environment. This will make that decision easier.

Comment: Lost faith in Google (Score 4, Insightful) 38

by hmmm (#43180883) Attached to: Google BigQuery Is Now Even Bigger

You'd be some idiot to build a business on the back of a service that might disappear. At least with the IaaS providers you have some hope of being able to recover should the service provider decide they no longer want to support their service, because you can shift your application to new infrastructure. If you're tied into the Google world-view, you're only a short blogpost away from seeing your business threatened.

Comment: Re:Best in class (Score 1) 386

by hmmm (#43168841) Attached to: Google Reader Being Retired

This. This is the biggest thing for me. It's not like this was a niche product, Google had built _the_ best RSS reader and it in turn had become the core infrastructure for many products and services. I use Reader on the web, I use it on my Mac, I use it on my phone. I'm not naive, but I guess I expected that only super-niche products would ever be shut down by Google. I'm disgusted, this will make me much more wary of using any Internet service in the future, particularly one from Google.

Comment: Short term versus long term impact (Score 1) 279

by hmmm (#42937625) Attached to: Mark Shuttleworth Addresses Ubuntu Privacy Issues

Ubuntu might write off people who oppose this change as a small minority of geeks, and the vast majority of people won't care.

Which is true in the short term. Unfortunately as history has proved repeatedly, the "vast majority of people" go to a geek for advice. That might be a family member, a trusted friend or some geek writing something online. They might not understand what the issue is, but over time they will hear the geek background noise about what Ubuntu is doing. In the Medium to Long term, Ubuntu is in trouble if they continue down this track.

Comment: Re:What is Microsoft thinking? (Score 5, Insightful) 310

by hmmm (#40308245) Attached to: Windows RT Will Cost OEMs Over Twice As Much as Windows 7

I agree. They appear to be betting the company on Windows 8 in an attempt to capture the market for touch enabled devices, and are willing to risk alienating millions of their customers as a consequence. Why they wouldn't follow through on that strategy by all but giving away the RT licenses is beyond me. Windows 8 makes it clear that they are not willing to settle on becoming merely niche players in this market, whereas high pricing on licenses seems to indicate the reverse.

Perhaps we have two parts of the company engaging in competing strategies, in which case responsibility for the mess would fall very squarely on Ballmer and senior management who should be setting the overall company strategy.

Comment: Re:Found happiness elsewhere (Score 5, Interesting) 818

by hmmm (#40284781) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

You can’t completely break something for a long time and expect people to jump right back when you fix it. I, like many others, had to go elsewhere when kde3 became impractical to keep running and kde4 was completely broken.

+1 this. I'm sick of distributions which I've gotten used to and liked who suddenly throw themselves (and my productivity) off a GUI cliff. I don't care if you're putting in place the building blocks for some super duper new GUI, I use my computers to get things done and don't like having a "WTF?" moment when I upgrade.

I used and really liked KDE for a long time, and along came 4.x . Suddenly I was left with a half working GUI, and was told that "well you shouldn't have upgraded should you?" and "it'll get better when we fix all the bugs". This is my problem now is it?

MS are about to run into the same issue with Windows 8. Taking a well known and, maybe not loved but tolerated, GUI paradigm of a desktop and discarding it. It's going to cause chaos and resentment amongst their user community, many of whom will look at alternatives.

I greatly respect everyone who contributes to open source, and I know you put your heart and soul into it, but for most of us our computers are not toys that we sit and tinker with endlessly to display snazzy new GUI effects, they are the tools we use to get things done. Once you lose the trust of the user that they can rely on you to provide a stable and easy to use OS you will have an incredibly hard job getting them back.

Comment: Re:Well holy god (Score 1) 127

by hmmm (#39925489) Attached to: Scientists Solve Mystery of Ireland's Moving Boulders

In fairness I think even a few bishops administered a sharp belt of the crozier to the dopy religious eejits who were proclaiming it was a miracle.

This happened the last time we had a recession, I'm surprised it hasn't started happening again. We love a good recession us Catholics we do, it's a truly miserable time and all the better for it.

Comment: Maybe the objective is not what we think? (Score 1) 500

by hmmm (#39783139) Attached to: Planetary Resources Confirms Plan To Mine Asteroids

I'm intrigued to see Diamandis involved, a guy who has dedicated a lot of effort to driving technological progress. It got me thinking that perhaps the objective here is less to actually create this technology themselves but perhaps to force the hand of governments and even some companies with large pockets.

The potential ROI for the first group (or country) who successfully builds a fleet of robotic miners could be..err.. astronomical. I imagine there's a number of smart people in government ministries around the world (China and Japan in particular, perhaps the US) who would not like to see this group get a head start on their nation. It could force these government's hand and force them to invest them in this technology, perhaps it might even spark a new space race.

If you were a billionaire interested in space, and unhappy with the cutbacks in funding of exploration, what better way to force governments to reverse course than by threatening to deprive these governments of the massive profits that may be available?

Elliptic paraboloids for sale.