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Comment: Re:None of that will matter (Score 1) 429

by KapUSMC (#49649781) Attached to: Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers

A "computer company" is one which makes something computer related for sale (hardware or software) as it's primary business.

Software is Uber's primary business. Opentable isn't a restaurant, they are a software as a service operating in the restaurant industry. Golfnow isn't a golf company, they are software company in the golf industry. Uber is the same thing. They may be targeting a certain industry, but ultimately they are a software company servicing that industry.

Comment: Re:Contradiction in article summary (Score 2) 360

by KapUSMC (#49392281) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars
While Liam Neeson was an established actor with some memorable roles (Schindler's List / Les Mis / Excalibur) his career was completely transformed by Star Wars. He went to leading roles in action movies and franchises. Before Star Wars, he had never been in a movie that grossed 100 mil, and afterwards was in the Batman, Narnia, and Taken, Titan's franchises and is #16 on the boxofficemojo gross list. To dismiss SW having an impact by just saying he was already established is a pretty poor statement.

Comment: Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (Score 2) 307

by KapUSMC (#48877323) Attached to: Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

It amounts to "hey, we made our crap software that nobody wants available for your platform, so now you have to support our platform".

The sad part, is they they aren't really a crap software company. They are a stupid software company. I've personally owned an ipad, galaxy tab, and blackberry playbook. The playbook had the best UI of the three. Incredibly intuitive os and gestures and slick presentation. But it rarely got used because they chose the "walled garden" approach without the user base to create the demand for app developers to support it. They did a half ass attempt right before I sold my playbook for pennies on the dollar to port google app's, but only ones they approved that didn't have a paid blackberry counterpart. Thanks, but no thanks.

Comment: Companies that haven't diversified outside of core (Score 1) 332

by KapUSMC (#48696749) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?
For me the first two that come to mind... F-5 and Riverbed. F-5 has a few security suites and data mining services that haven't really caught hold, but the vast majority of their business is still load balancing. As SDN becomes more prevalent, much of that requirement will go away. Same goes for Riverbed, they have network and application performance monitors, but their core business is still WAN acceleration. With the combination of bandwidth becoming cheaper and less traffic being able to be optimized over the WAN (VDI is becoming much more prevalent and PCoIP doesn't do particularly well / video is becoming more of the percentage of the WAN utilization anyway / etc..) I could see them being in trouble.

Comment: Re:Ten years? (Score 1) 332

by KapUSMC (#48696609) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?
Nintendo isn't going away. There look may change, and they may be out of hardware in 10 years, but just from the core character base of Mario and the like they can pretty easily morph out of hardware into a 3rd party software distributor for the other gaming platforms. Regardless of what the median age of gamers changes to, there will always be a market for kids, plus the nostalgia factor for those that grew up with the brand.

Comment: Re:The repercussion is victory. (Score 1) 127

by KapUSMC (#48372307) Attached to: FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015
I'm not saying that it can't (or even shouldn't) be done by somebody else. But most people think of the FCC and things like the "wardrobe malfunction" of the super bowl and the like, when they do serve other functions. But the sad reality is politicians are typically not very good at understanding the second and third order effects, and I could absolutely see a defunding occur because of politics without considering core business of the agency like spectrum management even being considered.

Comment: Re:The repercussion is victory. (Score 1) 127

by KapUSMC (#48371107) Attached to: FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Shutting down the FCC? Who in the real world cares about the FCC? The only ones I could possibly think of would be religious fundamentalists that still agree with the obscenity regulations the FCC mandates.

I'm not saying that it won't happen... But it would be bad. Pretty much everybody in the real world is cares about the FCC, they probably just don't know it. The most important job they have is spectrum management. The average person probably cares if someone else is using the spectrum allocation allotted to the carrier that is managed by the FCC. And from the government perspective, its all fun and games until someone starts stepping on an x band satellite uplink freq for something critical to national security or military radar system.

Comment: Re:who the hell uses a 6500 as their ISP router? (Score 1) 248

by KapUSMC (#47681109) Attached to: The IPv4 Internet Hiccups
Except if you have an AS and playing in BGP, there is a responsibility to maintain your equipment because it is a global network. As ruebarb mentioned, although they can do it, this isn't really what 6500's are made for. There are better, cheaper, and more efficient ways to do it anyway. Even a ASR 1000 would be a better choice. Just because a switch can route, doesn't make it the right choice for a router. And 7600's are at EOL anyway. If you have any left in production, you should be watching them like a hawk at this point. FWIW, if everyone was IPV6, this problem would have been far worse. TCAM can hold twice as many v4 routes as v6, and the v6 by nature are more fragmented. This wasn't a case of IPV4 breaking the internet... It was a case of poor design and monitoring.

Comment: Re:Because the internet don't need no stinkin rout (Score 1) 207

Azure and EC2 don't have an effect on the necessity for networking equipment on the perimeter. They are still going to be sitting behind a screening router handling BGP. Also, in many ways the SDN (regardless of Cisco ACI or VM Ware NSX or whatever pops up next) doesn't eliminate the need for networking equipment in the DC. To move to a single fabric where the software can control traffic flow between hosts and tieds actually performs better with higher end equipment. As you said, Cisco is making their money from $20 routers, and the consolidation to cloud or private cloud (large data centers) vice distributed computing is increasing the move back to their core business, but will ultimately reduce the number of customers. Their problems hasn't been route/switch, its losing out to Riverbed for optimization, to F5 for load balancing, etc... Its a growth issue, and they need UCS or ACI SDN to really take off to expand their market cap.

Comment: Re:While Buying Back $1.5 Billion In Stock (Score 1) 207

You forgot probably the largest subset of the population. Those that believe and providing a TEMPORARY safety net (like 6 months), but want to curtail long term lifelong entitlement distribution to those that aren't children, elderly, or disabled.

Comment: Depends on function (Score 1) 544

by KapUSMC (#47559317) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?
I carry two phones, my personal and work phone. For my personal phone where I tend to do more things like gaming, looking at pictures, and web browsing I like a phone more real estate on the screen. For my work phone where I am far more likely type a long email I use a blackberry despite having the option of an iphone, galaxy, or stipend to apply to my personal phone. I have borderline disdain for RIM, and I would leave my blackberry in an instant of in our lineup of phones included a phone with a larger screen AND a qwety keyboard.

Comment: Re:What about air? (Score 1) 545

by KapUSMC (#44556091) Attached to: Could Humanity Really Build 'Elysium'?

Thats just using energy to convert elements and molecules into different molecules, but it doesn't change the fact that you will be constantly losing molecules over time and they will eventually need to be replaced some how.

... Big ass hose dropping into the atmosphere?

Just snowballin' ideas here.

I was thinking more of something like megamaid

Comment: Re:Impeach Obama, Elect Snowden (Score 1) 719

by KapUSMC (#44327829) Attached to: Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Even better, impeach Obama give Snowden the Presidency, then you'll have a president that ACTUALLY UPHOLDS THE CONSTITUTION.

You want to put a person into the presidency who is only known for A SINGLE ILLEGAL act??? Are you kidding me? (He needs at least 3 more before he would be qualified.)

Too much of everything is just enough. -- Bob Wier