It's good to know that other people's minds wander during talks at conferences, too. At What You're Doing Is Rather Desperate, Neil Saunders tells us what he was thinking during some zone-outs at ComBio this year: one, that computational biologists consider information to be communally shared, not proprietary; and two, bioinformaticists need to have a variety of projects in order to be most productive. He suggests that labs follow Google's 20 percent rule - programmers spend 20 percent of their time working on fun side projects of interest - to keep the bioinformatics folks happy.
A New Take on the 80/20 Rule
Sep 28, 2007