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Microsoft's Surface Hub Is a 'Hit', Demand Outstrips Supply ( 67

Microsoft said on Thursday that it has sold over 500 units of the Surface Hubs, a number that apparently "exceeded" the company's initial forecasts. In a statement to Microsoft-centric blog Petri, the company said: "Demand for Surface Hubs is very strong and exceeded initial forecasts. To date, we've shipped to over 500 customers worldwide and that number continues to grow. We are ramping up production to meet this strong demand via our partner reseller channel as soon as possible. Customers are encouraged to speak with their sales representative if interested in ordering Surface Hubs." For a refresh, the Surface Hub is a giant all-in-one Windows 10 computer which retails at a starting price point of $8,999 for the 55-inch model, and goes all the way up to $21,999 for the 84-inch model.

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

Voice control ... What is 12 lbs in ounces?

Yeah, I agree with you that would be handy. In about twenty years, when they get voice recognition to work well enough. I asked my phone the above question just now, and it turned that into "when is profound's announcements?" Currently I have to speak slower, louder, and with more effort than it takes to type.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 336

The problem is that we have accepted, in a large number of cases, ignoring laws we don't like, and people think that is how it is supposed to work for all laws.

That pretty much sums it up. Everyone thinks someone died and made them supreme arbiter of which laws and regulations ought to be followed, and they all get quite unhappy when someone else's opinion conflicts with theirs.

Comment Re:It will only be competition if you can find it (Score 1) 88

I'm curious. How does VGA passthrough work with virtualization? Is the host treated as a headless server while the one guest the VGA card is assigned to gets a display? Does the VGA card get reset and handed back to the host when that particular guest is shut down?

Or do you have two video cards/monitors, one for the host and one for the guest? In that case, do you also have a separate keyboard/mouse for this guest? If not, how does the keyboard/mouse input get assigned to the guest? (Synergy?)

Comment Re:Stupid python comment (Score 1) 157

using % or , (comma), but for some reason "comma is safe" (I do not understand this syntactical inconsistency)

In python, % is an operator, taking the items on the right-hand side and inserting them into the string on the left-hand side. This operator is not SQL aware, so the items are simply inserted into the string without even trivial escaping.

The comma separates arguments, making the list of items a second argument for execute() to properly handle, hopefully using the database's prepared statement execution method.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 606

Companies seeking skilled labor, from developers to the skilled trades, are still see labor shortages

What a coincidence! I'm seeing a shortage of Maseratis. I'm certainly not going to pay the six figures that entitled car company thinks their car is worth, so I'll just buy a Tata instead.

It's funny how many people think that labor is somehow exempt from the laws of supply and demand. Oddly, the people who think they shouldn't have to pay more to get more labor never seem to get called "entitled", despite the fact that they've come to the bargaining table with a set number in mind and immediately whine to the government when there's nobody willing to take their peanuts.

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