Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:"Software Defined" Buzzword (Score 1) 38

The batteries are not software defined, their usage is. Get it straight. I understand that its very 21st century to make things "Software Defined", but they just aren't.

How is this different than dropping clockspeed, or dimming the screen?

Hint: not all computing activities require the same amount of power.

It's different in that they propose multiple batteries, each optimized for different usage scenarios. The software decides which battery is active based on user activity. I would imagine this would be combined with today's standard lowering clock speed, etc.

Comment Re:Still have to pay RENT after you buy it (Score 1) 84

We've had Tivo since the Series 2, and we always opted for the lifetime subscription. It is cheaper in the long run, for us at least, given the amount of time we tend to keep them. We were recently discussing upgrading our Prime to a Roamio, but I am leaning more towards waiting to see how the Pro version of this new box stacks up, both cost and feature wise.

And to be fair the membership isn't rent, unless you mean renting a lot of the useful features. It will still function as a dumb DVR if a subscription is expired.

Comment Re:$400/mo for 10,000Mbps, $45/mo for 50 (Score 1) 164

I'd have to split out the combined phone/TV/Internet bill from Verizon but I am not paying a whole lot more than you are for 75/75. Then again I negotiated when they tried to up my price and wound up getting it cut even lower than it was (Thanks for letting me use your name in vain Xfinity, as if I ever *would* switch to you).

Comment Re:It seems to work, too (Score 1) 135

Oh I agree. I rarely have to call the TAC but it can be a struggle. That's why a lot of our clients use our support services. I don't work our support desk, I do design/pre-sales/installation/consulting, but the guys who take calls are really good. They rarely have to escalate to the TAC unless it's a bug.

Comment It seems to work, too (Score 4, Insightful) 135

I do a lot of Check Point engineering/consulting services and this is one of the more exciting things they've done in awhile. Even though they didn't actually develop it they've done a good job integrating into their firewall suite. It is not a panacea; nothing in security is, but it is good stuff.

"Don't tell me I'm burning the candle at both ends -- tell me where to get more wax!!"