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Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 1) 290

The open floor plan isn't too awful; you just need a good set of (over-the-ear, noise-cancelling) headphones and a smartphone full of good tunes (or Spotify and a generous data plan).

An infant is gonna be hard to work near, I agree... but that clears up in a year or two; that, or you can put a shed in the backyard (living arrangement/space permitting) and turn it into a separate office space.

Comment Re:Are all Outlook users this pedantic? (Score 2) 48

And why isn't everyone using Gmail or something better by now?

Even better - why isn't every self-respecting business large enough to have more than 50 employees not using on-prem email/MTA solutions, instead of renting it out to people whose outages don't give a damn about your schedule?

Comment Re:Much consternation about nothing? (Score 2) 290

Even better - get all the company-issued stuff back onsite so it's easier to confiscate when the axes fall.

Fiserv was (and likely still is) notorious for this during their periodic purges (they do it about once every two years, where x% of each department has to go, regardless of growth). It starts as a demand that all remote-workers come into the office... you knew what was coming next. Within a week or two they start canning all the victims, and everyone is back under the thumb to boot.

Comment Re: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary pro (Score 1) 240

Whatever it is... Well it's...

The use of an alkali-metal anode (lithium, sodium or potassium) â" which isnâ(TM)t possible with conventional batteries â" increases the energy density of a cathode and delivers a long cycle life. In experiments, the researchersâ(TM) cells have demonstrated more than 1,200 cycles with low cell resistance.

Additionally, because the solid-glass electrolytes can operate, or have high conductivity, at -20 degrees Celsius, this type of battery in a car could perform well in subzero degree weather. This is the first all-solid-state battery cell that can operate under 60 degree Celsius.

Braga began developing solid-glass electrolytes with colleagues while she was at the University of Porto in Portugal. About two years ago, she began collaborating with Goodenough and researcher Andrew J. Murchison at UT Austin. Braga said that Goodenough brought an understanding of the composition and properties of the solid-glass electrolytes that resulted in a new version of the electrolytes that is now patented through the UT Austin Office of Technology Commercialization. The engineersâ(TM) glass electrolytes allow them to plate and strip alkali metals on both the cathode and the anode side without dendrites, which simplifies battery cell fabrication.

Another advantage is that the battery cells can be made from earth-friendly materials.

âoeThe glass electrolytes allow for the substitution of low-cost sodium for lithium. Sodium is extracted from seawater that is widely available,â Braga said.

Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 3) 290

This, exactly this.

I mean seriously... in the age of corporate IM and collaboration(e.g. Webex) applications, why the hell are they complaining about "phone tag"? Just require your employees to keep their damned IM app open if you're that worried about it. I mean, IBM isn't exactly running a commodities trading house, so it's not like they need split-second employee response times...
In general though, a hybrid solution is best in my opinion... you come in a day or two each week for meetings and suchlike, then work from home the rest of the time so you can have a quiet place to concentrate (that is, as long as your family is educated/smart enough to leave you alone).

I say this for a couple of reasons:
* Face-time. Politics(sadly) and team cohesion requires physically getting together periodically.
* Meetings are best conducted together as a physical when possible, mostly because even video doesn't really help you gauge the room when speaking/listening/etc. This isn't true for all meetings, but for most of them, it holds true.

Conversely, working from home allows you to concentrate with a minimum of interruption. Yeah, IMs are the suck, but at least allow you to finish up whatever little thought/task you had going before you answer it.

Comment "The only resolution" (Score 5, Insightful) 419

No, that's NOT the only resolution.

Anyone who's the least bit tech-savvy can use WSUSOffline to draw down all the updates.

The only issue you have there is that Microsoft's update servers are randomly peppered with corrupted manifest files which prevent fresh WSUSOffline setups from downloading anything. So you have to do multiple attempts on multiple networks (sometimes) before getting a pristine manifest.

Once you have it, it's fine from there on out.

But yeah, this is major bullshit on Microsoft's part. And Nadella and his crew need to be drawn and quartered for this.

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