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Waiting game: An extended look at how we queue

  • How the wait makes us feel and line fairness (nobody likes line-jumpers) can have a greater impact on our perception of a queue than the amount of time we spend in it.
  • And while waiting time is often hard to cut down, perception can be altered with good line design and management.
  • Walt Disney Imagineering -- the company's team of designers and engineers -- constructs the waiting line with the same care used for the attraction itself, adding games, interactive features and performances, and giving guests plenty to do.
  • In a study titled "Practices for designing amusement park queues," Ledbetter sets out guidelines such as maintaining guests' level of interest in the attraction while in the line, facilitating personal interaction (which is why the line is never a single file unless unavoidable) and fostering engagement, which is the ultimate distraction.

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Coding Intentionally in Bash Grains

  • Students are asked to find a way to calculate the value on each individual square as well as the overall total number of grains on the board.
  • Because we've got a bunch of things doubling (and thus, a bunch of powers of 2), let's look at what's happening in binary to see if that will help us.
  • Why don't we make the code match how we would total up the number of grains on a chessboard by hand, by counting the grains on each square?
  • To put it another way, to find the total for all n squares, you need to go up one power of two and subtract 1 from the result.
  • And it contains the number 64, which is the number of squares on a chessboard, which is a good example of well-signaled design intent.

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The 20 best smartphones in the world

  • The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus offer some compelling features, including water-resistance, great cameras that perform well in low light, and powerful processors.
  • It features everything you could possibly want in a smartphone, including performance, a great camera, and other features like wireless charging and water resistance.
  • It sports the latest specs, best display, one of the best cameras you can get on a smartphone, a gorgeous design, wireless charging, water resistance, and several other features that make the Galaxy S9 a fool-proof buy.
  • The LG V40 is a great smartphone with all the usual high-end Android phone features, and it comes with a triple-lens rear camera system that offers users the best versatility in taking photos.
  • Meanwhile, phones with dual-lens systems, even LG's G7, offer you either a zoom lens or an ultra-wide angle lens on top of the regular wide angle lens that almost all smartphones come wi

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Coding Intentionally

  • Students are asked to find a way to calculate the value on each individual square as well as the overall total number of grains on the board.
  • Because we've got a bunch of things doubling (and thus, a bunch of powers of 2), let's look at what's happening in binary to see if that will help us.
  • Why don't we make the code match how we would total up the number of grains on a chessboard by hand, by counting the grains on each square?
  • To put it another way, to find the total for all n squares, you need to go up one power of two and subtract 1 from the result.
  • And it contains the number 64, which is the number of squares on a chessboard, which is a good example of well-signaled design intent.

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An Inside Look at the Backblaze Storage Pod Museum

  • Funny thing, we didn’t refer to this innovation as version 1.0 — just a Backblaze Storage Pod. We not only introduced the Storage Pod, we also open-sourced the design, publishing the design specs, parts list, and more.
  • Among the changes: the desktop motherboard in V1 was upgraded to a server class motherboard, we simplified things by using three four-port SATA cards, and reduced the cost of the chassis itself.
  • Storage Pod 3.0 brought the first significant chassis redesign in our efforts to make the design easier to service and provide the opportunity to use a wider variety of components.
  • During that time, they also designed and produced a direct wire version, which replaced the nine backplanes with direct wiring to the SATA cards.
  • This version started with the Storage Pod 3.0 design and introduced new 5-port backplanes and upgraded to SATA III cards.

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Data Sheet—Charles Eames' Advice for Design Thinkers: Don’t Be Evil

  • This is the web version of Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news.
  • There’s an increasingly urgent debate among designers about whether they’re aiding and abetting business models that manipulate users into surrendering personal data, buying stuff they don’t need, and engaging in socially destructive behaviors.
  • The new wave of “techlash” titles such as The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Harvard Business School theorist Shoshana Zuboff and Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by former Zuckerburg adviser Roger McNamee, are hot topics for the design crowd, not just techies.
  • But the most intriguing response came from Data Sheet reader Jim Anderson, a civil engineer who explained that America faces unique obstacles that make train building impractical—and that we should focus on more futuristic ideas for transport.

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A Lost Monument to Industry—and Traditional Urbanism

  • In the fall of 1905, Frederick Gilbert Bourne, fourth president of the Singer Manufacturing Company, hired the Beaux-Arts-trained architect Ernest Flagg to draw plans that would expand upon Singer’s existing low-rise campus at the northwest corner of Broadway and Liberty Street—just east of where the World Trade Center complex stands today.
  • When the Singer Building opened, tourists could ride a modern Otis elevator (manned by a live operator, of course!) to a sleek, glass-enclosed observation room at the 40th floor, where a panorama awaited, encompassing the canyons of the Wall Street district (which Flagg so detested) along with the surrounding blue harbor, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, the industries of the waterfront, and the green hills that ran off to rural America.

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How Great Design Could Fix the World's 'Wicked Problems'

  • The firm has also become perhaps the best-known practitioner of “design thinking,” a collaborative approach to solving business problems that delves into the interactions of worker and technology, customer and product, in innovative and creative-block-busting ways.
  • First, design thinking expands the canvas for design to address the challenges facing business and society; it shows how a human-centered, creative problem-solving approach offers the promise of new, more effective solutions.
  • Reaching deep into the designer’s toolkit, an expanded team created not only a strategy but the means of implementing and managing a scalable K–12 school system: the curriculum, instructional techniques and resources, teacher development, buildings, operational plans, data dashboards, and knowledge-­sharing systems, and a financial model designed to allow the schools to charge a modest $130 monthly fee.

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'Crackdown 3' feels dated after four years of development, but it's a fun throwback to the days of the Xbox 360

  • The game arrives on Xbox One and Windows 10 on February 15th, and has essentially been split into two separate games, the story campaign, which can be played alone or with a friend, and the multiplayer modes called "Wrecking Zone." After installing the game, players will get separate icons to boot the version they prefer.
  • Both Wrecking Zone and the campaign throw the player into New Providence, a dystopian city in the not-too-distance future.
  • Unfortunately, "Crackdown 3" doesn't allow players to team up with their friends to play "Wrecking Zone," but Microsoft plans to patch the matchmaking feature into the game post launch.
  • The "Crackdown 3" campaign stars actor Terry Crews as the squad leader of The Agency, a super-powered police force working to liberate New Providence from the control of an evil corporation, Terra Nova.

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Google Said to Be On a Chip Engineer Hiring Spree in India

  • A dozen-plus chip engineers recently joined Google’s team on a new site in Bengaluru, and the company wants to add more, according to Reuters, whose reporter has combed through Google employee LinkedIn profiles, the company’s job postings, and gotten two executives working in the industry to confirm the expansion.
  • Bengaluru has emerged as one of the world’s top semiconductor design hubs over the last two decades, and Google has poached at least 16 engineering veterans from Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and Nvidia to work for its “gChips” team there, the report said.
  • The handful of hyperscale cloud platform operators including Google have all been beefing up their in-house chip design capabilities in recent years, using a lot of that brainpower to develop server processors.
  • The second thing it achieves is reduced reliance on Intel or dominant semiconductor suppliers in other spaces, such as Qualcomm in smartphone chips and Nvidia in GPUs for machine learning.

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