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Comment Re:Keep dreaming... Azure is super sketchy.. (Score 1) 75

there's 3 years of development time between now and 2019, and with Microsoft's deep pockets

Microsoft is stupid... Sad but true. They are not developing consistent services. Throw whatever money you want after it, if you have no single user manage, authentication and authorization system covering all APIs you loose. If you have different arbitrary restrictions on what ASCII chars is allowed when naming resources for different services (just in azure storage service, not counting everything else), it's going to fail...

AWS is not perfect, but it is fairly consistently designed... As in IAM users and policies for all access control (with exception of S3 which has some legacy options too)...

It's pretty clear that azure services are being developed by different teams who don't talk to each other.

Comment Re:Keep dreaming... Azure is super sketchy.. (Score 2) 75

I also have a few with Amazon too. No trouble there either. How is Azure sketchy?

An azure storage accounts have a single secret key shared between all users... If you have two servers/apps/persons using the same storage account they MUST share the same secret key. You can issue temporary keys, but you have to build an manage an authorization system that issues such keys. The user management in azure does not extend to cover storage accounts other than all or nothing, and all users share the same secret key. This is insane! Unthinkable in any non-trivial deployment.

Comment Keep dreaming... Azure is super sketchy.. (Score 4, Informative) 75

Having used both Azure and AWS, I can honestly say that AWS is light years ahead of Azure...

Azure storage services has got some awesome consistency guarantees.. But it won't scale like S3, not in terms of requests, throughput or features.
Microsoft has an abyssal story for authorization and access policies... There is nothing like IAM that crosses all services, some services have policies, other services you get shared secrets (to be shared between all users)..

Honestly, they can't even figure out to make a consistent naming policy between different storage services... Figuring out what characters is allowed in names of fields, resources, urls, etc. is a nightmare... Even with azure storage services (queue, table and blob) they have vastly different restrictions... It's a joke.

The only thing interesting with Azure is their table storage service, price and simplicity wise it's a joy. But given how bad everything else, I'm tempted to move my stuff to AWS and pay a bit more for dynamodb...

Comment Exactly, (Score 4, Insightful) 77

How would knowing about he order have affected anything?

What possible purpose could that gag order have served? It's not like Snowden or the rest of the world didn't know to stop trusting Lavabit.

The only motivation I can see is an attempt to avoid public outcry that is a gross abuse of power. The like of which is only seen in dictatorships under the heading of "political stability".

I guess we all knew the US had serious corruption issues, now the question is if anyone will be held accountable for this.
(I'm kidding of course: nobody will be held accountable, this is was free speech being suppressed not availability of fire arms)

Comment Re:talk is cheap (Score 1) 168

The goal with plea bargains is save court time, money, resources.

If your are locking someone up for more than 6 months, the money saved short term in the court case, is nothing compared to the cost of keeping someone incarcerated. Nor does the cost compare to the financial effects to the person who is locked up.

Plea bargains for minor traffic accidents and small things is fine. For cases that dramatically affects someones life, you don't compromise quality of judgement for a few bucks saved short term.

Comment Re:talk is cheap (Score 1) 168

That's why vigilantism is illegal.

Laws were violated by the government installed to uphold them...

There is a very big difference between killing a bad guy and responsible public disclosure of government secrets..
After all it's just information.. yes, some information can be sensitive, but it rarely kills people. And in this case Snowden took many steps to be responsible about the disclosure. Read up on that last part.

There are in fact many cases where you can violate the law in order to protest some injustice.. It's called civil disobedience.
And if done responsibly, without weapons, in orderly fashion, without resorting to violence, then it is indeed an honorable manner to protest injustice.
There is absolutely no reason to throw the book at people for peaceful civil disobedience, regardless of whether or not you agree with them.
(I'm well, aware Snowdens actions can't be classified as civil disobedience; I'm exemplifying how one can honorably violate the law)

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