Avoiding the Librarian's attention

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Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Fin Archangel » Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:32 pm UTC

So, I'm typing this at my school library, and I'm wondering where in these rows of computers it would be best to sit in order to
1.) Hide my screen
2.) Avoid attention in general.

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| a | b | c | d | e |    [
| f | g | | | h | i |    [
                         [T
| j | k | l | m | n |    [T
| o | p | q | r | s |    [   
                         [
| t | u | v | w | x |    [


I'm currently sitting at p. The two Ts represent where the teacher / librararian is at most of the time. The rows are seated facing each other (I'm facing the guy in k) and the librarian looks this way. the t-u-v-w-x row is facing my back.

Where is it best to sit to theoretically draw the least attention?

t seems like the obvious choice to me, but then she goes on arbitrary walks around and that's the place to draw the most attention then.

And if that seat's taken, what's the next best choice?

EDIT: fixed the desk. [ is the desk.
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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Random832 » Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:43 pm UTC

Fin Archangel wrote:So, I'm typing this at my school library, and I'm wondering where in these rows of computers it would be best to sit in order to
1.) Hide my screen
2.) Avoid attention in general.

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| a | b | c | d | e |    [
| f | g | | | h | i |     [
                                 [   T
| j | k | l | m | n |    [   T
| o | p | q | r | s |     [   
                                 [
| t | u | v | w | x |    [


I'm currently sitting at p. The two Ts represent where the teacher / librararian is at most of the time. The rows are seated facing each other (I'm facing the guy in k) and the librarian looks this way. the t-u-v-w-x row is facing my back.

Where is it best to sit to theoretically draw the least attention?

t seems like the obvious choice to me, but then she goes on arbitrary walks around and that's the place to draw the most attention then.

And if that seat's taken, what's the next best choice?


I think 'a' is better than 't' because your screen isn't visible. Maybe should be 'b' so you're not in the corner.

What do the ['s represent?

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Hix » Mon Jun 02, 2008 5:32 pm UTC

Random832 wrote:What do the ['s represent?

They seem to be some sort of defensive bunkers that the teachers can hide behind and/or snipe from.

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Moonbeam » Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:47 pm UTC

I'm surprised no-one's asked, so I'll ask anyway .... what are you hiding on your screen that you don't want your teachers to see ??
Are you downloading porn or something (okay I'm only joking, but I am curious lol :shock: ).

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby ++$_ » Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:10 pm UTC

It depends what you're trying to hide.

If it's, say, xkcd fora, I vote for e. From your diagram it looks like the screen is facing the wall, so the librarian is going to have to walk right behind you to see the screen. Since you're right on the end, he/she is not even going to bother checking your screen -- you obviously have nothing to hide.

Now, if the contents of your screen are obvious at a glance (World of Warcraft, pornography, other evils of teh interwobs), then I recommend t or a, with u or b being second-best. You have plenty of warning if you need to alt-tab out.

However: Be aware that many school library computers have programs installed that allow the librarian to view any screen from a remote computer.

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Patashu » Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:30 am UTC

++$_ wrote:However: Be aware that many school library computers have programs installed that allow the librarian to view any screen from a remote computer.

Amusingly, the one at my school can be closed from the computer the user is on by ctrl+shift+esc and ending the process.

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby hermaj » Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:46 am UTC

(As much as it bothers me indirectly encouraging you, since this is less a logic puzzle and more a very thinly veiled "halp i am an oppressed schoolchild"...)

Going by experience alone, g or k would do it for me. They're further back but not hiding right in the corner, and (depending how far apart they are spaced - at my school they were close together) it's hard for the librarian to walk past and check the screens closely.

I am also interested in what [ is! They seem very oddly spaced. Are they book displays and print stations and stuff?

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Fin Archangel » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:43 am UTC

ER.

The ['s were supposed to be in a line. They're...desks.

I lol'd at hix's comment, btw.

And...I'm hiding fora. Lulz.
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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Death Dragon » Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:35 am UTC

However: Be aware that many school library computers have programs installed that allow the librarian to view any screen from a remote computer.


