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Comment Re:The U.S. won't be able to compete with China (Score 1) 106

With even small asteroids containing roughly 20 trillion dollars worth of industrial and precious metals there is nothing that makes going into space valuable from an economic standpoint?

I suspect the first nation that successfully exploits space economically will basically get catapulted to premier world status simply by the competitive advantage that such disruptive technology would bring.

Comment Re:Find another way to fund it (Score 1) 236

I suspect that China maybe the ones who will be building the stuff in orbit using mined asteroid material as unless the US keeps its living knowledge current then it will loose its lead.

Expertise in robot probes is good because over time those probes could be the ones who are doing the missions to asteroids and bringing them back using solar sails etc.

Comment Shoot the Schoolmaster CIO (Score 4, Insightful) 89

For making such a stupid decision to move away from Open Standards. If you want stuff to work on the Internet use open standards, simple as that.

Why should users have to go to a desktop computer with a specific OS in order to utilise the system? Maybe it should be made fit for purpose for the modern age.

Comment Not suprising when we offshore everything (Score 2) 349

I work in a senior IT position for a large UK company and we basically don't hire UK IT people for development, everything gets offshored to India.

Don't agree with offshoring as it leads to delays and higher costs but am not surprised by this study as high level management in the UK tend to see developers as bottom rung and equivalent exchangeable units so a guy in India has a lower unit cost per hour than a guy in the UK.

Comment Re:What's wrong with IT? (Score 1) 214

You complain that IT should be involved by co-workers "from the start". Perhaps you should to reflect on how your behaviour might be anathema to your goals?

This line is 100% spot on, if you want to be involved from the start them make your coworkers problems your own and help them solve the business problem. Build that relationship and you'll find you'll be invited to things from the start.

Comment Re:Sarbanes-Oxley (Score 1) 214

Hate to rain on your parade but the world is changing, employees and customers are becoming technologically enabled and corporate IT will have to adapt. I work for a global healthcare company and this is how we address the issues you raise.

- thousands of morons with newly bought insecure devices grab them from the shelves and expect to plug them in behind the firewall at corporations or businesses where trade secrets, GLBA, HIPPA, FERPA, and other privacy or security regulations exist.

Don't let them plug them in behind the firewall, but as important give them a means to access the Internet and come in via your external secure gates into your corporate network. We do this via having a wifi network which is effectively air gapped from the corporate network and they just use our normal Internet access tools to come in. As a side benefit our employees become our beta testers for our consumer orientated channels helping us getting it more right than our competitors.

- thousands of morons are trying right now to install Dropbox, or some other crappy "sharing" software, on their work computer - in the process giving yet another way behind the firewall. Then they're putting sensitive company documents "on the cloud" to "share" them with co-workers.

Ask yourself why they are doing this. Generally it is to collaborate with partners in order to give your company competitive advantage and out of frustration with the lack of capability IT supplies. We stop this by either putting the group who want to be fast and take risks off the corporate network and onto their own wifi connected to the Internet or in a longer term by offering IT services that allow secure and easy collaboration between employees and partners. Also all data does not have the same risk associated with it, one size does not fit all. By realising this an investing in education programmes with our employees they start to see security the same way IT.

Their Dropbox (or other service) password is usually no more complex than 12345, the sort of password a fucking idiot would have on his luggage.

Education, invest in communication programmes to your employees and also make them data owners, responsibility goes with control.

- IT gets to have phone calls from these morons at all hours from people traveling or just at home, about how their "iPad stopped working." It will turn out in 99% of these cases that the culprit is either their 3G/4G cell provider, or their home wireless internet, being down. No joke, I had to troubleshoot one of these morons about a year ago: it turned out that her AT&T DSL service was down and had been for close to a month, but she wouldn't admit the possibility or even call AT&T until we made her try it when she was visiting her brother in another state and her laptop worked fine in his house (with his open wireless connection). Instead, we were treated to 3 weeks of "why can't you fucking people make my laptop work at home" from her.

We've all been there with a nightmare user, I've also encountered employees with a better IT knowledge than some IT staff, it's just part of the modern world. We've addressed situations like this by investing in building relationships between IT and our employees, as above helping them solve business problems rather than just saying no helps with this. Escalating this to her line manager and having good relationships in place where the business are co owners of problems along with IT helps to mitigate problems like the one above. No one, IT or not would see her behaviour as reasonable.

- "I don't see why I should have to change my password on my phone when I change my password on my computer in order to get my email on my phone." *HEAD. DESK. HEAD. DESK. REPEAT.*

Educate them, if you're a trusted partner in their business it isn't hard.

At the end of the day the world is changing and either IT changes with it and learns to adapt by providing secure ways to accomplish the same results or IT gets replaced or the company eventually withers because IT practices confer a competitive disadvantage to the company.

Comment Re:More cost effective to buy law makers (Score 1) 104

FTA "Apple recently paid $2 billion for a collection of 4G wireless networking patents from Canadian telecommunications company Nortel in hopes of gaining a competitive advantage in the smartphone race."

It's not just fighting the patent trolls it's about the other costs as well.

Lobbying tends to have much greater return on investment.

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