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Comment More than hardware (Score 3, Interesting) 150

Dell's assets include much more than desktops/latops/servers. For instance, a couple years ago they bought SecureWorks, an MSSP that Gartner positions above Verizon, IBM, and Symantec. They have made many other acquisitions in recent years. From the article, Dell has net $5 billion in cash. I don't think Dell as a company is going anywhere, public or private. Maybe they'll pull an IBM and only sell of the PC side of the house.

Comment Re:The reality of DSL and AT&T (Score 1) 562

Hmm, I've had my Uverse Internet for 5 months, and it's dropped 3 times. Each time required an AT&T tech to come to my house for the fix. One of the fixes took 3 techs over the space of two days. Installation took 3 weeks. That's not reliable to me. Just my anecdotal experience. It's not the technology that's unreliable, it's the carrier.

Submission + - DDOS on Banks (

dancinfrandsen writes: Since Sept. 19, the websites of Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), JPMorgan Chase (JPM, Fortune 500), Wells Fargo (WFC, Fortune 500), U.S. Bank (USB, Fortune 500) and PNC Bank have all suffered day-long slowdowns and been sporadically unreachable for many customers. The attackers, who took aim at Bank of America first, went after their targets in sequence. Thursday's victim, PNC's website, was inaccessible at the time this article was published.

Comment Re:They do use Linux. (Score 1) 627

But mostly item 3 - it's not the OS security they are worried about. It's information security, like Excel spreasheets with financial data or customer lists leaving the network without being tracked. This information can be transfered with Dropbox on Windows or Linux, unless it is blocked at the firewall. Any cloud-type storage can do this, and that is why these services are being blocked. Only company-approved services to which the corporation has access to transmission logs are typically approved. It doesn't matter what OS is running.
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Submission + - How Alcatel-Lucent can make the Internet 5 times faster (

dancinfrandsen writes: Alcatel-Lucent announced Tuesday that it has developed the "7950 XRS," a core Internet router that is capable of speeds up to five times faster than those of its nearest competitor. Just one 7950 XRS router can deliver 16 terabits of data per second. That's about 2.5 million HD video streams every tick of the second hand.

Comment More than the Bible (Score 1) 249

Putting scriptures on an tablet/phone is just the beginning (no, not the beginning in Genesis 1:1). The faith to which I subscribe uses the web for record keeping, congregation member and leadership directories, calendaring, live video streaming of worldwide services, social networking, etc. ( It also uses crowd sourcing for various projects. Most articles on our website contain posting links to Facebook, g+, Delicious, and Twitter. We have a YouTube channel. We even have a site dedicated to technology projects with active users who are both professionals (paid) and volunteers - In relation to the article, our canon of scripture, as well as monthly magazines and teaching manuals, have been published on iPhone/Pad, Android, BlackBerry, Palm, WP7, and webOS. *steps down from soapbox*

Religion, just like any other organization, has a lot to gain from using technology wisely.

Comment BCWipe (Score 1) 370

TFA indicates that BCWipe was used to clean the infected hard drives. Although available on UNIX and Linux, most of BCWipe's features are targeted at Windows. This indicates the computers used by pilots to fly the drones are running Windows.

Comment Touch UI (Score 1) 951

Seems a lot more touch UI friendly. I'm guessing this was the primary reason for going with the Ribbon. Also, although the Ribbon takes up more vertical space, the huge details bar at the bottom has been dropped in favor of a details panel on the right side, which gives a net-positive screen space usage for the Ribbon.

Comment Just keep working, just keep working (Score 1) 290

I wonder what would happen if those furloughed employees came to work anyway, under the assumption that they would not get paid for their time. I know other expenses exist (utilities, etc.), but the big chunk of expenses in any organization is salaries and wages. I wouldn't expect something like this to go on for more than a week or so, but would it not send a message to Congress that they are not all-powerful and that people actually care about this country?

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