kye4u writes: The wall street journal reports that 'At Seattle Children’s Hospital, the death of an infant spurred its CIO, Wes Wright, to install a new generation of PCs providing faster boot-up times. Called zero clients because they contain no conventional operating system of their own and instead rely almost entirely on data and applications transmitted from a server, the new devices can shave almost an hour per day of wasted time per employee. Wright won’t be going back to traditional PCs, even for employees who don’t handle critical cases. “The speed and ubiquity the staff now has – if I took that away I’d have a riot on my hands,” Wright tells CIO Journal.' The CIO claims that making the switch to dumb terminals will save the hospital 6 million over 5 years. I don't see that savings. Is the hospital really better off?
kye4u writes: Even with passwords, full disk encryption, and/or any other methods that is used to secure data on a mobile device, uses may be at the mercy of mobile os makers. Law enforcement agencies want to be able to get Google, Apple, and other mobile os makers to unlock the phones and access the data.
According to WSJ, "Google earlier this year defied the FBI’s demand to unlock an alleged pimp’s cellphone powered by its Android software—even after the agency obtained a search warrant, reports The Wall Street Journal’s Julia Angwin. The refusal underscores a battle brewing between technology companies and the U.S. government over whether law-enforcement agents have the right to obtain passwords to crack into smartphones of suspects, particularly because those passwords are often the keys to a wide assortment of content troves, including email, calls, address lists and text messages."