Best business computers of 2020: PCs for SMBs and enterprises

Christel Deskins

The best business computers still have an important role to play in any modern office, and in this guide, we list the top modern business desktop PCs that money can buy.

Laptops and smartphones are essential business tools, and are becoming more powerful and feature-rich every year, but while they are good for people who travel a lot for work, they cannot compete with the best business computers for certain tasks.

For a start, desktop PCs are much more powerful than the best business laptops, and they are cheaper as well. Also, unless you’re buying an all-in-one computer, these business computers are also relatively easy to open up and upgrade, making them far more future-proof than laptops or smartphones, which can sometimes start to feel rather outdated after only a few years.

This makes the best business computers a wise financial decision when kitting out your office. And, while traditional

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Hackers exploit Adobe Flash, IE browser to target porn surfers : The Tribune India

San Francisco, September 13

A hacker group is targeting porn surfers running vulnerable and older versions of Adobe Flash Player and Internet Explorer (IE) on their computers as the attackers have infected “practically all adult networks” with malware on the web.

The hacking group dubbed Malsmoke has infected popular porn sites with malicious ads, using them to attack victims with malware, according to researchers from the cyber security firm Malwarebytes.

Most exploit kits are built around vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Internet Explorer as most internet users have now either uninstalled Flash or moved to Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

“Despite recommendations from Microsoft and security professionals, we can only witness that there are still a number of users (consumer and enterprise) worldwide that have yet to migrate to a modern and fully supported browser,” Malwarebytes said in its report.

Once a victim clicks a malicious ad, they are redirected

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Promising computer simulations for stellarator plasmas

Promising computer simulations for stellarator plasmas
The magnetic cage generated by the magnetic coils (grey) shapes and encloses the plasma. The turbulent variation of the plasma density is to be seen in the plasma cross-section. Credit: IPP, A. Banon Navarro

The turbulence model called Gyrokinetic Electromagnetic Numerical Experiment (GENE), developed at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) at Garching, Germany, has proven to be very useful for the theoretical description of turbulence in the plasma of tokamak-type fusion devices. Extended for the more complex geometry of stellarator-type devices, computer simulations with GENE now indicate a new method to reduce plasma turbulence in stellarator plasmas. This could significantly increase the efficiency of a future fusion power plant.

For the fusion researchers at IPP, who want to develop a power plant based on the model of the sun, the turbulence formation in its fuel—a hydrogen plasma—is a central research topic. The small eddies carry particles and heat

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A 15-Year-Old Gixxer Is Still Faster Than The Most Advanced Modern Superbikes On The Track

The ‘K5’ Suzuki GSX-R 1000 was a revised version of the long-standing Gixxer dynasty, with a stellar totally new chassis, a totally new engine, more power, and less weight than the model it replaced. With a wet weight of 201 kg and 147.3 horsepower, it was an instant speed demon. But a decade and a half later it’s surely been beaten as king. I mean, look how far cars have come in 15 years. Leaps and bounds, right?

Ducati’s Panigale V4 S is certainly one of the highest performance superbikes on the market in 2020. It’s got a raucous 1103cc four-cylinder engine producing 186 horsepower to the wheel, and over 200 at the crank! It has perhaps the most advanced electronics suite in the world of motorcycles with mind-boggling traction control, torque delivery, and throttle mapping algorithms. The S model is delivered with semi-dynamic Öhlins dampers, and little downforce-inducing winglets

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What Fossils and DNA Tell Us About the Evolution of Modern Intelligence

When did something like us first appear on the planet? It turns out there’s remarkably little agreement on this question. Fossils and DNA suggest people looking like us, anatomically modern Homo sapiens, evolved around 300,000 years ago. Surprisingly, archaeology – tools, artefacts, cave art – suggest that complex technology and cultures, “behavioural modernity”, evolved more recently: 50,000-65,000 years ago.

Some scientists interpret this as suggesting the earliest Homo sapiens weren’t entirely modern. Yet the different data tracks different things. Skulls and genes tell us about brains, artefacts about culture. Our brains probably became modern before our cultures.

