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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.
Good thing, too
Just think what the invisibility of cats would do to the internet.
What in the world is going on with your ads? First, I get an ad for tax-break advice. Well and good, it knows that I'm a US citizen, but the ad depicts a baby bottle (at least I can't guess anything else). Then I get an ad "Want to Learn French? Watch this video!" with a picture of a young woman of fine if improbable figure.
If El Reg thinks I'm an idiot, it is free to tell me directly--the commentariat hasn't been shy that way.
Re: IT'S A TRAP!!!
Interesting point. Have their MAC addresses been harvested from the Parliament DHCP server's logs?
I rely on my co-workers to be honorable and trustworthy. I do not give them my passwords.
And I wouldn't hire anyone in a technical position who believed that the sysadmin needed other peoples' passwords. I wouldn't hire somebody to clear paper jams who believed that.
Oracle has provided "row-level security" via policies since 8i, when they clearly implied that it was for diverse "tenants" in the same database.
The problem with Oracle is not Larry Ellison's bombast, it is the license costs. For many years it has been difficult to put together a rig on which one might reasonably run Oracle and on which the hardware will cost more than the software.
Re: Ever increasing standards
Well, then, if you are satisfied with making them look more intelligent, move an English family in next door. No dogs harmed or insulted, and the Americans suddenly look like the old Bell Labs.
This isn't me
Just someone with my password, but if it were me, I'd point out that the Register-issued password I use here is not exactly heavy duty. I doubt it's in the top 100, and I don't use it elsewhere, but I wouldn't count on it standing up to the treatment Adobe's passwords got.
Re: High school all over again
Cool. Did the kids get to the part where the US invasions of Canada failed?
Let's say that I've had it with Oracle and wish to flee to the freedom of Postgres or the security of SQL Server. What are the probabilities that a) all my queries use that subset of SQL that is common to all, and that b) I have no stored procedures or triggers? Probably pretty small. And wjat are the probabilities that my coders are equally proficient in PL/SQL, T-SQL and Pg/Sql? Let's say I'm really ambitious and want to convert a fair-sized organization from Windows and Microsoft Office to Linux and OpenOffice. Think it will break any spreadsheets down in Accounting? So with any installed base, you really can't base your judgments on the relative coolness of Larry/Bill/Linus.
Yes, there is an element of tribalism. The two most powerful words any salesman uses are "everyone is". I don't really see how we get away from it--who has time to explore in depth every technology stack out there, and can he explain it in terms that make sense to the people with the money?
Re: Makes you think....
'Where would Beethoven "rank" on such a chart? (Hint: Nowhere, because the record companies can't make money from selling it) '
Mighty good, then of Deutsche Grammophon, et al. to keep him available. A search ffor "Beethoven symphonies" on Amazon yields about 38 thousand results. I will agree that the volume isn't likely to be there.
There is the old jape my father used to quote, ca. 1960:
Arizona guide: This is one of the oldest buildings in the state, folks. It's over a hundred years old, just think of it.
Murmur from the back of the crowd: I can't wait to get back to Damascus and tell them about it.
However, Iet's face it, Herodotus wrote his histories pretty near to the time of the events covered, and Xenophon and Thucydides nearer still, so great age is not a prerequisite for something to be called historical.
That'll teach you.
You can compare your fellow citizens to Nazis till the cows come home, and get nothing but upvotes. One crack (out of six) about an institution respected in the UK, and you collect downvotes.
Re: OTOH Some say the best programmers can write equally well structured essays.
I think that it was Dijkstra who said that mathematical maturity and the ability to express oneself clearly in one's native language were indispensable.
maybe economics instead
Mr. Rivlin would benefit more from an economics class that he might take than from any number of programming classes for the youth of Great Britain. Offer more money, Mr. Rivlin, and the problem will take care of itself.
Training exercises at the Quantico Marine Corps base, a little south of Washington, DC, have once or twice set the woods on fire, causing Interstate 95 to be shut down for low visibility. And northern Virginia is a pretty damp area most of the time.
take your pick
"Several women have used the web to batter men who they claim have abused, groped or otherwise harassed them on the basis of their gender. Projects like Everyday Sexism,.."
So is it gender or sex?
And "batter men"? With a gluten-free batter, perhaps? The whole sentence seems to have been produced by a hiccup in Google Translate.
the good news
The robot is already better at acting than Arnold Schwarzenegger ever was.
wheels and Word
Back in the 1960s there were stories of pilots who had to fight the impulse to pull the wheel back to pass on the highway. I'm guessing they weren't new then, and that Steve Jobs had heard them in childhood. Will the next Steve Jobs think that he was reincarnated from a helicopter pilot and be tempted to use clutch and accelerator as rudder pedals?
