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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Re: Please stop publishing this Frankfurt School Political Correctness nonsense already

Frankfurt School? It's All About the Benjamins?

Frankly (or frankfurtly) I don't see what in particular the USSR and Maoist China (which had pretty much male & not especially diverse leadership) have to do with this. And when I compare Richard Nixon's domestic agendas with those of any Democratic candidate since about 1976, I'd say that the Socialism cancer is pretty thoroughly in remission.

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Hacker claims breach of Wall Street Journal and Vice websites, punts 'user data' for sale

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Oh, no!

The Wall Street Journal's Facebook page is my go-to source for national security information! Things are in a bad way.

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Not really Keatsian

You aren't silent upon your pique on Darien.

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Re: Well, if things don't work out

Or maybe Gnu Caledonia? Free as in free whisky?

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Rural mobile coverage: Tweeting twits to join chirping tits in UK's national parks

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Heaven help you

Rock Creek Park is a national park in the middle of Washington, DC. Years ago there was bickering about coverage for cell phones, and think of the emergencies, and what if in a dead spot, etc. The upshot is that persons wander the bike and hiking trails, talking away on their cell phones. It all may have to do with emergencies; if so, they seem very calm.

And presently you will encounter what they already do in the American West: meatheads who get themselves lost, or merely footsore or otherwise fatigued, and call in for a rescue.

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LOHAN seeks stirring motto for spaceplane mission patch

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not Latin

But how about "Helium Heads to Greater Heights"? Or is the expression "helium head" only an Americanism?

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

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Transport

I'm not sure this will ever catch on the way that sending one's Madeira around the cape once did.

And though I applaud the mix of beer and boffinry, it seems to me that the best way to send beer up to 28 thousand meters is in a suitably pressurized craft where the travelers may drink it. Yes, I know that it would be vastly more expensive...

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'Oh my god – Mark Zuckerberg wants to meet me'

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Re: aliens

Sir, I believe you just supplied it.

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Amazon woos dispute-stung Hachette scribes with 100% ROYALTIES

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thinking of proposing

I'm thinking of proposing that Amazon deliver said royalties by drone.

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

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Wow

I want to see the buses catapulted off. Video preferred, Lego will do.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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It is unequivocal?

It might be undeniable, or attorneys might prefer to believe so.

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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there are problems

Amazon can live without any given publisher longer than that publisher can live without Amazon; I know of one that tried not shipping to Amazon for some months after Amazon imposed its terms--"all the traffic will bear", as the railroad guy says in The Octopus. After drastically reduced sales, it had to climb down.

Even assuming that a few big publishers walked, then what? In cities large enough, the bookstores will be there. But this is a very big country, and many people live a long way from a town large enough to support a bookstore.The publishers will still be hurting.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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still

I always supposed that the expression referred to volume, not duration.

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UK.gov: Forget Google and those other chaps... Use THIS open Internet of Stuff specification

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Reassuring

""HyperCat has a strong security model; it's the same one the web uses,"

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Star Wars museum to land in Chicago

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On the Other Hand

"Chicago" was at least no worse a movie. Where will that museum go?

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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definition requested

What does "clocked" mean? In the US slang of some years ago, it meant "struck", but that doesn't seem to be your meaning. "Accosted"?

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Scott McNealy to caddie for 18-year-old son at US Golf Open

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Maverick?

Judging from Wikipedia, McNealy seems to name his sons after automobiles or pickup trucks. I guess it's patriotic of him not to name them after foreign models.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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Bravo!

Now can you take all the fans?

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Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS'

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Indeed

Slow uptake does seem to be a problem.

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Tech talk bloke compares girlfriend to irritating Java tool – did he deserve flames?

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Jumped to the end

On the whole, I'd rather debug PHP written by the Gender Studies tenure committee than listen to coders discuss this.

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Using email? Text messages? Congrats, you're in the 'underbelly of dark social sharing'

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Let's step it up

How about "Dork Social" for such as Usenet, Register forums, and so on?

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Sociology

I always had my doubts about sociology, but who can disrespect a discipline that manages to fit "Slut Discourse" into a paper title?

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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Re: They missed one or two things....

There is something of a tradition in professional baseball of taking a bat to the water cooler to work off the frustration of striking out. When the I.o.T water cooler shows up, watch a baseball game or two for the proper technique.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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don't know

Aren't the James Bond films that start off with him strapped into such a device? It always ends badly for the villain, but most of us don't have the muscle or special effects crew to wrestle our way out.

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Facebook exec: I HATE the INTERNET and I REALLY hate journalism

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yes and no

Craigslist had a lot more to do with the hollowing-out of American journalism than anything Facebook or Google could do. The advertising has gone away, and the advertising paid for the journalism. The twenty-somethings would no sooner take out a classified ad--for a roommate, to sell a used car, etc.--than they would sign up for a land line.

Having said that, no, I suppose that Facebook isn't helping matters. (I don't use it, having once been waved off it by the offspring.)

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Google's NEST can't stand the heat, needs patch for use in kitchen

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better still

How long before arsonists figure out how to upgrade the firmware?

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Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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Wow

Next you'll tell me that not all Apple employees wear black turtlenecks.

