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Comment: Re:Nice Advert, shame about the detail (Score 2) 138

I'm going to disagree with you, on the internet. Let it begin. Dell will actually vary their product quality based on the intended use. I stay away from Inspiron and Latitude lines. I will buy a precision machine (both desktop or mobile) but mostly I use their server hardware and it runs like a workhorse with no issues. I know people who are still running 2950 gen I's with no issues (even though they should upgrade). If a user is paying a premium price it's highly possible that Alienware has quality components but I don't have any info on this. I agree that it's mostly marketing hype (similar to Apple) but to just label everything Dell makes as cheap is incorrect.

Comment: Re:waste of effort (Score 2) 275

by paysonwelch (#48186843) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea
Actually they missed the boat on this one. They would be better off designing the future of shipping which is a global fleet of ships that autonomously transfer cargo pods mid-transit to optimize deliverr time and reduce the distance and number of trips (hence saving fuel). So just imaging a large ship except it has it's cargo in pods. Two or three ships meet up at locations their AI deem to be most optimal and switch only some of their cargo depending on what is going where and then they continue on. Better efficiency and fuel savings, also the boats could be small to medium sized (relatively speaking compared to large shipping vessels) enabling them to get into more ports.

Comment: Re:Time to short (Score 1) 120

by paysonwelch (#48022093) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe
Hello, I never claimed to be an expert. I'm pretty sure I know how the stock market works, but you would have been correct had you suggested that I don't know how corporate officers liquidate their holdings. A year is enough time for them to get the feeling if and when the music might stop or go against them. Tax loopholes (especially Ireland related) have been in the news for a while. They also did a 7/1 reverse split this year, probably trying to get the numbers up a little before cashing out. If you read between the lines you will notice that most of the people referenced in that article liquidated all or close to all of their holdings in Apple. Regardless if they planned it a year ago or not I think it was pretty convenient they liquidated right after the iPhone 6 release.

Comment: Cisco ASA (Score 1) 238

by paysonwelch (#47891523) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Advice On Building a Firewall With VPN Capabilities?
I think the question is do you want to constantly be fixing your firewall and routing rules and also troubleshooting problems that might cause you to tear your hair out? Or do you want to do this in a weekend or a few hours and have something that is pretty solid and stable? I see already that everyone is recommending their favorite firewalls. What you want to get is an enterprise grade firewall. For this reason you should look at the Cisco ASA line (You can get one eBay for about $300), or a Dell Sonicwall. Note that you need to spec all of these to your needs. And remember there is no such thing as total security whether you have spent $100 or $100,000 on your firewalls.

Comment: Re:Russian Programmer's are Brilliant! (Score 1) 157

by paysonwelch (#47783649) Attached to: Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure
You can classify programmers into many categories. Two of them are those that write really complex code that is hard to read and not easy to maintain, and they say they are brilliant because no one else can read it / figure it out (easily that is). They may also make it explicitly convoluted and take extra steps to make it more complicated that it needs to be, unbeknownst to them. Then there are the experienced programmers that write easy to read, modular and maintainable code because they don't want to have headaches down the road and don't mind letting others edit or revise their projects.

+ - Time Warner Cable online after widespread Net outage->

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paysonwelch (2505012) writes "Time Warner Cable dealt with a major Internet outage early Wednesday.

During routine network maintenance at 4:30 a.m. ET today, "an issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On Demand services," said Time Warner Cable vice president for public relations Bobby Amirshahi in an email exchange.

"As of 6 a.m. ET, services were largely restored as updates continue to bring all customers back online," he said.

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+ - UPS: We've Been Hacked->

Submitted by paysonwelch
paysonwelch (2505012) writes "The United Parcel Service announced Wednesday that customersâ(TM) credit and debit card information at 51 franchises in 24 states may have been compromised. There are 4,470 franchised center locations throughout the U.S., according to UPS.

The malware began to infiltrate the system as early as January 20, but the majority of the attacks began after March 26. UPS says the threat was eliminated as of August 11 and that customers can shop safely at all locations."

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+ - A new Watson-style form of AI called Viv seeks to be the first 'global brain'->

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paysonwelch (2505012) writes "For the past two years, the team has been working on Viv Labs’ product—also named Viv, after the Latin root meaning live. Their project has been draped in secrecy, but the few outsiders who have gotten a look speak about it in rapturous terms. “The vision is very significant,” says Oren Etzioni, a renowned AI expert who heads the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. “If this team is successful, we are looking at the future of intelligent agents and a multibillion-dollar industry.” and Siri Viv is attempting to become the first world wide brain. T"
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Comment: Re:Does the Millenial hype actually match reality? (Score 1) 120

by paysonwelch (#47584275) Attached to: Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access
Actually the docom boom was tech-everything, eyeballs on the web was just a no brainer. There was a company in the great lakes area I think that was allowing you to shop for groceries online and you would get a delivery the next day (This was like '97 or 98!). Working prototypes for smelling odors through the internet were being built. Back in the 90's (cue Portlandia theme) we were digitizing the world man. I'm sure others will have many great examples of failed 90's tech. So it's not just a millenial thing this is just the advancement of automation. The projected figure is that 50% of the jobs available today won't be available in 20 years because they will have been automated out of existence.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie