[time-nuts] Measuring short term stability minus linear drift

bownes bownes at gmail.com
Sat Oct 8 22:48:29 EDT 2011





On Oct 8, 2011, at 18:27, Hal Murray <hmurray at megapathdsl.net> wrote:

> 
>> I find that at JPL (and I assume others have found this too) that we'll  go
>> off and reinvent the wheel (maybe because we're working in parallel
>> ignorance) for something.
> 
> I remember a story from many years ago.  I think the context was chemical 
> rather than electronics.
> 
> The idea was that if the experiment cost less than $X, it was cheaper to do 
> the experiment (again?) rather than do the literature search.  I think X was 
> 50K.  It was surprisingly big to me at the time.
> 
> 
>> There's also the classic gap between the groups doing theoretical work in
>> one building and groups building and testing hardware in another building
>> 1000 meters away, and the two groups never have time to meet, and in some
>> cases, may not even be aware of the other's existence
> 
> Eating lunch in the same cafeteria can help a lot.
> 


When I worked at GE R&D many moons ago they did some mix & match of labs just to get interactions between the scientists. There were wings for various groups of course, but the famous story was the guys researching plastics for CDs needed a hot humid environment for testing. So the dishwasher guys loaned them an instrumented one. 


> Another story from many years ago...
> 
> If you are setting up a research group, put the labs where people will work 
> in on the opposite side of the building from their offices.  The idea is that 
> people will bump into other people while walking between their lab and office.
> 
> 
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