I note with displeasure that data mining, in all the instances J. Nicholas Hoover cites in his article, seems to be best at predicting things that have already happened. One could say the same for the predictions of Nostradamus.
I'm not convinced that whatever government is in power wouldn't use data mining to keep track of its political enemies and work to discredit and undermine them. The link between this noxious narking and public safety isn't merely tenuous--it's conspicuously absent.
It's a disservice to America to promote the use of data mining to justify intensifying the witch-hunt that has become American politics. For this, Mr. Hoover must be censured. We do not need to make an IT business out of the secret political police. --Peter Rogan
I don't share your obsession with ridding the world of what you in the press have monikered the "Evil Empire." For what purpose should I make my life more difficult? As a general rule, Microsoft's claim to fame is they get it done, and it all works together with less effort and pain. Use non-Microsoft operating systems and other software when it makes sense, but don't make your life harder just to prove a dubious point.
Security? That mostly requires common sense, using knowledge and Internet Explorer 7. Only fools think they get total security with Apple, Linux, or another browser. In the long run, there's no secure operating system or browser without some knowledge and common sense in setup and usage.
I really try to not get involved with anti-Microsoft prejudice, hate-speak, and agenda. I'm too busy trying to earn a living. Let's just get back to work. --David T. Bauman
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
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