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Ask Slashdot: Best Incentives For IT Workers?

TheEldest Re:"we have guns" . . . (468 comments)

I think short term rewards help more than long term.

For my team when you're above your execution rate for a week you are eligible to work from home one day the next week. In general, no one does anything when they work from home but to be eligible, they have to get their work done in the office. It's effectively getting people to work harder 4 days a week for an extra day off.

Obviously, this may or may not work with your environment.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: When Does Time Tracking at Work Go Too Far?

TheEldest Re:Short answer (630 comments)

1. Send out resumes.
2. Start taking 8-10 minute breaks every couple hours. Force the issue. Let them call you out on having irritable bowels. Sometimes it's good to make everyone uncomfortable.

Realistically, though: I worked in a call center for a really really big company here in the states and they never tracked bathroom time. I'd say it's borderline illegal because of what you can infer from the data but I don't know that there's legal precedent one way or the other.

If your company is like mine you have an anonymous phone/e-mail line for inappropriate behavior or concerns. I'd leave a message that the new policies make you feel uncomfortable because you need to use the facilities fairly frequently due to a medical condition. (doesn't matter if it's true).

about 2 years ago

What Would a Post-Email World Look Like?

TheEldest Re:If my work inbox is any indication... (314 comments)

That's not an e-mail problem, that's a communication problem. I get spam snail-mail that pretends to be important and from my insurance company. I get voicemails that start with, "This is an important message for ..."

The problems with e-mail are the same problems we have with phones, texts, snail-mail and any other type of communication (photo-bombing, anyone?). Part of the population will always try to take advantage of the rest of the population. Ignore that then look at the rest.

E-mail is a good form of communication because it lets you communicate non-immediatly. Some users may expect immediate responses but that's a user issue--not an e-mail issue.

Why do these stories continue to come up? How about this one, "Moore's law will stop this year!". Yeah, never heard that one before...

more than 2 years ago

Geekbench Confirms Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro and iMac

TheEldest Re:No ethernet... (133 comments)

I'm sure they're thinking is Thunderbolt docks. Full speed for all devices including displays. (not that I agree, just saying it's not a huge headache)

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Test Storage Media?

TheEldest IOMeter (297 comments)

To answer the actual question: IOMeter. It's a load generator / benchmark. You can generate loads to test a storage device for your specific requirements and see if performance is up to snuff. You can also generate loads to stress a device until you halt it.

As someone else mentioned, throw bunches of read/writes at a drive for a couple days then put it into production with a reliable system to gracefully handle failure. You want to find drives that would fail in the first couple weeks and keep them from hitting your production environment.

more than 2 years ago

Desktop Linux Is Dead

TheEldest Re:You're right. (1348 comments)

Not if you like mods...

more than 3 years ago

Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

TheEldest Re:Formula change (534 comments)

Most sensors don't have a linear response. Signal strength is almost certainly logarithmic.

more than 4 years ago

Dell Selling Faulty PCs

TheEldest Re:Yep (484 comments)

With a company the size of dell, a finite number of e-mails is effectively 'anecdotal'.

more than 4 years ago

Next Gen Intel CPUs Move To Yet Another Socket

TheEldest Re:Integrated graphics in the CPU? (254 comments)

That's why Intel is coming out with 2 sockets. 1155 and 2011. The 2011 is the non-IGP socket, 1155 is for IGP use.

The situation isn't changing. Intel will make an IGP and a non-IGP solution. Same as now. Same as it's been for quite a while.

If you don't want integrated, then don't use it.

more than 4 years ago

Next Gen Intel CPUs Move To Yet Another Socket

TheEldest Re:Linux (254 comments)

AMD/ATI has started a new open source driver project for their video cards ( AMD is at least working for good linux support though it may not necessarily be up to snuff today (I haven't looked at benchmarks between win/linux on AMD/ATI's cards).

At least they're trying?

more than 4 years ago

Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users?

TheEldest Re:Ubuntu (766 comments)

Contrary to what most basic users think, they can make the switch to Win7 or Ubuntu pretty easily. Especially for basic internet and e-mail (which realistically is the extent of most people's computer use). I just switched my parents to Windows 7 and asked them what they thought. Their comments: "We didn't really notice anything".

The problem with switching family to a *nix solution is still going to be software. There are certain programs that your family will want to use that is simply unavailable. First that comes to mind is TurboTax. If you plan on switching family's OS, make sure you're not making more work for yourself down the road.

