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Hey, wait a minute!
I didn't found Facebook, either, can I be famous too?
(Admittedly, my biceps, and particularly my chin, are not up to their standards.)
Re: Media player
Well, it's two gadgets instead of one, then. And some compulsive types may believe that they are too indispensable to be unreachable by phone for the duration of the run.
I am well aware that mobiles can become projectiles, having followed El Reg's close coverage of some supermodel or t'other hurling a mobile while throwing a fit.
Either a skeleton key or a device for opening bottles and cans. But I can definitely see a market for replicas with sharpened ends, to play mumblety-peg with.
And here I thought it was age. Maybe The Register should market tee shirts saying "I'm Not Old, I'm a Techie", or fake gold necklaces reading "TECH NECK".
There is a very large US government contractor named CACI, (said by some of its employees to stand for "Captains and Colonels, Inc." ) They have their fingers in a lot of stuff, and no doubt employee a lot of wrinkly-necked types (though the ones I've worked with tended to be young); however, I gather this company is not related.
Meanwhile, Bill Gates shakes his head at the want of creativity.
a datum for the sample
To be lectured on the norms of war or international conduct generally by a Briton? I am sure they would bow to your moral superiority, wit, etc.
It is said that employees of the FBI claim that DEA stands for Drunk Every Afternoon, and that DEA staff return the favor with Famous But Incompetent. I'm not sure who came up with Uncle Sam;'s MIsguided Children for the USMC, but Marines actually seem to like it.
To quote Mr. Cellan-Jones:
"Now it's fair to point out that some of the criticism is mean spirited. There is a minority of older experienced programmers who see themselves and their craft as an exclusive band of brethren and will always be hostile to an initiative like this. A glance at the comments under a YouTube video of Lottie Dexter's Newsnight interview reveals a murky world of misogyny and coding snobbery."
(My emphasis.) And this is in the fourteenth paragraph of seventeen, with paragraphs two through seven critical of the program or at least its launch.
"He also recommended Norway, which had harvested its oil revenues into a trillion-dollar capital wealth fund."
He who can roll Thomas Jefferson, Margaret Thatcher, and the Norwegian Labour Party into one political agenda was wasting his time in venture capital. Surely Kleiner Perkins was just trying to set a visionary free for his true vocation.
A couple of points
First, the BBC guy did not say that all objectors were snobs or misogynists. He did, in passing mention misogynistic comments on some posting or another, and I don't doubt he found them.
Second, while I am sure that Ms. Mulqueeny knows exactly what she's talking about, I am equally sure that I don't. Could somebody post a translation for American readers?
Yet Another Option
It didn't mention Flappy Bird at all: the source has a sense of proportion. (Of course, it might be in cuneiform on clay tablets, but you can't have everything.)
I know roughly zilch about cricket, but he should be a refreshing change from American-bred CEOs who like football (American) analogies.
Re: Waterloo and Microsoft?
Eaton? That would be John Eaton Elementary School on Reno Road NW in Washington, DC? Wow, who knew.
Re: So ghastly...
"my youngest daughter's prospective secondary school had dumped everything else in favour of this rubbish"
Everything? Textbooks, test tubes, and tennis rackets? I have no idea what the computer technology was at the offspring's secondary school--I assume Windows-based, but never looked,
Re: Whoaa... If it IS tongue-in-cheek
Or that they replied in the same spirit.
Re: You can fix that bug...
"Or the habit of Japanese musicians to include random English words or phrases in their songs!"
What can I say, but "Yeah, yeah, yeah." (Or maybe "hey nonny, nonny.")
Because you get an A on your 20th-Century history class if you can identify John Dean and Mariel Hemingway?
"this argument offers little to shareholders"
I thought that offering little to shareholders was the Amazon way.
The Bill of Rights states that Congress shall make no law, etc. At the time the Constitution and the first amendments were ratified, there were a number of state churches, and in a number of the fastest-industrializing states.
