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I would like to share an experience with you about drinking and driving. As most of you well know, some of us have been known to have had troubles with the authorities on the way home from the odd social session over the years. A couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks with some friends and had a few too many beers and some rather nice red wine.
Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the limit, I did something I've never done before. I took a bus home.
Sure enough, I passed a random breath testing site on the way home, but as it was a bus, it got waved straight through. I arrived home safely without incident which was a real surprise, as I've never driven a bus before, and I'm not even sure where I got it!!
Twenty years ago, when I had been without work for over two years and had just received the first job offer in all that time (cage cashier at a casino), I celebrated at a local pub with a few drinks. The crowd got wind of the special occasion as I was leaving, and no less than 9 shots of tequila were handed to me on a tray on my way out. Not wanting to be a party pooper, and knowing full well that ethanol requires about 20 minutes to be assimilated (home was 1 mile away, about 2 minutes), I chugged them, thanked the group, and dashed home.
Once I was safely parked in my driveway and out of my car - still sober - a cop pulled into the drive and asked to talk to me. Being a good sort, I engaged in a chat with him, whereupon he accused me of driving 35 in a 25 mph zone. I later checked that - it was a physical impossibility for my car to reach that speed in the span he was discussing - but at the time I simply said that I didn't believe his estimate was correct. Ever so politely, he continued to chat while he wrote me a fraudulent ticket for my speeding, a charge which was dropped before trial, by the way. After keeping me engaged in conversation for over 40 minutes, he then asked me to take a few field sobriety tests, all of which I passed easily. He then demanded that I blow in a breathalyzer, which by that time obviously registered all the tequilas I'd had. I scored a 0.28% BAC, by the way - a new record for my neighborhood.
I was arrested and booked for DUI, then the asshat gave me ride back to my car. I probably should have hired a lawyer, as this one - I now know - could have been easily challenged and won. But I didn't know that then, and couldn't afford one at the time. The fact remains that I didn't drive drunk, but I was still convicted because of a dishonest cop, and the fact that I set the clock ticking against myself by drinking those shots. I had a small window of safe opportunity, took a chance, and lost the gamble just because I ran into a crooked cop. In retrospect, it could have been any other of a number of reasons. If my car had broken down, and I had to call for help, by the time help arrived I would have been legally drunk. If I'd stopped to help a stuck driver, or stopped by the store for snacks, I again would have been legally drunk by the time I finished. It was a stupid gamble, in any case, and I paid heavily for losing the bet.
The moral here is that you did a smart thing, Damian. Good job! Even when you intend to do the right thing, things can backfire when alcohol is involved, and it just isn't worth the risk - to yourself or others. When I was growing up, drinking and driving wasn't just tolerated; it was encouraged. When people got too drunk and were obvious about it, a cop would offer to follow them home, or give them a ride if they couldn't safely drive. Television stars drank openly onscreen, and the adventures of drunks were the subject of humor, not disaster. My younger brother was murdered by a lifetime drunk driver, and the killer got one year in jail, suspended. I got two days in jail, $2000 in fines, had to attend dummy driver school, had to attend an alcohol awareness program run by an alcoholic, and can never in my life ever visit Canada, where a third of my relatives live, and I never hurt anyone. It's morally wrong, and fundamentally unfair, but it's the law. The times have changed... Smart people recognize that fact and adapt or fight, according to their disposition.
Just for the record, the crooked bastard that stopped me resigned his position because of numerous death threats and lawsuits for entrapment; he now runs a speedtrap in Williams, AZ, or so I'm told.
Practically speaking, no, though PJ helped me find a way around the restriction years ago. It requires lots of phone calls and paperwork and takes about 6 months to accomplish, primarily due to slow US agencies. I only mentioned it to illustrate some of the absurd, unexpected consequences no one ever mentions.
don't go together and what I'm concerned the penalties on this are way too low. (at least in Belgium)
Good that you had the responsibility to take the bus.
For me it helps in asking myself: "what if I have an accident ?" I just could never forgive myself, even if I wasn't to blame it would race through my mind: Could I have avoided it, could I have reacted faster, ...? The fine is nothing, but the consequences of an accident?