And really, with the Win7 family pack (3 upgrades for $149), Win7 is a realistic alternative to Win XP.

more than 4 years ago

New Bounds On the Higgs Boson Mass

TheEldest Re:Conversion to mass in kg (173 comments)

The higgs is sort of the measureable side effect of the physics that 'give' particles mass.

Think of it this way. The Electro Magnetic field "gives" particles charge. (or the charge in a particle interacts with other charges through the EM field).

There are some particles that sorta 'show up' in the equations when you're dealing with the EM fields (photon, W & Z bosons).

The same sort of things happens with mass. Some physicists came up with an addendum to the current equations that would explain how the mass of particles interacts. These equations have in them (depending on version) 1 or more particles (Higgs bosons).

So it's not so much that the Higgs gives particles mass, but by detecting the Higgs, we prove the existence of the Higgs field which allows mass in particles to interact.

more than 4 years ago

Heart Monitors In Middle School Gym Class?

TheEldest Re:Holy shit? (950 comments)

Learning to exercise and keep yourself in shape is a part of the cirriculum.

Start looking up child obesity numbers and you'll see that schools need to be doing more, not less.

I'd imagine the program is to let kids know where their heart rates are, and where they should be to get good exercise. Even if they are recording everything, it's pretty meaningless information. You'd know a person's heart rate from 7th grade.

The bigger issue here is whether your kids are getting exercise and whether they're overweight. If they're heavy, do everything possible to encourage exercise. Once the habits are set, they're incredibly difficult to change once they're adults.

about 5 years ago

Is Typing Ruining Your Ability To Spell?

TheEldest Re:I don't know, but... (494 comments)

The OP didn't say he relies on spellcheck, but that his fingers know how to spell when his head doesn't.

I've got the same problem. Words like receive are no problem when I'm typing, but if I put pen to paper, I need to stop and think. When many people type, they think the word, not the letter. Their hands put the words from thought to type with no intermediate thought needed.

I spell by muscle memory, not thought. I'm sure the same works for people who write all the time. The pen just makes the words they need.

So how about you get off your high horse, read what the OP actually said instead of what you thought he said, and fuck off.

about 5 years ago

Court Orders Breathalyzer Code Opened, Reveals Mess

TheEldest Re:But does it work? (707 comments)

Blood and Urine tests.

more than 5 years ago

Court Orders Breathalyzer Code Opened, Reveals Mess

TheEldest Re:But does it work? (707 comments)

This seems to make sense to me. The breathalizer is supposed to measure the blood alcohol content, and this is done by measuring the alcohol content in air expelled by the *lungs* (with a knowlege of partial pressures).

But if you equally weight beginning readings with ending readings, then you can be skewed by the first reading, which comes from the air in the mouth, instead of the lungs (giving low scores for people with time since their last drink, and people high scores with a recent last drink).

I would think that this method would give a more accurate reading by filtering out the readings from 'mouth air' and giving preference to 'lung air'.

But regardles, tests should have been done using both methods, and comparing to blood test to see which returns more consistantly accurate results. I wonder if those tests need to be made public as well.

more than 5 years ago

Bethesda Talks DLC Size and Limitations

TheEldest Re:I find it amusing... (93 comments)

Point of Interest:

The unfinished room was in the Mage *Guild* Tower in the Imperial City. The whole Arcane University was there, it was just one room that was locked. It was added later in the DLC The Orrery.

There was also a DLC called the Mage Tower. This was a house mod released all at once. I has no relation to the locked room in the Mage Guild Tower. (now that I think of it, I think the Mage Guild Tower is officially called the Archmage Tower)

more than 5 years ago

Bethesda Talks DLC Size and Limitations

TheEldest Re:Profit-making strategy (93 comments)

The point of the article, though, isn't whether they should make DLC. It's whether they should do additional content in a DLC or as a full expansion. If you remember Morrowind, there were two huge expansion packs (Bloodmoon and Tribunal). Each with an amount of play almost equal to the original game.

But Knights of the Nine, a DLC for Oblivion, only gave 10 - 15 hours of play (that of a standard primary quest line).

Easier and quicker to release and sold for less than an expansion.

Personally, I'd like an expansion over DLC (if this is the given choice). I'm ok waiting.

more than 5 years ago

Cracking the Code of Bacterial Communication

TheEldest Orson Scott Card (58 comments)

Didn't Orson Scott Card come up with this in Xenocide?

more than 5 years ago


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