Day: November 3, 2020

Your Zoom background may not make you look as professional as you think

Of six virtual workspaces, guess which one ranked the highest for professionalism. Hint: Think scholarly.

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In recent months, organizations around the globe have adopted remote work policies. During this time, video conferences have replaced traditional in-person meetings for many. To create a more professional background in lieu of a traditional workspace, many individuals are using virtual backgrounds on video calls. Needless to say, not all backgrounds will invoke the same level of perceived professionalism. A new survey was designed to understand the impact various standard virtual backgrounds have on one’s perceived intelligence, professionalism, and more.

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“2020 has changed the way we work and communicate professionally—our findings illustrate the newfound importance of how we are perceived virtually through things as simple as our backgrounds in a video call. Our data illustrates an evolving form

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VC Seth Bannon on how a Biden administration could best support climate startups – TechCrunch

It’s too soon to know who will win the U.S. election tomorrow. Tomorrow may even be too soon to know who wins the election. But it’s always a good time to talk with investors about how they’re thinking about the future, and some can’t help but ponder the possibilities if Joe Biden wins the race.

Among these are venture capitalists who are focused on climate change and who are excited by the prospect of a president who sees climate change as an existential threat, especially after the work of the Trump administration, which has officially reversed, rolled back, or revoked 70 environmental rules and regulations over the last four years.

Seth Bannon, whose seed-stage venture firm Fifty Years is focused on impact investing, is among those willing to ponder a President Biden and how his administration could most effectively boost climate tech while simultaneously dealing with COVID-19 and the economy.

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Top 5 supercomputers in the world

Supercomputers are high-level computers used for managing very large databases or great amounts of computation. Tom Merritt lists the top five ranked supercomputers in the world, according to TOP500.

HPE is building a supercomputer called LUMI in Finland, and it is expected to have peak performance of more than 550 petaflops, putting it at the top of the list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Let’s check in on the top supercomputers right now.

Twice a year since 1993, TOP500 has ranked the world’s supercomputers. Here are the top five supercomputers.

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5. Tianhe-2A. This supercomputer, also known as Milky Way-2A, is located at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzhou. It’s a hybrid architecture employing Intel Xeon CPUs and custom-built Matrix-2000 coprocessors. Tianhe-2A tops out at 61.4 petaflops.

4. Sunway TaihuLight. It’s not just fast–it’s also energy-efficient. It can take almost any application you throw

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