Re: Welp, that's Yelp.
No, a movie studio can't sue for bad reviews. They get bad reviews all the time, and it doesn't really seem to matter that much.
And Fox News is exerting great efforts to damn a book about its founder, Roger Ailes, but is unlikely to have any effect. The people who love Fox News wouldn't have read it, the people who hate Fox News will buy it no matter what Fox says, and everyone else will be discouraged by the bulk.
Maybe we can jailbreak it and run Ubuntu on it--Wotten Wablet.
You mean, like a really small phable?
If told with intent to deceive, is it a phiblet?
Removing the agitator from a top-loading machine is not particularly difficult, though it might be if you were drunk enough to think that this is a good idea. But even with the agitator gone, I'm not sure how anyone over about jockey size can fit into the drum of a standard washing machine.
Let the punishment fit the crime
Make the perp serve out his term in an airline terminal, living on airline food and sleeping on hard plastic seats under fluorescent lights.
When you dress up Gates or Ballmer in a black turtleneck to compete with Steve Jobs?
Re: Oh my
Turn around and we'll show you.
Re: You're hardly a kid at 20
Some years ago (probably before 9/11 added to the paranoia level), I would see people milling around outside an office building in downtown Washington, DC. It turned out that the building they worked in kept getting bomb threats, requiring evacuation and search. Presently it turned out that two men were responsible for it, one of whom worked in the building. The other would call in a bomb threat so that they could have a good long lunch.
On the one hand, I'm pretty sure that both were over 20. On the other hand, I was also pretty sure that they weren't Harvard material.
Re: This is obviously satire
I used to say that I longed to see the day that "Asperger's Syndrome" would join "penis envy" on the recycling bin of embarrassing old psychiatric diagnoses. Well, according to the DSM V, that day is here. You may not be able to make eye contact or read emotions, it is true; but it is also true that your psychiatrist or psychologist cannot put down AS as the syndrome you're treated for--the code is gone, and the insurance companies won't cough up.
Was Nash ever diagnosed with AS? My impression is that he was flat-out schizophrenic.
Re: An unsolvable decision problem
Clearly, then, juvenile omniscience fantasies are to be preferred. And really, do you believe that you have _ever_ met an unsolvable decision problem?
Re: Hello doctors
“a feeling that you had to say something”
Now there's something that has created more disasters (at least social ones) than booze. Of course, it can be a secondary effect of the latter.
Re: I think the problem is the working culture
The US national rate includes construction, mining, truck driving, etc., all which tend to have relatively higher rates of injury or death. Construction accounts for about 20% of US workplace fatalities.
Re: I think the problem is the working culture
Shouldn't be hard to look up.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration says 4,383 workers were killed on the job in the US during 2012, 3.2 per 100 thousand full-time equivalent workers. Now, whether dying of a disease not necessarily related to the job would count in that number, I don't know.
Re: San Francisco is a city of rich white people...
The apercu that "Oakland is where it's at" might be read as smug by some.
The cycle of neighborhoods (dangerous/funky/trendy/boring) goes on everywhere at some rate---tech money speeds it up in SF no doubt. You will find it mentioned somewhere early on in the novel The Apes of God, which (says Wikipedia) appeared in 1930.
Re: Women In Technology
Well, Adele Goldberg, Mary Shaw, and Fran Allen, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock do come to mind.
Re: Not just games
Cheating on you with your own chair? What a hussy!
It is my impression, by the way, that "bean bag" is or was Barbadian slang for part of the male equipment...
If I'm a Dell employee, about now I'm thinking
a. They were willing to put the squeeze on Carl Icahn. Will they regard my interests with more concern?
b. Passion? Give me a C-level bonus based on the quarterly earnings, and I'll show you some passion.
"949 people... How can this even be taken seriously? So from a small subset of people they are going to infer world-wide assumptions."
