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Comment Re:Didn't some country do this? (Score 2) 88

I wouldn't comment on the quality (or lack thereof) of open source software compared to their main commercial competitors, since I haven't enough experience of the former to make a proper judgement.

What I would say though is that just because the software is FOSS, that doesn't mean zero cost.

Sure, you don't have to buy licenses, but you still need all the infrastructure to deploy it, and especially to support it. If your users have more difficulty using the open source alternatives for whatever reason, you will spend more money on staff to provide sufficient support. If your support staff aren't good with it either, you might need to invest in training courses and/or more qualified staff. Heck, you might even need an expensive support contract with another company to provide 3rd line support.

Comment Software won't fix the real problem (Score 1) 43

" The company says Stethoscope tracks disk encryption, firewall, automatic updates, up-to-date OS/software, screen lock, jailbroken/rooted status, security software stack configurations of the device."

Fantastic! Which one of those stops the user clicking on the nice shiny link in the email claiming to be from the helpdesk and telling them they need to reset their password instantly or lose their account, then filling in their account details for the nice phisher?

Oh yeah, none of them. Good luck with that.

Sci-Fi

James Cameron Announces Four Sequels to 'Avatar' (egyptindependent.com) 283

An anonymous reader writes: In a surprise appearance at CinemaCon, James Cameron announced plans for "a truly massive cinematic process" -- four new sequels to his 2009 blockbuster Avatar, plus a Disney theme park. "It's going to be a true epic saga," Cameron told the audience, promising that Avatar 2 would be released in Christmas of 2018, followed by three additional sequels, for a total of five Avatar-themed movies. Cameron's original sci-fi blockbuster earned $2.8 billion, though at least one Slashdot user argued that its overall message was that technology is bad, "strange because the movie is among most technically sophisticated ever."

Comment Same old "up to" rubbish (Score 1) 132

Up to 1000 Mbps - yeah, perhaps if you have built your house right on top of the cabinet. In fact, not even then.

I was on their FTTC product for a couple of years, the one that's "up to" 80 Mbps. I got 18 down and 0.75 up. I tried reporting the speed to them on several occasions, especially the upstream speed which was very limiting, only to be told they didn't consider that to be a problem - it's within the range of speeds considered acceptable for that product.

Comment Re:UPS (Score 1) 236

Just two 980's in SLI, but your figures only take into account the power consumed at their rated TDP - overclock them and add in an overclocked CPU too and 700W isn't out of reach by any means, when you add in all the drives, fans etc.. and the monitor of course.

That is pretty cheap though - got anything like as cheap in the UK?

Comment Re:UPS (Score 1) 236

Have you checked the maximum output of that $150 UPS in W?

I don't know what the power consumption of your PC is like, but a quick bit of research found that the cheapest UPS I could buy that can cope with my PC (700W or so under load) is around £400, that's about $627.

Obviously that PC cost more than $500, but given that power disruptions in my area occur maybe once in a decade or so, I'll stick with a simple surge protector.

Comment Re:The relevant part (Score 2) 560

Exactly - another key sentence in there is:

"In the Commonwealth's view, the defendant's act of decryption would not communicate facts of a testimonial nature to the government beyond what the defendant already has admitted to investigators. As such, the Commonwealth continues, the defendant's act of decryption does not trigger Fifth Amendment protection."

So if he had not admitted anything already and had refused to decrypt, the ruling may have been different.

Comment Re:Scanning (Score 3, Informative) 67

I've been involved in negotiations with a couple of contracts relating to Google Apps for Enterprise/Education.

In each one, the "scanning" has been explicitly mentioned in the contract. In each one, scanning for the purposes of advertising has only happened if the domain administrator allows it to happen. If it is turned off, Google will not scan mail for the purposes of advertising content.

There are of course other reasons why google will scan your email. Spam/Antivirus filtering and indexing to enable search functionality are two that come to mind.

Basically, all Google have done is remove the domain administrators ability to allow ads, and I'm not aware of anyone I know who used Google Apps for Education/Enterprise with it turned on anyway.

Comment This isn't fixing SSL (Score 4, Informative) 379

The article doesn't make it completely clear that this doesn't have much to do with the fixing problems in OpenSSL.

Commits to the true OpenSSL source can be seen through the web interface at https://github.com/openssl/ope.... What the article is talking about is tidying up the version that is built in to OpenBSD. Not that that isn't worthwhile work, but it's unlikely to fix many hidden problems in OpenSSL itself, unless the OpenBSD devs find something and hand it back to the upstream.

Comment Re:I do this (Score 1) 294

Indeed. When we introduced our change management process I realised that I was informally doing this risk analysis anyway. The change management process and CAB just formalise it.

Risk analysis can be as simple as thinking "is this low impact" for a second and then deciding it is and continuing. Most of these types of changes are pre-approved by CAB and we just have to record the change. If we started creating outages from these types of changes then that pre-approval would probably be reviewed.

There are other times when that pre-approval is temporarily revoked when the organisation cannot tolerate the risk of any downtime caused by changes, but that only happens twice a year, and I get to put my feet up a bit and work on interesting hobby projects for a couple of weeks :) A few of my colleagues get irritated that they "can't get anything done", but if my employer chooses to stop me making changes and let me have a rest for a bit, I'm not going to complain!

Comment Re:I do this (Score 2) 294

It needn't difficult at all and it doesn't have to impact your ability to apply security patches. For example, patches from Microsoft released on the 8th April were applied to roughly 500 servers on the 11th. A couple of hundred of our servers applied the software remedy for heartbleed within hours of it being released, without any intervention from a human at all.

A change management process should take into account an organisations appetite for risk. For us, we're keen to apply security patches quickly, so they are pre-approved by our CAB.

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