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Comment: Re:I like the open plan (Score 1) 314

by pescadero (#46047445) Attached to: Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office

I like an open plan too. With the right people (who aren't loud, and who still know how to be polite about interruptions), and the right floor layout (minimize foot traffic near where you sit), it can be a great environment to work.

I worked at a company that moved from a one-big-space office to one with lots of individual offices. It drastically increased the siloing of various teams; I think we had much more camaraderie before the move.

I haven't yet seen any decent research which proves one way or another whether an open plan helps. What I have seen, is some pretty flimsy and inconclusive research that people often quote as "overwhelming" evidence against an open plan.

Comment: Common knowledge (Score 1) 374

by pescadero (#44725035) Attached to: Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph

My psychology professor taught us all how to beat lie detectors, are they going to arrest him too? Sheesh, I'll just tell you what he told us:

1) The polygraph measures a stress response in your body. And the idea is, you are more stressed when you tell a lie.
2) But, everyone is different, so in order to tell what is stressful for you, they need to determine a baseline. So during the polygraph they will ask you some really easy questions, like what is your name.
3) For some physiological reason, if you curl your toes it produces a measurable stress response.
4) So whenever they ask an easy question, curl your toes. They won't be able to get an accurate baseline reading.

No guarantees on whether that will work. He mentioned that a good polygraph operator will be able to tell that you are messing with him, even if he can't tell which answers were lies.

Comment: Re:This is the dumbest idea ever (Score 1) 478

by pescadero (#44302473) Attached to: Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

have you looked at the site? Here is the master plan for monetization:

Buy OneWord

A OneWord is a personalised word of letters and numbers for a location of your choice. Read more...

All OneWords start with *

  GBP 0.99 – 1 year GBP 2.49 – 3 years GBP 3.99 – 5 years GBP 7.49 – 10 years

Comment: Re:For those unfamiliar with the service . . . (Score 1) 206

by pescadero (#37313422) Attached to: Cloud Gaming Service OnLive Unofficially On Linux

Those of us who know anything about bandwidth and compression and (especially) latency can see the enormous technical obstacles facing a service like this, and Onlive has never done anything to explain how they intend to solve them. Instead, they've done everything they can to lock out independent reviewers with NDAs and closed demonstrations. A friend of mine described it as the gaming equivalent of the perpetual motion scam, and IMO that's spot on (except that Onlive would still have the draconian DRM issues even if it worked perfectly)..

Are you a time traveller from 2 years ago, or is this comment copy-pasted? Anyone (in the US) can try Onlive for free now, there's no more NDAs or closed demonstrations or whatever. Just shut up and go try it. It works fine for many people (including myself), it depends on your network connection of course.

Java

+ - Apple Censors Java discussion

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A quick Google search of "java 6 apple" turns up some interesting results. Note the following two threads on Apple's support website:

Both have since been taken down or otherwise made inaccessible. Seems a lot of Java developers are upset about the lack of information about Java 6 support in OS X, and Apple's removal of the Java 6 developer preview from the ADC website.

The discussions can still be viewed here: "

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