Windows 10: the blocking for the 2004 version is lifted on the Surface

Technology: Microsoft was preventing certain Surface devices from updating to the 2004 version due to technical issues. The blockade was lifted on June 29.
Microsoft releases the block it placed on certain Surface devices to prevent them from updating to version 2004. This block prevented users of certain Surface models manufactured by Microsoft, including Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7, from downloading and manually install the latest Windows 10 feature update.

According to information released as part of the May 2020 update, devices with more than one network adapter capable of operating in "Always On, Always Connected" mode may experience unexpected shutdowns and reboots. The Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 both fall into this category. (Other surface devices can also be included; I asked Microsoft for a list of affected devices, but got no response).



Several technical problems when launching the updateEven though a patch (KB4557957) was released on June 9 as part of …

Prevost: workers' union regrets massive layoffs

The crisis is hitting the bus manufacturer Prévost, which is cutting 300 jobs at its Sainte-Claire plant in Chaudière-Appalaches. It is therefore a third of the 900 workers in the factory who will lose their livelihood in the coming weeks. "The demand for intercity buses has dropped by 60 to 65% in North America," said Emmanuelle Toussaint, vice-president at Volvo, the parent company of Prévost.  The Unifor Quebec union was sorry on Saturday for the dismissal of 300 of the 850 workers at the Prevost plant in Sainte-Claire, despite efforts to preserve their jobs.
 
Prevost: workers' union regrets massive layoffs

"The federal government's wage subsidy has allowed us to limit layoffs, but it's still a temporary measure," she adds. "We expect the crisis to last for more than a few months. Probably until the end of the year. "  Few customers have canceled orders so far, but many have postponed bus deliveries slated for 2020, said Toussaint. In December 2019, Prévost announced an order for $ 260 million, the largest in its history, for 307 coaches to be delivered from 2020 to 2022. The buyer is the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York, which is currently experiencing significant financial difficulties due to the unprecedented drop in ridership.
Production has been suspended since March 24 at the Prévost plant. Activities will not resume until June 1.

For the moment, the other subsidiary of Volvo in Quebec, the city bus manufacturer Nova Bus, does not intend to lay off among its approximately 1000 employees of Saint-Eustache and Saint-François-du-Lac . Return to work will begin on Monday. Transit companies have plummeted by more than 80% due to the pandemic and containment measures, but most of them continue to take possession of the buses they ordered. "There are even companies that have just launched tenders for deliveries in 2021 or 2022," notes Emmanuelle Toussaint. Nova Bus remains cautious, however, being well aware of the financial fragility of many of its customers.


“The backlog having collapsed by 65% due to the effects of COVID-19 on the tourism and culture sectors, the employer says it is forced to lay off workers. We suspect, no one is traveling by bus or will do so in the short and medium term, "said union representative François Gignac.

All workers at the factory had been receiving the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (SSUC) since mid-March. "As the situation is likely to persist over time, the company decided to lay off workers in order to preserve their liquidity given the costs inherent in SSUC, the pension plan, group insurance, holidays, etc. . ”, Said Mr. Gignac. The decision to proceed with the layoffs came from the company's senior management in Sweden, said Unifor. The union explains that workers in Prevost offices will be less affected. Out of a total of 250 workers, around 25 will be affected by the cuts. "We are obviously worried because no one knows when the situation will get better. We are working to offer help and support as much as possible in the circumstances, ”concluded Mr. Gignac.