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Posts Tagged ‘pressure’

Hurd harassment lawyer letter posted

Hurd harassment lawyer letter posted

All Things D's Arik Hesseldahl posts the lawyer letter that got Mark Hurd fired by HP... Hurd asked her to stay the night. Fisher’s reply: “Absolutely not. I barely know you and you are my boss.” An hour later, after more alleged pressure from Hurd, Fisher said she wanted to leave and did, the letter said. Asked to dinner with Hurd again [...]

Explosive pumpkin carving in science class

This science teacher illustrated gas-expansion for his students by trapping a flammable gas inside a pumpkin whose Jack O Lantern face had been cut and not removed, then waited for the pressure to build up until the face exploded out of the pumpkin.

Psychologists found out why we “choke” under pressure… and how to avoid it.

Psychologists found out why we “choke” under pressure… and how to avoid it.

Beilock's research is the basis of her new book, Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have To, published Sept. 21 by Simon and Schuster, Free Press. Thinking too much about what you are doing, because you are worried about losing the lead (as in Norman's case) or worrying about failing in general, can lead [...]

Police play doctor to test citizens’ gullibility

Police play doctor to test citizens’ gullibility

A gang of thieves in Istanbul, Turkey have reportedly been dressing like doctors and distributing sedatives door to door, telling residents the medicine was related to a test for high blood pressure. Once the victims dosed, the thieves would rob them. As part of the police investigation, officers attempted the same trick but used placebos. [...]

WikiLeaks’ Swiss host says no to French and US government pressure

WikiLeaks’ Swiss host says no to French and US government pressure

Leave it to Switzerland to pursue net neutrality... The site's new Swiss registrar, Switch, today said there was "no reason" why it should be forced offline, despite demands from France and the US. Switch is a non-profit registrar set up by the Swiss government for all 1.5 million Swiss .ch domain names. The reassurances come just hours after [...]

What We Talk about When We Talk about Bandwidth

What We Talk about When We Talk about Bandwidth

Cellular carriers' competing claims as to what constitutes 4G (fourth-generation) cellular data networks got me to thinking about how speed is only one part of the story about why allegedly faster networks are being built. I've been writing about Wi-Fi since 2000, and that informs my thinking, because Wi-Fi has matured to a point where raw [...]

Inside a stolen credit card site

Inside a stolen credit card site

Brian Krebs brings us a fascinating look at the inner workings of a site that sells stolen credit card numbers to fraudsters; the site is structured like a bizarro-world PayPal, with soft come-ons, hidden fees, and lots of upsell pressure. The trouble is, the minute you seek to narrow your search using the built-in tools, the site starts [...]