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Comment Re:Since when? (Score 2) 81

Since when is SaaS not all about lock in?

I'd argue it's not about SaaS being "about lock in" or not. It's more about implementation time and/or upfront investment for whatever you purchase.

If a SaaS service requires no upfront investment of hardware and takes little time/effort to implement, then lock in is a silly thing for which to strive via licensing and will push potential customers to the competition. On the other hand, if either are true, lock in occurs by default to some extent...with or without licensing.

Comment Re:Cloud != Magic (Score 1) 113

Designing for high availability is at least as hard as it was. Doing this in the cloud is quite expensive...maybe not as expensive as rolling your own infrastructure, but a wake-up call when the CIO gets the bill.

Minus the part about the CIO being surprised at the bill (only a poor CIO wouldn't forecast the costs of running a product in any environment, including a public cloud), you hit the nail on the head as to why public cloud is so popular. It's not magic, but it IS cheaper for small/medium sized companies to take advantage of highly available services that they wouldn't otherwise be able to afford in their own DC's.

That said, you absolutely have to build your application on public cloud with failure in mind. I've been using AWS long enough that many years ago, instances would just disappear -- no longer accessible on the network, no longer present in the console/API...just like I never spun them up in the first place. We knew back then that the app had to be built for failures like that, but somewhere along the way hype took over and now people just assume the HA nature of AWS will protect them from bad design with SPOF's galore. That wasn't true before, isn't now, and likely never will be.

Comment Allo? FB Messenger? (Score 4, Insightful) 143

The competing product from Google and Facebook are both available on iOS and Android. Add to that the fact that Android owns so much more of the smart phone market than Apple.

Given both of those facts, Apple probably realizes that in order to keep their customers using this product instead jumping ship to something that is supported on both their platform and the most popular platform in the world, they have to offer their product(s) on that platform as well.

Comment Re:clearly they havent heard (Score 2) 81

what friction? the DNS RFC has been around since 1987, its not some arcane rune stone of indecipherable glyphs. hell, you managed to get it to work in your panel.

I know nothing about this proposed solution beyond what the summary provided, and I share your anti-GoDaddy feeling in general.

There is, however, a problem that needs to be solved when transferring domains from one registrar to another. I've dealt with many different registrars over the years, and none of them do this the exact same way. Sometimes they don't support authorization codes, other times the destination can't process the codes properly, and the transfer request times out at the source. I'd love to see a better, more uniform and accepted way to handle this process...this may or may not be just that.

Comment Re:Ok, why? (Score 2) 311

The correct response to this kind of abuse is to track down the lawyer who signed his name to the takedown notice (it's not valid takedown notice without it) and prosecute him for perjury (since he swore under penalty of perjury that it was accurate and that he represented the copyright holder)

A lawyer isn't required to "sign his name" on a DMCA takedown. The person claiming to be the copyright owner can (and usually does) do so.

Comment Re:Decentralized source control (Score 1) 117

If source control being inaccessible means you get the day off.... let's just say that ClearCase users would be extremely happy.

As someone who used to be a ClearCase/MultiSite admin in a former life, I have to say that if that system went fully offline for anything more than a few minutes, then your admin isn't doing it right.

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