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Comment nVidia (Score 3, Interesting) 42

I truly think that nVidia doesn't get enough credit for what they're doing here. These are essentially reference devices similar to the Nexus program that Google runs. We get to see nVidia's vision of a standard tablet with a non intrusive android skin running their shiny new SOC and at the same time they're doing it at a price point that's far from painless.

Comment Re:Peachy once iCloud is off (Score 1) 488

Third person perspective here. My dad upgraded his 4 (not S) to 7. I thought it was pretty slow/boring on 6... now it seems slow (wouldn't really say slower) and much less boring on 7. iCloud terms of service wasn't coming up (some network error). Wound up showing him the notification bar and he got a big kick out of that. I'm surprised that Apple doesn't have tutorials ala Android for new features - unless I'm just unaware.

Off-topic but happened to upgrade one of my Verizon lines to the Moto X (kept Unlimited too - woot) and I'm loving it. Definitely feels like a relatively minor upgrade over the Nexus 4 but it's an upgrade with VZW 4G and that's what I was missing.

Submission + - Citrix or VMware for VDI access to SaaS application?

dave562 writes: Editors, this is for ask Slashdot.

Given the need to provide a remote desktop to clients who want speedy access to an in house, Windows based (yeah, yeah, I know, I know...) SaaS application, which vendor has the best offering, Citrix or VMware? If it matters, I am looking at a user base of 500-5000 users in the next two to three years. I come here to ask this question because I figure if anyone has really used this technology, in the wild, and lived through the boot storms, I/O challenges and other technical and administrative challenges with this technology, they are probably a /. reader.

I am currently leaning towards Citrix. Their web gateway simplifies the external access component. It also supports two-factor auth and federation. Their client is also very stable at this point and works on all devices, from desktops to laptops to tablets and smartphones. The technology is fairly secure, enough so that we can leverage it to prevent the average user from mapping drives, or printers, or otherwise exfiltrating data from the environment. While on the other side of the coin, universal driver support makes it easy to enable those features when necessary.

I am only really considering VMware because we already have the licenses for their VDI product. Based on some cursory research, it would require more investment on our time to properly configure external access for clients. They do seem to be making some strides on the resource utilization front though. Specifically I'm talking about the full and linked clones.

I am sure that there are a dozen other nuances of the two products that I have not even begun to scratch the surface of. The main driver of desktop virtualization in this case is application performance. We have hundreds of users who are using a web based app to review large documents (10-50MB each). The bandwidth costs and performance challenges of clients having disparate levels of connectivity are both alleviated by using a remote connectivity solution like Citrix / RDP.

Comment Depends on a few things... (Score 1) 195

Where did this "in a week" concept come from? You or management?

Depends on how big of a company this is too - are you in a team? - are you tier 2 with a helpdesk underneath?

Anyway, slow down and be realistic. Focus on the users of the systems (your customers) and not the systems themselves and you'll be fine.


Comment About that half a billion $... (Score 1) 151

Really wish they would have upped the specs on this phone's hardware and took a hit on profit like Google does with the Nexus line. We all know (as it's well publicized) that Google makes hardly any direct profit off of the sales of any Android phones let alone Nexus phones. I can't expect a company with hardware as it's focus being able to do the same... but I really don't think that they will make as big of a splash with software alone.

I'm personally not super-obsessed with screen size on phones - I can handle 720p as long as it's high quality at that. I can deal with the shell of the phone being of mediocre materials as well - I'm gonna case it out no matter what it's made out of to protect potential resale.

    I do however believe that stereo with amplification is not too much to ask (I'm a fan of the HTC One because of this). I also think cancelling out sound while using the phone (again, referencing the HTC One here) with dual mics is a great idea and not too much to ask. Both of these features are relatively low cost and just make a whole lot of sense - so I hope this becomes standard. Sensors galore come at a price (battery) too - but I'd prefer that they all be included standard with the option to shut them off if you're going with a single unifying flagship product.

Again, small hardware improvements that I really think should just be standard by now.

The moto-x looks kinda "thick" and unless they're doing that to compensate for a freaking huge battery that will make this thing last 2-3 days I'd rather forgo the girth of the phone and have an external standby battery.

Just my 2 cents.

Comment I'd take neutrality - no glaring disincentives. (Score 1) 468

I'm finding that money or other financial incentives are not as standard and competitive as most people like but in general people don't respond to more pay - they get more pay because they're performing already. Something that is harder to quantify is respect for the "chain of command" for lack of a better word. I find that with IT we're too often minimized into being reduced to the lowest common denominator of being a resource. What helps me personally break free from that type of depressing perspective is having leadership that provides a sincere vision and clear objectives and actually makes people accountable for them. There's nothing more demotivating to me personally than doing work for work's sake.

I'm aware that I'm something of an idealist bordering on delusional :)


Submission + - iPhone Caused "Crisis of Design" at Samsung (

RdeCourtney writes: At the end of Monday in week two of the Apple versus Samsung case, a damning internal Samsung email was admitted into evidence — an email containing charged language from JK Shin, Samsung’s head of mobile communications.

The memo is rife with ammunition including:

“I hear things like this: Let’s make something like the iPhone.”

“When everybody (both consumers and the industry) talk about UX, they weigh it against the iPhone. The iPhone has become the standard. That’s how things are already.”

“Do you know how difficult the Omnia is to use? When you compare the 2007 version of the iPhone with our current Omnia, can you honestly say the Omnia is better? If you compare the UX with the iPhone, it’s a difference between Heaven and Earth.”

Direct link to Samsung's memo:


Submission + - Ouya teams up with XBMC (

JG0LD writes: The team behind open-source media platform XBMC announced today that it would be working with the developers of Ouya to make sure that XBMC works on the still-developing but widely hyped Android gaming console.

Submission + - 70 Things To Try With Google's Android 4.1 Voice Search (

itwbennett writes: "You'd think that in the age of Google, we'd all be fairly familiar with the mechanics of search (i.e., how to ask a question that will produce a helpful answer). But if Apple's Siri, and now Android's Voice Search, have proved anything it's that we have trouble asking for help. Enter this handy and amusing roundup of Voice Search commands."

Submission + - Amazon Expanding Delivery Locker Service (

An anonymous reader writes: The WSJ reports that Amazon's new secret weapon in its fight against other retailers is its delivery locker service. Dropping a package at a customer's door is not particularly secure, so Amazon Lockers were introduced about a year ago to provide a secure location for customers to retrieve their shipments. Now, Amazon is ramping up the service, opening new sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. 'Users don't pay extra to use the service but the locker program helps Amazon save on certain shipping costs. ShopRunner's Ms. Dias said UPS and FedEx Corp. FDX 0.00% charge retailers as much as 20% more to deliver packages to residential addresses because it is more efficient to deliver multiple packages to a business address. Failed deliveries are also more expensive for online retailers because those consumers are more likely to call customer service, switch to a competitor, or get a replacement item.'

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