By Roblimo from Slashdot's old-stewball-was-the-most-loyal-server-horse-we-ever-done-had department
Curtis Peterson says admins who hang onto their servers instead of moving into the cloud are 'Server Huggers
,' a term he makes sound like 'Horse Huggers,' a phrase that once might have been used to describe hackney drivers
who didn't want to give up their horse-pulled carriages in favor of gasoline-powered automobiles. Curtis is VP of Operations for RingCentral
, a cloud-based VOIP company, so he's obviously made the jump to the cloud himself. And he has reassuring words for sysadmins who are afraid the move to cloud-based computing is going to throw them out of work. He says there are plenty of new cloud computing opportunities springing up for those who have enough initiative and savvy to grab onto them, by which he obviously means you
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By timothy from Slashdot's double-secret-prohibited department
As you may have watched live earlier today
, the FCC in a protester-heavy hearing has voted to formally consider a net neutrality proposal
. The linked L.A. Times story says the 3-2 vote of the commissioners represents a victory for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: 'A Democrat who took over in November, Wheeler triggered outrage among public interest groups, online activists and many liberals with a plan that would for the first time allow the possibility of so-called pay-for-priority deals. Wheeler said his plan has been misconstrued and that it would not allow broadband providers to block any legal content or slow down connections in a way that is commercially unreasonable.' As the Washington Post points out, the phrase "commercially unreasonable" is a loaded one
. More good coverage at Ars Technica
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By timothy from Slashdot's more-moving-parts-to-fail department
New submitter jvp (27996)
writes "Adobe's authentication system for its Creative Cloud as well as its website services is down, and has been since Wednesday (14 May) afternoon. What this means: If you're a Creative Cloud subscriber, you can't log into your account via the desktop application. Online services such as the fonts are not available. Applications (eg: Photoshop, Premiere, etc) will continue to work. Softpedia has a nice article on it, but their time frames are off quite a bit."
As of this writing, a message on the Adobe Creative Cloud page
says "Creative Cloud is currently undergoing maintenance. Please check back later. Thank you for your patience." Even though I've come to like some remote-hosted software, like gmail, I don't think I'd want tools for manipulating local media tied even loosely to the uptime of a remote computer (or network connection).Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's hey-many-you're-making-us-look-bad department
First time accepted submitter TechyImmigrant (175943)
writes "Following the focus on government mass surveillance resulting from the information revealed by Edward Snowden, many organizations involved in security and communications put out statements essentially repudiating that surveillance. As of yesterday (May 15th 2014) the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research) who one might expect to have a position on this, has finally one year after the anniversary of the leaks, got around to making a position statement. 'The membership of the IACR repudiates mass surveillance and the undermining of cryptographic solutions and standards. Population-wide surveillance threatens democracy and human dignity. We call for expediting research and deployment of effective techniques to protect personal privacy against governmental and corporate overreach.'
So the crypto guys don't like it either. Now we know."
They're not the only ones:
reader Juha Saarinen (2822817)
writes "Stung by concerns that the NSA may have introduced deliberately weakened crypto algorithms, NIST is embarking on a review of its existing standards and developments."Read Replies (0)