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Submission + - Happy software developers solve problems better. (peerj.com)

HagraBiscuit writes: Researchers from the Faculty of Computer Science, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy, have quantified and analysed affective mood index against objective measures of problem-solving effectiveness for a group of software developers.
From report abstract:
"The results offer support for the claim that happy developers are indeed better problem solvers in terms of their analytical abilities. The following contributions are made by this study: (1) providing a better understanding of the impact of affective states on the creativity and analytical problem-solving capacities of developers, (2) introducing and validating psychological measurements, theories, and concepts of affective states, creativity, and analytical-problem-solving skills in empirical software engineering, and (3) raising the need for studying the human factors of software engineering by employing a multidisciplinary viewpoint."

Graziotin D, Wang X, Abrahamsson P. (2014) Happy software developers solve problems better: psychological measurements in empirical software engineering. PeerJ 2:e289 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peer...

Comment Re:PEDs? (Score 1) 253

Have you seen that excellent documentary The Bourne Legacy? Strictly, the option should have stated "military grade" not "weapons grade" Peformance Enhancing Drugs. MGPEDs currently only be used by elite black ops agents or other military type folks with a shorter than average life expectancy such that long term effects are either neglected or never found out about owing to other things prematurely curbing their enjoyment of oxygen. As such, they don't need normal regulatory approval. I suppose an "all drugs allowed" athletics tournament would have a kind of macabre spectator appeal to see just how much some people are willing to fuck themselves up to gain a little bubble-reputation and a little cash, much like X-factor or similar car-crash TV.

Comment Point of order: Energy cannot be created. (Score 1) 377

The synopsis states that the facility was... "creating enough energy to power 70,000 homes". This is, as every physics 101 student knows, fundamentally incorrect. The facility may have converted or even harvested enough energy to power 70,000 homes, but it did NOT create that energy. Even the sun, from which the converted energy came, merely converted some of its mass into the heat and light which eventually reached the facility. Yours etc, Viscount Pedantic Bastard.

Comment Public domain? Mostly, but it achieves nothing. (Score 1) 457

Given the number of servers, gateways, routers, switches any average email gets routed through, it would generally be imprudent to assume that the information contained therein is any more secure than if it were written on a postcard and sent through the mail, with the addition that a copy of the postcard is retained each time it is handled. I can't comment technically on chat messages, but I would assume the same (or similar) to be true. It is illegal for anyone, including government, to open physical mail not addressed to them without judicial oversight, but to read a postcard? I don't think that requires a warrant, does it? It might require some degree of legalisation for the information gleaned to be admissible in a court of law, but even Mr Postman can do the gleaning without getting knuckles rapped. I would imagine that a similar principle applies to emails / chats etc. If I intended to communicate anything I believe could get me in trouble with the authorities, I definitely absolutely positively would NOT do so over email or chat. I imagine that anyone else with even a third of a brain would find other methods too, so governments intercepting emails will likely achieve nothing more than: 1) Creating a hell of a lot more work for already overworked analysts and 2) Seriously pissing off civil liberties groups and the citizenry in general. So, okay Govt.com go ahead and read all of our postcards to each other, see where it gets you. F#ckin' nowhere except closer to a revolution, I'll warrant.

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