HP has put forward a small robot it says can dramatically speed up construction work, by autonomously printing guidelines straight from the blueprints onto the floor. Rugged, roadworthy and extremely accurate, Siteprint is a super-quick layout tool.
The robot replaces the time-consuming manual process of site layout, using a variety of different inks to place precise lines, exact curves and faithful reproductions of complex shapes on all kinds of floors, from porous surfaces like concrete and plywood to terrazzo, vinyl or epoxy.
It doesn't require a perfectly smooth or clean floor – indeed, it can handle a certain degree of surface irregularity and obstacles up to 2 cm (0.8 in) high. It runs built-in obstacle and cliff drop sensors for fully autonomous operation, and will work around barriers even if they're not in the plans.
As well as layout lines, it's capable of printing more or less whatever else you need on the floor too, including text notes. Operators set it up using cloud-based tools for job preparation, fleet management and tracking, and can run it on site with a touch-screen tablet and a tripod-mounted "totalstation."
“The existing manual layout process can be slow and labor intensive,” said Albert Zulps, Director of Emerging Technology at Skanska - a global construction and development company currently using the SitePrint system for two of its US projects. "Despite being done by specialists, there is always the risk of human error, which can result in costly reworks. Layout experts are a scarce resource who add a lot of value in terms of planning and strategy, but often end up dedicating most of their time to manual execution. HP SitePrint lets us do more with less, helping reduce schedules thanks to a much faster layout process, and allowing senior operators to focus on other critical activities like quality control.”
While HP hasn't announced pricing, we assume the printer robot itself will be surprisingly cheap, but the ink's gonna be a killer. Yuk yuk.
Check out Siteprint in the video below.
HP SitePrint Skanska testimonial | HP
HP laptops offer something for you, whether you're a creative looking to edit photos, a gamer in search of aor a student in need of a small, lightweight laptop.
Many of the best HP laptops have features designed for remote or hybrid work such asand microphones, , longer battery life, and the .
Like other PC makers such as Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asus, HP is in the midst of updating the processors in its laptops and two-in-ones. That means Intel-based models are moving from 11th-gen to 12th-gen CPUs, while AMD Ryzen systems are switching from 5000-series chips to 6000-series. It also means it's generally a good time to look for deals on older models of the best HP laptops. However, we've also seen big performance improvements with the new processors. An updated model might cost a little more but will add to the overall longevity.
Spectre is HP's top consumer laptop line so you're getting the best of the best with this 16-inch two-in-one.
Of course, a premium two-in-one like the Spectre x360 comes at a relatively high price; it starts at around $1,200. The top-end configuration we reviewed was good but not great considering its $2,030 price. This is definitely one we recommend getting with the 12th-gen Intel processors and Intel Arc graphics if you're going to go all-in. Read our HP Spectre x360 16 review.
HP's Victus 16 is a surprisingly robust and powerful gaming laptop that keeps up with the latest games at a more affordable price. Compared to HP's high-end Omen gaming laptop line, the Victus is more of an all-purpose laptop but still configured for gaming with a price starting at less than $1,000. HP offers several configurations with graphics chip options ranging from Nvidia's entry-level GeForce GTX 1650 up to a midrange RTX 3060 or AMD Radeon RX 6500M. We like almost everything about it except for its flimsy display hinge and underwhelming speakers. Read our HP Victus 16 review.
There are plenty of convertible Chromebooks, where the screen flips around to the back of the keyboard so you can use it as a tablet. But Chrome tablets with removable keyboards like the HP Chromebook x2 11 are still a rarity. It offers long battery life and performance that rises (slightly) above the competition. The main downside is that it's expensive; the model we reviewed is $599. However, that price did include both the keyboard cover and USI pen and it's regularly on sale for $200. If you're interested make sure to wait for one of those deals. Read our HP Chromebook x2 11 review.
