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Comment: Placebo Thermostat Controls (Score 1) 216

by alancronin (#47017391) Attached to: Who controls the HVAC at work?
In the building I work in, the temperature is set to 21 degrees Celsius. There are thermostats all over the place but most are dummy boxes connected to nothing. There have been arguments between a few colleagues as to what temperature one of the fake controls should be set to. I thought it was funnier to see them bicker over it than let them know the controls are useless.

+ - Arduino Reveals It's Latest Board->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "The Arduino Zero will be on display at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17th and 18th. It will feature Atmel’s SAMD21 MCU which has a 32-bit ARM Cortex® M0+ core running at 48MHz and supports Atmel’s Embedded Debugger (EDBG). This will allow for easier debugging and include a virtual COM port. The Zero will also be compatible with it's predecessor (Arduino UNO) shields."
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+ - BlackBerry May Consider Exiting Handsets, Eyes Investments->

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alancronin (1171375) writes "If BlackBerry doesn’t start making more money on its handset business, the company will consider exiting the market. In an interview with Reuters, the company’s chief executive officer said that a decision will be made soon. “If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business,” said John Shen, who took over as CEO of the struggling company late last year. The company reported a quarterly net loss of $423 million and a 64% drop on revenues in March. Chen said that the company is increasingly focusing on providing highly secure communications to regulated industries and financial and legal services, as the revelations about the scope of surveillance by the U.S. government has made businesses and governments focus more on security."
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+ - BlackBerry World To Offer Android Apps->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "BlackBerry is placing its last hopes on Android, though not in the way you think. Instead of incorporating Android into its smartphones, the company's forthcoming 10.2.1 update to its BlackBerry operating system will support native Android apps.
And to make sure that it has enough applications for its users, the company has been approaching developers to upload their apps to a new section on its online app store, BlackBerry World."

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+ - Fedora 20 Released->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "Excerpt from DistroWatch:

Fedora 20, code-named "Heisenbug" and dedicated to well-known Fedora contributor Seth Vidal who passed away in July, has been released: "We can say with great certainty the Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 20 ('Heisenbug'), which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Fedora Project. Fedora 20 comes with GNOME 3.10, which has several new applications and features that will please GNOME lovers. This release includes a new music application, a new maps application, a revamp for the system status menu, and Zimbra support in Evolution. In keeping with Fedora's commitment to innovation, the Fedora community has been pushing to make ARM a primary architecture.""

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+ - Doom Is Now 20 Years Old->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "Few video games have had the impact that Doom has on the medium as a whole. While it wasn’t the first first-person shooter out there, it was certainly one of the earliest hits of the genre, due in no small part to its revolutionary multiplayer. Today, that game is 20 years old. Made in Mesquite by a bunch of young developers including legends John Carmack and John Romero, Doom went on to “transform pop culture,” as noted by the sub-title of the book Masters of Doom."
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+ - BlackBerry Z30 Review: A Polished Business Phablet, Lacking A Lighter Side->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "The Z30 is a polished business handset aimed at the multitasking executive, and contains lots of neat tweaks aimed at making such people as productive as possible. It's the short-back-and-sides of the phablet world — a briefcase when everyone wants a cool courier bag, or a pair of brogues when everyone is wearing trainers. For a rectangle, it's surprisingly square. In short, it's a little too serious, and BlackBerry 10 lacks the broad app ecosystem that would give the Z30 wider appeal for use in the office and at home — which is what most buyers actually want in a smartphone. To be a real success, smartphones have to appeal to consumers as well as business users, and the Z30 doesn't really bridge that gap. It's also impossible to review such a device without noting BlackBerry's current situation, with analysts Gartner even suggesting that enterprise customers should start looking at alternatives fast. The Z30 isn't the handset to turn the company's fortunes around, but it will certainly appeal to the (increasingly niche) business-first audience."
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+ - Microsoft Responds To Pressure Over Canceled TechNet Subscriptions->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "Microsoft's decision earlier this year to shut down its TechNet subscription service was sudden and unpopular among some of its most loyal customers. An online petition to "Continue TechNet or create an affordable alternative to MSDN" now has nearly 11,000 signatures. Today Microsoft addressed some of those concerns. No, the governor hasn't shown up with a last-minute reprieve for the program, which stopped accepting new orders on August 31. But Microsoft has made a few changes that address some of the complaints from those soon-to-be-ex-TechNet subscribers."
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+ - PCWorld magazine is no more->

