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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

xSquaredAdmin Re:IMO, it trends whichever way the wind blows.... (294 comments)

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.

about three weeks ago

How EVE Online Dealt With a 3,000-Player Battle

xSquaredAdmin Re:Relativity (398 comments)

That's not quite accurate. If you've shot at someone/been shot at in the past 15 minutes then your ship will go to a safe spot but won't disappear for a while (15min?). For that duration your ship will be in space and can be scanned down and destroyed by someone with the appropriate tools.

about 2 years ago

Red Light Cameras Raise Crash Risk, Cost

xSquaredAdmin Re:Honestly... (499 comments)

They have a number of those in my city, and I love them. The numbers are big enough that I can see it from a distance and when the counter hits 0 the light goes yellow. I wish they'd put them in more intersections around here.

more than 2 years ago

The UAE Claims To Hold the Worlds Largest Biometric Database

xSquaredAdmin Re:Haha (82 comments)

Strange, I am a Canadian citizen who flew from Toronto, Canada to California in August and I was not fingerprinted at all. Perhaps it's only people who are from non-NAFTA countries?

more than 2 years ago

Activision Blizzard Secretly Watermarking World of Warcraft Users

xSquaredAdmin Re:Ouch (272 comments)

According to the summary it links user IDs to the IP of the server they were on, not the client's IP.

more than 2 years ago

In New Zealand, a System To Watch for Disabled Parking Violators

xSquaredAdmin Re:I've noticed here in the UK... (551 comments)

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.

about 3 years ago

UK Police Test 'Temporarily Blinding' LASER

xSquaredAdmin Re:I see a market for... (398 comments)

Or just an increase in the sale of mirrors.

more than 3 years ago

Updated: Mozilla Community Contributor Departs Over Bug Handling

xSquaredAdmin Re:What is UNCO? (334 comments)

I believe UNCO is the code they use for 'unconfirmed' bugs; mostly cases where a bug report has been submitted but it has not been looked at yet by a member of the Mozilla team.

more than 3 years ago

Google Is Serious, Chrome 13 Hides URL Bar

xSquaredAdmin Re:Widescreen (417 comments)

You can still do that these days, though you'll probably need a non-stock monitor mount in most cases. One of the DBAs where I work uses 2x24" monitors running in portrait mode, 1080x1920.

more than 3 years ago

RIM Collapse Beginning?

xSquaredAdmin Re:Kind of early to predict that (305 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

.CA Registrar Trying To Preempt Conficker

xSquaredAdmin Re:Helps, but not much ... (227 comments)

Not really, it's there in both names. ;)

more than 5 years ago

Blizzard Asserts Rights Over Independent Add-Ons

xSquaredAdmin Re:QuestHelper (344 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Sees Linux As Bigger Competitor Than Apple

xSquaredAdmin Re:Apple OS != Linux? (596 comments)


Definitions of certifiable on the Web:

        * fit to be certified as insane (and treated accordingly)
        * capable of being guaranteed or certified; "a certifiable fact"

        * That can, or that must be certified; Mentally ill to such an extent that involuntary institutionalization is appropriate; crazy

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US

xSquaredAdmin Re:Time (1656 comments)

Why not just leave some spare money around instead? Obama does seem to be all for change...

about 6 years ago

Re-purposing a Student Tech Service Group?

xSquaredAdmin Suggestions from another student group (185 comments)

I'm currently the president of the Computer Science Club at another Canadian university. We, too, have a variety of machine architectures, and provide web/email accounts to students. We've stopped seeing as many signups for the web hosting and email side of things, and we've shifted our focus recently to a number of other things. For example, we're starting to run tutorials to introduce first year students to both the University's undergraduate computing environment as well as our own, and advertising some of our more powerful machines as a method for students who want to run processor/memory-intensive experiments to do so cheaply. One other thing we did was to make a deal with the web-design club at our school so that they now host all club sites which they design on our servers, since we have the ability to set up subdomains under our university's domain on their behalf. Lastly, one other thing which we're working on improving is setting up a proper library with copies of the various textbooks needed by students, as well as various other recommended reference books.

more than 6 years ago


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