If you're making a laptop aimed at creatives, it's not enough to just put discrete graphics and a strong processor in a slim body. The extra performance really should be paired with a good screen, and that's what you get with the HP Envy 14. The laptop's 16:10 14-inch 1,920x1,200-pixel display not only gives you more vertical room to work, but is color-calibrated at the factory and covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut. The result: a well-rounded option for creatives looking for on-the-go performance at a reasonable price. This model is due for a refresh, though, so keep an eye out for updated models. Read our HP Envy 14 review.
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For much of modern American history, debates have been seen as a more or less essential part of any major political campaign. As much as candidates might squabble over the details ahead of time or claim they were mistreated after the fact, it was broadly assumed that they would at some point — or, frequently, more than once — meet in a formal face-off in front of the voters.
But that tradition has eroded over latest election cycles to the point where it’s become a genuine question whether some of the most important races in this year’s midterms might feature any debates at all. In state after state, candidates have been squabbling over the timing, circumstances and number of debates.
The debate over debates has been a central theme in Senate races in two of the most closely watched current contests. In Pennsylvania, Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz has repeatedly accused his Democratic opponent, John Fetterman, who suffered a stroke in May, of trying to avoid debates. A similar dynamic is happening in Georgia, but with the party affiliations reversed. Incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock had called out GOP challenger Herschel Walker for “dodging” several debate opportunities before the two campaigns came to an agreement on a single date next month. Both Fetterman and Walker eventually agreed to debate at least once.
The debate issue has emerged in a number of other races across the country. In Missouri, the Republican Senate candidate was a no-show at a candidate forum last week. It’s still unclear whether there will be any debates in the race for Pennsylvania governor. GOP candidate Doug Mastriano, who was at the Capitol during the Jan. 6 assault, has refused to participate in a traditional debate with an independent moderator. One key contest that definitely won’t include a debate is for governor of Arizona. Democrat Katie Hobbs has said she won’t debate “conspiracy theorist” Kari Lake, a Republican who has enthusiastically endorsed former President Trump’s lies about the 2020 presidential election.
There are a number of theories for why candidates have become increasingly skeptical of debates, including a belief that the potential risks of gaffes greatly outweigh the rewards of a strong performance and the lack of perceived consequences for skipping them. Some also point to the GOP’s general rejection of the mainstream media, which typically provides a platform for political debates.
There’s also disagreement over whether this trend really matters. Debate advocates say the events offer a critical opportunity for voters to learn about the candidates and their policy positions outside of hyper-calculated campaign ads and stump speeches. They say debates can serve as a proving ground for those who voters may have questions about the aspiring politicians’ fitness for office. Many also worry that the decline in debates is a troubling symptom of a much broader shift in which lawmakers increasingly feel they don’t have to be accountable to the people they represent.
But others make the case that it doesn’t really matter whether candidates debate in person. They point to a significant body of research that suggests debate performance has little to no effect on the results of even close races. Some also argue that skill at debating is in no way representative of how someone will perform in public office.
Debates have been scheduled in many of the high-profile Senate races across the country, all of them set to be held in October. It remains to be seen whether those events actually take place and whether they’ll play any role in deciding which party controls Congress for the next two years.
