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US 'might' ban laptops on all international flights & TSA

Today, 09:54 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

The US “might” ban laptops from the cabin of all international flights into and out of the US and “likely will” require air travelers to unpack carry-on bags for TSA inspections.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace that the US “might” ban laptops from the cabin of all international flights into and out of the US.

Pressed to reveal more, Kelly added, “There’s a real threat. Numerous threats against aviation, that’s really the thing that they are obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it’s a U.S. carrier, particularly if it's full of mostly U.S. folks, people. It’s real.”

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IDG Contributor Network: Self-checkout: What shoppers want to do is ra

Today, 07:00 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

One of the first things retail executives learn is that shopper surveys are horrible indicators of what shoppers will do in stores. Asked if they would make purchases at a breached retailer, they’ll routinely say no. But quarterly earnings betray the truth that being breached has just about zero influence on revenue. (Blame zero liability, but that’s a column for another day.)

The issue for today is self-checkout. Surveys show that shoppers love the idea. Retailer experience shows that shoppers don’t love self-checkout the reality nearly as much as they love self-checkout the concept. Reality messes things up, with fruits and vegetables that need weighing and age-restricted products and long lines and filled-to-the-brim shopping carts that were never supposed to be handled at self-checkout. Shoppers are quick to dismiss the value of an associate at a staffed checkout lane, ignoring the fact that their experience of scanning millions of SKUs makes them awfully good at it and impressively fast.

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Old is the new New

Today, 06:00 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

This pilot fish's team is responsible for the latest round of PC upgrades, replacing the company's oldest PCs with newer models.

And, naturally, it's not going to be as simple as that. "I get a call from a manager who found out about the new PCs, and insists he needs one," says fish. "I do some research and determine that the manager's PC is faster than the ones that we're replacing.

"I try to explain this, but the manager insists he needs a new PC, and he won't stop bugging me.

"So I take an old, slow PC that was just taken out of rotation, reinstall the operating system, blow off all the dust, seal it into one of the new PC boxes lying around, cart it to the manager's office, unbox it and install it while the manager watches.

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