You said it: CWUK readers get it off their chest

Your comments this week covered a full range of subjects from government IT failures to the perennial battle between proprietary software and open source.


David Carrick warns us not to throw the baby out with the bathwater as another police IT project bites the dust in a comment on Police launch £600m database tender as minister axes Crisp information sharing project

“Although CRISP hasn’t worked according to plan, the government recognises that there is still a need for a system that both encourages data sharing and secures the information being exchanged. We need systems that provide intelligence and information to the police forces when they need it the most, ideally in real-time.

"The procurement process for the next supplier should involve detailed analysis of what hasn't worked for CRISP and then try to build on top of the aspects that did work. The government needs to follow these successes and appoint a champion within the public sector that will ensure any new system that is put in place is being monitored and where needed, changed or developed to ensure its efficiency at every stage.”

A column by Iain Smith, founder of Diaz Research, IT staff and bonded labour: not that different? is still striking a chord.

Tony Sneller asks, “I wonder what Iain thinks of the rumours about IBM? It looks like they are taking the axe to a whole set of people who are no longer economic or establishment. Is this the rapid implementation Iain talks about or is it just short termism that hit the company and its clients just as hard as it will hit the workers who lose their jobs?”

Watch out for Iain Smith’s new column next week.

The open source versus proprietary software debate continues to rage. David Hammond took exception to the article Firefox attacked as often as Internet Explorer

“Um... the headline is inaccurate. Although Firefox and Internet Explorer have had close to the same amount of security patches lately, a much larger percentage of Firefox's patches have been pre-emptive (fixed before the issues were publicly known or exploited). Internet Explorer has had a much larger amount of vulnerabilities discovered and exploited in the wild before any patch was available, and Internet Explorer has also, on average, taken several times longer than Firefox to patch exploited vulnerabilities.”

But Tommy James had what could be a salutary warning to open soureadvocates.

"Fair point - almost. Sure Internet Explorer has had a worse history, but Firefox developers could learn as much from Microsoft's historic weaknesses and do better. I take these stats as a warning not to be complacent. I also think open source will attract a bunch of sad sickoes who will take as much delight in punching holes in it as some hacker do in taking apart Microsoft.

Toby Jones, another open source fan expressed concern at the TechEd: Second Linux distributor signs Microsoft license deal

“This is shaping up to be a much more serious fight about patents than SCO's ludicrous efforts a few years back,” he warned.

More government IT problems CSC eyes acquisition of troubled NHS software supplier iSoft, left Whippersnapper wondering when the government will step in.

This is getting a bit daft. Surely we must be approaching the point where someone at CSC - or even the NHS - will start looking for another care records system supplier. The Lorenzo system is already running two years late, so what exactly is the point of propping up its supplier? Time to cut the losses and say goodbye, I reckon.

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