Tagged With problem solving

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I lose my keys often. I text the words "Running 10 minutes late" more than I should. I fail to bring in all the bags of random kid crap from my car each night, so I'm constantly grabbing new bags and filling them with more random kid crap. I eat stuff that makes me feel lousy afterward. I overestimate the amount groceries we consume and am constantly tossing out food.

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The maximum number of face turns needed to solve the classic Rubik's cube is 20, and the maximum number of quarter turns is 26. It took 30 years to discover these numbers, which were finally proved by Tomas Rokicki and Morley Davidson using a mixture of mathematics and computer calculation. (The puzzle does have 43 quintillion possible configurations after all.)

So how did the current world-record holder SeungBeom Cho manage to solve Rubik's cube in under five seconds? (4.59 seconds to be exact.)

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Worrying is part of life. According to a new analysis, 38 per cent of us worry about something every day -- which honestly seems low. With a small tweak, though, you can turn your worries into a productive way to solve problems.

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Programming can be as fulfilling an experience as it is frustrating. While you might have all the tools and design patterns in the world, sometimes a problem can seem unsolvable, or the solution too complex and lengthy to implement and anxiety quickly builds. So what do you do when your brain gives out at a critical coding juncture?

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According to new research commissioned by cloud software provider Zendesk, customer-facing self-service technologies are all the rage. This infographic explains how more and more consumers are ditching call centres in favour of servicing themselves. After all, who needs the human touch when your hands can get the job done by themselves? (We mean on a keyboard, you grots.)

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Facebook may test your patience from time to time, but unless you're engaged in the social networking site's multitude of interactive time wasters, there's not much to do but post photos and status updates. If you're the problem-solving type after a deeper online social experience, the newly-minted Hacker Rank might be for you.

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Sometimes, the logical approach yields no fruit, or the fruit is kind of sad-looking and a bit squishy. That's usually when we demand an answer from our abdominal organs, even though the processing capabilities of one's appendix is questionable, especially if it has been removed. Despite all, well, logic, a small study has shown that thinking with your digestive tract can be beneficial in moderation.

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Problems can be difficult to solve when we only know the issue and none of the steps to fix it. Sometimes it's even more daunting to figure out what those steps are at all. This guide will help you take just about any problem and figure out a plan to solve it and stay motivated when handling long-term issues.

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When it comes to problem solving, some prefer the act fast, go-with-your-gut approach. But a new BusinessWeek report says that this leap-into-action model should be avoided for issues outside your skill set and suggests following a three-pronged method instead.