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Comment Microsoft == dumbass (Score 0) 114

I would presume that Microsoft knows about this problem and really I would think that the OneDrive Program Manager should be hopping up and down demanding the problem is fixed.

In my company, we have Linux (Ubuntu with some Mint recently), Windows (primarily 7, avoiding 10 like the plague as much as possible), Mac OS, & ChromeOS - using Dropbox for sharing data right now but will need a better solution over the next few months.

Thanx for the article,

OneDrive for Buisness != Not my Business

Comment Much consternation about nothing? (Score 1) 301

As RTFA, I'm struck that is affects 5.5k marketers (1.5% of the company's workforce) who are not getting the results that their boss is looking for. Ms. Peluso believes that the issue is with employees not being able to effectively work together because they are in different locations (ie their homes). She may very well be right and it's within her authority to bring the employees into the office.

I guess you could argue that this is the thin edge of the wedge - more IBM employees from other areas who are working productively at home could be forced to come into the office but, before that happens, let's wait and see what happens here.

Comment Good on Mr. Branson (Score 2) 77

I guess you could call this a stunt as Dr. Hawking, at 75 and with his health issues would not be considered a likely astronaut but I think it's great that he is given this opportunity.

Too many people have gone (Arthur C. Clarke as one) that fully expected to experience spaceflight during their lives and it's nice to see Dr. Hawking will get that opportunity.

From somebody hoping that one day their ship will come in and get the same experience.

Comment Re:Chrome (Score 2) 130

Nothing is 100% reflective; some energy will be absorbed, the object and it's coating will heat, start to char and the reflective properties will be lost.

The issue is holding the beam on the target long enough so that the absorbed energy will start to damage the coating and what's underneath. The time required drops as the energy level increases.

Comment What is the energy efficiency? (Score 2) 130

How much energy goes into the laser to get the 58kW out? 58kW is just over 78 horsepower, so it's not a huge amount of energy coming out and, at 100% efficiency, it could be driven by a fairly small power source.

Are we talking efficiency on the order of 10%, 1%, 0.1% less?

The question comes down to, can the beam be powered by a couple of car batteries or do we need a nuclear power plant?

Comment Dial "F" for Frankenstein (Score 1) 84

TFA immediately made me think of the Arthur C Clarke story in which the "first cries" of the unintentionally created artificial intelligence that arose from the hook up of a world-wide telephone exchange was that every phone around the world rang at the same time.

What will it be for us? All the refrigerator doors on the planet opening at the same time?

Comment Re:Is it a "General Purpose Computer"? (Score 1) 145

Okay, where is the accepted definition of "General Purpose Computer"?

In response to the term "General Purpose Computer" used in TFA, I used what I would consider a definition and compare the Raspberry Pi to it to decide whether or not it fit the definition.

If I ask Google "general purpose computer definition" I get 8.17 million results - if you read them, you'll see answers that include devices ranging from mainframes to smartphones to single board computers (and, I imagine, if I were to go far enough, I'd find some System On Chips (SOCs) that met somebody's definition as well).

If you have a better definition or know where there is an "official" one, put it here and it can be discussed.

Comment Re:Is it a "General Purpose Computer"? (Score 1) 145

I call the Raspberry Pi "Custom Purpose" simply because if you look at 90%+ of the advertised uses for it, they are just that, controlling machinery, kiosks, etc.

Just look here:

Now, see how many of these types of projects your basic Dell system unit is used in.

Comment Is it a "General Purpose Computer"? (Score 4, Informative) 145

It seems like a bit of a stretch to call it that. There are the basic features I would consider a "General Purpose" computer to have (and, to be fair, the Raspberry Pi has many of them):
- Wall (or POE) Power Supply
- SSD/HHD (the SD Card of the Raspberry Pi could probably be considered that)
- USB Ports for Keyboard/Mouse (Raspberry Pi has that)
- Video Output (Raspberry Pi has that)
- Network Connection (Raspberry Pi has that)
- Ready to use OS (I guess Raspberry Pi could be considered to have that with Raspbian)

More philosophically, I would consider a General Purpose computer to be one that you take out of the box, plug in and turn on - the Raspberry Pi really doesn't fit that use case which makes it hard for me to consider it a "General Purpose" computer.

I would consider it to be a very successful "Custom Purpose" computer, however.

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