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Comment: Re:Competing at Timbuktu rates (Score 1) 281 281

UI work is often like interior decorating: people shuffle stuff all around until they are happy, and THEN change their mind again, sometimes out of whim or sometimes because they asked for something impractical and had to learn the hard way because they don't like receiving advice from the experienced.

Comment: Competing at Timbuktu rates (Score 1) 281 281

If you work from home, you are competing with inexpensive overseas labor at "3rd-world" rates, and have to price yourself as such.

It's unfortunate it's come to that, and is largely why commute traffic exists. Imagine all the fuel saved and reduced pollution if most could work from home. It's a shame.

Comment: Re: Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 1) 287 287

Regarding that particular war. The real "problem" is that war can be inherently really ugly and dirty. If we really wanted to "play to win", we'd have have to give up the idea of dignity and good public relations. The other side had the advantage of filtering the media for their constituents (at least the constituents they cared about). We didn't really have that option.

If we got down and dirty, we'd end up looking down and dirty to the whole world and ourselves. I won't make a value judgement either way here, only point out the very difficult PR side of choosing that path.

The cold war was as much of a PR game as it was a territory game. Both sides were trying to sell their system to the world. Both factors, territory and PR had to be accounted for, and in this case both factors were in conflict, giving us no easy choice. One or the other would likely have to take a hit.

Comment: Variety (Score 1) 325 325

In general, the study trends are pointing to rotating positions periodically. Standing sometimes, sitting others, and shifting positions in general throughout the day. There is no ONE right work position.

How to implement that furniture-wise is another story. I'm envisioning something like a dental chair where the height and position can be controlled via a set of buttons or levers. The desk would be higher up so that one can sit, stand, or do something in-between without having to move the desk (thus simplifying the system).

However, there could be downsides to such:

+ - Pluto probe back to normal, cause of snafu found->

Tablizer writes: "Update:...NASA’s New Horizons mission is returning to normal science operations after a July 4 anomaly and remains on track for its July 14 flyby of Pluto. The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter "safe mode" on July 4 has concluded that no hardware or software fault occurred on the spacecraft. The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby. No similar operations are planned for the remainder of the Pluto encounter.
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Comment: Re:Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 2) 287 287

I couldn't find any solid evidence of your Cronkite claims. It appears to be unverified hearsay.

But even if it were true, that's just one news person. There were hundreds of others. One data point does not make a case.

I would note that Cronkite was generally neutral early in the war, but came to the conclusion it was a bad idea after a few years of covering it almost daily, and stated his change of opinion publicly.

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