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Comment: Re:NSA security policies (Score 1, Flamebait) 464

by itsphilip (#45752295) Attached to: Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA
I'm not a Windows fanboy or anything (Full disclosure: I use it my media center and gaming PC, everything else is Mac (laptop and desktop), BSD (NAS box, FreeNAS and pfSense at my house) and Linux (my web hosting and ssh access to my house without exposing a PC with a bunch of data on it to the open Internet). That said, other than blind allegiance to FOSS, there is little indication that with regular updates and proper policies and procedures that later versions of Windows Server (2008, 2008 R2, 2012) are somehow defective by design or less secure than their OSS alternatives. Granted, we can't see the source code WHICH IS A MAJOR PROBLEM. However, I've used it plenty in the enterprise and it's just fine. In fact, our Linux boxes were targeted and successfully rooted (remote attacks) in my mixed-tenant datacenter more frequently than the Windows boxes, hands down. In fact I can't recall a single remote Windows attack post-2008. Lots and lots and lots of wordpress/apache/LAMP etc. exploits however.

Comment: Re:Stallman ain't gonna be happy (Score 1) 304

by itsphilip (#45219209) Attached to: Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop
That's fine he always gets worked up about stuff like this and that's a good thing. He raises awareness by being fringe and, as a corollary, making a spectacle of himself. And whether or not he's happy about this, it's good that the platform becomes more well-developed and accessible to consumers. I'm actually cautiously optimistic about Ubuntu of all things... Imagine with Mir, better toolkits and some of the other improvements it becomes as polished as OS X AND is open-source. Far more trustworthy OS IMO in a day in age when we can't trust much of anything. Open source is really the only development model that is fully trustworthy, GPL or otherwise.

Comment: Weighing in (Score 2) 85

by itsphilip (#42717103) Attached to: Your Cloud Provider (Probably) Isn't Spying On You
Going to keep the identity kinda vague here but I can say that I'm a high-ish level executive for a company that provides cloud services similar to Amazon and I will tell you first hand that we NEVER ever ever would spy or collect data on our customers. It would be a disaster and far more trouble than it's worth. Most mainstream platforms (VMware, OpenStack, whatever you choose) don't even provide facilities for reading on-disk customer data in a true cloud environment easily; I guess if you really wanted to you could start pulling raw blocks off of a SAN and dig around, but it would be a serious pain. Even if it were easy, I can't see a compelling reason to eavesdrop on customers, plus there are likely legal ramifications.

Comment: Calm down (Score 1) 134

by itsphilip (#42716545) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Free and Open Source Apps For Android?
"I've decided to install only apps that won't become obsolete merely because of the developer's whim or lack of interest. With the exception of games, which I don't deem essential for work, I don't want to install potential abandonware even if they cost the pauperly sum of $0.00." Why are you so angry at people that give you stuff for free? Your tone is really unappreciative; developers often make OSS for FREE.

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis