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Comment Re:Ah yes (Score 1) 39

Security bulletins aren't a great way to track how secure or insecure software is. The best way to do that is with the CVE system. Microsoft (and most other vendors) log publicly and privately reported vulnerabilities as CVEs and link to the CVE when describing vulnerabilities.

My hope is that this change will eliminate some of the pain of running down security bulletin data. Right now if someone asks you if you are patched against MS16-040 you have to go look that up, look up each individual KB inside that, see which ones have been superseded by other updates and check that against your CMDB. Making that simpler would be a win-win.

Full disclosure, I work for Microsoft as a dedicated PFE. The above is my opinion and hope, not paid shilling.

Comment Re:I am not going to complain (Score 1) 181

>> Honestly, if they did employ a dozen or so people to do really good translations between articles in major languages, I'd be all for that. But they're not.

They are working with duolingo.com to do this. The translations, individually, aren't great but duolingo spins an army of drones across them until you have good content.

>> It's already been established that hosting only costs them about $2M/year. A few administrators are not adding much to that.

One does not run the 6th busiest site on the internet with "a few administrators." There are developers, QA, deployment engineers, support engineers, huge network infrastructure, server engineers, corporate it to support all of that, and accounting, HR, and legal to support that. An enterprise of this size is non-trivial.

Looking at it another way, Wikipedia is #7 on the list of busiest sites on the internet. Twitter is #8. Do you think twitter runs on 95m/year?

Comment Re:Misleading (Score 2) 181

The WMF stack is one tiny piece of the equation.

Think about the servers, storage, network, and physical plant infrastructure required to manage a site of this size. The people managing them need workstations and email; that requires corporate IT. Someone has to buy that stuff, requiring purchasing staff. Those people want to get paid, so accounting and human resources teams. There are also legal, public relations, and fundraising teams too.

If Wikipedia was a for-profit company they'd have a valuation in the billions. If they manage to do it for 95 million it's a bargain.

Businesses

IBM Promises To Hire 25,000 Americans As Tech Executives Set To Meet Trump (reuters.com) 244

IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty has pledged to "hire about 25,000 professionals in the next four years in the United States" as she and other technology executives prepared to meet with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday. Reuters reports: IBM had nearly 378,000 employees at the end of 2015, according to the company's annual report. While the firm does not break out staff numbers by country, a review of government filings suggests IBM's U.S. workforce declined in each of the five years through 2015. When asked why IBM planned to increase its U.S. workforce after those job cuts, company spokesman Ian Colley said in an email that Rometty had laid out the reasons in her USA Today piece. Her article did not acknowledge that IBM had cut its U.S. workforce, although it called on Congress to quickly update the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act that governs federal support for vocational education. "We are hiring because the nature of work is evolving," she said. "As industries from manufacturing to agriculture are reshaped by data science and cloud computing, jobs are being created that demand new skills -- which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting." She said IBM intended to invest $1 billion in the training and development of U.S. employees over the next four years. Pratt declined to say if that represented an increase over spending in the prior four years.

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