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  • Apple praises Amsterdam police over 'terrifying' hostage situation

    American police could learn a lesson or two here. Overwhelming firepower is not the only way to resolve such situations. A Dutch police vehicle simply pulled him over. Well, pushed in this case. “Dankjewel for your cooperation.”
    The guy died of his injuries.....
  • Peloton appoints new CEO, announces layoffs of 2,800 employees

    MplsP said:

    Xed said:
    cg27 said:
    So prior to the cuts Peleton has over 10,000 employees?  If that’s the case they’re beyond bloated.  There are successful EV startups that have fewer employees than that.  This is just a dumb bike with some app and personal trainers, not exactly rocket science.

    Even if the article means to say 2800 remain that’s still a ton of overhead, for what??
    That's a lot of odd statements. Because there are successful EV startups with fewer employees anyone who has more than the lowest has too many? are you aware that startups have few employees than established companies? Are you aware that Peloton does more than "dumb bikes"? How many employees did Amazon and Google have when they were just an online store and just a search engine?
    Agreed, but I also think they were likely overstaffed. 
    10,000 employees and 4B turnover? That is a very much overstaffed. They are having $400k turnover per employee. Benchmark is $1-2M per employee. Compare with Google: 156,000 employees and $257B turnover for $1.6M per employee. Apple: 154,000 employees and $365B turnover for $2.4M per employee.
  • Apple removes Unidays verification requirement for educational purchases

    I think they probably re-introduce later, but it is probably reverted as Unidays is a mess at the moment. I tried to register as staff and it is not possible. Sign up info is wrong, for example they ask for "personal email" but what they mean is university email address. I have no idea how they are going to link Apple ID to Unidays account  (they will be different email addresses) because I never got that far. FAQ links are also broken and there are other problems like some students eligible for Unidays account who are not eligible for Apple University/Education discounts under the previous policy.

  • Alexa tells 10-year-old girl to touch live electrical socket with penny

    welshdog said:
    To be shocked one must be "In the circuit" in some fashion. To be lethally electrocuted your heart must be in the circuit, with current flowing through the heart itself. This challenge doesn't really put you in the circuit unless by chance the penny were to touch the hot spade and your other hand or bare foot was grounded. What would most likely happen is the penny would short the socket and become red hot almost instantly. The circuit breaker would kick in after a moment and stop the flow of current. GFI or other similar breaker might break the flow faster and the penny would not get hot.
    In a modern installation, this is incorrect. Even 50 years ago this was only correct in old houses. Modern installations have Earth Leakage Protection and that trips the power almost immediately.

    40 years ago, the only house which did not have this protection was my grandparent's farm and I got zapped quite a few times trying to repair stuff not knowing what I was doing (e.g. isolating only 1 phase while working with 3-phase powered equipment).

    If there would be enough current to get the penny red hot (even for a moment), then you are dead.
  • Three more 'Apple Car' engineers leave for aviation startups

    byronl said:
    lkrupp said:
    Some might consider these moves a sign of Apple’s lack of progress in the project. They would be wrong, of course. Thankfully ,clear minds have prevailed in this thread so far. 
    why would they be wrong? they seem unmotivated, could be wrong but it seems like it.
    It can be sign of progress: I know a number of these engineers who left their autonomous vehicle startup because the fun period of doing new stuff was over and the grind of making it production ready started. And it was not a secret. They always stated that when the job starts to get boring, they will do a new startup. And they did so this year (with a good bank balance from the sale of their earlier startup to a big corporation a few years ago).