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Comment Re:Intentions (Score 2) 229

No. There is a simple mathematical way. To register a copyrighted work should cost a dollar in the first year. Every man and their dog can register that. It costs double that on year 2. After 10 years it's costing you $1000 ish to own the copyright. So you had better be making more than that for it to be worthwhile. After 15 Years, it's costing you bucket loads.

You can keep paying for the long tail, but now it becomes a business decision over whether you keep a copyright or not. Disney can keep Steamboat Willie indefinitely, if they can afford it.

Comment Re:Show what an inferior OpenStack might look like (Score 2) 118

You don't have a dev environment... Go grab 2 workstations and a switch and MAKE ONE NOW!

It also sounds like your testing regime needs working on. Devs do not say the code is ready. Users do. They get to break it 15 minutes into the test. They don't have to follow the Official Tests. This is called User Acceptance Testing. Devs will whinge about this because their mistakes are hi-lighted and "It worked for them" I speak from experience. I hate when users fail my code. But it's my fault, and I need to make my code better.

Comment Re:Circular logic (Score 1) 331

ITIL. Make everything in the IT department managed.
Pick the metrics that best suit the needs of the business. If you are a 9 to 5 operation, 5 nines means nothing.
Examine and improve those metrics. Alter metrics when you find the situation being gamed.
Any new project has a business case. That business case has metrics that the success of the project will be measured against. If there isn't a "10% increase in production of widgets", then the project was a failure. The manager can be held accountable for all those numbers. The manager (given the data) can forecast projects more accurately. The manager manages based on numbers rather than gut feeling.

Comment Re:Never Heard of Office 360 (Score 1) 400

You need a word processor, a spreadsheet, and support for moving documents around. You have legacy documents in Microsoft Word format and Microsoft Excel format. If you are honest, you only use 10% of the features of either program (Don't feel bad. 95% of the user base is in the same boat.)

I was amazed at work when we replaced our Microsoft Document system with Media Wiki. We had all the services we needed, and people spend more time smearing in information rather than making it look good. As a bonus, we can "Send" documents by using URLs, or exporting them as pdf. It works for us.

I probably could move across to Xbox 360 to do the above.

Since my arm of the business does not do too much in the way of spreadsheets, I will forgo comment.

Comment Re:Point = missed (Score 1) 377

How about you set some standards?

I $user in connecting my device you your $companies network, do swear and aver that
* My antivirus software is paid for and up to date.
* My device (to the best of my knowledge) is patched and up to date.
* Assume all risks to the IT system that are traced to me to a value of $20 M
* Will follow IT policies and procedures (and not look at porn at work) while device is connected.
* (insert whatever you want here)

Risk of infected laptop has now been transferred to the device owner.

Comment Re:BYOD means I/T loses some control over it (Score 1) 377

Usability is the antithesis of security. With that in mind. BYOD can work for Some apps. Anything that stores sensitive data locally, no. Anything that requires much more stuffing around that opening up a web port, then no.

If PHB needs more than that to get $HisFaveApp working on his Pear uPad then he may find out there are some days when he must use the tools provided by the workplace. Diddums.

Having said this, the 80 20 rule will apply.

Comment Re:That's great news! (Score 5, Insightful) 252

My phone runs Linux. My tablet runs Linux. My netbook runs linux. My Set top box runs linux. My Entertainment Computer runs linux. All by default out of the box. My Email server/Social network/offsite backup solution runs linux. I do keep a Win7 box handy, but even that has a Linux partition.

No CompileKernel WorkOutDependancies nonsense. The only reason I know this (besides being a geek) is by digging in the "About This Device" thingy and reading the kernel version.

When do you think Linux will become mainstream?

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