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

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Re: Nothing to do with Windows Support

Right, because we know how secure XP is.

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Portable toilet mistaken for killer Nork drone

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hitting the fan

During the early development of the American M-1 tank, it was said that the fancy aiming assistance had locked onto the spinning exhaust fan of a lavatory, and that the main gun had permanently removed the fan, and I guess the room, as a threat. A lot of the bugs have been worked out of the M-1's electronics systems since then, but if you have to engage a lavatory, portable or not, it's probably a good weapon to use.

Airline toilets do inflict ground damage now and then, generally with "blue ice"--leaked liquids that have frozen into a lump at altitude, and which come loose when the airplane descends into warmer air before landing. Years ago, a house near the Denver airport suffered a blue ice impact, which holed a roof and a table.

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How to catch a fraudster – using 'top cop' Benford and the power of maths

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Re: House numbers

A common US practice is to number outward, 100 per block, from a central point. In Washington, DC, that is the Capitol; in Denver it is (I think) Broadway and Exposition Sts. The applicability of Benford's law depends on how far this is carried. Within Washington, DC, the law does not apply. In Montgomery County, Maryland, which adjoins DC on the north, the numbering system continues, and for the north-south addresses Benford's law kicks in about the Beltway.

The US government has made a big push to convert the old rural route delivery services to a common pattern of the "numbering outward" type, which must be increasing the reach of Benford's law here.

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Quibbles

" Below is some real data collected by Benford himself in 1938 from a copy of Reader’s Digest."

No, below is a bar chart showing we know not what. The digits of numbers found in the text? The digits of the page numbers?

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: Limited bit rate?

Indeed. The baby boomers grew up listening to music on transistor radios and crummy AM car radios. (And in oppressively loud concert halls, so that we are probably going deaf faster than any of our parents who didn't serve in the artillery.)

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Doing more for less with your Oracle database

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Hmm

I suggest a challenge for the students of IT: configure a reasonably balanced server on which the hardware will cost more than the Oracle licenses.

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Larry Ellison looks out from his island paradise and thinks: I wanna buy the LA Clippers

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Re: Cos its not a real sport...

Hemingway was OK. The problem was his imitators, which from about 1930 on included a guy named Ernest Hemingway.

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the good news

If angry (ex?) mistresses are to be the new enforcers of civility among American sports-franchise owners, Mr. Ellison should be kept in line.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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how do you forge a silver bullet?

Spray paint a lead one?

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

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Re: No news is good news

Quite so. I call this "the curse of bandwidth".

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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

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Re: It was the best DOS word processor

My impression was that it was the footnoting that lawyers love. And I'm pretty sure there's an attorney in my organization who still uses WordPerfect--his secretary, since retired, was still using it last spring.

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

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charged

" charged for 47 felonies in a frivolous lawsuit"?

I don't think that this makes legal sense in an American context.

Also, who the hell knows what his ex-girlfriend was up to? It's clear that she had very poor judgment in men, but anything beyond that is merely Chahal's assertion.

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Vladimir Putin says internet is a 'CIA project'

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Indeed

And movable type is a German invention, and we know how nasty they are.

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Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

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Re: Education

"Companies should be given tax breaks to help fund the teaching and have a little input so actual skills can be taught instead of writing off a chunk of students because they dont fit in with academia."

Actual skills like COBOL/VB6/Tcl/CICS, all fine technologies in their day, but not really growing markets? How about reading, writing, and mathematics?

Companies do seem to get tax breaks all the time for all sorts of stuff. I think that apprenticeships are a good thing, but better done at the place of work under company supervision than paid for by the company but handed off to others to manage.

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Hackers attempt to BLACKMAIL plastic surgeons

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It has to be said.

Tell the prospects, 'Chin Up!'.

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

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Pedantry check-in

The character in Cannery Row is simply called "Doc". Ed Ricketts was a real marine biologist, a friend of Steinbeck's, and the model for the character.

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Re: Could not have timed it better

"and if Putin decides to actually try and claim the moon"

For what? So he can put a tax on tidal power and maintain his edge as energy supplier?

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How Brit computer maker beat IBM's S/360 - and Soviet spies

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S/360

Didn't Dijkstra say that it was clear that the Eastern Bloc had lost the Cold War when it cloned the 360?

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Re: Blue sleeves?

I fellow I used to know who had worked in IBM sales said that a co-worker once caused great shock by coming to the office in a shirt that was not white.

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Re: Too early for a Godwin?

Considering that a) S/360 development started a decade and a half after V-E day, and b) somehow the author doesn't get around to mentioning Thomas Watson, Sr., yes, too early. And since NASA is mentioned, why don't we discuss the folks brought over from Peenemunde?

And I think that ca. 1945 the central place for processing to which information was drawn was general called a "file cabinet".

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: coding @AC

Wonderful thread. But I'm off to the Modern Language Associate website to see whether they have violent opinions on loop unrolling.

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Pivotal goes after Oracle with 'all-you-can-eat' pricing model

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OK, but

1. Will Greenplum support PL/SQL or whatever DB2's procedural database language is?

2. If you aren't invested in particular database features such as stored procedures and so on, why haven't you moved to Postgres yet?

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