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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

PPalmgren Some jobs can't be open officed (420 comments)

As a matter of fact, I think its *illegal* to open office my job. I work in payroll. We have a divider, a locked door, our own machines, and our own storage. Sticking us in an open area is just asking for an eventual lawsuit.

about a month ago
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Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

PPalmgren Re:It depends... (335 comments)

Your argument amounts to 'because THE LAW.' That is not a valid argument. It has been shown time and time again that it is unsafe to travel 15mph slower than other traffic in most conditions, regardless of speed limits. The law, in this case, is intended to create a safe environment for driving but is failing in those circumstances. The law in some states says that its illegal to do anything but missionary sex, does that mean we should follow it? Hell no. Part of rooting out bad laws is civil disobedience. If people didn't disobey laws and codes that didn't make sense, then there would be no way to find out which laws didn't make sense. Well, unless you want to rely on lawyers, politicians, and lawmakers to make those decisions for us. Sorry, but they move too slow, too inefficiently, and too innacurately.

about a month ago
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Know Your Type: Five Mechanical Keyboards Compared

PPalmgren Re:Tried red, black, brown still not happy. (190 comments)

I have the same problem as you. I don't only use 3 fingers, but I tend to 'hover' above the keys rather than rest them on the keys themselves.

I think I've found the reason I can't type faster on mechanicals, and its precisely the above mentioned hovering. The mechanical keyboards always have higher keycaps, and I tend to have far higher mistake counts on the mechanical. I really think I could enjoy mechanicals if the keys themselves weren't twice the height of the keyboard frame and didnt' have such insane depths.

All that said, I have noticed a quicker reaction time on the mechanical keyboards in games, enough to be noticeable on the MX Browns. This works well for me because I'm not moving my hand very often when gaming on a keyboard. I wish I could get the best of both worlds with a low-keyheight mechanical keyboard, but I haven't been able to find one.

about a month ago
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Human Eye's Oscillation Rate Determines Smooth Frame Rate

PPalmgren Re:It's in the image (187 comments)

Because in games, you're interacting with the content. Any delay in interaction is extremely jarring. Movies and such don't have this issue.

about a month ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

PPalmgren These responses are heavily tech-industry biased (237 comments)

I work in finance, commonly dealing with payroll systems and data. There's a lot of stuff you can't or discuss in a standard email, and the secure stuff I do send, I only provide the password verbally to the recipient. On top of this, most agencies I need to interact with (state gov'ts/IRS/unions/EBAs) don't have anything available except voice discussion or snailmail.

about a month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

PPalmgren Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (351 comments)

Its the same reason makeup is aesthetically better. Makeup for actors and normals alike are a way of blending out imperfections to regress to a norm. We actually find the average more beautiful than the eccentric when it comes to the human figure. 24fps and motion blur also blends out imperfections, but filming imperfections. With HFR, you feel like you're watching someone being filmed as it becomes too obvious that there's a camera involved due to movement imperfections/etc. That' a 4th wall violation and takes away from immersion.

When you remember someone's face, do you remember every freckle, mole, shade, and strand of hair? If you were to draw it on a paper, wouldn't it look closer to a drawing than a realistic representation? That's whats going on here. Movies with their theatrical effects are tapping into that, so its like you're watching a memory. You make it too real feeling or present 4th wall realizations and you remove the suspension of disbeleif.

All that said, 24fps has its limitations. Transformers was where I found this most obvious, they had to do all the transformations in slowmo for you to actually catch what was going on, and even then it was still too overwhelming to catch without the extra frames. I think HFR will be more successful if they add in some effects to reduce the obviousness that its being shot by a camera. What they are/will be, I don't know. I think camera stability, shooting angles, scene switching, and motion blur all need to be reworked for it to look a lot better. That's a tall order and its gonna take some time.

about a month ago
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

PPalmgren Re:Large ships are some of the biggest polluters (114 comments)

Also, to add, they only use these fuels far from coastal waters. For instance, they aren't allowed to use these fuels within 100 or so miles of Los Angeles. Some shipowners have even stopped using the dirtier fuel entirely as a simplification measure.

about a month ago
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Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Mission Reboot

PPalmgren Re:Why do these reaction wheels keep failing? (28 comments)

Magnetic suspension? That sounds quite costly on a power budget, and a lot of these probes have really tight power budgets. Plus, you'd have to build in the ability for it to not get ripped apart during launch, which means overengineering the magnetic suspension just to get it off the ground even though that excess capability will never be used in space. I'd think mechanical reaction wheels would be a cinch to lock in comparison.

I'm probably wrong, but that was my initial gut thoughts on the subject.

about a month ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

PPalmgren Re:The current wire payment system is... (156 comments)

Its on your customers not giving enough information in their wire transfers. That's something thats chosen when you initiate the wire, there is plenty of space for the information you request.

