an ominous comment

Troy Benjegerdes hozer at
Sun Jul 19 17:25:16 PDT 2015

On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 11:52:03AM -0400, dan at wrote:
> Discussing security policy post-OPM debacle in a setting to which
> I have access (sorry to be oblique), it was said by a CxO "We have
> to prepare for the day when no software we depend on is run on
> premises."
> I did not handle this well (think sputtering as an alternative to
> white rage).  At the same time, I am probably in a bubble in that
> I suspect that nearly everyone I see with a computer (of any form
> factor) is already in that situation or, save for Javascript piped
> in from the cloud to run locally, soon will be -- denizens of this
> list and a few others excepted.
> Echoing Lenin echoing Chernyshevsky, "What is to be done?" or,
> perhaps, "Is anything to be done?"
> --dan

The same thing we did in the old days.

Install an IBM mainframe.

The only place the 'cloud' makes sense is if you are Amazon or Google
and you want to sell your excess computing capacity to suckers who can't
afford to buy their own computers.

If you actually do capacity planning and maybe do something like apply
modern devops to mainframe platforms, you can actually get some economies
of scale running your mainframe on-site.

It will probably cost less than what that CxO's got paid under-the-table
in a rigged altcoin pump-and-dump orchestrated by the cloud service

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