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  • Parallels Desktop 17 brings Windows 11 to Mac with enhanced M1 support

    Many if us in the business world (e.g. engineering where a few essential apps like Soidworks or Altium are the standard) will pay whatever it takes. While 95% of my apps are macOS (including the app we develop and sell to our customers), some industries are locked into a standard. I'd LOVE a real-world macOS native alternative for Solidworks (including  macOS native Solidworks!), but given reality of the world, this hopefully will be palatable. 
    GeorgeBMacwatto_cobra
  • Apple partnering with tech giants for big clean energy buy

    How many more millions of birds are these companies willing to kill and remove from our environment?

    If these companies were genuinely concerned about “renewable” power sources, they’d back next-generation nuclear power (aka “molten salt reactors”, “pebble bed reactors”). Solar and wind power don’t even come close to the efficiency of nuclear.
    For the record, nuclear is NOT a renewable. It is low/no carbon, but to does consume fuel that is finite and has to be dug up, processed and transported. Waste still has to be managed. The current business environment makes new nuclear difficult as companies seem to want to privatize the profits while de-risking to the public.

    Don't get me wrong, I also think nuclear can be doing more but it is not the magic bullet either.
    tht
  • Apple sets April 11 deadline for corporate return to office

    I agree that from an employee's perspective, WFH has obvious benefits for many (not all though as many of our employees prefer separating home and work). From a business perspective, WFH is not ideal on many fronts (employee retention aside, which will likely lead to at least some WFH just to retain talent). The problem is it is hard to quantify the benefits of having your team in the same place. It is hard to quantify the value of the random interactions that only happen when you bump into someone and exchange some random ideas. In general, WFH reduces creativity, makes it harder to build a cohesive, trusting team and creates stratified relationships. What happens to employees that need to be in a lab to access hardware? They need to be in the office. Do they resent those can work from home? Employees who come in will get more facetime with their boss which will likely lead to quicker advancement than those who only check-in minimally via zoom. Will that cause resentment? Many people get a lot of personal gratification being part of a team and being present is important to nurture those relationships.

    WFH is like the old mail order businesses where you just stuff envelopes for pennies/envelope. Your job has to be commodified to be viable as WFH. If you want to create, contribute and be part of something special, WFH might not be the best way to go. I predict companies that adopt permanent WFH will either change their minds, or will be overtaken by more efficient and creative companies. 
    JWSCdewmebyronlmacxpress
  • Intel Windows not coming to M1 VMware Fusion, ARM Windows licensing unclear

    lkrupp said:
    If you need to run Windows then buy a Windows PC.
    Not all of us are lucky enough to have everything they need on macOS. I've managed to get down to pretty much one thing on Windows, but a doozy: SolidWorks. There is no  macOS version (nor is there a serious competitor either) and it is one of the standards in the field, which is essentially Windows based. Yes, I am one of maybe 50 who needs this, but I can still lament and I don't look forward to carrying a second laptop just so I can bang out that next prototype while on a long flight (when I get to fly again!).
    dysamoriadewmewatto_cobra
  • There's a hack to add CarPlay support to a Tesla

    alandail said:
    rcomeau said:
    Just rented a Tesla recently while in San Francisco (I drive another EV at home). Good to drive but missed CarPlay and found the overall UI of the Tesla really terrible. It is clear that the driver was an afterthought. No gauges, no tactile buttons and the most basic (and important) functions are difficult to navigate in the best of times let alone while driving. (teeny tiny buttons and layered menus). The windshield started noggin up and could not figure out how to get the defroster going without pulling over! 
    Push the left thumb scroll button, say "turn on defroster"

    Also say things like "I'm too hot". "I'm too cold", "drive home", "drive to work", "Call (name of contact)", "Drive to (name of place)", "Open the glove box", "search google for ...", "Dome lights on", "Dome Lights off", "Open Trunk", "Close Trunk", etc., etc.
    Thats all fine, but that left thumb scroll button has zero labelling on it, so that is not a discoverable feature, let alone know what key words it is looking for. Every other car in the world will have climate controls that are easy to quickly understand.

    Everyone says you get used to the interface, but "getting used to it" is not a UI i aspire to emulate.
    Oferwatto_cobra
  • Apple fails bid to shut down refiled Cydia antitrust lawsuit

    It's a hilarious lawsuit because it attempts to frame apple patching exploits (each one with a public CVE) as a direct attack on Cydia. Why? Because Cydia relies on jail breaking and those exploits are usually required for the jailbreaks to occur.

    Needless to say it's without merit to characterise bug squashing as anti-competitive, but this is currently the era of the great Apple pile-on. Everyone wants a cut of what Apple have built, even if it means destroying it in the process.
    I think you are missing the point here. If Apple opened up the ecosystem to legitimate third party stores, Cydia would not have to resort to jailbreaking. I am not advocating that and the examples given so far are pretty weak arguments, it is a legitimate argument. I do miss having shell on my phone, but I admit that was very narrow application.
    bobolicious