Oh how I CURSE those remote computers! In one of the computer labs in my school, the teacher can actually control the screen, and was having fun really freaking some kids out, until we figured out what was going on.

(As much as it bothers me indirectly encouraging you, since this is less a logic puzzle and more a very thinly veiled "halp i am an oppressed schoolchild"...)


Maybe because I'm in school, but it seems reasonable to me. For example, I take Career and Financial skills. Do you have ANY IDEA how *boring* that class is? ANY IDEA? Because it's pretty awful. And it stopped being useful about 3 weeks in. Now it's just . . . *shudders*. We're in the computer lab and I cannot even go online, except for "approved" URLs. Which are causing problems with what we're actually supposed to be doing anyway. :(

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Moonbeam » Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:04 am UTC

Death Dragon wrote:We're in the computer lab and I cannot even go online, except for "approved" URLs. Which are causing problems with what we're actually supposed to be doing anyway. :(


Thank yourself lucky that you've got computers lol :shock: .

Back in ancient times, when I was at school, computers weren't even invented .... we had to make do with the good ol' abacus, slate to write on and pieces of chalk to write with :? . (Okay slight exaggeration, I admit, but you catch my drift ??).

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Fin Archangel » Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:33 pm UTC

Death Dragon wrote:
However: Be aware that many school library computers have programs installed that allow the librarian to view any screen from a remote computer.


Oh how I CURSE those remote computers! In one of the computer labs in my school, the teacher can actually control the screen, and was having fun really freaking some kids out, until we figured out what was going on.


o.0 ouch.
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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby BeetlesBane » Sun Jun 08, 2008 2:24 am UTC

Following ++$_'s hide in plain sight rationale, the rightmost two stations in any row will be given less attention than the others. I'd favor m or n since only one of the two "T" locations has a good view of their screens; e is more obviously hidden.

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby 4=5 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:09 pm UTC

Moonbeam wrote:
Death Dragon wrote:We're in the computer lab and I cannot even go online, except for "approved" URLs. Which are causing problems with what we're actually supposed to be doing anyway. :(


Thank yourself lucky that you've got computers lol :shock: .

Back in ancient times, when I was at school, computers weren't even invented .... we had to make do with the good ol' abacus, slate to write on and pieces of chalk to write with :? . (Okay slight exaggeration, I admit, but you catch my drift ??).

that is more fun than being force to sit at computers

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby michaelandjimi » Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:24 pm UTC

Death Dragon wrote:We're in the computer lab and I cannot even go online, except for "approved" URLs. Which are causing problems with what we're actually supposed to be doing anyway. :(
There is actually a pretty easy way around these*. PM me if you want to know, because it's entirely possible that some teachers are on here.

...Crap, it could be a teacher that PM's me. Not sure how to get around that.

*Which, so far, I have only used to look up abridged versions of famous books, that was blocked for some godforsaken reason.

I'd favour m over n, because they could see n whilst walking past casually.
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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby BeetlesBane » Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:19 pm UTC

For anyone who hasn't noticed, the OP diagram has been edited (justified).

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Octahedra » Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:59 pm UTC

I would go for e from there you can keep an eye out for the teachers

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Fin Archangel » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:28 pm UTC

Hmmm.

The library closed today.

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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby ShaKri » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:53 pm UTC

Fin Archangel wrote:I'm currently sitting at p. The two Ts represent where the teacher / librararian is at most of the time. The rows are seated facing each other (I'm facing the guy in k) and the librarian looks this way. the t-u-v-w-x row is facing my back.


i know the library is closed.. but i still wish to give my example...

my choice would be H or I ... as the librarian is facing the general direction of p ... my back would be in her direction (hiding any tell tale facial expressions)... and at my hight and build i would almost completly hide the screen.. (and even if it is just my head hiding the screen the screen is in the librarians periferal {sp?} vision and would be hard to notice anything for certain, and my head would hide any major movements etc of the screen) ...

as for the walking.. your not safe anywhere.. but some parts have more warning than others... (in which to hide the page your not supposed to be on.
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Re: Avoiding the Librarian's attention

Postby Fin Archangel » Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:33 pm UTC

G was actually my favorite before it closed, actually.

But the computer broke. So.

GG.
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