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Comment: Dude (Score 1, Informative) 325

by paysonwelch (#48766633) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?
You're getting a Dell. I know you mentioned you already tried this brand and they overheated however I think I can direct you in the correct direction. Disclaimer though I am a huge fan of Dell and pretty much use all their products (enterprise line) at home. The trick is to not get the consumer models. Insprin: Consumer Latitude: Business (Sales, Marketing etc) Precision: Developers / enterprise grade. We had an issue for over a year with Latitudes that would spike in their CPU usage, pinned at 100% and wouldn't release. If we shut the computer down it would be ok for a minute or two when we power it back up then it would go back into the same pattern. I obviously thought it was a virus or inefficient program running in the background. Here is what happened, it was overeating and as a "feature" the CPU would step down it's clock automatically to reduce the heat output. It was just confusing. The fix for this situation is to run the laptop with the case open, top up so the heat vents upwards. having the top closed creates a blanket effect. I have an Asus G73SW and the same thing happens when I crunch data. This particular model though I have had for a while and it only started doing it after a year or two so it just needs to be de-dusted. Same issue though. There are some great comments about desktop models though. I personally use desktop and server models for work now. Right now I'm on a Precision T7500 tower that I got on eBay a year ago for like $290. The specs are very similar to an R600 / R700 server which starts at around ~$3k. The mobo supports up to 196GB of ram, has plenty of drive space, onboard raid (get a raid card though for performance), plenty of space for adding dedicated video cards and extra fans, also supports dual procs. Not bad for the price before I upgrade the parts. Altogether I'm at 24GB ram, 16x logical cores and some other goodies for under $1k. You should also make sure your developers have access to servers. Instead of trying to run everything on their laptops I would advise setting up some dedicated dev / sandbox servers. Perhaps provision a DB server that can be shared and a web server for staging / testing or sandbox purposes.This just helps offload some of the infrastructure load their laptop would normally have to shoulder. In the end some stuff will be run locally and some will be on dev servers (if you have them). So remember, don't get the shitty lines, go for the Precision. If you have a laptop that is docked, make sure the lid is open and get them a company issue tiny-fan. Laptop: Dell Precision M6700 or M6800 or whatever the current model is. Desktop: Dell Precision T7500 or T7600 or the next model up (recommended, tons of room). Oh yeah these workstations are also BIG. It's like the size of a small person and people always chuckle if I have to pick one up and move it around because it looks so absurdly big compared to other models. It's fun for sure.

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->

Submitted by paysonwelch
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.

See also: http://www.cnet.com/news/time-..."

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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'->

Submitted by paysonwelch
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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