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Comment: Re:We need better software, not more programmers (Score 1) 212

by Wolfraider (#48911483) Attached to: Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy
Perhaps we need better programs and better ways of connecting the programs. Think of it like this, we have a house full of appliances (simple programs) and we have a power plant (a more complex program). Now the average user knows to connect the appliance to the power, they simply have to plug it in to an outlet in the wall. We don't expect everyone to know or understand how to wire a house, knowledge of the power grid, or even the different voltage levels and amps. We (the experts) have simplified the process to where 110 and 220 volt outlets are different shapes and cannot fit into one another and even different amp circuits can have different shapes. The user knows that if the plug fits in the wall, then that was the correct outlet to use. If they plug too many appliances in, it will trip the breaker and they know that they have overloaded the circuit. We do need better programs but we need to come up with a standard method of connecting those programs together that is simple and easy to use.

Comment: Re:Totally would buy (Score 1) 68

by Wolfraider (#47466235) Attached to: HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)
The moonshot is targeted for a different workload than general computing. We are currently looking at them for replacing our VDI solution. We have several pieces of software that need a better video card and cpu than what a typical VM could provide. With the moonshot we can simply install our software on the bare metal hardware and skip the visualization layer. The moonshot supports 45 blades and you can get a blade that has 4 servers built in, without a hard drive of course. 45 * 4 = 180 desktops per 4.3U with better performance CPU and video wise. I think the moonshot has it's place in more specialty places but defiantly not general computing. Just an HP customer

Comment: Re:Thought... (Score 2) 359

by Wolfraider (#44065297) Attached to: My view of touchscreen laptops:
Why does everyone automatically assume that if you get a touch screen you will throw the keyboard and mouse away? I almost always use the keyboard and mouse but there are times I would love to have a touch screen. Mostly while I give presentations and such. Why not use what's best for the job and not pick only one or the other?

Comment: Re:Let me guess...further deprecation of desktop a (Score 3, Interesting) 199

by Wolfraider (#42954583) Attached to: Report: Windows Blue Reaches Its First Milestone Build
I have met a few people excited about the Metro screen. But these people barely know how to use a computer and to them, Metro is a lot easier to find what programs they want to run. I personally don't mind Windows 8 and Metro although the first thing I did was set the default for all Metro apps to the full version and pin my most used programs to the taskbar. Any time that I need another program, I simply hit the windows key, type in the first few characters of what I want and hit enter. Metro pops up and goes away quickly.

Comment: Re:How did this happen? (Score 1) 192

by Wolfraider (#42696035) Attached to: Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google
I can't remember the name of it but there is some big library software that requires printers with public IP addresses. The printers sit at the clients site but are configured on the companies servers directly. They recommend that no firewall is configured because it might interfere with the print jobs. I only found out because I had to replace a Jet-direct card that was hosed. They finally started allowing printing to locally attached printers last year but most setups are still the old way.

Comment: Electrical Fingerprint (Score 1) 167

by Wolfraider (#42260225) Attached to: Engineers Use Electrical Hum To Fight Crime
Form what it looks like to me, they are using the random increases and decreases to create a sort of "fingerprint" of the recording. This fingerprint could then be used to verify that the recording is genuine at any other time. It would be very hard to duplicate the random noise in a recording exactly if you tried to tamer with the recording.

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