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Uhhh (3, Funny)

proverbialcow (177020) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600562)

I'm pretty sure I would get fired for running a grow house in my office.

Re:Uhhh (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600590)

Duuuude, not THAT kind of plant. Even though high temperature lights would be splendid for them.

Re:Uhhh (2)

proverbialcow (177020) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600726)

Right? And I'm pretty sure my productivity would increase only if by 'productivity' you mean 'Cheeto consumption.'

Re:Uhhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35602068)

Evidence from southern american drug cartels and Michael Phelps indicates differently.

Re:Uhhh (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601546)

You seem to have been fooled by the fictional "heat lamps" mentioned in police bust reports. This is a blatant lie aimed at tricking people into ineffective grows. Cannabis grows fine at room temperature and overheating is a much bigger problem than cold for indoor grows. The less heat, but more light, the better.

The real lights used are high pressure sodium, with a low color temperature for best vegetative growth, and metal halide, with a higher color temperature for best flowering. If somebody is using only one type of light it will be the low color temperature high pressure sodium. Fluorescent lighting is also usable for small scale grows but is less efficient.

Office plant (3, Funny)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600576)

Make sure the office plant has a comfortable chair in his cubicle.

Re:Office plant (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600644)

"I completely understand everything you just said, but please explain it to this man, for he is a Mongoloid."

"It's true! I don't even have a cow!"

Re:Office plant (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601262)

"I completely understand everything you just said, but please explain it to this man, for he is a Mongoloid."

"It's true! I don't even have a cow!"

if your a big fat chick you'll make a great substitute for a cow

any lardass disgusting fatbody would of course

On the contrary (4, Funny)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600674)

Multiple monitors make it easier to appear productive with less effort.

Re:On the contrary (1)

Albert Sandberg (315235) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600936)

This, plus dual screens are good for doing OTHER stuff than working, when you're into programming enough, you won't focus on much else anyway. But hey, there is a facebook update* on my other screen!

* Disclamer: I don't have facebook.

Re:On the contrary (2)

Dexter Herbivore (1322345) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601122)

I lament the loss of "bosskeys" in current games... nothing better than playing a game like Leisure Suit Larry and hitting that single key when a boss walks around the corner, preserving your crap job in the process.

Not on facebook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601162)

You [facebook.com] sure [facebook.com] about [facebook.com] that [facebook.com] ?

Re:On the contrary (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601652)

You must not do many long debugging sessions. Debuggers deserve their own screen.

Re:On the contrary (3, Informative)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600970)

I think the issue with the assertion is that it only applies to certain types of work. It's amazingly handy for somebody working on photo manipulation or graphic design to have one monitor showing the whole image and perhaps the toolbars and the other showing just the region that is being worked on.

Likewise it can be really helpful for a receptionist to have an email program going on one monitor and a word processing program going in the other.

With the advent of large monitors, a better solution for the latter would probably be to have a decent utility to split up the main screen, but I've yet to see one that really did a very good job of splitting one monitor into multiple logical monitors. X seems to do the best job, but there's complications there and that doesn't apply to Windows anyways.

Re:On the contrary (1)

amRadioHed (463061) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601304)

With the advent of large monitors, a better solution for the latter would probably be to have a decent utility to split up the main screen, but I've yet to see one that really did a very good job of splitting one monitor into multiple logical monitors.

I'm not sure what you mean here. Have you tried one of those new fangled desktop environments with their fancy window managers? They seem to do what you call for.

Re:On the contrary (2)

gknoy (899301) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601690)

Some programs like to maximize, and scale their layouts (crappily) based on the maximum physical size of the screen. This makes resizing the window to something other than effectively-maximized both annoying and visually unappealing, in some cases. Having a way to enforce a "maximize" that only maximized height, or within certain bounds (say, a full-screen presentation), perhaps via virtual monitors, would be handy in some situations.

Re:On the contrary (1)

beelsebob (529313) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601888)

You mean say, that (+) button that's existed on Mac OS since the very beginning that doesn't maximise the window, but instead makes it big enough to show the content and no bigger?

Re:On the contrary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601366)

Where I work we have lots of people taking information from a variety of sources (web, email, pdf, etc) and entering it into a management system. Dual monitors make this sort of thing much easier; it's the one upgrade where we have no doubt that productivity has increased. You wouldn't make people sit at a school sized desk, and most of their work happens on the screen, you need real estate there too. For this type of work I think 2 monitors are better than one, even if the total screen area is the same, just because it's easier for most people to manage two maximized windows than alt-tab & find what you're looking for.

Re:On the contrary (1)

KalvinB (205500) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601386)

Having two monitors I feel a lot less claustrophobic. It may not increase my productivity but I'm far less agitated when doing my job. I don't like hunting for tabs to switch between views. When debugging .Net sites it's nice to have to site remain in view when the breakpoint is hit.

Wearing comfortable clothes probably doesn't increase productivity either.

The article lies. (4, Insightful)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601440)

There HAVE been studies that show that multiple monitors increase productivity.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/vibe.aspx [microsoft.com]

The first study revealed that the users' productivity increased by 9 percent. Further studies showed even greater increases - at times up to 50 percent for tasks such as cutting and pasting. Mary Czerwinski, the VIBE research manager, is excited about her group's discoveries, asking, "If you're able to squeeze 10 percent more productivity out, do you know how much money that will save?"

The article is utter garbage.

Re:The article lies. (2, Interesting)

jdgeorge (18767) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601608)

The article (second link in summary) about ways to increase productivity doesn't mention multiple monitors, and appears to have relevant research backing up all of its suggestions.

The Advice column (first link) does appear to be something a lazy writer pulled our of his or her... uh... ear.

Overall, the summary is exactly the quality I expect to find on Slashdot.

Re:The article lies. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35602084)

Plus, when the fuck did it become the responsibility of employees to engage in the never-ending pursuit of increasing productivity when all the gains their employers make from that increase don't make it back to the employees? Productivity has nearly tripled over the last 40 years but median wages for men (to cancel out the effect of women's wages increasing to match men's) have DECLINED. Fuck everything about that.

Re:The article lies. (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35602328)

Plus, when the fuck did it become the responsibility of employees to engage in the never-ending pursuit of increasing productivity when all the gains their employers make from that increase don't make it back to the employees? Productivity has nearly tripled over the last 40 years but median wages for men (to cancel out the effect of women's wages increasing to match men's) have DECLINED. Fuck everything about that.

I'm sorry, but my wages have NOT increased to the point where they match a man's pay for the same job. Sexism is alive and well in the I.T. industry. And no, your pay didn't go down to pay for an increase in wages - as you point out, the employers kept it - in your own words - all the gains their employers make from that increase don't make it back to the employees".

Re:On the contrary (1)

Antisyzygy (1495469) | more than 3 years ago | (#35602012)

I use dual monitors all the time. Being able to read instructions or a scientific article in one window while you are applying it to code or a document in the other is very helpful. Most people don't need two monitors, but coders and some scientists will be the first to tell you how useful it is.

What I want... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35600730)

Two dozen chicks in tight shorts!

Re:What I want... (2)

flaming error (1041742) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600850)

I used to have a co-worker who kept (in his cubicle) three puppies in tight sweaters.

Never heard of keeping chickens in the office before. Sounds messy. Oh, that must be what the tight shorts are for...

Re:What I want... (1)

KarrdeSW (996917) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601014)

In freshmen year of college, my roommates and I raised three baby chickens in our dorm room.

It was an ag school, so it made a little bit of sense. I think the RA just pretended not to notice that we were hiding them whenever he came by.

Re:What I want... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601538)

wow, you guy were awesome.
the RA was probably avoiding your dorky asses.

Careful with the temperature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35600764)

Gas lighting would really be better, or a mix. Definitely a little warmer artificial lighting than "relax" or "soft white," but going full daylight on everyone is stress-inducing. Think about working in a hospital clean room (they have enough sources of stress, but they really need the high-temp lights for focus).

Non-critical work is a balance of focus and relaxation. Of course this is pretty much directly cited in the article, given they recommend high temp lights (focus) and office plants (more "natural" setting for reduced stress).

High temp light sources? (2)

chemicaldave (1776600) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600772)

Did they just give up on the idea of a window for actual sun-light?

Re:High temp light sources? (2)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601030)

Depends where the office is, if you're located in an office building you likely don't have just areas next to the windows, and I think that's what they're talking about there. Plus you don't get even light all day anyways. Around here the sun doesn't come up until fairly late in the morning and goes down early in the afternoon. So even if you do have a window during those periods its not terribly useful anyways.

Re:High temp light sources? (2)

chemicaldave (1776600) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601482)

It's true. Windows and sunlight are reserved for the benefit of managers. And yes, the sun might not be out for very long in some places, but the cubicle farms are some of the most unproductive workplaces. The least they could do is try to include ambient sunlight into the workspace instead of glaring the same fluorescent bulbs from 8-5 in a sad, depressing stink hole where 4-5 consultants work in the same 12x12 space devoid of any color save for the shirt on your chest and whatever Windows theme you happen to choose.

Re:High temp light sources? (1)

rock_climbing_guy (630276) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601632)

Crazy! I have co-workers who *insist* on dimming the lights and closing window-blinds. I imagine that they go home and turn the lights up high when they sleep.

Re:High temp light sources? (2)

Antisyzygy (1495469) | more than 3 years ago | (#35602078)

I like the dark with some ambient light coming in. Its relaxing. I also like faint blue artificial light during the night, also relaxing. I guess I just like the dark even though Im not a goth or anything. I only really enjoy the sun when Im out hiking, on a lake or at the beach or something.

They missed one (5, Insightful)

sharp3 (1195261) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600778)

#1 improvement to productivity) Closing Slashdot!

Re:They missed one (2)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601740)

Apparently part of it is using a less intrusive operating system as well:

the study came to the conclusion that it was pixels, not monitors that increased productivity

And people bicker at me about my desire to regain as many pixels as I can. (I'm looking at you Office, Windows 7 Aero, Organize and Address Bars...)

No research against it (1, Insightful)

ChienAndalu (1293930) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600792)

Not everything can or has to be proven with research. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, claiming a second monitor helps is hardly extraordinary.

Re:No research against it (2)

nigelo (30096) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600832)

Not everything can or has to be proven with research.

*citation needed*

Re:No research against it (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600918)

Citation needed that a citation is needed

Re:No research against it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601172)

A citation is needed for every comment [citation: see this comment].

Re:No research against it (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601528)

A citation is needed for every comment [citation: see this comment].

Geez, don't any of you know how to use google any more?

Two Screens Are Better Than One [microsoft.com] .

Of course, once everyone goes dual/triple/quad, Microsoft will then charge extra for "Window MultiMonitor Edition", and FUD-packer Florian Mueller will claim that Microsoft has various patents that prevent linux from using multiple monitors, but that's another story.

Re:No research against it (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601782)

One wonders if alternative OSes had better support for multiple monitors (sometimes it' can be a pain) if that study would have a different conclusion.

Re:No research against it (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35602014)

Not everything can or has to be proven with research.

*citation needed*

try Google. when you come up with a counter-argument all by yourself like a big boy, you can then dispute what he said.

wikitard idiots like you don't understand that every discussion forum is not an encyclopedia. "citation needed" is code for "i am too lazy to look this up, please hold my hand, i am so pathetic and helpless, won't you do all my legwork for me and spoonfeed me the results?"

Re:No research against it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35600864)

claiming a second monitor helps is hardly extraordinary.

That depends on who is paying for it.

Re:No research against it (2)

blue trane (110704) | more than 3 years ago | (#35602292)

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence was used to deny Aristarchus's 3rd century BC heliocentric theory. "Where's the parallax motion of the stars, if the earth is rotating? Any why isn't the wind stronger if the planet is spinning?" But there is parallax motion, their instruments just weren't sensitive enough; and the wind objection seems to be the real extraordinary claim. In conclusion, instead of following homilies like "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence", the Greeks should have been developing the instruments to test the heliocentric claim properly. Instead we had to wait almost 2 millenia before science finally admitted the extraordinary was true...

Re:No research against it (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#35602396)

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

No they don't. All they require is consistent and valid evidence, just like any other claim. The moment you start dividing things into ordinary and extraordinary you introduce personal subjectivity, and that is a mistake.

single monitor here. (1)

doti (966971) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600796)

I never got this two monitor thing.
When I started working here, they gave me a machine with two monitors, and after some months I asked to stay with just one.
Alt-tab is faster than turning my neck and re-focusing my eyes.

Re:single monitor here. (1)

smelch (1988698) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600946)

You only have two windows up ever? Usually wtih two monitors I use one to have email and alert style stuff (IMs, monitoring pages) that I glance over to when I'm working. Most people can type and not look at the keyboard or the window they are typing in, so while typing this I am looking at my emails to see if anything new came in, as well as waiting for the build to finish and pop up my website.

Clearly, I'm being super productive.

Re:single monitor here. (1)

smelch (1988698) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600986)

I guess that I don't really have to focus my eyes though when I move from monitor to monitor, as my eyes don't focus at all. This may be a benefit for me in that regard.

Re:single monitor here. (1)

Phreakiture (547094) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600994)

It might be a matter of personal preference. I like having two monitors, however, my setup at home instead involves one big honker monitor, which works just about as well. The main thing is to have enough screen real-estate to support what I'm doing.

Re:single monitor here. (2)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601070)

If they gave us a 24" single monitor I might agree with you. But having 2 screens allows for comparing things side by side or having a reference open.

Alt-tab is faster than turning my neck and re-focusing my eyes.

How far apart were your monitors? Mine are right next to each other; there's minimal if any turning of ones head involved. You're refocusing your eyes regardless since your entire screen changes when you alt tab.

I find that you don't really notice the increase until you have 2 monitors and have to go back to just 1. When I remote into my work machine I'm stuck with just a one monitor interface and switching between them.

Re:single monitor here. (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601088)

Honestly, it depends a lot on what tasks you're doing. For many jobs it's little or no benefit, but for some jobs it does help a lot. When I'm working on art having a second monitor is a god send. Accountants often times like having a second monitor so that they can see all the columns and for those doing scheduling it's great.

I think at this point though it's getting to be more grey area as monitors are really wide and have higher resolution, splitting the monitor into smaller work spaces would at this point probably be more useful for most people.

Re:single monitor here. (1)

johny42 (1087173) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601662)

splitting the monitor into smaller work spaces would at this point probably be more useful for most people.

My computer does that, it calls them "windows". I hear there's even an operating system named after them!

Re:single monitor here. (1)

Infiniti2000 (1720222) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601342)

I have two monitors, with one rotated so that I can better work on vertical files (documents) and slashdot. The other is normal, for spreadsheets and running applications. Either is suitable for coding.

Re:single monitor here. (2)

gsslay (807818) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601422)

When you're developing software two monitors allows you to have your application open, as it would be used by the end user, and also have desktop space for working on it.

Re:single monitor here. (1)

datavirtue (1104259) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601582)

My boss came in one day and said "Where is your other monitor?", Reply "I'm done with two monitors, too much for me.", His reply "Where is it?" Me again "I gave it to...in..dept" WHAT!? #@%@#$*&(@#$ "Don't give anything to anyone!" My final reply, "OK, Sorry" Coupled with the hell beam that sits four feet above my desk the radiation from the second monitor was frying my brain(not an exaggeration). So much so, that at my first chance, I removed it. I'm wondering what he is going to say when I pull a couple bulbs from the ballast of "hell beam". Nonetheless, it is not worth going home in a zombie state accompanied by a pounding headache.

Aeron chair didn't work for me (3, Interesting)

llZENll (545605) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600842)

I actually bought that exact chair as mentioned in the article, with the additional $200 chrome upgrade, about 4 years ago, it was awesome for the first few years, and then I had a huge problem with lower back pain. I went to the doc, tried stretching, muscle relaxers, massages, sleeping differently, it turns out it was the chair, after switching to a $39 Ikea chair http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70133761 [ikea.com] my back pain finally went away after a few weeks and has been awesome since. I tried switching back to the Aeron a year ago for a month, but my back started hurting again soon after. The point of my story is just because a chair is expensive or has many adjustments does not mean its the best for you, and you may very well find a very comfortable chair for a lot less.

Re:Aeron chair didn't work for me (3, Insightful)

ChienAndalu (1293930) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600922)

My back hurt until I started hitting the gym and doing muscle strength exercises.

Re:Aeron chair didn't work for me (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601108)

I've been using a ball chair for a few years, cost me $80 or so, but it's been a really great improvement for my back. I do have to get up from time to time, but the strength of my abs has gotten so that I'm sitting upright with a natural curve to my spine.

Re:Aeron chair didn't work for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601284)

What do you mean by a ball chair? I need a new office chair and I'm assuming you don't mean this [eero-aarnio.com] ?

ball chair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35602152)

What brand are you using?
 
/offtopic

Re:Aeron chair didn't work for me (1)

HungryHobo (1314109) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601438)

a fair amount of the crap sold as being "Ergonomic" is complete and utter crap.
My last office had an obsession with people not using their laptop keyboards for extended periods of time... so they shelled out a lot of money for a set of "ergonomic" keyboards for the meeting rooms which could be plugged into the laptops... they were laptop keyboards, exact same size and layout and raised about the same distance off the desk.
Everyone would have been better off bringing their normal, full size keyboards from their desks.

I have a feeling they may have bought my mouse and chair of the same pack of scam artists, my back started hurting and my arm would be killing me after using the craptastic "ergonomic" mice they insisted everyone use.
I quietly swapped in my own cheap mouse from home and my arm was fine again, I started sitting in a cheap old regular plastic chair and my back went back to being fine.

Remember, the shysters who sell "ergonomic" equipment have a vested interest in the company having lots of problems that can only be solved by more "ergonomic" equipment.

Re:Aeron chair didn't work for me (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601722)

it was awesome for the first few years

Then it wore out. I would definitely believe a new $39 chair could be more comfortable than a worn-out $500 chair.

Re:Aeron chair didn't work for me (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601768)

Same here. My butt/arse doesn't like it either.

Interesting chairs. No arm rests? I have to have arm rests due to my multiple disabilities especially with my arm and hands. :(

Re:Aeron chair didn't work for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601866)

Aeron chair can be extremely uncomfortable if you don't have it adjusted properly. Adjustment can be difficult because sometimes a position that is comfortable for long term sitting may feel awkward initially, whereas other positions which are not good for long term siting may feel more comfortable initially, especially if you have bad posture to begin with.

Another problem is that due to its modular design, the fasteners on aerons tend to loosen over time and need to be tightened, that could well be the problem in your case if it was comfortable for the first few years..

Re:Aeron chair didn't work for me (2)

Fnord666 (889225) | more than 3 years ago | (#35602452)

I actually bought that exact chair as mentioned in the article, with the additional $200 chrome upgrade, about 4 years ago, it was awesome for the first few years, and then I had a huge problem with lower back pain. I went to the doc, tried stretching, muscle relaxers, massages, sleeping differently, it turns out it was the chair, after switching to a $39 Ikea chair http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70133761 [ikea.com] my back pain finally went away after a few weeks and has been awesome since. I tried switching back to the Aeron a year ago for a month, but my back started hurting again soon after. The point of my story is just because a chair is expensive or has many adjustments does not mean its the best for you, and you may very well find a very comfortable chair for a lot less.

If it will help, I'll give you the $39 for the Aeron so you won't be tempted any more.

There actually seem to be some studies (3, Informative)

BlackEdder (1220942) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600852)

Some googling turned up a description of 3 studies (the fourth actually doesn't look at dual monitors) http://www.kevinkane.com/2010/12/4-studies-which-show-that-using-a-second-monitor-can-boost-productivity/ [kevinkane.com] Maybe not high quality research, but they all show an increase in productivity due to a second monitor

Fire useless teammates. (2)

engineerErrant (759650) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600892)

The single biggest line item on my (and probably many people's) productivity costs is interruptions of the form, "hey, I need to answer a question that takes more than a goldfish brain's worth of thought. I'd like you to do that thinking for me."

The second would be, "As my work product, I took a big dump into our codebase. Given that I don't care about anything but going home at 5, and none of our leadership understands what I did anyway, especially since I have two monitors and therefore look smart, why don't you clean it up for me if you are interested in finishing your own work?"

I'd settle for just dumping some dead weight instead of any new technology. Really.

Re:Fire useless teammates. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601630)

I suspect you probably don't shouldn't be working with others. You will find happiness among machinery.

using fake science, math & history so we work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35600962)

dirty socks, diapers & nukes; famine relief dr (Score:-1)
by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 23, @04:42AM (#35583598)
best bets; everyone (on our planet) voluntarily disarm yourselves. carry on as it was originally intended for all of us. we instinctively know what that is.

highly wagered longshots; eugenatics, weapons peddlers, kings/minions, genetically altered mutants/hired goons. media decepticons, adrians, religiously infactdead groanups, fake weather/induced seismicity 'scientists' etc... hold on to your equatorial equilibrium.

so, we'll also then expect to see you at any one of the million babys+
play-dates, conscience arisings, georgia stone editing(s), & a host of
other life promoting/loving events. guaranteed to activate all of our
sense(s) at once. perhaps you have seen our list of pure intentions for
you /us, beginning with disarmament?

in the end...in the middle... & from the beginning, babys rule. fore each of the innocents harmed in any way...

Reply to This
they lay down their arms, stand hand in hand &.. (Score:?)
by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 23, @06:49AM
gaze into the sky. it's in several of the manuals, just like that. this happened before?

might be fun to get the jump on that hand in hand gazing, before the 'events' occur? that way, we could get time to help some of the (uninfactdead) bips survive should evile get the very best of us, again? the recent issues have some unbelievable dna advances (meeting the need) to share, if we let them.

babys, how; liz taylor, liza minelli, & the qu (Score:0)
by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 23, @05:55AM (#35583918)
we still miss you freddie. this one's for you as well. thanks for the heads up. there can be only one.

rock, payper,,,,,, photons?

Reply to This

don't the queens & queers learn to hate muslin (Score:0)
by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 23, @06:22AM (#35584044)
?????

hate appears to be the fatal spawn of fear.

for each of ours harmed in any way.....

fake weather helps us work harder/at all? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601220)

ok. there are a large # of employees. 'harder' is a tangentile term used to mean never enough.

as far as we've been told, the fake weather does not exist, therefore cannot effect us overworking. that solves it?

Fuck productivity (0)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#35600996)

How about eliminating tedium? How about making work an enjoyable thing? A much more noble endeavor. Otherwise just build the 'droids and STFU

I don't buy it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601004)

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/vibe.aspx
http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/02/18/234899/Multiple-monitors-boost-productivity-by-35.5.htm
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/MultipleMonitorsAndProductivity.aspx

Admittedly if you follow the money its all Microsoft and monitor companies that are producing these studies, but then, who else would?

I don't buy the lifehacker rant, personally.

I can't seem to find it now but there was another study talking about the sharp uptick in error rate as the amount of code you were working on exceeded the height of your screen.

I've taken things to a bit of an extreme. I run one 30" 2560x1600 display as my main monitor, then fill my peripheral vision with 2 42" 1920x1080 TVs that I drag supplemental information onto (or game on) and as often as not I put my laptop (1680x1050) below the main screen.

I agree there is a point of diminishing returns. The second TV was probably overkill, and both TVs are a bit too large to sit close to comfortably, so I wind up having to put them pretty far back on the desk, but having more than one monitor definitely helps.

Aha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601150)

So this is the new area of "science" Bertrand Serlet will be working in!

Plasma furnace (1)

ubergeek65536 (862868) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601156)

I read the article and bought a new plasma furnace for the desk but it really gives my monitor a warped and melted look.

6 or 12 monitors for the price of one. (1)

bobs666 (146801) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601182)


Just Use KDE or Gnome, Both have a window manager that will allow screen switching.

Re:6 or 12 monitors for the price of one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601364)

Except when you're trying to read some reference material full screen while operating another window full screen. Even when you know the window switching hot keys, following some reference material, protocol spec, etc. and coding is not the same when you can't look at both at the same time, or quickly copy and paste a few lines between windows here and there.

Nice ideas. (1)

tyroney (645227) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601208)

I would hazard a guess this article was written without the consultation of someone with facility management experience. Medium socket bulbs aren't often used for primary lighting in a work environment. HVAC has many ramifications and complications besides possible productivity effects. Nice views and indoor green spaces have all sorts of costs and considerations that may or may not work out.

Re:Nice ideas. (1)

HungryHobo (1314109) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601532)

however the last item about temperature is ignored in a remarkable number of offices.
you'd think it wouldn't be hard to keep an office at a reasonable temperature yet in many places it's as if the dial is being controlled by someone in their 90's or who has a sexual fetish for office workers with sweat dripping off them.

protip: if your keyboard has droplets of sweat falling on it you're not going to be getting much useful work done.

Increased productivity. Why? (1)

hahn (101816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601264)

I find that arguments for increased productivity are usually used to rationalize the purchase of some new expensive hi tech toy. And then subsequently used to raise expectations from the workers without increasing costs to the company (do more work in less time without a raise).

Re:Increased productivity. Why? (1)

Maximum Prophet (716608) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601550)

Yes, and your point is?

If you're running your own show, increased productivity means you can spend more of your time doing fun stuff, and less doing grunt work.

If someone else is paying you, increased productivity means that for a small expenditure, they can make more money.

What's not to like?

High color temperature indoor lighting is too blue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35601326)

I've seen rooms lit with high color temperature fluorescent light (6000-7000K), and at least to me it looks very blue. It would definitely be distraction to me and not make me more productive. Real sunlight is fine, but those lights are far less bright. I suspect our eyes aren't linear in perceiving color temperature. I'm happiest with indoor lighting that doesn't appear yellow or blue, but white. For me, those are the 3500K (D35) fluorescent lights.

Increased productivity? (1)

MachineShedFred (621896) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601432)

Multiple monitors may increase productivity, but I'd be willing to bet it would be easier to prove that they reduce paper and toner expense. How many people stop printing wedges of dead tree if they can have more than one document readable at a time?

Re:Increased productivity? (1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601638)

The biggest advantage of multiple monitors I've found is that they reduce eyestrain and neck pain for me. Being forced to do what we were always told to do when working at a computer -- move your head and let your eyes focus somewhere else--is great.

Dual? Neah, gimme, big any day. (1)

Twinbee (767046) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601572)

Rather than the ultra-megawide screen setup that 2 monitors provide, I own a large 26" monitor (and am planning to get a 30" in the future when I can afford it). You get great height (good for coding), decent width, a unified desktop so that you don't have a big black bar down the middle (the space between the monitors!), and a bigger screen for watching movies from a more comfy chair.

Music (4, Informative)

jomama717 (779243) | more than 3 years ago | (#35601980)

I wish they had done some studies about the effects of music on productivity. I have some of those very nice Bose headphones and by far my most productive hours are spent wearing them.

Any music that I am able to "zone out" to will do, classical, jazz, techno - usually long tracks with many subtle transitions.

Granted I am a programmer, and listening to music while working is perfectly reasonable while it may be totally unacceptable for others.

Cause/Effect (1)

jeffeb3 (1036434) | more than 3 years ago | (#35602058)

I think they got it backwards, keeping a plant alive is only possible by people who are productive (hence my plant died, and I am posting to slashdot...)

Amazon affiliate writes BS article, posts on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35602186)

Ahh.. this is clearly a BS article with content gleaned from around the net, designed to get hits and affiliate sales through amazon for the products mentioned in the article. Slashdot is being used here to increase visibility and hits.. this should be removed immediately.

Economics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35602270)

Isn't our vastly improved productivity over the past few years one of the reasons so many people our unemployed?
I wouldn't object if the increased efficiency and productivity were actually leading to improved living standards but I don't see any evidence that that's happening.

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