Posts Tagged ‘survey’

Young Students Hiding Academic Talent To Avoid Bullying

November 19th, 2012 11:07 admin View Comments


jones_supa writes “The recent anti-bullying survey conducted by ABA brings up some interesting findings. According to it, more than 90% of the 1,000 11-16 year-olds surveyed said they had been bullied or seen someone bullied for being too intelligent or talented. Almost half of children and young people (49.5%) have played down a talent for fear of being bullied, rising to 53% among girls. One in 10 (12%) said they had played down their ability in science and almost one in five girls (18.8%) and more than one in 10 boys (11.4%) are deliberately underachieving in maths – to evade bullying. Worryingly, this means our children and young people are shying away from academic achievement for fear of victimization.”

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Survey Reveals a Majority Believe “the Cloud” Is Affected by Weather

August 29th, 2012 08:50 admin View Comments


SmartAboutThings writes “In a recent survey performed by Wakefield Research, it has been discovered that the majority of the surveyed Americans are quite confused about the notion of Cloud, when it relates to Cloud Storage/Computing. The most interesting fact is that 51% of the surveyed persons thought that stormy weather interferes with cloud computing!”

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NASA Uncovers Millions of New Black Holes

August 29th, 2012 08:01 admin View Comments


coondoggie writes “NASA today said its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite has unearthed a ‘bonanza of new-found supermassive black holes and extreme galaxies called hot DOGs, or dust-obscured galaxies.’ NASA said the latest discoveries help astronomers better understand how galaxies and the behemoth black holes at their centers grow and evolve together.” The news was released in a press conference, and io9 has a comprehensive write-up about everything that was covered, including the Q&A session. Pretty pictures here.

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Why Professors Love (and Loathe) Technology

August 24th, 2012 08:26 admin View Comments


dougled writes “A survey of 4,500 college professors (and campus technology administrators) reveals what faculty members think of digital publishing (they like it, but don’t do it very much), how much they use their campus learning management systems (not nearly as much as their bosses think), and how digital communication has changed their work lives (they’re more productive, but far more stressed).”

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Baskerville Is the Greatest Font, Statistically, Says Filmmaker Errol Morris

August 9th, 2012 08:35 admin View Comments

The Media

An anonymous reader writes “A survey of unsuspecting New York Times readers implicitly answered the question: Does a certain font make you agree or disagree more often than another font? It turns out Baskerville confers a 1.5% advantage towards agreement on a survey question, compared to an average of six fonts. They responded to a passage from asked to agree or disagree to a passage from physicist David Deutsch’s book The Beginning of Infinity, and were found to have an optimistic, if Baskerville-favoring, outlook on life. David Dunning, a psychologist awarded a Nobel prize and, separately, an IgNobel prize (for the eponymous Dunning-Kruger Effect), called Baskerville ‘the king of fonts.’ Sadly, Comic Sans — notable for its appearance in the Higgs Boson announcement — seems to be the weakest font. And why did Lisa Randall, the Harvard physicist responsible for that Higgs announcement use Comic Sans? According to the article, ‘Because I like it.’”

Source: Baskerville Is the Greatest Font, Statistically, Says Filmmaker Errol Morris

New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It’s An Easy Out For Lazy Devs

July 14th, 2012 07:30 admin View Comments


msmoriarty writes “We recently got a copy of a new Voke analyst report on Agile, and the firm basically blasts the movement from top to bottom. Some highlights: ‘The Agile movement is designed to sell services. … Out of over 200 survey participants, we received only four detailed comments describing success with Agile.’ ‘Survey participants report that developers use the guise of Agile to avoid planning and to avoid creating documentation required for future maintenance. … Be aware that the Agile movement might very well just be either a developer rebellion against unwanted tasks and schedules or just an opportunity to sell Agile services including certification and training.’ So did the analysts just talk to the wrong 200 people?”

Source: New Analyst Report Calls Agile a Scam, Says It’s An Easy Out For Lazy Devs

Dr. Dobb’s 2012 Salary Survey

June 27th, 2012 06:28 admin View Comments

The Almighty Buck

CowboyRobot writes “It’s that time of year again, and Dr. Dobb’s has posted the results of their survey of salaries of 3,500 developers and managers. ‘While many salaries are flat, they are increasing overall, except for some heavily disfavored niches.’”

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Employees Admit They’d Walk Out With Stolen Data If Fired

June 13th, 2012 06:12 admin View Comments


Gunkerty Jeb writes “In a recent survey of IT managers and executives, nearly half of respondents admitted that if they were fired tomorrow they would walk out with proprietary data such as privileged password lists, company databases, R&D plans and financial reports — even though they know they are not entitled to it. So, it’s no surprise that 71 percent believe the insider threat is the priority security concern and poses the most significant business risk. Despite growing awareness of the need to better monitor privileged accounts, only 57 percent say they actively do so. The other 43 percent weren’t sure or knew they didn’t. And of those that monitored, more than half said they could get around the current controls.”

Source: Employees Admit They’d Walk Out With Stolen Data If Fired

Why Do Programming Languages Succeed Or Fail?

June 7th, 2012 06:25 admin View Comments


magicmat writes “UC Berkeley EECS graduate researchers Leo Meyerovich and Ari Rabkin have compiled an interesting data set on the sociological aspects of programming language usage and adoption. ‘Socio-PLT’ is the result: compiling survey results from Berkeley’s recent ‘software engineering’ massive online open course, SourceForge, and two years of The Hammer Principle online surveys, they have discovered some interesting phenomenon about what we, as programmers think about our languages, and why we use them. You can head over and explore the data yourself using cool interactive visualizations, and even fill out a survey yourself to have your say.”

Source: Why Do Programming Languages Succeed Or Fail?

Do Headphones Help Or Hurt Productivity?

May 30th, 2012 05:32 admin View Comments


Hugh Pickens writes “Derek Thompson writes that there is an excellent chance you are wearing, or within arm’s reach of, a pair of headphones or earbuds. To visit a modern office place is to walk into a room with a dozen songs playing simultaneously but to hear none of them. In survey after survey, office workers report with confidence that music makes us happier, better at concentrating, and more productive. But science says we’re full of it, writes Thompson. ‘Listening to music hurts our ability to recall other stimuli, and any pop song — loud or soft — reduces overall performance for both extroverts and introverts.’ So if headphones are so bad for productivity, why do so many people at work have headphones? The answer is that personal music creates a shield both for listeners and for those walking around usm says Thompson. ‘I am here, but I am separate. In a wreck of people and activity, two plastic pieces connected by a wire create an aura of privacy.’ We assume that people wearing them are busy or oblivious, so now people wear them to appear busy or oblivious — even without music. Wearing soundless headphones is now a common solution to productivity blocks. ‘If music evolved as a social glue for the species — as a way to make groups and keep them together — headphones allow music to be enjoyed friendlessly — as a way to savor our privacy, in heightened solitude,’ concludes Thompson. ‘In a crowded world, real estate is the ultimate scarce resource, and a headphone is a small invisible fence around our minds — making space, creating separation, helping us listen to ourselves.’”

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