There are several ways to reduce the problem at least, all by accounting and billing methods. On accounting, there should be amounts sitting out there in an account waiting to clear for the incoming payments. The ambiguous payments are a small subset of the total and will likely be identifiable simply by amounts outstanding for smaller quantities. If you have too many duplicate amounts with ambiguous payments, and you have less than 100 frequent wire clients with this issue, you could implement collective invoicing on a monthly basis for those clients, something commonly managed by the collections dept and part of key client management anyway. That would significantly reduce the quantity of incoming payments and also make them more unique values. You'd still have to call to verify payment, but this way you could call the client directly instead.

about a month ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

PPalmgren Re: Unless it has support for Bitcoin... (156 comments)

While true, I was quite surprised at how expensive banking seems to be in Canada. Almost nowhere in the US do you actually have to pay for a bank account, let alone have such onerous transaction count limits or savings account transfer limits. I do wish we had the electronic transfers to inidividuals, but its not worth $10/mo to me.

about a month ago
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Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

PPalmgren Re:Really.. (114 comments)

Its a smart business method. My conglomerate group used to do the internal thing, but the past decade has consisted of making sure each business unit functions acceptably in the market on its own. The sister companies compete with outside clients for jobs, etc. It ensures that you don't end up with a bloated business unit riding on the laurels of another. When that happens, you get a single point of failure for all business units.

about a month ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

PPalmgren Kingdom of Heaven (299 comments)

I'm agnostic but I really liked that movie. I think it really captured what it means to live to that religious principle because it showed both the right and wrong way to do it. Was the director's cut really that good? I might have to check it out.

about a month ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

PPalmgren Re:Drop? (73 comments)

Its common slang, at lest in the US. I'm guessing it has roots from either the past newspaper industry 'dropping' their new edition or military supply drops.

about a month and a half ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

PPalmgren Re:Republican business as usual... (116 comments)

Our company pays for employee coffee. We have coffee machines in every breakroom with coffee and cream and sugar available. It has been found to increase productivity and reduce the number of coffee breaks that employees take. $11,000 for coffee seems awfully low, honestly.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

PPalmgren I'm kinda torn on this (461 comments)

I can see one side of mandating these connections. Say you're building a house and decide its going to be off-grid solar and water in North Carolina. Like 99% of the population, you don't buy the house outright and have a mortgage on it. You lose your job, you default and the house goes into foreclosure. The connection of these utilities is important to a lot of people who might buy your home since it's seen as a necessary amenity by many, so the bank or the homebuyer is now on the hook for those setups, even though you didn't own the home outright. To these people, buying a car without these connections is like buying a car without tires on it.

about 1 month ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

PPalmgren Re:Are they really that scared? (461 comments)

While true that they don't need special equipment for a small number of homes, they will have to spend quite a bit on the grid if that number continues to rise because the grid is currently designed for central, not distributed, power generation. Someone mentioned it in another thread, but separating the 'grid connection' cost from the power cost is the best solution to this and is done in other countries. The power companies who don't use this method are essentially treating the grid as a cost center, and I think that's why solar terrifies them. Hopefully they'll figure it out sooner or later.

about 1 month ago
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'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City

PPalmgren Uncooperative witnesses (218 comments)

This could be a case of mistaken nomenclature. Sure, it sounds like its just a guy that won't talk, but I doubt they put everyone on there that doesn't talk or the list would be a mile long, which is what they're trying to avoid. However, that guy, thats always around crime and has been questioned regarding 10 gang incidents, but is supposedly not in the gang, and won't talk? It signifies affiliation. It also points out which areas are under severe threat from gang intimidation.

I don't know, they didn't really go into too much detail about the term, but its mentioned alongside gang activities, so that's my guess. Point is that we're being really pedantic about two words that weren't expounded upon as a reason to scrap what appears to be a pretty level-headed approach to prosecution. Sounds like throwing the baby out with the bathwater to me.

about 2 months ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

PPalmgren Maybe not, but we can try to isolate (584 comments)

The monkey studies on this was really interesting. The same toy disposition even effected sexes of monkeys, repeatable in more than one study. It proves that there's a biological aspect behind this predisposition. Of course, we're all wired differently and that doesn't mean everyone SHOULD have those same predisposition, it just explains why a 'normal' behavior exists.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

PPalmgren Re:I wonder if anyone here has actually played it? (171 comments)

One anecdote does not make it a random bug, multiple reviewers have mentioned the bug as well and it is considered a serious issue for the PC platform by many, not just me. Some people seem to think it has to do with the physics calculations in the game or a problem with the game's lighting engine (which changes daytime based on the length the game has been open). It happens regardless of settings, you can play at high/high with everything else on and it happens, or medium/low with everything off (what I'm running at now) and it happens. VRAM usage has been ruled out too, one tester got the settings lower than the card's VRAM and still got the bug while staring up at the sky and even in the menus. It only starts up after a fast travel or cutscene, so it can be mitigated (for a while) by restarting the game and hoping it doesn't pop up again. Sometimes it shows up again after one cutscene, other times it doesn't show up for 5 hours.

This bug is the result of garbage QA, and ubisoft should be ashamed for the crap they released. I feel dirty for even buying it.

about 2 months ago
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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

PPalmgren A random thought on reprocessing fuel (138 comments)

I know that the fuel has a lot of usable energy left that could be used in politically toxic reactors. I'm curious how difficult it is to transport that stuff? I know we use cooling ponds ad current reactors, is that the stuff that's the most lucrative in breeder reactors? How do you transport that kind of material? Or is the good breeder fuel just the stuff that has been moved the casks/etc that doesn't get so hot and volatile.

about 2 months ago

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