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.
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