Archive for March 15, 2018

Husqvarna Demos Alexa Integration With Their Automowers

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 15, 2018 by itnerd

Today, at a press event in Aycliffe, United Kingdom, Husqvarna demonstrated the functions of “Just ask Alexa” and future Amazon Alexa features for Husqvarna robotic mowers. The first version will be available September 1 in all Automower Connect equipped robotic mowers from Husqvarna, including the many thousands of connected Husqvarna robotic mowers already in gardens and parks across the world today.

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This first version will be able to take care of the most commonly used commands such as start, stop and park, hence providing an additional way of integrating with the robotic mower, besides the existing mobile applications. You can expect additional innovations to appear in the near future.

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Canada Ranks Above The Global Average When It Comes To Employee Turnover: LinkedIn

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 15, 2018 by itnerd

Canada ranks among the top countries in terms of employee turnover, ranking above the global average (12.8 per cent) and the United States (13 per cent) in terms of employee attrition. Among the top reasons for leaving globally? A lack of opportunity to advance (45 per cent), as well as dissatisfaction with senior management (41 per cent) and the work environment/culture (36 per cent).

The latest LinkedIn study, which analyzed data from half-a-billion professionals to provide insights on places, sectors and jobs where attrition is highest, uncovered tech, retail and media as having the most “liquid” workforces — but each for very different reasons.

Global Turnover Rates – By Country 

  1. France – 21.0%
  2. United Kingdom – 17.6%
  3. Australia – 17.5%
  4. Canada – 16.0%
  5. United States – 13.0%
  6. Brazil – 10.9%
  7. India – 8.7%
  8. South Africa – 7.7%

 

Sectors with Highest Turnover Rates – Canada

  1. Technology – Software – 16.9%
  2. Retail & Consumer Products – 16.5%
  3. Government/Edu/Non-Profit – 15.0%
  4. Media & Entertainment – 13.9%
  5. Telecommunications – 13.2%
  6. Financial Services & Insurance – 13.1%
  7. Technology – Hardware – 13.0%
  8. Professional Services – 12.9%
  9. Oil & Energy – 12.8%
  10. Aero/Auto/Transport – 11.4%

High-demand and rising compensation within the tech industry led technology (software) to take the “top” turnover spot (16.9 per cent), as was the case globally. Retail—a historically high-churn sector—came in a close second with 16.5 per cent, with the rise of e-commerce and the decline of brick-and-mortar storefronts driving attrition rates higher. This was notably followed by government, education and non-profit at 15 per cent, with one of the highest rates globally.

For a deep dive into the results, including the sub-industries with the highest levels of turnover, as well as how companies can prevent turnover and plan around it, you can read the blog here.

Methodology:

Turnover rates are drawn from LinkedIn’s member data in 2017. They calculate turnover by taking the number of professionals who left their company in a given population (e.g., the retail sector, the restaurant industry, or data analysts), then dividing that number by the average amount of people in that given population in 2017. They consider professionals as leaving their jobs if they provide an end-date for their position at a company (excluding internal job changes within the same company).

They’ve also excluded contractors and other non-full-time-employees (e.g., interns, students, etc.), along with any positions that start and end on the same date. The turnover estimates here may be below actual turnover, due to a possible lag between the time someone leaves a company and when they update their LinkedIn profile to reflect that departure.

Linus Torvalds Calls Out CTS Labs Report Of AMD CPU Flaws….. So What Is The Truth About This?

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 15, 2018 by itnerd

Earlier this week I told you about a company called CTS Labs who went public with flaws that are allegedly in AMD CPUs after only giving AMD a day to respond. Then they explained why they went that route yesterday, which left me calling “BS” on their explanation. But now things have gotten real with Linus Torvalds basically calling the company and their report out on Google+. I encourage you to scroll through the entire discussion as it is very interesting, but here’s some screenshots of some highlights involving the man himself in chronological order:

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Tell us how you really feel Linus.

But in all seriousness, he makes some very good points in ways that only he can make them. Which is entertaining to read. While I didn’t consider the stock manipulation part, I did say this yesterday:

The cynic in me says that this company who nobody had heard of before yesterday was looking for a way to get their name in the news. So when they tripped over this issue…. Assuming that this discovery is accurate of course seeing as AMD hasn’t yet confirmed it…. They went into “beast mode” to create a slick website with equally slick videos to get their message out before speaking to AMD and giving them a day to respond. Of course knowing that they could not respond that quickly. Then when the 24 hours were up, BOOM, you get this. This whole thing sounds really fishy to me.

What makes this whole thing plausible is an investigation by Gamers Nexus which found the following regarding CTS Labs:

  • AMDFlaws.com, was registered mere weeks ago
  • The backgrounds in CTS-Labs videos explaining the flaws and its research appear to be green screens of offices rather than physical locations.
  • They have a disclaimer on their website that suggests that they have an “economic interest” and have made statements to that effect.

None of this is a smoking gun. But it all sounds kind of suspicious.

As for AMD stock, it doesn’t look like it’s changed all that much since this whole affair began. Clearly investors feel that what CTS Labs has to say falls under the category of “nothing to see here, move along”.

But let’s take the other side of the argument. There’s this person who has claimed to have verified that these flaws are real:

Dan Guido is the CEO of a company called Trail Of Bits. They are an IT security firm out of NYC and they do have a reputation that is positive from what I have heard. Thus it would suggest that the flaws are real. But there’s so much “noise” surrounding this rather craptastic disclosure that it is next to impossible to separate fact from fiction. Thus my suggestion is that we all need to take a deep breath and actually determine what the facts really are. It could be CTS Labs is telling the truth. But they delivered it in such a horrible manner that nobody trusts them. The bottom line is that we need to get to the bottom of this sooner rather than later. Because the longer that this sits out there with a lack of facts, the more the “noise” will increase. And that’s not good for anyone.

Infographic: What Is PCI Compliance? & Why Is It Important?

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 15, 2018 by itnerd

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Source: BluePay