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One of the winners at today’s TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon is Docracy, an open source site where users can share and sign legal documents, similar to what GitHub provides for code. The site is the brainchild of mobile app developers Matt Hall and John Watkinson, who are the founders of app development startup Larva Labs.
Docracy is an online, opensource hub for quality legal documents like contracts, NDAs, wills, trusts and more. So startups or individuals can take their legal documents and compare them against these trusted, documents on Docracy and see what terms differ.
Hall and Watkinson were recently were signing an NDA with a client and wasn’t sure if there were any terms in the NDA that should be flagged, or that were out of the ordinary. But they found that the issue didn’t warrant spending money on a lawyer. Small business and individuals have to sign legal documents all the time but often don’t have the resources to hire a lawyer to review these documents.
It’s a great idea and certainly one that many bootstrapped startups, freelancers or individuals can use in a pinch. While Docracy’s site isn’t up yet, we’re told it will be publicly released this week.
De makers van Enigmail, een populaire uitbreiding voor de e-mailclient Thunderbird waardoor gebruikers versleuteld kunnen e-mailen, werken aan een oplossing die versleuteld e-mailen via Thunderbird zo eenvoudig mogelijk moet maken. Voor de ontwikkeling wordt er met pretty Easy privacy samengewerkt.
Pretty Easy privacy (p=p) is een project dat vorig jaar 51.000 dollar via Indiegogo wist op te halen en als doel heeft om e-mail anoniem en versleuteld te maken. Enigmail en pretty Easy privacy zullen de p=p-technologie aan Thunderbird-gebruikers gaan aanbieden. Hoewel Enigmail de populairste oplossing is voor het versleutelen van e-mail, versturen de meeste mensen hun e-mails onversleuteld, zo stelt Patrick Brunschwig, hoofdontwikkelaar van Enigmail.
Versleuteld e-mailen is volgens Brunschwig onvermijdelijk om de privacy te beschermen. Door met p=p samen te werken moet dit veranderen. P=p biedt de mogelijkheid om berichten volautomatisch te versleutelen, zonder dat gebruikers zich met zaken als sleutelbeheer moeten bezighouden. Het is de bedoeling deze technologie ook in Enigmail te verwerken. De eerste versie van Enigmail en p=p moet in december van dit jaar verschijnen.
Whilst these capabilities have arrived, IT expenditure hasn’t grown. In fact, IT R&D departments are fast becoming a thing of the past as all this wonderful functionality - thanks to the global development community’s efforts - is now being leveraged by their commercial counterparts.
These commercial counterparts repackage and resell services, offer support and development services to ensure that their customers feel comfortable in adopting OSS. Managed Service Providers today provide the integration expertise businesses need to bring disparate software together as an enterprise system, and offer huge amounts of power at better rates than we have ever seen before. The secret behind the closed source loop
With all of this new functionality, you would think Closed Source would be in trouble. But it isn’t and that is primarily down to a single important concept: brand familiarity.
Organisations pay huge amounts of money for nothing more than a name and the idea that a supplier is more intelligent and more reliable than the people who wrote the software in the first place.
Yes, that’s right, the brand that organisations are paying so much money for is effectively wrapping and selling you the same technology used by their OSS counterparts.
They’re clever, but deceptive.
The Apples, Microsofts and VMWares of the world are simply selling closed source software and platforms which either wrap around or offer equivalent functionality to open source counterparts and, at the the same time, often reduce interoperability. This doesn’t sound like a technical development to me.
Think about it: it is no coincidence that the internet revolution and open source revolutions really kicked off at roughly the same time. In other words, technical intelligence has improved thanks to global development communities, not as a result of “business computing”.
This is all very nice, but how can we can we sell OSS and the idea of technical strategy mentioned at the start to the board?
The chances are, the non-technical members of your board are attached to the brands they recognise and would resist the idea of breaking established patterns for deployment with their current closed source suppliers. This is one of the primary reasons OSS hasn’t completely taken over the closed source software industry in key sectors (OS, virtualisation and enterprise storage being examples).
However, when undertaking new strategic developments the initial costs associated with developing proof of concepts and initial prototyping can be reduced to almost nothing by taking advantage of the develop-once, deploy-to-many paradigm that is now maturing within the DevOps space. By offering the ability to develop low-cost prototypes for strategic change and new developments, you can all but zero the risk to ney-sayers at the board level who would sacrifice innovation for fiscal security.
By embracing the freedom of open source, strategies can be easily developed and assessed for viability. Once this strategic proof of concept is accepted these can be finalised and deployed easily - without extensive re-development - using closed source counterparts or by leveraging OSS on preferred corporate platforms.
The gut reaction of your board may be a reluctance to move away from big, branded, closed source software. But if your elevator pitch is how Open Source Software can often do the same for less, maybe this will get their attention.
OSS might not have taken hold of the whole market (yet), but it’s already offering us the ability to drive innovation without risk. In my experience, innovation without risk is generally an easy sell to any management team. Takeaways:
Strategic and technical changes require buy-in from all levels of management. This may be a difficult sell where current business and financial agreements prohibit innovation. The DevOps world is moving fast to standardise deployment across heterogeneous target platforms. The net result of this is the ability to develop against different platforms to those that are used in the production environment(s) with mitigated risk. All of this is the result of the open source development model, that has provided more innovation over the last 25 years than any other technological development. Risk free, businesses can now trial innovative strategic development by leveraging OSS and joining the revolution that has progressed the technical landscape so much.
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In addition to civil society organizations like the FSF, the letter* was signed by some of the most important cryptologists in the world, including the inventors of many of the key technologies behind modern encryption.
From past experience, the following still needs to be pointed out far too often:
1. A cloak room is not a server room, even if you put servers inside.
2. You cannot power 100A worth of equipment from a 16A wall socket. Not even if there are 2 of them.
3. You cannot cool the above by opening a window and puting two fans in front of the computers. A domestic AirCon unit won't do much good either. Also, don't put drippy things above sparky things.
4. Ground lines are not for decoration. They need to be used and tested regularly for safety.
5. DIY plugs cannot be wired any which way. Not even in countries that allow Line and Neutral to be swapped.
6. The circuit breakers at the end of your circuits are part of your installation.
7. You cannot protect a rack of equipment with a UPS from PC World. If you really need this, you're going to have to buy something which is very big, expensive and very very heavy. And the batteries are only good for 3 to 5 years.
8. Buildings have structural limits. You cannot put several tonnes of densely packed metal just anywhere. Know your point and rolling loads and then check the building.
9. Electrical fires are nasty. Chemical fires are worse. You need stuff to protect the installation.
10. If you want 24h service, you'll need 24h staffing. A guy that "does computers for us" won't do.
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