Tag: Breaks

IBM, Seeing Its Future in the Cloud, Breaks Off I.T. Unit

IBM, throughout its 109-year history, hasn’t often led technology trends. But it has adapted and eventually prospered time and again.

It is trying to go the adaptation route once again.

IBM on Thursday acknowledged the challenge and embraced the opportunity for the company in the accelerating shift to cloud computing. The company said it was spinning off its legacy technology services business to focus on cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

Arvind Krishna, who became chief executive this year, called the move “a landmark day” for IBM, “redefining the company.”

The split-up strategy reflects how decisively computing has shifted to the cloud. Today, nearly all new software is being created as a cloud service, delivered over the internet from remote data centers. The computing model affords corporate customers more flexibility and cost savings, sold as a pay-for-use service or annual subscriptions.

IBM was late to the cloud market, which Amazon pioneered

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WFH tips from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: Regular breaks, short meetings, and other advice

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Schedule super quick meetings just to check in with colleagues. Read more. And try to fit “moments of transition” into your daily schedule.

Those are some tips from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to help manage well-being with the new WFH lifestyle.

Nadella spoke this week at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council. He said he’s focused on three major considerations of how the nature is work is changing amid the pandemic: how collaboration happens, how learning happens inside companies, and how to ensure employees aren’t burning out.

The last point has become even more important over the past several months as workers conduct multiple meetings per day via video and don’t have the same interactions with colleagues at a physical office. Microsoft studies show that people are now working after hours and on weekends more frequently, and that remote work is

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InvestGame breaks down $20.5 billion in 2020 game deals

The game industry has seen an estimated $20.5 billion in acquisitions, investments, and IPOs in the first nine months of the year, according to game investment tracking firm InvestGame.

The amount of money shows a huge amount of activity in games at a time when gameplay is spiking because of the pandemic. The data comes InvestGame, which investment specialist Sergei Evdokimov and Anton Gorodetsky run. (They both work at My.Games, but the company doesn’t produce the report.) While the firm hasn’t tracked past years, it’s a stunning amount of investor activity in gaming while other sectors of the economy are falling apart.

InvestGame tracks deals among game developers, publishers, platform and tech companies, esports, hardware, retail, outsourcing, and other related areas. But it doesn’t including gambling companies in its definition of games. The data also only covers estimates of publicly announced and closed deals in the game industry. Deals where

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Zach Wilson Breaks Down BYU-Louisiana Tech Film

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson joined BYU Sports Nation to break down Louisiana Tech film with host Jarom Jordan – Wilson did not disappoint. Check out the video that Jarom Jordan posted on his Twitter account:

Here are a few things I learned about Zach Wilson after watching him breakdown film:

1. The game has slowed down for Zach Wilson

Whether it was recognizing the CB in bail technique on his throw to Dax Milne or noticing the defensive back’s turned head on his throw to Gunner Romney, the game has slowed down for Zach Wilson. Yes, it’s an old sports cliché but it’s the best way to describe what he’s seeing on the field. We saw Zach’s arm talent in 2018, we heard about his mental development in 2019, and we’re seeing all come together in 2020.

2. Zach’s shoulder limited his play in 2019 more than fans realized


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Trump Breaks Tradition With Microsoft-Wells Fargo Race Inquiry

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Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Bloomberg

A U.S. inquiry into whether Microsoft Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. broke workplace civil rights laws by seeking to double their ranks of Black leaders is at odds with normal Labor Department practice, including the enforcement of a decades-old executive order on affirmative action, legal experts said.

The executive order, issued the year after the 1964 Civil Rights Act, requires that federal contractors maintain affirmative action outreach efforts while barring discrimination in hiring, and contrasts with a recent order by President Donald Trump against “divisive” discussions of race in corporate training.

The DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs cited the 1965 order in a letter to Microsoft asking how the software maker would meet its commitment to beef up Black leadership “without discriminating on the basis of race.”

More than half a century after the order was issued, African-American representation

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SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites Tuesday, breaks scrub streak


A Falcon 9 blasts off on Aug. 30.


