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Synology DiskStation DS3622xs+ and DS2422+ Now Available

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Synology has announced two new NAS systems geared toward SMB use cases, the DiskStation DS3622xs+ and the DS2422+. The former solution features a 6-core Intel Xeon CPU with two 10GbE built-in ports, while the latter is outfitted with a 4-core AMD Ryzen CPU. These two new releases are mild refreshes (essentially featuring much of the same when comparing it to past models­), though they do come equipped with some interesting new functionality. Synology has announced two new NAS systems geared toward SMB use cases, the DiskStation DS3622xs+ and the DS2422+. The former solution features a 6-core Intel Xeon CPU with two 10GbE built-in ports, while the latter is outfitted with a 4-core AMD Ryzen CPU. These two new releases are mild refreshes (essentially featuring much of the same
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peelman
15 days ago
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disappointed by Synology here. no onboard m2/nvme?
Seymour, Indiana
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Call of Duty: Vanguard Series’ Worst UK Launch in 14 Years, Free MP Trial Already Offered

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Call of Duty Vanguard

If there’s one thing you can depend on in this industry, it’s Call of Duty. Regardless of what people say online, it seems every new CoD immediately leaps to the top of the charts and stays there, invariably becoming the #1 game of the year. Well, it seems the recently-released Call of Duty: Vanguard may break that trend.

Early numbers are in from the UK, and it seems Call of Duty: Vanguard’s launch sales are down 40 percent year-on-year. According to the folks at Video Games Chronicle, Vanguard is the CoD franchise’s lower-performing launch in 14 years. That basically takes us back to the pre-modern era of Call of Duty, before the original Modern Warfare turned CoD from a big franchise to the biggest franchise. Now, CoD: Vanguard still debuted at #1 on the UK charts, and we don’t have sales figures from other territories yet, but it’s an early sign of weakness from Activision’s latest.

Another sign? Only two weeks after launch, Activision is already offering a free multiplayer weekend for Vanguard – something usually reserved for later in a CoD game’s lifespan. The free weekend will coincide with the launch of Vanguard’s new version of the fan-favorite Shipment map.

Experience the next generation of Multiplayer with Call of Duty: Vanguard Free Access from 10AM on November 18 to 10AM on November 22. During this long weekend, all players will get full access to Vanguard’s Multiplayer. That includes the ability to try out and level up over three dozen weapons before they come to Warzone Pacific, a dozen Operators to unlock new gear for, action-packed playlists featuring Combat Pacing, and 17 core maps, including Champion Hill and the return of fan-favorite locale Shipment.

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has filed suit against Activision Blizzard, alleging widespread gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment at the Call of Duty publisher. You can get more detail on that unfolding story here. Acti-Blizz CEO Bobby Kotick has himself been accused of covering for harassers and mistreating female employees in a new report published today.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is available now on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, and PS5.

The post Call of Duty: Vanguard Series’ Worst UK Launch in 14 Years, Free MP Trial Already Offered by Nathan Birch appeared first on Wccftech.



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peelman
16 days ago
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so i never liked even the idea of the flashback COD games. and because of that, i never bought them, never played them, despite several temptations due to great reviews or slivers of good story / gameplay i was exposed to.

Modern Warfare was way more engaging (don’t ask me why), and honestly i was among the few who liked Ghosts, Advanced, and Infinite (though i hated Infinite’s story, the missions gameplay, space flight battles, and multiplayer were all solid).

i would play a sequel to any of them, and will probably play the next MW. but these historical things just continue to push me away, and aren’t compelling at all.
Seymour, Indiana
MotherHydra
19 days ago
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Not surprised.
Space City, USA
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Dual Outlet Right-Angle Wall Adapter

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My brother told me about Hug-A-Plugs about a year or so ago. They plug into an AC outlet and allow you to connect plugs parallel to the wall so they don’t stick out. They are inexpensive and extremely durable. They allow so much flexibility in furniture arrangement. If you get one, you will realize that you want more.

