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Thursday, January 17th, 2008
|Of Orange Juice and MIS (long)
So Becky and I were trying to explain to Aaron why Mommy is so good at tech support and why the hospital people get on so well with her as opposed to the rest of the MIS Department. We came up with the following analogy that illustrates why users and their MIS departments rarely get on well. I think it has broad applicability.( Collapse )
|Good Ars Tehcnica Piece on Bad Policy
Briefly, Mike McConell, the current Director of National Intelligence, wants access to all internet traffic (without warrants, of course, and merely for the purpose monitoring and "fishing expeditions" rather than based on any specific threat). I rather liked this exchange:
Ed Giorgio, who is working with McConnell on the plan, said that would mean giving the government the authority to examine the content of any e-mail, file transfer, or Web search. "Google has records that could help in a cyber-investigation," he said. Giorgio warned me, "We have a saying in this business: 'Privacy and security are a zero-sum game.'"
Sayings like that, says security guru Bruce Schneier, "are why the police aren't in charge; security and privacy are complimentary. Privacy is part of our security against government abuse. If they were really zero-sum, we would have seen mass immigration into East Germany."