Asking the Stupid Questions Since 1971
Vendor: I'm sorry, but that's proprietary technology.
Me: Oh? Really?
Vendor: We have a box that makes your site work. If you'd like to sign a contract with us for $20,000, we can answer that question for you.
We also need to detect new wireless access points. They can potentially open up the network in a big way and people all over the state want to add them in order to give users additional capabilities. They can also create huge issues with your security architecture.
Does your security architecture fail if there's a hole in the dike?
The design should, as much as possible, take into account that people will work around limitations you establish.
" The most successful online subscription service today is Classmates.com, with 3 million paying customers (almost 5 times WSJ.com). .... It is critically important to remember that they do not charge for content; they charge for functionality – the ability to contact long lost friends."
— Patrick Spain, co-founder of Hoover's, in an interview with eFinance Insider, via [PAID: the economics of content]
SAN FRANCISCO--Telecommunications company Verizon Communications saved $6 million in equipment costs by moving its programmers to Linux computers, the company said Wednesday.
The company cut costs by replacing programmers' Unix and Windows workstations with Linux systems that run OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office, said George Hughes, a Verizon executive overseeing the work. The average desktop cost went from $22,000 to $3,000 per developer, he said in a talk at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.
— "Verizon switches programmers to Linux," c|net
$6 million is a lot more than that saved by cutting our coffee ration.
Tim May, one of the founding members of Cypherpunks, got up and declared before a packed house that his job was not to make anyone's data secure. His job, he figured, was to make bribing the cleaning service more cost-effective than trying to hack in.
The thread connecting all of this - Schneier, May, the Gartner analyst - is that technology will never be a panacea. Software can be perfectly suited to the task and still come up short. In the end, the users must be committed to its success.
[tins ::: Rick Klau's weblog]
Would it help if we remembered the etymology of technology?