Submitted by harrymcc
harrymcc (1641347) writes "After slightly more than 30 years, PCWorld — one of the most successful computer magazines of all time — is discontinuing print publication. It was the last general-interest magazine for PC users, so it really is the end of an era. Over at TIME, I paused to reflect upon the end of the once-booming category, in part as a former editor at PCWorld, but mostly as a guy who really, really loved to read computer magazines."
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+ - Open Source Alternatives For Google Services

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As it becomes more and more obvious that any reasonable user should stay away from Google's (or any other company's) free services, be it because of selling user data, or examining it, or PRISM, or lack of support, or any of the hundred reasons we can think of, one may start to wonder, why the open source community, given it power and widespread support, hasn't produced anything that could rival Gmail's (or gCal's, for example) usability and simplicity? Are we doomed to use mutt, or is it still possible to break away from the luring comfort this advertising giant provides us with?"

+ - BlackBerry Z10 Incurs 'Critical' Security Warning->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "BlackBerry has issued a security advisory notice to those who have bought its flagship Z10 touchscreen smartphone — the first BlackBerry 10 device to launch following the company's bid for revival, back in February. The advisory, which was issued last week, notes a bug that relates to BlackBerry Protect, its security and backup utility, rather than the phone's operating system itself. According to the advisory, an escalation of privilege vulnerability exists in the software of some Z10 phones that could allow a malicious app to "take advantage" of weak permissions in the in-built security software. This could allow a hacker to gain access to the device's password, and intercept and prevent the device from being wiped. The "critical" factor is that the security flaw could dupe the device's user into installing an app which resets the device password through BlackBerry Protect. Though the device may be in the user's hands, its data is under the control of the hacker."
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+ - Windows 8.1 Differences Unveiled->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "ZDNet has an article detailing the upcoming differences in Windows 8.1 which is coming as a preview in a few weeks. There are a lot of small improvements based on feedback Microsoft have gotten from their users but the Start menu is still omitted in favor of minor updates to the Start screen. Although Microsoft does now make it easier to boot start into the regular Windows desktop in order to avoid the Start screen. The next version of Windows 8.1 will be free to Windows 8 users."
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+ - Ethernet Turns 40 Years Old->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "Four decades ago the Ethernet protocol made its debut as a way to connect machines in close proximity, today it is the networking layer two protocol of choice for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and everything in between. For many people Ethernet is merely the RJ45 jack on the back of a laptop, but its relative ubiquity and simplicity belie what Ethernet has done for the networking industry and in turn for consumers and enterprises. Ethernet has in the space of 40 years gone from a technology that many in the industry viewed as something not fit for high bandwidth, dependable communications to the default data link protocol."
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+ - How BlackBerry Is Riding iOS And Android To Power Its Comeback->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "While a fresh new generation of BlackBerry phones fight a ferocious battle for third place in the smartphone race, BlackBerry's other big business remains in a great position in its red-hot market, Mobile Device Management (MDM). At BlackBerry Live 2013 in Orlando this week, the company rolled out a major update to BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) and deepened its commitment to making BES a multiplatform solution that now deeply secures its two leading smartphone competitors. Ironically, the trend that brutally undercut BlackBerry phones during the past five years—the "bring your own device" (BYOD) movement—is now driving significant sales of BES, the company's backend software. At BlackBerry Live, the company released version 10.1 of BES. BES 10.1 will support a powerful new module that will launch at the end of June called Secure Work Space, which brings BlackBerry's high security mobile solution to Android and iOS. "Our customers have been asking, 'Can you just take what you've done on BlackBerry and put it on iOS and Android?'" said Pete Devenyi, BlackBerry's SVP of Enterprise Software."
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