2013/12/29 Leslie Carr <lc...@wikimedia.org> > On Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 5:17 AM, geni <geni...@gmail.com> wrote: > > On 29 December 2013 12:55, James Salsman <jsals...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > >> Can we please stop paying the Microsoft and NSA taxes > > > > > > The WMF doesn't. > > > > > > > >> and start buying > >> datacenter equipment which costs a lot less? Cubieboard/Cubietrucks for > >> instance? > >> > >> Ref.: > >> > >> > http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/catalog-reveals-nsa-has-back-doors-for-numerous-devices-a-940994.html > >> > >> Best regards, > >> James > > > > > > > > Using non standard data center equipment is a great way to add costs. > > > > Naw, it's a great idea. Let's switch to building our own ARM-based > servers (by the way, which have already been a flop commercially), > using only unproven, low-volume available motherboards and having to > buy and assemble all of the rest of the components. And then of > course, we need to design our own cases... and since these have such a > low performance, we'll need to have a lot more rack and datacenter > space, of course which comes with a cost... and we'll have to figure > out how to run our caching layers which require large amounts of > memory... and our storage layers which require large amounts of disk > space..... At that point we'll probably need to redesign those boards > which are incapable of doing these things, so we'll need a team of > hardware engineers, plus a deal with a manufacturing plant. > > So... I think with about a 100 million dollar per year research budget > we can do this. Who's ponying up? ;) > > Funny huh?
If we use free software, I don't see why we can't move to open-source hardware ASAP. > > > As for security given the limited resources the WMF has whenever GCHQ, > FSB > > and MSS have wanted to get in they have and there is nothing we can do > > about this. > > _______________________________________________ > > Wikimedia-l mailing list > > Wikimediaemail@example.com > > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > > > > -- > Leslie Carr > Wikimedia Foundation > AS 14907, 43821 > http://as14907.peeringdb.com/ > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list > Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>