Healthy debates make a healthy democracy
“The value of debating in a democracy shouldn’t be understated. It’s a proven part of the process that helps voters become informed and make decisions on who is best to represent them in government. Voters deserve to know where candidates stand on certain issues, and debates and candidate forums are one of the best tools we have.” — Geoff Foster, executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts, to WGBH
Debates aren’t as enlightening for voters as many seem to think
“There’s not a lot of evidence we learn that much from debates in terms of policy content because the people who tend to watch debates are those who know a lot about the candidate and are tuning in to see their candidate win the same way you watch a sports game.” — Megan Goldberg, political scientist, to KCRG
Voters deserve a chance to see candidates as they really are
“The knock on debates is no one cares about them except the press. That they’re purely platforms for media outlets and media members. But they are more than that. They can show a candidate’s demeanor and temperament. How a candidate responds when challenged. They deliver voters the chance to hear candidate views. In their own words. In real time. Not through handlers. Not with press or pundit interruptions.” — John Baer, Penn Live
Good debaters don’t necessarily make good leaders
“There is campaigning, and there is governing. Two different things. … Campaign choices make a big difference, and the public cannot be expected to follow issues as closely as political professionals. And yet … in the end, it is governing that really matters.” — Nelson Morgan, Arizona Republic
Most debates are unimportant, but they can occasionally be decisive in close races
“General-election debates are usually dry affairs for which the competing camps have spent weeks preparing each candidate on how to avoid walking into political traps and rehearsing a few zingers that they hope the media will focus on in their post-mortem stories. But in very close races, small mistakes can prove decisive, or at least knock a campaign in the wrong direction for a few days.” — Paul Kane, Washington Post
Without real punishment for skipping them, a lot of candidates will see debates as unnecessary
“I like debates. I think candidates should do them & they risk bad press by not doing them. But from a campaign's perspective: 1. Debate prep takes a LOT of time 2. On an event with your opponent that rarely moves the needle 3. unless you screw up. So … if it's the case that you can skip debating, and the bad press doesn't matter because voters don't really care, then campaigns have every reason to skip them and spend more time on their own campaign activities.” — Bill Scher, political analyst
The debate over debates allows candidates to distract from issues that really matter
“The debates themselves are shaping up to be major campaign issues. It’s tedious, and it does not serve the voters.” — Editorial, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The decline of debates is a sign of how badly partisanship has splintered the country
“I don’t know how much utility they have … on the other hand, I do think it’s just a sad symptom of where we are in terms of polarization and candidates willingness … to even be in the same space with each other and talk about the same issues. It feels a little depressing to me.” — Amelia Thomson-Deveaux, FiveThirtyEight
Debates could play an important role in helping restore civility to U.S. politics
“I am hopeful we can get back to the ideal of debate, which allows citizens to be informed on the issues they need to confront. We are in a serious crisis of democracy, and we need to be able to figure out how to disagree without moving into the language of civil war.” — Tom Hollihan, political communication researcher, to U.S. News & World Report
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If Americans could conjure an ideal congressional candidate, that person would be an educated, healthy, millennial with some form of business experience, new polling from Insider/Morning Consult indicates.
The survey is part of Insider's "Red, White, and Gray" project, which explores the ongoing gerontocracy in the US and its ramifications for a younger generation. The poll from early September inquired about what Americans value when deciding "which candidate to vote for in an election."
The most essential aspect for a candidate, according to polling, was "the candidate's health," with 85% of respondents noting that it was either "very" or "somewhat important" to them.
The issue most recently surfaced after Democratic US Senate candidate John Fetterman had a stroke in May 2022, causing him to temporarily exit the campaign trail as he recovered. The campaign of his Republican opponent, former television host Mehmet Oz, has been quick to lambast Fetterman for his health issues.
"If John Fetterman had ever eaten a vegetable in his life, then maybe he wouldn't have had a major stroke and wouldn't be in the position of having to lie about it constantly," said Rachel Tripp, Oz's senior communications advisor, in August leading to backlash from the medical community.
Another key attribute for a candidate was education, with nearly eight in 10 adult respondents saying it's either "somewhat" or "very" important. The vast majority of Congress — 94% of House representatives and 100% of senators — possess a four-year college degree and many members have some form of graduate degree as well.
In addition to education, six-in-10 respondents noted that it would be a "good thing" if more "Americans with business experience" were represented in Congress.
Congress has typically had a fair share of members with a background that included some form of business experience — over half of the representatives from the 114th Congress (who were in office from January 2015 to January 2017) had some form of "business or banking experience," according to the Brookings Institution.
Some members of Congress still own businesses as they continue to serve, such as Rep. David Trone of "Total Wine & More" and Rep. Ted Budd of "ProShots," a gun store and shooting range.
The poll found that the age of candidates matters quite a lot, with nearly seven in 10 adult respondents saying it was "very" or "somewhat important" to them.
Accordingly, respondents were asked if it would be a "good thing for the country, a bad thing, or not have an impact at all" if more members of each specific generation were represented in Congress. Among the responses, millennials polled the highest, with four in 10 adult respondents saying it would a good thing if more millennials were represented.