As for Word, Stross uses it to write documents far longer than most of us do. I don't object to it, particularly, but it unusual for me to write even a 10-page document with it.
Depends on how you count. Look at their handy bar chart and look at the green line. If you come up with a number other than 16, let me know.
For extra credit, tell me what Edward Tufte would make of the information density...
"Where are you getting 16 out of 30? 53% is how it's listed on the source website linked to in the story."
Indeed so, but at the bottom of the web page I find
"Methodology: The way we develop this data set is very simple. We take the top 10 most pirated movies on BitTorrent as reported by TorrentFreak each Monday. Then we look up whether each movie is available in a legal digital format using the Can I Stream It service. We display the most recent week's data in the table above, but the entire data set, with fine-grained service availability, is available for download."
Over the last three weeks, that would 30 movies, wouldn't it? And 16 would be closest to 53%.
Couple of points
In a country the size of the USA, 811 counts as an epidemic if it's Ebola, but the Centers for Disease Control is not going to get wound up about kids named Messiah. In any case, Spanish-speaking parents name their sons Jesus every day without drawing attention, and the world is full of Emmanuels, Immanuels, and Manuels, none of whose parents seem to draw diagnoses.
As for Prince, some of these children are surely named (like the musician formerly known as glyph) after Prince Hall, founder of an African-American Masonic order. The Prince Hall Masors were still thriving last I heard.
"Over the past three weeks the data has shown that none of the pirates' top picks were available for legal streaming and only 53 per cent were available to buy at all, and only 20 per cent of which were available to rent.."
I don't really see what this proves, except that the pirates want the new stuff, which the the media companies wish to hold on to. If 20th Century Miramax decides that Men in Black XXV will make more money in theaters if the Netflix release is held up, then no, the Netflix option will not be available during the period of most intense interest. If the point is that the motion picture industry can make less money by releasing the streaming stuff earlier, well, they've probably considered and dismissed that option. If the point is that they can make as much or more by releasing it earlier, did this study say how?
And by the way, I find it annoying when 16 out of 30 is given as 53%. Why not "roughly half" or "just over half" or even "16 out of 30"?
Re: Concur with Stross. With a couple caveats.
'BTW: Unicode may look a "text file", but it's not. Unicode is really a binary encoding for text...'
Where ASCII and EBCDIC are?
measure for measure
You quote the distance in km, the temperatures in centigrade, and the wind speeds in knots? As a primitive American used to miles and Fahrenheit, I'm glad to see the old units hanging on somewhere.
correct me if I'm wrong
But didn't one of the Spice Girls do some topless work on Turkish TV in unseasoned days?
Re: It's all Greek to me...
Quite. Think of it is a left-recursive expression: run it through Google Translate into German and get "Die the hoi polloi" . But that looks a bit savage--maybe we should go for French and "Les the hoi pollio." With Russian or Latin, though it is idempotent...
it blesseth twice
It seems to me that anyone giving the watch as a present might find that his down needs to be set drastically forward.
Re: Children in supermarkets.
"'m not a tech person..."
With such powers of telepathy, why would you need to be a tech person? The poster to whom you are replying seems to have a due sense of responsibility for his children. They are probably far better mannered and under control than quite a few of the commentariat.
Mr. U will not be missed
(see ee cummings).
I must say that Perl makes it not too painful to deal with Unicode.
I am slight disappointed with Ms. Stob, though, for not riffing on The U and the Non-U...
Re: Read that
Didn't realize they made a movie, not surprised to hear either that they did or that it was bad.
If you are a connoisseur of bad submarine movies, though, you should hunt up "Hellcats of the Navy", starring not only Ronald Reagan but Nancy Davis, later Nancy Reagan.
Sorry to see him dead so soon. Sixty-six doesn't look so old from here.
But I quit after Red October. The dialogue was laughable, and the general outlook seemed to be that of a fairly naive and unreflective midshipman. A few years later, I happened on a used copy of the WW II submarine novel Run Silent, Run Deep, written by a man with serious time on the submarines. And guess what--not everything works right: USN personnel screw up, US submarines are attacked by their own torpedos, the enemies (German and Japanese) are at least as smart, at least as technologically able. Clancy struck me as a writer who portrayed the military as it would like to imagine itself, a Kipling without the gifts.
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