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In contrast to the 360 review or traditional, financially driven evaluations, I have a concept for how organizations can evaluate employees at any level of the organization. I don’t honestly know if this is a particularly great idea, but it does have the advantages of being extremely simple and extremely easy to administer. It’s simply one question, administered confidentially: “would you work with this person again?” Peers on a project, bosses and subordinates, project managers and engineers… it doesn’t matter. Any two people that work together have this question posed to them at some increment. To make it concrete, let’s say that every month, they receive a form to fill out with a list of everyone you interact with and a checkbox: “check if you’d work with this person again.” And, importantly, they have to believe that their answer affects the outcome – if they say no, it’s less likely that they’ll be partnered with the person in question on future initiatives.

Until that happens, and as long as it's a seller market for us programmers, you can also do a round in your head every once in a while. If there are too many "no" answers when you look at people around you, it might be time for a change of scenery.
If you were to ask people in the corporate world about the most significant moments of their careers, a lot of them would probably talk about annual performance reviews. That's a curious thing. Anyone who talks about performance reviews when asked this question is not talking about an idea they ...
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Yeah!

Also, from the article:
The idea is to get teams together to play on either on the "enlightened" (establishment) side, or as a rebel on team "resistance."

The perception that the Resistance is anything but the "establishment" in the story always amuses me.
 
Coming soon to a wrist near you: Ingress on Android Wear.

#Ingress  
Remember Ingress, the Google-developed project that entices you to get outside with the promise of some light gaming? On top of iOS and Android, it'll so
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Vaguely, but the Resistance was essentially from the govt. It doesn't get any more The Man than that.
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"CrashPlan is still my favorite. It has more of a track record and a much larger clientele, and it offers all of the most important capabilities for $60. If you’ve got a whole family to protect, CrashPlan will back up as many as 10 computers for $150 a year—by far the best value."
Cloud storage services CrashPlan, Carbonite, Backblaze and SOS Online Backup archive your digital life
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Sleep data tracking is coming to Google Fit!

Looks like I'll finally have no excuse not to put together the sleep tracker I've been talking about for [time redacted].
 
Google Play services 7.0 - Places Everyone!

We're now rolling out a new version of Google Play services to Android devices worldwide. This update brings the latest and greatest APIs from Google including a new Location Settings Dialog and new Places API:

Location Settings Dialog - We’re making it easy to check for optimal location settings and offer a one touch control for users to change their settings with the Location Settings Dialog.

Places API - Brand new to Google Play Services is the Places API, giving you access to all of the places and business details through the Place Picker dialog or through your own UI using the getCurrentPlace() API and our autocomplete search results.

Google Fit - Fit is slimming down their memory usage and splitting the Fitness.API into multiple separate APIs as well as added support for body fat percentage and sleep data.

Google Mobile Ads - Google Mobile Ads SDK integrations will now automatically provide Google Analytics integration, giving you extra insight into your users.

Google Play Games - Announced at GDC (http://goo.gl/6ewnwr), this release adds the Nearby Connections API, allowing games to seamlessly connect smartphones and tablets as second-screen controls to the game running on your TV.

App Indexing - We’ve simplified the App Indexing API to make it even easier to get your app into Google Search results.

You'll be able to get started with the new APIs as soon as the Google Play services rollout is complete -- a process we expect to take several days. We'll then release the updated Google Play services SDK and you'll be able to download it through the Android SDK manager. Watch for more information coming soon.

Check out the post below for details.

#GooglePlayServices   #AndroidDev  
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Yep, you'll get awake, light, deep, and REM sleep last I checked :-)
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Alcatel indicated that they intend to take a strong vanilla-Android approach in the future as well, because it has actually become something of a differentiator. The $600-800 flagships almost invariably come with significant skinning, so foregoing that customization is actually a potential customer draw, especially at such competitive pricing.
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Oh, the irony.
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Yeah, you could do all that. Or you could just use a social network that actually encourages real conversations, like this one.
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I feel like this was originally an XKCD or Koush post at some point, but teh googs is coming up empty...
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Sounds like a feature, not a bug.
 
poor folks ...

"a Chicago auto-parts maker, cited risks from the safety technologies that many see as leading the way to driverless cars. “If the number of vehicles involved in accidents declines or the number of cars being repaired declines, our business could suffer,” reads a heading in the annual report LKQ filed on Monday."
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+Chris Knutsonpeople deserve support during economic swings, but industries don't. For them, it's sink or swim, or at least it should be.
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Ok, this is just beyond cool.  Granted, Mr. Nimoy was much more than the character he's known for but as a tribute by his fans, this is very honorable.  
Co-stars, science leaders and ordinary fans pay tribute to "Star Trek's" Leonard Nimoy, who passed away Friday at 83.
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The reports of Google+'s death have been greatly exaggerated (again)

Google+ Chief Architect +Yonatan Zunger says there'll be "no big user-facing changes" connected to the reorganization of G+, Photos, and Hangouts that we've been hearing about over the past several days. ¹

His full comment: ²

A lot of misunderstanding and speculation. :) The internal org was renamed "Photos and Streams," because Sundar likes org names that match what the teams do. And since our org includes Photos, Google+, Blogger, and News, there you have photos, plus several streams of content.

No big user-facing changes tied to this at all.

So stand down, gravediggers. This "ghost town" is still alive and kickin', and we ghosts aren't goin' anywhere anytime soon.

¹ Context: http://goo.gl/2ds9g4

² Via: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AmyBethInverness/posts/67gicvzi8VV
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It's like we're finally living in the future or something! Also, it's great to see another company refusing to wait for Cupertino's blessing to support an awesome technology.
 
Genius! IKEA launches in April a wireless charging furniture range.

"Swedish furniture giant Ikea has incorporated induction-charging stations into products from its latest collection, which will allow users to wirelessly charge their smartphones."
Ikea has incorporated induction-charging capabilities into products from its latest collection, which will allow users to wirelessly charge smartphones
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I find it amusing that a company is so disliked that we don't even want to repeat their actual name on social media. (And that I have enough distain to do the same...)
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Beyond avoiding beer, Cobol and Clear Case, I’m not entirely sure how I can alter my circumstances to the marching orders “be 10 times more awesome than you are right now!” What I do know is how I can, in a period of time, create 10 times as much value in the world of programming. It’s really pretty simple. I can, during that time, pair up with 10 less experienced developers and show them how to find solutions in minutes for things that would have taken them hours or days. I can make myself available to answer their questions. I can intervene at the point where they’d have thrown up their arms in frustration and despair and spent the rest of the day reading buzz feed and cracked. I can clear obstacles from their paths and help them get things done. I can get them excited about programming and enjoying their jobs.

If I were a high performing developer, but I did none of that, and just used those less experienced or less engaged developers as a prop to make the claim that I’m in some kind of elite club of “10x” people, the opportunity cost of my attitude would more than offset my skill from an industry perspective. If, instead, I help them up their game and overcome hurdles, then perhaps that 10x designation might actually mean something.


Unless my memory and a quick search of my blog are both mistaken, I've never tackled the controversial concept of a “10x developer.” For those who aren't aware, this is the idea that some programmers are order(s) of magnitude more productive than others, with the exact figure varying.
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