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.
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.
Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
This sounds like a George Carlin bit.
Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands
A bitcoin private key is only 64 characters long. Memorize it and recite it every morning.
Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?
IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!
Alienware's Triangular Area-51 Re-Design With Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 980, Tested
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.
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.
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.
Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe
Apple CEOs recently sold off a lot of their stock at the height of the iPhone 6 release:
My guess is that they knew this was coming and cashed out at the highest possible value. It might be time to short AAPL.
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.
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.
Ex-Autonomy CFO: HP Trying To Hide Truth
What's the anatomy - Doesn't anyone read this stuff before it gets posted?
LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation
That's actually the 8B
The 1HB is just called 'HB'
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.
Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access
We vote with our wallets. Don't use the self checkout lines and encourage others to not do so. I enjoy those small social interactions with strangers.
Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?
You need to look at the PCI-DSS requirements because this is what dictates the security standards of your network if you are storing credit card information. Specifically PCI-DSS dictates (not your contract) that there needs to be multiple levels of firewalls. Ergo you will need a firewall in front of the web server. You will then need a separate firewall in front of the DB servers. And the preferred setup is a three or more tiered system. Web server with firewall connects to the Application (WCF / web service server) which also has a firewall, which connects to your database server which also has a firewall. Also note that I am referencing hardware firewalls such as a Cisco ASA or a Dell Sonicwall. The servers should also have their own software firewalls enabled whether it's Windows Firewall or Linux IPTables.
With that said we are "supposed" to be PCI-DSS compliant and should be for the sake of liability (and doing it the right way). Unfortunately I know many vendors who don't want to spend money on proper setups and run very insecure systems. If you can avoid it don't work for these people and go find a client that has the budget to do things right.
A better option for a cheap client is to not store any customer data and use a tokenized system. Authorize.Net will store all sensitive data for an extra $10/mo and allow you to skirt PCI-DSS regulations. You should still run a firewall though and be as close to PCI-DSS as possible though.
Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper
You could theoretically use other technologies as a baseline. One technology that comes to mind is how archivists are digitally printing information onto nickel plates because of it's durability. The data is then read back using an electron microscope. In theory if you could microprint binary data onto paper you could read it back with an electron microscope.
William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls
There are a lot of things that can only be remembered. I remember there was an announcement a day or two after 9/11 that all data was now being routed through government servers. That didn't surprise me but it's like they flipped a switch so they were ready for it.
Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones
They are most likely asking permission from the FAA to fly the drones at altitudes of around 1,000+ ft (not sure about the actual regulations) but this would be high enough that you would have to be a really good shot AND have a long range rifle. The thing is that most people aren't good shots let alone at that distance and compounding the fact that it's going to be a moving target at 50MPH.
Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s
Dude, the military payroll runs on an antiquated system that uses millions of lines of COBOL that no one really knows what to do. It's a huge problem.. but no one wants to tackle it ;) Shit they can't even get a healthcare website setup correctly.
Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph
Add in a Quantum Leap element where they get teleported through space-time every episode.
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