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They've probably hit, or are close to, their saturation point for Teams, so this offer doesnt really hurt them as much as an anti-trust suit might. They are far enough ahead that it will take anyone - Zoom, Slack, Webex - a long time to make any significant inroads into the Teams lead.
The other piece of the puzzle is the integration into Office. Sure, it's not bundled (maybe), but it will have the best Office integration. (or should).
What the EU should do is force an open standards integration. Now that would be fun. Mind you, we'll just end up with and ODF/DOCX situation.
End result..... no change.
ugh. I'm going back to bed.
We were opening a new office and the boss didnt want to pay for a leased line, so decided to do ISDN. Before the new office was commissioned we decided to test between 2 local offices. Said boss marched down and said 'what's this £5k bill for'. When he found out it was for call charges, we got our 2Mb line. Oh, and a fibre for the local offices.
Anyone remember Sonix Arpeggio plus/lite? Happy days.
I moved up from the 2018 i5 1.6Ghz to the M1 Air and the difference is night and day. Battery life, performance, noise (lack of), heat, and general doing what a computer should without noticing it.
I hated that u1060 iteration. The only thing that made me move to it was the 8GB of ram limit on the previous, non-retina air. It probably wasnt worth it. There was negligible performance increase because of how crap the CPU was.
One thing about the m1 - do not believe the people who say 'you only need 8GB of ram because of how the SSD is tightly integrated to the SOC'. I hit the 16GB limit on mine sometimes and it's very noticeable. Maybe not as bad as my Windows PC, but its definitely there.
The bit I'm struggling with is the 'no loss of pay' and 'not squeezing 5 days worth of work into 4 days'.
Either, of the original 5 days there is a 1 day of work that doesnt need to be done or, there really is 5 days worth of work and someone else is going to be hired to do it.
In either case, someone will end up being hired, increasing costs. Prices go up, inflation goes up and we end up taking a paycut through the backdoor.
I know there are efficiency gains to be had, but I cant see how this particular circle ends up square.
It's only because the overall user base was too small, that software hasn't been targeted like this at scale beforehand.
We've hit the L'oreal moment. Because you're worth it.
Turning the cynicism up to 11, you might find that someone has done the 'what if they fork?' calculation.
Just to depress you a little bit more.
I held off getting an M1 for until 6 weeks ago. I wish I'd jumped sooner. It's how a computer should be - invisible in daily use. No slowdowns or beach balling, no whirring fans (I've got the MBA M1 - 16GB if you're interested). There have been a couple of foibles (Excel in Rosetta for all features for example) but nothing that's cause me any issues.
It's funny, this is how Macs used to be 5 years ago. Not sure who to blame.
It will be interesting to see if there are any mainstream use cases for bootcamp, but I cant think of any off the top of my head.
I'm playing around with Parallels on an M1 with the Windows preview, and I've got to say that I'm impressed with the M1, Parallels and Windows on ARM. Not perfect, but pretty damned good. I've used it for demos and it worked just fine. I can also just leave it running and not even notice it's there.
My current challenge is to get COD4 running properly. It nearly does, and I've actually played a couple of games, but it's very flaky. It's actually got worse with the last couple of Windows updates... :(
Ok, I get it. Apple is absolutely gouging devs on this, and they could be much fairer - BUT I like the walled garden. I like that I dont have to think too hard about 'will this app rape my device'. I like that someone is curating the apps to make sure that I'll probably be ok. I very much like that they stick 2 fingers up at companies like Facebook.
If I didnt like it, I'd buy an Android device.
You could give users the choice to opt in or out of the walled garden, which is probably the best Epic can hope for. I think I know which way most people would go. (see FB privacy choices). Its then a balance of law suit cost vs how many people will opt out.
I liked my Fitbit and I found the service very good. The moment a Google came sniffing, I ditched the device and service.
No service is perfect or can be trusted but when you’ve got Google’s form, you’d better be happy having your bowel movements as public knowledge.
I did get some comments saying I was using the Fitbit incorrectly. Hey ho.
There is no single 'Webex meetings'. Broadly there's Webex Meetings on-prem, Webex Meetings cloud 'Legacy' (multiple versions thereof) and Webex Meetings cloud 'New'. Financial institutions usually have on-prem because they've had it for years (frequently 10+) for compliance and archiving.
They are all rock solid in terms of stability, but if you're on the first 2, then yes, they can be a bit dated for look/feel and user experience. The new cloud version (around for a couple of years now) is a much better experience. Modern even. ;)
I'll bet you were using the 'new' Webex first and then the on-prem for the second. Very different things.
Full disclosure - yes, I work with this stuff as a partner.
Ah yes. Happened to me whilst measuring the 'magnetic screening properties of a high temperature superconductor'. High Temp, in this case, meant liquid nitrogen. Being undergrads, the kit was all a bit Heath Robinson, including the clamp holding the sample in place. As you might suspect, it fell off once or twice. Only once did I put my hand in (with glove). There was a hole in the thumb (Dear Liza) which promptly filled up. Cue spilled liquid nitrogen all over the desk/floor.
This is when I learned that liquid nitrogen is cheap, so the easiest way was was to pour it out, salvage the sample and start again.
My first encounter with liquid nitrogen was during an open weekend at the Physics dept in Exeter. A group of us walked into one lab, where some prof decided it was fun to pour it all over our feet.
Years ago, I was a network admin who had a running battle with the developers when the file I/O moved from local disk to the network. 'But it's so slow' they cried. I tried to convince them that reading one byte at a time wasn't perhaps the best approach.
Eventually one dev relented and wrote a program to test file I/O with variable length requests.
Guess what? A 10 byte request was 10 times faster.....
I remember being told about the flywheel at a school talk.
IIRC we were told it took a couple of days to get up to speed and if it ever came away from it's bearings it would go all the way to Reading, smash through the centre and keep going.
Not all bad then....
It's the documentation.
Which is a bit of an odd mix. 'Here's some open source documentation for our 'open' (closed source) web service'.
More accurately, this is 'Please, please PLEASE use Bing. Someone? Anyone?'
I was initially genuinely excited, only to come crashing down to earth. Ah well.....