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Does Practice Really Make Perfect?

July 09, 2014

 

By Greg Willard

You have probably heard or read about Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 hour rule”. If you practice doing something for 10,000 hours you will become an expert. You could do this in just under 5 years if you put in 8 hours a day 5 days a week (or 5½ hours every day). Why not get started right now?

This all sounds about right. The most successful people in many areas have indeed put in many hours of practice. But is this why they are so successful?

Let’s consider some basic logic:

  • A necessary condition
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Are You a Narcissist? Take the Quiz!

June 30, 2014

 
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By Greg Willard

When candidates are interviewed for jobs or admissions, we can generally assume that they aren’t all equally qualified—there is a distribution. For example, it might be the case that half are above average and half are below average.

Because there is a distribution, we also know (at least intuitively) that there are probabilities involved. Using this example:

  • If you randomly select one candidate to interview, the probability that they are above average is ½
  • With 2 candidates, the probability
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How to Cheat a Psychological Assessment

June 17, 2014

 

By Greg Willard

Psychological assessment is a popular method of learning about people. Assessments come in a variety of formats, for example you might be given a series of statements and asked to indicate how much you agree or disagree with each, or you might be given lists of different options to choose from. Unlike the information we usually gather in everyday life when we want to learn more about a person, these specific systems gather information about a person that can be directly compared, interpreted,...


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Bytes is Bytes

June 17, 2014

 

By mjmichaels

Seemed like a simple Jira, an easy bug fix to check off my list - a problem with our JDBC PreparedStatement#setByte().  What followed was the proverbial can of worms.  I started to think about and overthink BINARY data. How is it used?  What is stored in BINARY fields?  How do people insert data into BINARY fields?    

I found the behavior of NuoDB to be odd, not necessarily wrong, but odd.   

First of all, it's worthy to note that one way NuoDB differs from other SQL databases, is that BINARY and VARBINARY (or BINARY

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Not Hungry? It Could Be Workplace Stress

June 06, 2014

 

By Greg Willard

We have previously discussed how stress at work can influence various aspects of your health and contribute to symptoms such as exhaustion and sleep disturbances. In this post, we focus on the guts of the problem: How stress at work can influence your appetite and contribute to unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, and stomach cramps. 

stress at work can influence your appetite and contribute to unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, heartburn, and stomach cramps

As in our previous posts...


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It Feels Great to Make a Positive Difference

June 02, 2014

 

By Greg Willard

Here at Cangrade we are excited about science and technology. We could go on about algorithms, predictive analytics, and big data until you are unimaginably bored. We also have plenty to say about relevant topics such as how to predict success in the workplace, the value of hiring effective employees, the value of equal opportunity hiring, the hidden costs of employee turnover as well as the more obvious ones, and research on factors that impact employee retention, stress at work, and the health...


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Take a Vacation to Reduce Conformity

May 29, 2014

 

By Greg Willard

Working with others in groups and teams can add a range of perspectives and creative solutions that you as an individual might not consider or come up with on your own. However, working in groups and teams can also lead to conformity. This reduces the range of perspectives and creative solutions that you contribute, or that others in a group are even willing to consider.

The classic view of this phenomenon draws a distinction between private acceptance (adopting the group’s behavior or beliefs...


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NuoDB 2.0.4 Has Arrived!

May 29, 2014

 

By plothridge

Of course, every release has criteria that need to be met. In the case with NuoDB 2.0.4 the criteria were simple, and rooted firmly in product quality and stability. Sure, we may say it often and you might consider it a given, but quality was truly our sole focus for this release. We dropped nearly everything from our queue that didn't have a direct and verifiable impact on it. This investment in quality has a cost, one that we accept and embrace, because it has a lasting longer term value for

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