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+ - Does Facelift Gym Work->

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An anonymous reader writes "Facelift gym is a small device that acts like a little personal trainer for our eyes and workouts the muscles under eyes through its vibration movement"
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+ - Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Be Refilled Like Toner Cartridges->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "Even today's best rechargeable lithium batteries do lose their ability to hold a charge after a while, and are considered toxic waste once discarded. In just a few years, however, they may be replaced by batteries that are refillable and biodegradable, and that will also have a higher energy density yet a lower price ... and they'll run on sugar."
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Comment: passive-aggressive undermining (Score 1) 403

by j_l_larson (#39453061) Attached to: Do Women Make Better Bosses?

As I grew in my abilities and my confidence, though, I was more likely to run into conflicts and differences with some of those same women managers. Communication was less direct than it needed to be, personality differences became more of an issue than they were with male managers, and occasionally, problems would escalate to a passive-aggressive undermining. Conversely, men in management seemed more likely to recognize and acknowledge my increasing competence, and when corrective communication was needed it was short, direct, and efficient.

passive-aggressive undermining ... Insightful, you've definitely nailed something there. I'll help you improve as long as you continue to acknowledge me as the leader/wiser one .... don't become smarter than me... I've seen this from both sexes though, ... bosses and coworkers, parents .... it almost defines the most basic problem with corporate office culture ... primadonnas, managers, kings, queens and other sorts of egos must all be paid tribute to ... possibly the defining purpose of the invention of diplomacy...

Comment: Re:Obvious answer is obvious (Score 1) 495

by j_l_larson (#36698552) Attached to: Are You Too Good For Code Reviews?
Yep. Code reviews work best when there is an agreed upon coding standard and maybe even some sort of Czar to weigh in with ultimate authority. There are some people who will waste everyone's time niggling pettily about spacing before and after the parens and such. Code reviews can also bog down indefinitely as different reviewers weigh in with a demand for a complete refactoring that differs fundamentally from another reviewer's outrageous time consuming refactoring request. You are then stuck in the position of trying to please two parties who are engaged in a philosophical power struggle and not being able to. I have seen code languish in limbo this way for weeks because no one had time to sort it out and no one would approve the code review. Nevertheless despite such occasional abuses, I still believe code reviews are essential.

Comment: Re:also known as 'age discrimination' laundering (Score 3, Interesting) 235

by j_l_larson (#35896742) Attached to: Google, Microsoft In Epic Hiring War
I was doing well on a phone interview with Google until I casually revealed that CS was my second career (e.g. I'm "old"). The interviewer almost hung up on me right then, and scrambled to end the call quickly. If you happen to go to their campus, you'll be hard pressed to find any bald heads or silver hair anywhere. The vast majority of them are under 30, seriously.

Comment: Re:Lost touch with user base? (Score 1) 241

by j_l_larson (#24936857) Attached to: USDOJ Sniffing Google Antitrust Suit, Hires Ex-Disney Lawyer
Google is getting in everybody's space, which is ticking off most the industry. Google's products are not generally better, (often flakey or worse (consider google docs and gmail - so what? the only advantage they offer is that they are free (for now) ) ), they just have amazing brand name recognition. The buyers of these products are buying buzz, not quality. Google is becoming an octopus. Go out and try to set up a lemonade stand, Google will set up a competing stand down the street and give lemonade away for free! Just because they can. It doesn't mean they should. They have already destroyed the search market because only crazy people would start up a search company and go up against them. They are busily destroying most other markets too.

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