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This is a Cool Tools favorite from 2017

-- Carlo Giombi

Hug-A-Plug – Dual Outlet Wall Adapter, Twin Pack White ($11)

Available from Amazon

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peelman
28 days ago
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i buy two or three of these at menards every time i think about it. they go in the junk drawer and eventually find uses everywhere. eventually all of my home outlets will probably have at least one of these in them 😂😵‍💫🙄
Seymour, Indiana
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Dell UltraSharp Webcam Review

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Dell has recently dropped the Dell UltraSharp Webcam, supporting up to 4K video and resolution, while also offering a 90-degree field of view. The webcam has a sleek cylindrical design, made of gunmetal aluminum. The UltraSharp Webcam also comes with the most intelligent technology that is contained within a web camera. These intelligent features include advanced digital overlap and video noise reduction, with the video noise reduction offering temporal or spatial noise reduction. Dell has recently dropped the Dell UltraSharp Webcam, supporting up to 4K video and resolution, while also offering a 90 degree field of view. The webcam has a sleek cylindrical design, made of gunmetal aluminum. The UltraSharp Webcam also comes with the most intelligent technology that is conta
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peelman
29 days ago
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well, however many years later, Dell found a way to rip off the Apple iSight. at least this one offers improved specs.
Seymour, Indiana
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Acquiring Kaleidoscope

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Christopher Atlan:

When an app is transferred to a new owner, the historical revenue data is not transferred. And because it was only recently transferred from Black Pixel to Hypergiant, we had to look for other sources of data to find the trailing twelve months (TTM) revenue, which was needed to have an overview of the app’s financial performance.

We weren’t able to get all the Kaleidoscope graphic assets. And we had no way of looking up references to issues that were noted in the source code because bug reporting and customer support history were no longer available.

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After reviewing the pros and cons of each option, we ultimately decided on taking out a loan from a bank. We were able to get a six-year term, which provides the freedom to try and make the app profitable. We have two years to try and make it work. If it doesn’t, the six-year timeframe makes monthly repayments manageable in a scenario where we’d have to downsize the team.

Previously:

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peelman
38 days ago
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damnit…i haven’t bought my upgrade yet…
Seymour, Indiana
tingham
38 days ago
This is one of those apps you keep up to date even during the dry mac periods.
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my employee wasn't respectful enough after the company messed up her paycheck — Ask a Manager

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A reader writes:

I’m not comfortable with one of my new staff members and how overconfident she is. Her work is great and she needed very little training but she’s got very big britches.

“Jane” has only been with us for two months. Just today she asked for a meeting with me and our payroll manager. It turns out payroll made an error entering her direct deposit information that resulted in Jane not getting paid, not once but two times.

Our company requires potential candidates to complete sample assignments during the interview process and we pay them an hourly contractor rate. It turns out she didn’t get paid for her assignment period, or for the next full pay cycle. The payroll employee apologized directly to Jane in an email, because it was their error in entering her information and not following up/fixing it that resulted in Jane not getting paid. Jane was able to show emails back and forth where she checked in with the payroll employee and asked if it was fixed, which they confirmed it was. Today was payday and Jane didn’t get paid. She checked with the employee again and they acknowledged that they “thought” it was fixed. It’s upsetting for Jane, I understand, but I think she was out of line about the whole thing. People make mistakes.

Neither payroll nor I knew anything about it until today. We both apologized and assured her the issue would be handled. After that, she looked at me and the payroll manager and said, “I appreciate your apology, but I need you both to understand that this can’t happen again. This has put me under financial strain and I can’t continue to work for COMPANY if this isn’t corrected today.”

The payroll manager was heavily in agreement, but I was speechless that she’d speak to management like that.

Payroll handled the whole thing and cut her a check with the okay from HR. Jane had referenced that not being paid put her in financial hardship and unable to pay bills, so HR allowed the use of the employee hardship fund and gave her $500 in gift cards so she can get groceries and gas and catch up on bills. I’m just kind of floored that she’s getting gift cards after speaking to her superiors like that. I’m also uncomfortable because why is our company responsible for her fiscal irresponsibility? Her personal finances or debts are not the company’s responsibility. I just don’t think it’s the company’s responsibility to give her more than what she’s earned (the extra $500 from the employee emergency relief fund) to fix things for her if she overspent or didn’t prioritize her bills or save smartly. We also don’t know if she is actually experiencing a financial hardship or just claiming she was.

