Sounds like you need to take a lead from this organ's own BOFH. Just remember to hang on to the roll of carpet after you take it up ...
There’s this guy in the office who sits ten feet behind me. Lovely bloke, diligent worker, cares passionately about his job, loud voice. Oh yes indeed, a really loud voice. It doesn’t seem to matter that there’s an office divider between us, his voice is as clear and piercing as if he was sitting next to me. It’s not even an …
Friday 7th June 2013 11:35 GMT Anonymous Coward
ah, the perils of working for megacorp
I used to work in a cube farm, and then my new laptop arrived. I then ordered a cd-bay battery and more memory. The memory allowed EcoScope and remote Sniffer to run well, and the additional battery allowed me to work from the smoking area from 8 to 4:30, thus removing me from the echoey, how-many-conversations-can-you-hear-at-once cube farm.
Friday 7th June 2013 11:49 GMT Anonymous Coward
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Friday 7th June 2013 12:13 GMT Khaptain
Friday 7th June 2013 13:46 GMT Aldous
Monday 10th June 2013 09:47 GMT Havin_it
@HolyFreakinGhost Re: He SAYS Leith
I think what he's getting at is that the success of Trainspotting put Leith on the literary map (the author's from there you see - imagine...) and this contributed to the perceived gentrification of the area around that time. I'd say there was a lot more to it than that, but that's what a lot of people pick up on as some sort of catalyst.
And I say "perceived" because there's still an ambulance rank outside Swanny's [no relation] Bar most of the week :(
All together now: "Ho! Bawbag! Yir gettin' burst!"
Friday 7th June 2013 13:22 GMT Michael H.F. Wilkinson
Somehow this reminds me of my parents in law, who (after a career teaching mentally less agile people, to put it mildly) were used to settle every argument by the application of equal parts of authoritarianism and volume (they still go at it hammer and tongs at each other, producing Pythonesque near infinite loops of "Yes it is! No it isn't!") .
They found out the hard way that this did not work on a scientist with a voice that some have compared to Brian Blessed in full spate (but only when I talk enthusiastically about anything or am just plain angry).
Friday 7th June 2013 13:44 GMT bag o' spanners
Pop round to Studiospares and grab a couple of acoustic tiles. Place one on each side of your cubicle, around ear height, and marvel at how you can't hear sharp , annoying treble unless it reflects off something.
The invoice is in the post.
Mine's the one with a copy of Psychoacoustic Weekly in the pocket.
Friday 7th June 2013 14:46 GMT Hungry Sean
drywall and phone rooms
dividing a big open space up a bit can make a huge difference in noise. Developers generally don't have a need to be on the phone, so you can help these problems a lot by having small, non-reservable conference rooms with good sound absorption. Encourage people to go to these rooms for calls by refusing to give people proper phones on their desks ("here's a usb headset with a busted mic and some terrible software that takes 10 minutes to startup") and generally giving them dirty looks. Use these rooms for any vociferous arguments. Stick the noisy departments like sales/marketing in their own area with some decent walls around it.
Friday 7th June 2013 14:57 GMT phuzz
Saturday 8th June 2013 10:15 GMT Jon Lamb
Tuesday 11th June 2013 13:49 GMT Anonymous Coward
tall / short
just a word, or two.
is the person tall,
you might find that they miss out on conversations at a lower level, so end up compensating by being louder.
is the person hard of hearing in one ear.
Although they can hear in a quiet room, if there are other noises around they will loose resolving power,
they cant hear the conversation on the other side of the room,
Do they have tinnitus,
it make hearing some times quiet difficult.
I have all of these, 'problems'
the result is I am loud, as my brain is always compensating for something that is not there.
I have to force my self to talk soft such that I can not hear myself ,
its rather like talking when you have loud head phones on, its very hard to talk quiet.
Tuesday 11th June 2013 22:54 GMT alexmcm
There goes my massive once in a lifetime coincidence
Sitting on a deck at 5am in Brisbane watching old episodes of Blackadder on my phone while reading news articles on my tablet. Clicked on a Register story about Steve Jobs, and then saw a story about hollering. Clicked on that and simultaneously had that scene from Blackadder on both my phone and tablet.
What are the chances of that? I was hoping the biggest coincidence in my life would be a bit more profound.
Tuesday 18th June 2013 13:17 GMT Steve Evans
If you want to cut down on echos you need surfaces that don't reflect (d'uh) or if you can't avoid some reflecting surfaces, stop them reflecting continually by making them a bit "pissed", that's UK pissed, not US pissed (you can try US pissed, but in my experience, casting aspersions on the marital status of the divider's parents is usually unsuccessful).
Anyway, sound bounces about like a ball (minus gravity), so making the place a bit wonky will bounce the sound off into one corner where it can die).
It's also a good way to drive arty-farty creative designer type from the building, they'll hate all the non 90 degree angles.
Add a few soft furnishings (mediaeval banqueting hall wall hangings style) and you should be good to go.
Alternatively put half a dozen cloth bags over the noisy Scot.