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  • Aug 27th, 2009 @ 7:39am

    Re: You get what you paid for

    Uh, hey buddy! Moore's law also applies.
    Gigabit ethernet, lighting up dark fiber and fat pipes mean that, changing that 1-to-1000 ratio to 1-to-100 isn't that expensive. So yes, they could do that right now.

    But you know what ... doing nothing and throttling the connection is EVEN CHEAPER. It's called CORPORATE GREED, and it's not an evil plot, it's a natural reaction of execs such as myself to shareholders bashing us about wanting more and more profit. Which is why you need a regulatory agency to step in.

  • Aug 27th, 2009 @ 6:13am

    Re: Re:

    Hey dummy! Ghost is EXPENSIVE. (Unless you don't have a license). So many of you DON'T understand economics.
    Have an image. Buy a Checkpoint firewall (and the expensive expertise to run it). Money doesn't grow on trees, moron.
    Do yourself a favor and take Finance for Dummies.

  • Aug 27th, 2009 @ 6:08am

    I agree, but it doesn't work ...

    I started my career NOT in corporate IT - but as a "splinter" group doing the things IT wouldn't support but that moved the business forward.

    NOW, I run IT at a different company. When I jined, it was a free-for-all; unstable, no security, full of viruses, porn on the servers (yeah, really) and "entitled" senior users.
    Now, we're locked down (mostly). You want software that IT doesn't provide, get your boss to pay for it out HIS budget. (If you can't convince him, you can't do it).
    Surfing for the professional is monitored, but not terribly restricted. We encourage people to do things like their banking. (We had somebody running a business on eBay - goodbye!) The author's point would be true if ALL people were honest and focussed on the company's success, but in a company with 5000 employees that's NOT the case.
    ANd there are people not in IT with special privileges (this drives my network manager NUTS!), but they went through their boss and are monitored to ensure they don't break anything.
    So, while I agree that in a "perfect" world this would be true, there will always be people who abuse privileges.