(Ps: sure you can have an accident without drinking too, but the cause will not have been alcohol intoxication)
I did, and I wish I could do more, but we ended up farming that work off, so I could focus on our website. It WAS a classic ASP site, backed by VB6 tools, and I am on the verge of evicting all VB code and moving to .NET tools and an MVC site, which is very sweet indeed. So, I've been feeding my desire to learn new things, but not Mac things, sadly.
Driven to the arms of OSX by Vista.
Read my blog to find out how I've worked around bugs in Microsoft tools and frameworks.
Mr. Congeniality, himself! Good suggestion, Bryce!
Of course, it might be a little difficult to engage the wizard; he's much in demand, and has very good reasons for avoiding the herd, reasons I agree with completely. Considering the vast number of people he has helped, surely there must be some small set of them who would be willing to return the favor. I would, in an instant, if I had any tiny modicum of knowledge remaining from my Apple days. I don't, and good riddance.
I can see it's alright (to put your apps, and data) for many small/medium size company where compliance/security/confidentiality isn't a big thing. But I just don't see how The Cloud be compatible with corporate compliance in banking industry, let aside security and government related activities.
The cloud has advantages, but I think that big companies have little need except there they need the flexibility of the cloud when there are only certain times they need a lot of resources. For smaller companies you get the advantage of eliminating the single points of failure
but i am talking security/compliance road blocks - for example, "Who has access to trades table" (a security trading firm for example). I'm not going to even contemplate if you work for say FBI you'd get questions such as "Who has access to this physical application server?", "Auditor need to come in every three months to check event logs on each physical/virtual server hosting this application"
"Who has access to trades table" (a security trading firm for example). I'm not going to even contemplate if you work for say FBI you'd get questions such as "Who has access to this physical application server?", "Auditor need to come in every three months to check event logs on each physical/virtual server hosting this application"
Having recently worked for a brokerage that failed after operating illegally for 2 decades, I can say that there is much less auditing in real time than you think. It seems all of it happens after the fact, after sh*t hits the fan. Our tables could have been located anywhere and compliance would have been fine.
Now, on the other hand, if I was at a firm that actually gave a sh*t about their customers, security might have been an issue with the cloud, but who knows.
"...I can say that there is much less auditing in real time than you think. It seems all of it happens after the fact, after sh*t hits the fan. Our tables could have been located anywhere and compliance would have been fine...".
> not in the firms where I worked prev. nobody checks in "realtime" but for sure you can't put app/data in The Cloud
why not check realtime? For example, sensitive folders if you need scan folder permission/file permission it can take time.
Why "Cloud" worse than colocations? --> have you taken questions from auditors from within firms? Consider a scenario, say your data stored in outsourced data center with dedicated server (That's already one step up in comparison to cloud). Lets say room where backup takes are stored cabinets are shared with other clients (or even competiting firm). Even if all backup tapes are encrypted you will get questions from auditors along the line "Who has physical access to these cabinets", "How access permission is granted", "Access history reviewed?", "Data center/vendor submit access log for review how freq and by who"?, "Cabinets and tapes clearly marked?", "What procedure in place to avoid mixing up tapes between us and our competitor/other clients", "Other clients restricted from physical access to cabinets or room where cabinets resides"?
-- imagine will you run your apps in cloud what kind of questions you'd get
"colocation" is fine - in fact some most sensitive applications in program high freq trading do this to minimize latency. But "colocation" is verrrry diff from "Cloud" where you have no control over security/access/confidentiality your risk/compliance will give you hell
A few years ago I had drinks with an MS Cloud sales person and in his opinion the big end of town was not his market, he was after the SMEs. That was a few years ago so a lot may have changed since then.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
It's a breach of Government regulations to put almost any of our data on the cloud. We have to be able to assert that our data is not stored on any off-shore data services.
Which is quite funny as the Australian Government Technology Review magazine is always drinking that cool-aid.
You're not in Canberra by any chance are you?
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Even those industries have lots of low security normal business data (documents about business processes, training material, administration for building maintenance, utilities etc, even some of their internal systems that don't deal with customers' money) which could be put on the cloud. After all it's not that different from dedicated hosting in a data centre which even banks make a lot of use of already.