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Comment: Some Additional Details (Score 2) 342

- Musk has commented that the issue has been diagnosed as some stiction that was causing a lag between computer commands getting carried out. They believe the issue will be straightforward to fix. - Musk's claim is that the barge didn't sustain any serious damage.

Comment: Genious! (Score 2) 131

by Daniel Bigham (#49439043) Attached to: Why Some Developers Are Live-Streaming Their Coding Sessions
This is such a great idea. Here is my 2 cents: When I was in high school, university, and then even in the working world, I started to notice a pattern: When I'd get stuck on a problem and I'd then go to get help, the act of describing the problem would lead to this light bulb moment in my head, and then I'd say "Sorry, actually, I think I just figured it out", and I'd impishly go back to my desk feeling badly for having bothered someone. My theory for why this happens so often is that the act of using the language parts of your brain to communicate something have significant affects on your ability to understand something and to gain insight into it. Exactly why this happens in such a powerful way, I'm not quite sure, but the affect seems to be pretty evident. Perhaps it even has to do with the part of your brain that tries to guess how someone will respond to your communication -- I think it's well understood that we have a powerful feature in our brain that tries to predict just prior to us saying something how another person will react, so that we presumably can avoid unwanted outcomes. But what happens when that predictor says "oh, duh, I know what they're going to say", and that happens to be a suggestion that leads to the answer. It almost seems connected to the "I want to avoid being embarrassed" impetus in our brain -- that as I'm explaining the problem, there's this fearful part of my brain that say "oh crap, this is probably something simple and I'm about to be embarrassed by how easy it is for them to correct my mistake", and then it frantically does some quick computations to figure out what silly little insight I missed that is going to lead to embarrassment, and then it comes running to my consciousness in the nick of time and say "WAIT WAIT, I have it!". Simply sitting at your desk stumped by a problem, and perhaps bored, don't elicit that same jolt of mental frenicity.(nice, I just made up a new word -- frenicity) I can definitely imagine that live streaming your coding and having to explicitly defend why you're doing something a certain way, etc, etc, could lead to some really nice benefits. This is also one advantage of working at home like I do... you can "talk to yourself" in various ways -- encourage yourself, defend your ideas to yourself as the judge, etc, and that all involves the explicit linguistic circuitry that normaly lay dormant if your'e sitting in a cube farm being quiet.

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