Job Hunting is a Matter of Big Data, Not How You Perform at an Interview

Tim Adams, writing for The Guardian:

The data suggested that the success of teams had much less to do with experience, education, gender balance, or even personality types; it was closely correlated with a single factor: “Does everybody talk to each other?”

Ideally this talk was in animated short bursts indicating listening, involvement and trust – long speeches generally correlated with unsuccessful outcomes. For creative groups such as drug discovery teams or for traders at financial institutions, say, the other overwhelming factor determining success was: do they also talk to a lot of people outside their group? “What we call ‘engagement’ and ‘exploration’ appeared to be about 40% of the explanation of the difference between a low-performing group and a high-performing group across all the studies,” Pentland says.

It was important that a good deal of engagement happened outside formal meetings. From this data, Pentland extrapolates a series of observations on everything from patterns of home-working (not generally a good idea) to office design (open and collegiate) to leadership. “If you create a highly energetic environment where people want to talk to each other right across the organisation then you have pretty much done your job right there.”

So true.


1914, Dernières Nouvelles

In French (and German), but take a look regardless as it’s mostly photos and comic strips. Possibly inspired by the News from 1930 blog.


European Court of Justice: Privacy Trumps Dubious Security Laws

The European Union’s highest court on Tuesday overthrew a rule that required telecoms companies to store the communications data of EU citizens for up to two years, on the grounds that it infringed on basic rights.


Machiavellian, Narcissistic, Psychopathic and Sadistic

An update on “the sewers of the Internet” (aka comment sections):

The study found correlations, sometimes quite significant, between these traits and trolling behavior. What’s more, it also found a relationship between all Dark Tetrad traits (except for narcissism) and the overall time that an individual spent, per day, commenting on the Internet.


Apple “Purges Shadow Dom Cruft” From WebKit

The actual commit message is meant as a joke:

Remove the remaining 8.8 million lines of Shadow DOM code to align with goals for intent to ship 60fps on mobile in 2014.

Friendly wink, or middle finger raised at Google?


Microsoft Could Bring Android Apps to Windows

Tom Warren for the Verge:

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is seriously considering allowing Android apps to run on both Windows and Windows Phone. While planning is ongoing and it’s still early, we’re told that some inside Microsoft favor the idea of simply enabling Android apps inside its Windows and Windows Phone Stores, while others believe it could lead to the death of the Windows platform altogether. The mixed (and strong) feelings internally highlight that Microsoft will need to be careful with any radical move.

If true, it’s downright nutty.

BlackBerry 10 allows Android apps to run on it. Raise your hand if you’re an Android developer who rushed to investigate BB10 when they announced this?


Anyone thinks Windows Phone will be better off?


Microsoft Names Satya Nadella

Looks like Microsoft found a new CEO. And a new Chairman.

GigaOM has the details on how Bill Gates will be involved.


CSS Regions Considered Harmful

Håkon Wium Lie, father of CSS and CTO of Opera:

It seems that proposals for presentational elements return every so often. The most recent incarnation is CSS Regions. One should not write “considered harmful” articles lightly, but presentational elements is not the only problem with CSS Regions. For those who believe in meaningful HTML tags, responsive web design, and compact CSS code, the introduction of CSS Regions is not good news.

Google apparently took note, albeit arguably for different resons. Hoping the other browser vendors will do so as well.


Lenovo to Buy Google’s Motorola for $2.91 Billion

The deal ends Google’s short-lived foray into making consumer mobile devices and marks a pullback from its largest-ever acquisition. Google paid $12.5 billion for Motorola in 2012. Under this deal the search giant will keep the majority of Motorola’s mobile patents, considered its prize assets.

On the positive side, and $9.5 billion later, Google is cutting its losses.


Court: Google Infringed Patents, Must Pay 1.36 Percent of AdWords Revenue

Joe Mullin for Ars Technica:

Vringo is a tiny company that purchased some patents from Lycos, an old search engine, in 2011 and then used those patents to sue Google. In December 2012, Vringo won $30 million in a jury trial, but that was far less than the hundreds of millions it was seeking.

Today, Vringo got the payout it was looking for: a 1.36 percent running royalty on US-based revenue from AdWords, Google’s flagship program.

What a sorry state the US patent system is in…

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