HR allowed her paid time to go to the bank today and deposit her check. I told our HR person that while it’s not okay Jane didn’t get paid, the way she approached it was uncalled for. HR told me, “She’s right, it can’t happen again and it shouldn’t have happened at all.”

I’m getting tired of the respect gap I’m seeing with younger staff. I think Jane would be better suited in a different department. I’m not comfortable having her on my team since it’s obvious she doesn’t understand she’s entry-level and not in charge. Should I wait a while before suggesting she transfer to a different department?

I’m going to say this bluntly: you are very, very wrong about this situation, both as a manager and as a human.

Your company didn’t pay Jane money they owed her in the timeframe in which they were legally obligated to pay it. They did this twice.

Your company messed up, and their mistake impacted someone’s income. That’s a very big deal.

The payroll department handled this exactly as they should: they apologized, cut her a check immediately, and helped repair the damage their mistake had caused. Jane shouldn’t have to suffer for their error, and their remedies were appropriate and warranted.

Your objection to this because the company shouldn’t be responsible for Jane’s finances is nonsensical. Your company is responsible for paying the wages they’ve agreed to pay in the timeline they’ve agreed to pay them in. They didn’t meet that obligation, and so they fixed it. That’s not about them being responsible for Jane’s debts; it’s about them being responsible for adhering to a legal wage agreement and treating an employee well after failing at a basic responsibility and causing that person hardship.

Suggesting that someone who needs the paycheck they earned to be delivered to them on time “didn’t prioritize her bills or save smartly” is wildly out of touch with the reality of many people’s finances in this country and how many people live paycheck to paycheck (particularly someone entry-level who just started a job two months ago and may have been unemployed before that). But frankly, even if Jane didn’t save smartly, it’s irrelevant; your company’s mistake is what caused the problem, and it’s what’s at issue here.

Your speculation that Jane might be lying about her financial situation is bizarre and reflects poorly on you. It’s irrelevant and you don’t seem to have any reason for wondering that other than an apparent desire to cast Jane in a bad light.

You’re absolutely right that there’s a respect gap in this situation — but it’s from you toward your employees, not from Jane toward her employer.

There’s nothing disrespectful about Jane advocating for herself and explaining that she’d be unable to stay in the job if the payroll mistakes weren’t corrected. She gets to make that choice for herself, it’s not an unreasonable one, and it’s not disrespectful for her to spell it out. In fact, I’d argue it’s actively respectful since respect requires clear, polite, direct communication and she gave you that.

When you say Jane doesn’t seem to understand she’s entry-level and not in charge … Jane is very much in charge of where she’s willing to work and what she will and won’t tolerate. Every employee is, regardless of how junior or senior they might be.

Corporate power structures require deference in things like decision-making on a project, but not the sort of obeisance in all things that you seem to be looking for.

Somewhere along the way, you picked up a very warped idea of what employees owe their employers, but you don’t seem to have thought much about what employers owe their employees. You urgently need to do some rethinking and recalibration if you’re going to continue managing people.

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peelman
43 days ago
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OMG. this manager should be ashamed.
Seymour, Indiana
MotherHydra
47 days ago
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Good for Jane for sticking up for herself, she doesn’t owe management anything in the way of pleasantries considering they screwed up not once, but twice. And on her pay! Whoever wrote in should be canned for having a fragile ego- not a great trait for a manager but all too common.
Space City, USA
freeAgent
46 days ago
Uh yeah, if I was not paid twice including the second time after being assured that the issue was fixed, I'd be pretty upset about it. I'd be especially upset and stressed out if it was cauing me to miss bill payments or be unable to eat or put gas in my car. This shouldn't be hard to understand.
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