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Comment: Crucial Conversations (Score 1) 276

by paylett (#42373421) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Gently Keep Management From Wrecking a Project?
Some time back I was sent on 'manager training' to learn how to have difficult conversations. I was expecting it to be a load of crap, but was surprised to actually learn quite a lot from it. I recommend reading the book it was based on: Crucial Conversations - Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High .

Comment: The carrot and the stick (Score 1) 360

by paylett (#38368160) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Get Non-Developers To Send Meaningful Bug Reports?
1. Make a simple clear web page that (in not too many words) shows people what is expected.
2. If they do a good job, reward them by promptly fixing the bug for them.
3. If they do a bad job, bounce the ticket back to them with a link to the "how to raise a bug" page.

Comment: Re:Who doesn't have 20+ (Score 5, Interesting) 559

by paylett (#34992354) Attached to: How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

Computers, scanners, printers, network switches/routers, cameras, cell phones, TVs, game systems, heating/cooling system, automobiles, lots of tools and small appliances too

Add to that:

  • toys, user inputs for games (eg Wii-mote)
  • remote controls, DVD players, fax, fixed phones, answering machine, set-top box, audio system
  • watch, digital clocks and alarms, microwaves, baby monitor, hot-water system, washing machine, dish washer, coffee maker, bread maker, musical greeting cards, some Christmas lights, smoke detectors
  • car keys, credit cards, security cards, mobile SIM cards, hard-tokens
  • keyboards, mice, graphics tablets, monitors, blue-tooth accessories, video cards, HDDs
  • digital scales, electric toothbrush, electric shaver, digital thermometer, pace maker, hearing aid

And finally, every single book, DVD, or product that has a deactivated RFID security chip.

If the answers are between 0 and 20, then a better question would be "How many microprocessors are on you personally right now"?

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