According to the Pew Research Center, there are only 32 millennials currently serving in Congress, making them the second-least represented age group outside of Gen Z, which has zero representation in Congress.
The survey also indicated that having "enough background and experience to serve in political office" may not matter — nearly three-fourths of adult respondents said political experience doesn't matter as long as the candidate "is in touch with the needs and wishes of voters."
The Insider/Morning Consult survey was conducted from September 8 through September 10, with 2,210 respondents and a margin of error of +/- 2 percentage points.
New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate Don Bolduc’s home was the site of a fracas that turned “aggressive towards the police” and required a call for backup in 2018, according to an incident report and dispatch log obtained by The Daily Beast.
In December 2018, Bolduc’s wife, Sharon, placed a 911 call for a medical emergency. Dispatchers at the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department listed a man in his fifties with chest pain and difficulty breathing. Bolduc, a retired brigadier general, was 56 at the time.
Upon arriving at Bolduc’s home, an officer from the Stratham Police Department called dispatch to say it was “going to be a verbal domestic” incident and requested backup.
In the redacted incident report, the officer questioned an individual in front of the home who became “aggressive towards the police” and said, “I feel like I’m being interrogated in my own driveway.” The officer describes the rest of the family as “very cooperative” in the incident report.
Bolduc is the owner of the home, which was purchased in 2017, according to property records. The report redacted all identifying information, but the person is quoted referring to “my own driveway” at the same address of the Bolduc home. The Bolduc campaign did not dispute any of the interactions with police when provided with the incident report, and would only later say the candidate was not identified in the report and “is a decorated officer who always treats police with the utmost respect” and “was not ‘aggressive.’”
Attempts to calm the individual initially didn’t work, with the officer reporting their “demeanor did not change and was still very much on edge.”
The officer’s report also references two people in the home “were having an argument and it escalated,” and when he asked the individual in the driveway to explain, they only responded, “it just did.”
“I explained to [redacted] that I was unsure why [redacted] was being so aggressive towards the police as the rest of [redacted] family was very cooperative,” the officer said in the report.
The officer later called back to dispatch: “No crime. Peace restored.”
Six months later, Bolduc would officially declare his first Senate bid, where he was defeated in the 2020 New Hampshire Republican primary by Bryant “Corky” Messner, who would go on to lose to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen by more than 15 points.
Bolduc campaign spokesperson Kate Constantini said in a statement to The Daily Beast that the kerfuffle was the result of “brothers will be brothers” after one of Bolduc’s sons got into a car accident on the way home for Christmas. She did not address the confrontation with police.
“Brothers will be brothers and the next morning when the damage to the car was discovered, tensions were high between the boys,” Constantini said in the statement. “This incident was resolved between the brothers. Out of an abundance of caution the EMT’s were called when the General wasn’t feeling well trying to defuse the situation. Thankfully he was okay and the family enjoyed a lovely Christmas.”
The Stratham Police did not return a request for comment.
Although Bolduc’s personal Facebook page still lists him as an active patrolman with the Hampton Police Department, he is no longer an officer there.
The retired brigadier general has touted his support of police through both Senate campaigns, posing for a photo with a Salem Police officer last July. Bolduc wore a shirt with “GIVING UP ISN’T IN MY BLOOD” printed on it while holding a sign memorizing “DEFEND NOT DEFUND.”
Bolduc’s transition into the general election has been rocky. After spending months embracing Trump's election lies—he was one of 124 retired generals who signed a letter making the false claim that the 2020 election was stolen and that President Joe Biden was not legitimately elected— he reversed course days after winning the primary.
“I’ve done a lot of research on this and I have spent the past couple of weeks talking to Granite Staters all over the state, from every party, and I have come to the conclusion, and I want to be definitive about this, that the election was not stolen,” Bolduc told Fox News.
Two weeks beforehand, he said he stood by the letter and would never abandon his election-denial stance.
“I signed a letter with 120 other generals and admirals, saying that Trump won the election, and damn it, I stand by my oath,” Bolduc said at a debate hosted by the far-right Government Integrity Project. “I’m not switching horses, baby.”