Tree diagram showing human evolution.
Key physical and cultural milestones in modern human evolution, including genetic divergence of ethnic groups. Nick Longrich, Author provided

The “great leap”

For 200,000-300,000 years after Homo sapiens first appeared, tools and artefacts remained surprisingly simple, little better than Neanderthal technology, and simpler than those of modern hunter-gatherers such as certain indigenous

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Quantum and classical computers handle time differently. What does that mean for AI?

As humans, we take time for granted. We’re born into an innate understanding of the passage of events because it’s essential to our survival. But AI suffers from no such congenital condition. Robots do not understand the concept of time.

State of the art AI systems only understand time as an implicit construct (we program it to output time relevant to a clock) or as an explicit representation of mathematics (we use the time it takes to perform certain calculations to instruct its understanding of the passage of events). But an AI has no way of understanding the concept of time itself as we do.

Time doesn’t exist in our classical reality in a physical, tangible form. We can check our watch or look at the sun or try and remember how long it’s been since we last ate, but those are all just measurements. The actual passage of time

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Pranab Mukherjee: Intergenerational mentor in politics – india news

Pranab Mukherjee was a unique entity in our political firmament. In a sense, he was an intergenerational link. He never allowed the present to become hostage to the past or the vision of the future to be blurred by the complexities of today when he had said, “As Indians, we must of course learn from the past; but we must remain focused on the future.”

I first came in contact with Pranab da, as he was affectionately called, when I was working as special assistant to Professor DP Chattopadhyaya (1973-1981). I had no inkling at that time that political fortunes would take a full turn and I would be working as his special assistant too (1980-1981).

He had a memory which could challenge any modern computer and leave the listener dumbstruck by its phenomenal precision. He was often described as a living computer. This always gave him a vantage position

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US fires major shot at China over Uyghurs

The US has fired another shot across the bow of the Chinese Communist Party as the relationship between the two countries continues on a downward spiral.

On Monday (local time) the White House slapped a ban on imports from a region of China, citing a history of slave labour in the area.

For years, Western governments including the US and Australia have avoided publicly condemning China over its human rights abuses and its detainment of muslim Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province of northwest China.

But the country’s increasing aggression – known as its Wolf Warrior diplomacy – has meant other nations have been more eager to criticise China.

In the latest diplomatic attack, four companies and a manufacturing facility in northwestern China were blocked by the Trump administration from shipping their products to the US because of their suspected reliance on forced labour from people detained as part of a

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Tesla patches hack that upgraded Model 3 capabilities at half price

Christel Deskins

One of the concerns that come with connected and complex, computer-controlled modern cars is their vulnerability to hacking. It turns out, however, that there are some hacks that are being done for the benefit of car owners rather than for their harm. One prime example is the Tesla Model 3 that has an “Acceleration Boost” that’s already part of the car but disabled only via software. Unsurprisingly, a company was already selling unofficial ways to remove that limitation at half the price Tesla is asking for. Unsurprisingly, Tesla is not amused.

One of the advantages of some more modern cars is that capabilities that are already built-into them can simply be unlocked with a software update rather than having to bring in the car for a physical installation. The Tesla Model 3, for example, has an Acceleration Boost upgrade that reduces acceleration to 3.9 seconds when going from 0 to

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Razer and Humanscale ‘Pro’ ergo keyboard and mouse review: A dream for the modern office

Christel Deskins

Razer Proclick ProtypeSource: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central

“The average person spends 40% of their day working, 40 hours a week, and around 40 years of their life” is how Razer starts its PR spin on its new co-branded and developed mouse and keyboard accessories. While those numbers are sobering, they offer a stark reminder that, like owning a good bed, using ergonomic PC accessories to reduce stress and injury is worth some thought.

The Pro Click, Pro Type, and Pro Glide computer accessories, which are made in conjunction with Humanscale’s knowledge of design, offer a clean, non-gaming aesthetic that would make any Surface Studio owner proud. These wireless accessories are not low-cost, but they do provide some things I’ve been looking for, including backlit LED lights on a 2.4GHz keyboard.

I’ve spent the last few weeks using these tools, trading in my usual Razer gamer-focused ones. Here is what I think

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