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Comment Re:Yay! Sharepoint! (Score 1) 44

The integration is the selling point (for the decision makers, anyway). It's what differentiates it from other standalone solutions for what SP is trying to be. And that's the funny thing: SP is trying to be a lot of things. Document management: does a sucky job and misses basic features that our 15 year old software did have. Wikis: dear god, you're better off with MediaWiki and a couple of good plugins. Message boards: sort of work, but again misses a lot of basic stuff (such as rules-based community management): they are a nightmare to maintain. Team Wikis: this part actually does work... once your users understand the idiotic menus. A lot of them came begging for a Confluence team space instead.

You can make SP work reasonably well (I've seen it), but it takes a lot of work. And it takes some serious iron to run compared to the competition. My advice to anyone considering using SP in medium / large organisations: don't. Go with separate solutions that cost less, are cheaper to run, are a hell of a lot better, and way easier to use. Forget about the integration... or pay a couple of consultants to build a bespoke interface in places where it makes sense. Sounds expensive, but in the long run it'll cost peanuts compared to SP.

Comment Re:Microsoft is killing... what? (Score 2) 44

It's very well suited for certain work-related stuff as well. Virtual town hall sessions. Community-based support, especially for services where a lot of new things are happening (so users will want to subscribe to the group and remain informed). Virtual, cross-departmental team spaces. Communities of Practice. I've been involved in setting up Yammer and coaching community managers at my last client, and we've experimented with a great many use cases. Most successful cases were in the category of fast-paced, low threshold, opt-in, geographically spread out communities sharing information of temporary value. The low-threshold aspect is a definite plus in some cases, especially people new to the company find Yammer a lot less scary to contribute to than, say, message boards.

The challenges: you need active community management to keep people engaged, and when I was using it there were little or no curation tools, poor search, poor statistics to help community managers (there was a paid 3rd party option which was ridiculously overpriced), and no way to extract valuable information for storage in longer-term media (Wikis, Sharepoint or whatever)

Yammer can add real business value (in addition to the not to be underestimated value of the watercooler effect, i.e. non-business related groups) but it is not free either; don't expect anything to happen if you just roll out the tool and walk away.

Comment Re:Human missions = funding (Score 1) 111

Not having a return mission is hardly a "reasonable risk". Oh, I bet there will still be plenty of volunteers lining up for one-way mission, perhaps even some people who are actually qualified for such a mission. They may have choosen to die on Mars but their deaths are still going to be sucky, and public... Not exactly the thing to warm the public and budget holders to manned space exploration.

Comment Re:Am A Noob Too (Score 1) 274

IoT is still in its infancy. Forget dodgy equipment from random Chinese companies, even so called reputable vendors still do not get security right. I do a lot of home automation stuff, but I prefer Z-wave / Zigbee devices over all this WiFi crap that the likes of Google and Apple seem to prefer. Often those devices are easier to set up and troubleshoot as well... in terms of reliability, WiFi sucks.

Where I do use IP devices (cameras, Philips Hue, etc), they go on a separate subnet that can talk to the home automation hub only. And I never use devices that require outside access.

Comment Re:Check your internet usage (Score 1) 274

As was pointed out in aother article recently, modern botnet software is designed to fly under the radar and generate reasonable amounts of traffic instead of crapflooding the connection for all it's worth. Given the size of a typical botnet and the bandwidth of residential internet these days, you can still bring down sites easily without each individual bot breaking a sweat.

Checking traffic volume won't cut it anymore, you need to look for unusual traffic patterns. But a good start is to enable the firewall in your router (many of them have decent ones these days), and allow your IoT devices access only to the server they need to connect to.

Comment Re:Just Another Symptom (Score 1) 78

That's why you tell your manager about your holiday plans. or do you just up and leave when you feel like it without letting anyone know? You sound like a great employee.

As for the policy, it actually makes a lot of sense. We're talking about disabling an account and key card, not termination. If you're in intensive care, are you really so desperate to log in to work remotely? Before letting them know you're OK after an unexplained radio silence of 3 days?

Comment Re:Cheaper to get hacked than do security maintena (Score 3, Insightful) 56

pre-ITIL cowboy days

Are things a lot better post-ITIL? In my experience ITIL has made things a lot more predicable... most often predictably awful. Not that I blame ITIL for that; that's like blaming your hammer for the shoddy birdhouse you built. It's more like a crutch: people think "if we all do what it says in this book, we'll do better". In terms of business outcomes I have not found that to be true very often.

Comment Re:Not good enough (Score 5, Interesting) 56

I join you in your moral outrage, but... does the law (US law or otherwise) even have a provision for such negligence? Also, what is it we want to see punished? Lax security? That sounds fine until you realise every guy with a message board will be on the hook as well: not everyone is a security expert (or even a half decent webadmin), and certainly not everyone can afford to hire one.

What I certainly would like to see punished is the very very late disclosure of the breach. Starting this year, companies in the Netherlands are obliged to disclose data breaches. Fines for non compliance go up to €500k for simple cases; for more serious cases the fine is capped at 10% of net yearly turnover. It's a start... the law applies only if sensitive information was leaked such as names, dates of birth, addresses, medical info, etc. It doesn't cover username / password. Also, the company discloses the breach to the authorities, not their customers; the authorities may force the company to inform their customers as well though.

Comment Re:Internet of (some) Things (Score 1) 114

I don't mind the fridge knowing when I am out of eggs, and I don't mind it letting me know. But I very much do mind if the fridge lets Apple, Google or Samsung know. I have a fairly extensive Home Automation setup, but it is strictly an intranet of things, and I'd like to keep it that way.

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