Bolduc also went after fellow Republican New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu during the primary. He took credit for Sununu not entering the race by dissuading him through a supposed “a Sun Tzu-like campaign.” Bolduc also called the fifth most popular governor in the country a “communist Chinese sympathizer.”
A late endorsement from Sununu for Bolduc’s opponent wasn’t enough to turn the tides, and the pair ultimately made up on-camera after election night. Sununu offered a handshake, Bolduc offered a hug.
The night of his primary victory, Bolduc brandished a Halloween toy—King Leonidas’ shield from the movie 300—in a photo-op to cap off the night.
A Republican National Committee member told The Daily Beast that Bolduc has already been written off by most serious GOP operatives in the Granite State.
“He’s a liability anyway, I think he’s got enough other things,” the RNC member said, requesting anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
“If I were Maggie Hassan, I would take a vacation right about now.”
Commenters praised an anonymous job candidate for calling out the person interviewing him and explaining why "nobody wants to work anymore."
The original poster (OP), known as u/acfreeman94, posted about the incident in Reddit's "Antiwork" forum, where it received more than 7,300 upvotes and 400 comments. The post can be found here.
According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, over 60 percent of respondents said they quit their jobs in 2021 due to low pay.
Another 63 percent said they left jobs because they didn't feel there were opportunities for advancement and 57 percent felt disrespected at work. Nearly half of workers said child care issues and lacking flexibility played into their resignation.
Of those who quit, 33 percent said it was "very easy" to find a new job while 61 percent said it was "somewhat easy."
More than half reported a pay increase in their new role, as well as more opportunities for advancement and a better work-life balance.
In the post titled "nuked an interview because 'nobody wants to work anymore,' the OP said they had an interview at a paper plant during their day off.
After sitting through a two-hour pitch, he turned to the OP and said: "it seems like nowadays nobody wants to work anymore, what makes you want to work here."
The OP said there were many other "red flags" such as the fire alarm going off because of the dust in the air or lying about the pay.
"The biggest one being that he lied on the job posting about the pay and was only offering $18/hour when I was actively working a job that was paying me $32/hour," the post read. "So I mentally threw my hands up decided to just tank the interview."
The OP asked the interviewer if he would do the job for $500,000 a year and he said yes. The OP then asked if he thought more people would interview if the job was listed at $500,000 and he said "probably."
"I say 'so it's probably not that people don't want to work this job, but more that people don't want to work this job at this price,'" the post read. "Honestly he looked bewildered and just muttered 'so I take it you aren't interested in the job?'"
The OP replied that they would openly accept the job for $35 an hour, but the interviewer shook his head no.
"I essentially gave him an F you and expected to never hear from him again," the post read. "But the guy has the audacity to call me a few days later and tell me that he got the ok from his boss to hire me at a whole $20/hour. I laughed, thanked him for the opportunity and said no thank you."
More than 400 users commented on the post, many sharing similar experiences and opinions.
"Nowadays nobody wants to be a wage slave," one user commented.
"Work two jobs just to be poor is a real f**king slap," another commented.
"They love to tout the virtues of capitalism until they fail to keep up with labor costs. Then they blame the workers," another user commented. "If you can't afford labor costs, the market is putting you out of business, as it should."
"If they could enslave you legally they would by force," another user commented.
"I had something similar a few years ago. The job was being advertised as 'earning up to £2000 a month,'" one user commented. "I went to the interview, and the guy started explaining how the wages work. You are self-employed, your hourly rate is £0 and you earn based on commission...then I stood up, said 'stop ripping kids off with this job and don't take me for an idiot.'"
"I was at a union paper mill for a while where they paid $24/hr ten years ago," one user commented. "Now that we know what can happen to demand for toilet paper it should be more like $50/hr today."
Newsweek reached out to u/acfreeman94 for comment.
In another viral Reddit post, a woman was praised for quitting her job on the spot and another worker was applauded for their resignation email.
Last week, hundreds of commenters took to Reddit to praise millennial workers for their "entitled ways."
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