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Comment Re:IMO, it trends whichever way the wind blows.... (Score 1) 294

Even Google embraced the open floor-plan concept,

I think that the difference is that Google seems to do it correctly. I've worked in both Google offices and in other companies that did "open floor-plan", and I noticed a few things that Google does right:

  • It's open within small groups (~12-15) of desks with higher walls separating the groups. This generally means that you have a team sitting together with open communication and you don't have to worry about noise/distractions from other teams.
  • They have meeting rooms of various sizes, from non-bookable phone rooms (often used for personal calls) up to larger meeting rooms. People are encouraged to grab a meeting room if they're having an in-depth discussion with multiple folks.
  • Common areas (kitchen, cafeteria) are separated from work areas. This means that visual/auditory/olfactory distractions from those areas are minimized, while still providing a place for people to get together and chat informally.
  • There are quiet areas for people to focus. Most office have quieter "library" style areas, as well as "wellness" rooms with comfortable chairs/dimmable lighting. I have migraine issues, so the wellness areas were invaluable to me.

Comment Re:I've noticed here in the UK... (Score 1) 551

Perhaps it's just a more permanent way of indicating that it's a handicapped spot? Wheelchair symbols painted onto the pavement like they have here in Canada can fade with time making it unclear that it is/was a spot. It's a bit harder to not notice when you've got a big orange thing sticking up from the pavement.

Comment Re:Kind of early to predict that (Score 1) 305

Don't see how the security is any better than a direct https link between Exchage and your phone.

I honestly am not familiar with Androids/iPhones - do they have the option for remote lockdown/wiping of the device? I know this has been used a few times where I work when someone has managed to lose their BlackBerry or has decided to not return it after being let go from the company.

GNU is Not Unix

FSF Announces Hardware Endorsement Criteria 273

sveinungkv writes "The Free Software Foundation has announced criteria for the hardware endorsement program 'Respects Your Freedom.' From the announcement: 'The desire to own a computer or device and have full control over it, to know that you are not being spied on or tracked, to run any software you wish without asking permission, and to share with friends without worrying about Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) — these are the desires of millions of people who care about the future of technology and our society. (...) With our endorsement mark and the strong criteria that back it, we plan to bridge that gap and demonstrate to manufacturers that they stand to gain plenty by making hardware that respects people's freedom instead of curtailing it.' While it currently contains some requirements that many may find broader than what they personally need, the remaining criteria would make the FSF endorsement a useful tool when looking for devices that give the owner control over the device they have bought and paid for. The criteria are still open for feedback."

Your Browser History Is Showing 174

tiffanydanica writes "For a lot of us our browser history is something we consider private, or at least not something we want to expose to every website we visit. Web2.0collage is showing just how easy it is (with code!) for sites to determine what sites you visit. When you visit the site it sniffs your browser history, and creates a collage of the (safe for work) sites that you visit. It is an interesting application of potentially scary technology (imagine a job application site using this to screen candidates). You can jump right into having your history sniffed if you so desire. While the collages are cool on their own merit, they also serve as an illustration of the privacy implications of browser history sniffing."

Comment Re:QuestHelper (Score 1) 344

I think that may run afoul of the new policies as well:

All add-ons must be distributed free of charge. Developers may not create "premium"; versions of add-ons with additional for-pay features, charge money to download an add-on, charge for services related to the add-on, or otherwise require some form of monetary compensation to download or access an add-on.

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