Space fans have been starved for action lately, with three big missions repeatedly scrubbed and postponed over the past several weeks. But early on Tuesday, SpaceX finally ended the streak that became known as #Scrubtober (and previously known as #Scrubtember) with the launch and deployment of 60 new Starlink satellites via a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. 

This Starlink mission was the Falcon 9 rocket booster’s third flight overall. It sent astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to orbit in May and then launched a South Korean satellite in July. So far, SpaceX has managed to launch and land the same rocket up to six times

The Falcon 9 first stage landed again on the droneship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic about 8.5 minutes after launch Tuesday. SpaceX also reports that it caught at least

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To Protect Good Jobs, End Tax Breaks for Job-Killing Technology

Ever wonder why companies spend so much money on machinery and software that kills jobs? One reason is that the U.S. tax code practically forces their hands. The tax on capital has fallen to around 5% in recent years while the tax on labor has remained around 25%, according to a new white paper (PDF) for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Task Force on the Work of the Future.

“Favorable taxation of capital leads to excessive automation,” MIT economist Daron Acemoglu, the lead author of the paper, said in an Oct. 1 interview. Acemoglu testified about excessive automation before the House Budget Committee on Sept. 10 (PDF) and expanded on the tax aspects in the new paper.

The standard economic argument in favor of lightly taxing capital (equipment, software, buildings) is that the supply of capital is highly sensitive to tax rates. High taxes will discourage investment in

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What to do if your PC’s System Restore breaks

Q: I use Windows 10 System Restore, which will allow me to return the PC’s settings to an earlier time if I run into trouble. I create a new “restore point” (a calendar date to which the PC could return) every day, but it disappears within 24 hours. What’s wrong?

a man wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Steve Alexander is a technology writer for Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Steve Alexander is a technology writer for Minneapolis Star Tribune.

— Jeremy Hollerman, Edina, Minn.


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A: System Restore is one of the most valuable protection features of a Windows PC. If a calamity befalls your PC today, it’s your time machine to escape into the past.

Fortunately, there are several ways to fix System Restore. The easiest is to scan your PC for malware (no antivirus program catches everything.) Malware might erase your system restore points to protect itself from being removed (returning to an earlier date erases everything installed since that date.)

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Syracuse breaks out of rut, defeats Georgia Tech 37-20

Published 4:33 p.m. ET Sept. 26, 2020 | Updated 6:06 p.m. ET Sept. 26, 2020

SYRACUSE, NY (AP) — Tommy DeVito threw for two scores, Sean Tucker ran for two others, and Syracuse broke out of its offensive doldrums to defeat Georgia Tech 37-20 Saturday for its first win of the season.

The game, which was delayed more than 30 minutes while three Syracuse players were retested for COVID-19, was the first in the refurbished Carrier Dome. Renovations included a new roof, lighting, air conditioning and a big scoreboard.

The Orange (1-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored 17 points off Georgia Tech (1-2, 1-1 ACC) turnovers. Syracuse’s defense, playing without pre-season All America safety Andre Cisco who was injured in a fluke pre-game collision with a teammate, recorded five takeaways. The game marked the second straight game in which the Yellow Jackets committed five turnovers.

DeVito was 13 of

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Nvidia Breaks Silence on Disastrous RTX 3080 Launch

Nvidia is trying to explain what exactly what went wrong to cause the botched launch of its new GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card.

Despite announcing the date and time of its release, many customers struggled to find an RTX 3080, with Nvidia’s own site still displaying a “notify me” button well after it had sold out. The traffic to the site slowed its servers to a crawl, which resulted in its notification emails going out nearly an hour after the 6 a.m. launch.

In a FAQ post Monday morning, Nvidia states that it had ten times the volume of visitors to its site as it did with its previous launch of the 20 series cards, and it was simply unprepared for the traffic.

This extended to its retail partners and third-party manufacturers, some of which reportedly saw traffic that beat out their Black Friday numbers.

Nvidia said it is increasing

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