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Comment: Re:Maybe it's a sign... (Score 0) 32

by valnar (#49621337) Attached to: Cisco Names Veteran Robbins To Succeed Chambers as CEO

I work with Cisco products all day long. Some I love, some I don't. The ASA's are long in the tooth and pretty much everybody has passed them up. Now I just use them as a glorified VPN concentrator. Traditional WiFi (Aironet WLC product line) is still the best in the biz as far as I'm concerned, but that model is being challenged by the Meraki's of the world. The CUCM VoIP products SUCK!!! From a management standpoint, it's awful. Sure, it can produce dial-tone and make a phone call after massaging the f*ck out of it, but so what? Give me Avaya any day.

Even if their switches aren't the fastest in the world, they are ubiquitous and just work. I'd rather have an old 6509E than most modern alternatives just because of what the software can do. It's not always about speed.

Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 0) 51

by valnar (#49500213) Attached to: Kingston HyperX Predator SSD Takes Gumstick M.2 PCIe Drives To 1.4GB/sec

Wear leveling doesn't help with static data as much, or if the SSD doesn't have power. The second you stop flowing electricity through it, the degradation starts (albeit very slowly). At the rate they are going, the hard drive manufacturers should have nothing to worry about. Sure, cheaper cost per Gig will make hard drives less attractive for a primary OS, but on the other hand, HDD's can retain data while it is off for months or years at a time.

As someone who uses USB HDD's for backups (not powered up much) this is important. Some may think this is silly, but imagine if you were told you had to spin up every one of your DVD-R's every few months to keep the data intact?

This is why all my SSD's are older. Most are 34nm, some 25nm. Nothing smaller. The speed trade-off from 22nm, 20nm, 19nm and below is barely incremental in daily usage.

Comment: Being early more important (Score 0) 445

by valnar (#49183169) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

Microsoft should know this from their own past. It's not necessarily who is the best, but who starts early and gets the market share.

Case and point: MS-DOS

By any yardstick, DOS was a pretty mediocre operating system, even accounting for the time. But when everybody started writing software, games, drivers and hardware for it, the rest did not matter. And they carried that success through Windows 3.1 and 95. Not even OS/2 could compete.

Comment: Social issue, not guns (Score 0) 520

by valnar (#45310587) Attached to: Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

The problem in the USA is a social issue, not guns. There are many more asshats in the USA now than previous decades and something needs to be done about that. Other than the occasional random shooting, most of it is gang related and confined the liberal meccas of DC, Chicago, LA, NYC, Detroit, etc. The poor and uneducated are mostly to blame, so lets fix that. Personally, a law forbidding the idolization of gangstas (be it rap music, advertising or anything else) would go much farther to fix things.

There was a period of time where kids in the rifle club took their guns on the school bus so they could go shooting after school. No big deal. Now making a gun out of your fingers and saying "pew pew" as kids play at recess gets you expelled. 'Seems this heavy handed approach isn't working. Big Brother approaches never do.

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson