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Crash McBang (551190) writes "A growing body of research suggests that having just a few nasty, lazy or incompetent characters around can ruin the performance of a team or an entire organization—no matter how stellar the other employees. In one experiment, having just one slacker or jerk in a group brought down performance by 30% to 40%. How do you or your organization handle such people?" Link to Original Source top
India power outage plunges 300+ million into sweltering darkness
Crash McBang (551190) writes "After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets. They represent less than 1% of the company's total sales. The online version of the encyclopedia, which was first published in 1994, represents only 15% of Britannica's revenue. The other 85% is sales of education products: online learning tools, curriculum products and more. "Google's algorithm doesn't know what's fact or what's fiction," Britannica president Jorge Cauz concedes. "So Wikipedia is often the No. 1 or No. 2 result on search. But I'd bet a lot of money that most people would rather use Britannica than Wikipedia."
Crash McBang (551190) writes "Out of Ink, Out of Luck, Why Printers Get No Respect — Fussy and prone to paper jams, the printer has been trying tempers in offices and homes since the dot-matrix days when paper came in perforated accordion stacks. As other gadgets, from flat-screen monitors to wireless mice, have sprinted ahead toward gasp-inducing irresistibility, one electronic gadget has failed to thrill: the printer.
Crash McBang (551190) writes "Suspecting that light at night was keeping him from a good night's rest, J.D. Moyer decided recently to conduct a little experiment with artificial light and his sleep cycle.
The sleep-deprived Oakland, California, resident had read that strong light — whether it's beaming down from the sun or up from the screens of personal electronics — can reset a person's internal sleep clock.
So, for one month, whenever the sun set, he turned off all the gadgets and lights in his house — from the bulb hidden in his refrigerator to his laptop computer.
It worked. Instead of falling asleep at midnight, Moyer's head was hitting the pillow as early as 9 p.m. He felt so well-rested during the test, he said, that friends remarked on his unexpected morning perkiness.
Crash McBang (551190) writes "In his neverending search for solutions for which there are no problems, James Dyson has invented a $300 bladeless fan , which goes on sale in the US and Australia this coming Tuesday. US wintertime fan users, rejoice! Australian fan users rejoice even more as summer is just around the corner!" Link to Original Source top
Crash McBang (551190) writes "In Understanding the Anxious Mind, it is proposed that an anxious temperament might serve a more exalted function: âoeOur culture has this illusion that anxiety is toxic,â Kagan said. But without inner-directed people who prefer solitude, where would we get the writers and artists and scientists and computer programmers who make society hum?" Link to Original Source top
'Flying Segway' floats 5 to 15 feet off the ground
Crash McBang (551190) writes "Anderson-based Air Buoyant, is developing a one-person flying platform called the VertiPod . Classified as an ultralight aircraft, the propeller-powered VertiPod's simple controls could spark a transportation revolution — like the Segway, you just lean in the direction you want to go. Oddly, the website doesn't seem to have any movies of people actually flying them. An article describing the product and its inventors is here.
The thought of these hovering in Burger Kings' Drive Thru lane fills my heart with nameless dread." top
Crash McBang (551190) writes "According to the Register, Lenovo will be dropping the Thinkpad brand two years ahead of schedule. No word on what will happen to the brand. What should Thinkpad users have as a Plan B? What would you suggest as an alternative to Thinkpad?" top
Crash McBang (551190) writes "In this article, Mathew Hayward, assistant professor at the University of Colorado, does a Q&A on his new book, Ego Check: Why Executive Hubris Is Wrecking Companies And Careers And How To Avoid The Trap, which shows how executives' inflated egos can impact what they choose to produce, the manufacturing decisions they make and how they market their products. What failures (colossal or otherwise) have you been involved in that could be contributed to Executive Hubris?" top
Crash McBang (551190) writes "Apparently many are foregoing the morning coffee for something sweeter, according to
this article: "There is nothing better than the feel of Coke on the back of your throat in the morning," said McKinsey, a morning pop drinker since the 1970s, savoring the cold, stinging sensation that coffee drinkers just don't get. What gets Slashdotters going after waking up?"