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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Pontiac Re:of course (300 comments)

At this point is you are supporting any kind of MS enterprise product since 2010 you need to know powershell just to do your job on a day to day basis.
Dare I say it Powershell scripting is one of those thinks MS got right.

about a month and a half ago
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Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

Pontiac Re:More like 3400 fridge magents (73 comments)

16 T – magnetic field strength required to levitate a frog

about 2 months ago
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Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

Pontiac More like 3400 fridge magents (73 comments)

a typical fridge magnet is about 0.005 Tesla

Neodymium–iron–boron magnets are about 1.2 Tesla

about 2 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Pontiac Great for work. Not so much at home. (379 comments)

I have a Dell Venue 8 pro.

Great little tablet powered by an Atom processor and Windows 8.1
Call it a baby surface pro if you like that costs $250

Now for work surface is a great tool. very portable with full windows desktop available when needed. You can't ask for better integration and portability when working in a windows dominated office setting.

At home not so much and it's not the tablets fault.. It's the applications. Overall Android and iOS apps just work better. That is jut my opinion anyway.

If MS could get some better entertainment/social apps out there that match the functionality of its competition it could gain some ground.

Sadly since I can't attach my personal computer to the company network I can't use it there so it just sits at home collecting dust.

What would make me use it more? hmm maybe touch screen controls and on screen keyboards that freaking work in minecraft on windows 8.1 .. You hear me Mojang? I want this!

about 3 months ago
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Why Cheap Smartphones Are Going To Upset the Industry

Pontiac Re:Shame Google dumped Motorola (234 comments)

I got my daughter a Moto G..

It's a nice phone.. We spent $150 through Consumer cellular.with no contract.

about 3 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Pontiac Re:No, thank you. (865 comments)

there are about two times a year where I want to start my car, leave it running, lock it and run into a building for a couple of minutes. I can take my RF key out of the car, but with the car running it won't let me lock the door.

I would only consider doing this someplace in the dead of winter, like when leaving some small hotel in the middle of nowhere. Start car, carry down bags/check out, drive off.

My Nisan will let me start then lock it up and go back inside with the key.

Now I did find one downside.. Once it's started there is nothing stopping you from putting it in drive and taking off.. Someone could easily bust the window, hop in and drive off if I left it running. Yes I tested this . Well not breaking the windows but driving off without the key.

about 4 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

Pontiac Re:No, thank you. (865 comments)

Clearly you have never owned a "keyless" vehicle.

I say "keyless" because my Nissan has a physical key hidden inside the key less remote fob to open the door if the car battery is dead.

If the fob battery is low the car will warn you. It's hard to ignore.

If you are a dumb ass and keep ignoring the low battery warnings there is a slot under the dash for the fob to work when the fob battery is too low to transmit.

For what it's worth nearly every car made today has some kind of chipped smart key that costs $50-$100 to replace plus a remote that will cost you $100 or more if you wash it. Key less or not dropping your keys in a puddle will cost you.

Funny thing about keyless.. I never drop my keys trying to get into the car or start it.. They never leave my pocket.
I can't even lock the doors if the key is inside.. the car won't let it happen.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Pontiac Re:VERIZON! or maybe SONY!!! (328 comments)

Are you using a Sony Blu-Ray player or otehr sony device to access Netflix?

If so that may be another possible issue.. Sony.. for whatever dumb reason programs their Blu-Ray devices to only access Netflix through Sony servers.
For us it became a huge bottle neck and the Sony streaming went to crap when every tablet and PC in the house streams flawlessly.

I guess this isn't an issue with the PS-3 or PS-4 but exists on other Sony streaming devices.

Insert a Roku and I'm getting HD quality again.

about 5 months ago
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What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

Pontiac The flip side.. Can GM build it? (330 comments)

The 2009 Limo was built on the Medium duty Kodiac truck chassis.
GM shut down the Medium truck division in 2009.

What would they build it on?

At 7 tons it's more than even the 3500 series truck is rated for.

about 6 months ago
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Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

Pontiac Re:But Does it Scale? (357 comments)

One big thing you overlooked in your example.. most of those cars will be charged at home and used for local trips They wont be clogging up the charging stations..

  The only ones hitting the super charger stations are the idiots who forgot to charge and the rest of the folks on round trips over half their expected range.

about 7 months ago
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How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

Pontiac Re:Best Buy (385 comments)

I would normally hate to shop at Best buy but they did something I couldn't do with Amazon..
They let me use paypal to buy online with in the store pick up..

about 10 months ago
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Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

Pontiac Re:A large segment of the market is not using the (419 comments)

Our kids almost never come to the living room (really it's sometimes an issue that they won't leave their rooms)
They all have a PC or laptop and a profile on our netflix account. The teen mostly uses his X box and we have an Ipad that sees heavy use by our youngest when he's not fully engaged in Minecraft.

about 10 months ago
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Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

Pontiac Re:does everyone REALLY have IP-connected TV? (419 comments)

have people really moved on that quickly that everyone today has an IP-connected TV in their living room with which to watch films?

A Roku 3 is only $99. It's not like I have a huge investment going on here.

I saved more than that after the first 2 months without a Dish or cable TV bill even after bumping up to a 30mb plan with my ISP.
We regularly have 4-5 devices streaming at any one time (kids and all) with no performance issues.

I''m not just watching films.. most of your syndicated TV shows are on Netflix and if you absolutely need to see the latest Walking Dead it's $2 an episode on Amazon video.

about 10 months ago
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Lockheed To Furlough 3,000 On Monday, Layoffs Also Kicking In

Pontiac Re:Isn't the loss of arms manufacturing a good thi (341 comments)

Lockheed does many more things that just build weapons.

They also build communication satellites, provide IT services for both military and civilian government and Healthcare
Well you could look for your self I guess.

http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/what-we-do.html

Those 3,000 could be any employee assigned to a non essential position on an of dozens of federal contracts. not related to weapons.

about a year ago
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Study Finds 3D Printers Pay For Themselves In Under a Year

Pontiac Re:The benefit is in custom parts (322 comments)

I have to agree here.. I plan to get a 3d printer but it's primary function will be to produce plugs for composite molding projects and possible hollow/honeycomb shells to use as fillers in hard to reach sections of a composite layup where vacuum bagging or inflation bladders would not be practical.

about a year ago
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

Pontiac Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

We had the 16k COCO II model. My dad did the DRAM stacking mod to bump it to 32k.. WOW..

about a year ago

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Oracle Software Glitch Mars Semester's Start for Washington State University

Pontiac Pontiac writes  |  about 2 years ago

Pontiac (135778) writes "PCWord reports that the first week of class at Washington State University has been a tumultuous one for students and parents who depend on financial aid, due to a software glitch in a recently installed Oracle PeopleSoft system.

The problems stem from communication issues between the software's student financials and financial aid modules, said Casey Hanson, director of new media and communications for WSU Information Services, in an interview Thursday.
Technicians are still working on the problem, Hanson said. The issues can also be attributed to the learning curve students and parents are facing while learning to use the system and its new processes, Hanson added."

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