"I can't even imagine that Pennsylvania has that great a genetic diversity."
Compared to what, England? The University of Pennsylvania is in Philadelphia, which has pretty much anybody you might be looking for. There are enclaves here and there in Pennsylvania that are not at all diverse, but Philadelphia isn't one--some of its neighborhoods are.
Why didn't the Dean say something along the lines of "We expect that persons visit our cathedral either as worshippers or as tourists, and as either will respect its character. There will always be those, and you can now supply a name or two, who will not; we shall pray for them." A bit sanctimonious perhaps, but then you could call it fighting fire with fire.
Re: Has anyone alerted Montreal?
Hmm. Back in the day (1975), I was on a bus between NYC and Toronto. In those days, I got a haircut about every five months; I happened to be seated next to a fellow who got them less often, and had also a pretty fair beard. At the border station, he and I were the only US or Canadian citizens asked to step off for baggage inspection. Both got through.
And it is fair to say that on my way back into the US at Detroit, the American guy amused himself for a few minutes demanding proof of citizenship, pointing out that any old body good get a drivers license or a draft card.
the numbers game
A welcome opinion, but the American Association of Law Schools lists 162 member schools. It seems to me a safe bet that the average number of faculty is at least 25 (I checked two: 51 and 42 respectively). So, there might be 4000 persons who make their livings teaching law in the US. There are probably more "adjunct faculty", members of the local bar who teach a class now and then. So without reading the actual piece (IANAL) and vetting the names, it's hard to say what this means.
Re: if I remember correctly
There was a Clovis in northern France, but he was a) a King of the Franks, and b) a long time after the Ice Age.
Re: Privacy is not an anomaly, anonymity is
Truth be be told, privacy probably always went along with anonymity. Based on what I know of small towns in the US, everyone knows everyone else's business there, and some of what is known may even be true. Many of those who wanted privacy ended up moving to big cities where one could be anonymous by walking three or four blocks. And judging from Stendahl (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/798/798-h/798-h.htm#CHAPITRE_PREMIER-2) that isn't just in America.
'Storage admins may just have found the moment at which it is finally possible to ask for budget dedicated to the above tools. You can hear them now: “Boss … did you hear how the first ever selfie was nearly lost?”'
I think of the lines from J.V. Cunningham's "To What Strangers What Welcome":
Where the lost hurries to be lost,
Both in its best interests
And in the best interests of life.
I go lobbying for more storage, but would I could get rid of all the piled up videos, pictures, etc. that were of mild interest at best when made and survive through neglect and indifference.
Re: "Costs are no longer tied to the ebb and flow of market revenue"
Bell may be trying to say that in the modern newspaper world there are only ebbs of revenue.
the middleman, in other words
Yes and no
Back in around Oracle 6 and 7, Oracle would send out three or four feet of documentation with every sub-release. The documentation was quite good, but it did pile up. Add that to PeopleSoft documentation for v. 6 and v. 7, and presently you would have a tall shelf full of paper, much of it documenting modules you didn't know or care about. Yes, yes, recycling, but somebody has to haul it.
But then I find Oracle's 11g HTML documentation a nuisance and use the less obnoxious 10g documentation where possible.
One used to be smell the malt of the Coors brewery five miles away. Will Coors have to add filters?
Re: Religious Tolerance in the USA
Perhaps, sir, that has more to do with your imagination than with actual conditions in the US. I might want to find out more before you write.
The Islamic Center, an elaborate mosque, stands within a mile of the White House, unmolested. I have been interviewed for the security clearance of one immigrant Muslim who worked with me around that time (and whom I told how to find the Islamic Center the first or second Friday he worked here.) I have taught Senegalese immigrants, at least nominally Muslim, in the ESL program run by a Roman Catholic parish here.
Among 300 million people, you will always find some meatheads. The commentariat of The Register must be a cool nine orders of magnitude smaller, yet I do notice some ignorant comments there.
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