Americans say "medder-dayder"
When they say "dahta"?
Withdrawal at the last moment isn't the most reliable method of avoiding trouble or embarrassment. This was certainly the experience at CES this year when judges very suddenly rescinded an Innovation Award it had given for Lora DiCarlo's Osé Robotic Massager. You may argue such a blatant reverse gerbil only lays bare that the …
When they say "dahta"?
There is more than one North American accent.
If someone from Kentucky - that's Kay-un-tah-kee to you - says "metadata" you'll just have time for a quick loo trip before they finish. While a proper Noo Yoiker will have it all out in an aural burp so brief the sound will be blue shifted.
I recognise the Dabbs version, but yours is surely more educated East Coast?
New Englanders will likely pronounce it medda dayda. Since there is no R in either word, Bostoners won't be leaving it out.
I could be wrong about the long A in data. I'm not actually from New England*, so my accent has variants, and it's possible that's one I don't know about. But that's how I pronounce it.
*Both parents grew up in Pittsfield. I inherited the accent and the attitude. I even drive like them.
Metadata is said differently in different parts of the US. The "-ar" for "-ah" substitution is typical of the Northeast (New England) which was settled by folks from a different part of England, than other states, some of which were mainly settled by folks that were not from England. In California the pronunciation - except by foreigners - is "metah daytah". The occasional academic will piss and moan about whether it should be "dahtah" instead.
"...someone puts a leaflet through your letterbox to advertise a service for putting leaflets through people's letterboxes..."
I had that happen yesterday.
It looks like Alistar had a lot of fun writing this article. He has such a great way with words.
Are you confusing Geordie wth Cockney? Lots of modern urban accents replace [t] with a glottal stop, but I don't think people in Newcastle are more likely to do that than people from any other big city. Or are they? Can someone clarify?
By the way, I am getting very bored of The Register's tedious images of open-mouthed women that hev nowt to dee with the story, like.
Isn't the point that nobody really wants to get undressed to eat somewhere like Paris which on the whole is cold and rainy?
It's not out of place in some Mediterranean naturist resort -but there it's just a restaurant, nothing special.
One assumes the attraction was supposed to be the frisson of naughtiness - but in 2018 that's surely not much of a motivator. In fact I think it's just a symptom of the fact that we have now reached peak peak - nowhere to go but down in any direction in search of kink. It'll be back to dinner jackets before long.
"I suspect it was an indoor restaurant rather than nudist streetfood."
Well, I realise that. It's just that to my simple mind if you've come out of cold rainy streets, eating in a restaurant would surely come a long way down the list of things to do with your clothes off? A long way after swimming pool, sauna or Turkish bath, anyway.
Shoreditch though, who can tell what might succeed there? The last time I drove through there late on a winter evening there seemed to be an awful lot of young ladies around who were trying for hypothermia.
"Isn't the point that nobody really wants to get undressed to eat somewhere like Paris which on the whole is cold and rainy?"
While warmer weather does make cold food more appealing to avoid any nasty spills of hot soup, I'm sure the restaurant could make appropriate menu changes to avoid too many H&S issues... Unless you count potentially losing your lunch as an H&S issue...
Just give it time and it will fit, Minis are getting larger and more ridiculous by the week. Alec Issigonis must be turning in his grave.
And not just Minis either, Ford Ka's are now bigger than old Fiestas, Nissan Micra's are huge and the other day I was nearly run over by someone driving what I first thought to be a bus, but had "Fiat 500" written on the back of it! A car originally smaller than a mini is now larger than a Land Rover Defender. The mind boggles.
That is what roof racks are for. I have put very large items on roof racks of a very small car before. In my younger days I carried a 2 metre high, 1.2 metre wide bookshelf on a Triumph Herald. The same car also carried a full size wardrobe, double bed and other furniture when I moved house and was too poor to pay a removalist.
Some websites can't even get ordinary data right, let alone the metadata. I recently tried to order a box for an electronics project from an electronics website. First I had the meta issue, was I looking for a case, box, instrument case, or an enclosure? Having tried to resolve that I then went looking for something that was about 20cm x 15cm, and 8-10cm high. I clicked the "width" menu., only to be offered a list of dozens of options such as 19.8cm, 19.9cm, 21.8cm and so on. Much further down in the three-digit section I then also found 210mm, 225mm, etc. Was there a simple "between x & y"? Nope.
Of course, that wouldn't have helped, since a search for a box/case/enclosure that was 20cm wide and 15cm long wouldn't have returned one that was 20cm long and 15cm wide.
I gave up and bought some sheet aluminium from a hardware store & made my own. Fortunately no nudity was required, or offered.
Verily, I am the literary equivalent of an embarrassing robotic vibrator.
Well you've always referred to yourself as a "a freelance technology tart", so what'd you expect?
Not to say that it wouldn't be a great line to have on your business card, somewhat like the "consultant nymphomaniac" ones that a female friend of mine occasionally used to use when she was feeling wicked...
"Not to say that it wouldn't be a great line to have on your business card, [...]"
An old friend from Israel came for a visit. She showed me her business card for her new career. As it was in Hebrew she translated it for me. She said "Sexologist"*** in a accent that was pure Maureen Lipman - and then wondered why I collapsed into giggles. I had to find YouTube to explain to her about gaining an "ology" certificate.
***The role was as a sex therapy advisor for married couples.
There were a few issues with this device that could have raised concern.
First it was an insertable device, these always have heath risks associated with them, insertables should always be boil cleaned between use.
Secondly it was an insertable device with a battery inside, this means the device now has the possibility of causing serious harm or death.
And lastly it could be remotely controlled, which is a security risk.
And lastly it could be remotely controlled, which is a security risk.
Don't even go there - next thing our politicians will be drafting legislation to ban the operation of remote controlled
dronesdildos within 5km of an airport.
No doubt the military will be called upon to deploy top secret dildo jamming technology
"First it was an insertable device, these always have heath risks associated with them, insertables should always be boil cleaned between use."
Does that apply when it's only used by one person? I don't try to boil clean my hearing aid inserts. Or, thinking about it, spoons.
As for the battery, one would imagine overheating would be detected with plenty of time to extract.
... i took a sneaky 3D scan of the door of his fridge, with all his kids stuff, memorabilia etc, stuck all over it. Currently some cheeky little outfit is turning the scan into a fridge magnet to be mailed to him, without a word of explanation or any indication as to from whom it originates.
I've been trying to sell some secondhand network equipment for a friend's charity which does not need it anymore, but I have had difficulty when I posted it under electronics, my reasoning being that it wasn't a computer in and of itself, and that it wasn't exactly accurate to classify it as computer parts. So I waited for a while in the hopes that someone would see it in electronics, but no luck. Then I looked at the things being sold in the computers category. There are a number of computers, but there are various other things. I suppose I can accept that people sell printers and monitors there, after all they are devices that you use with and only with computers, although I still reductively think they should really be somewhere else. I'm not going to fight that battle though because I first have to fight the people selling as computers (these are all real things posted in the past week) printer paper, cameras, bare electric cable, and empty enclosures that once had computer components in them but now do not. Some attempts to categorize just don't work. Whether this is the fault of the options for categories or the people who choose which one to use is an exercise for the reader. In the meantime, does anyone need some switches? Nobody bought them when I reposted them as computers.
Best one is, when you go to "Mobile phones" and get nothing but phone cases. When you go to "phone cases" get nothing but replacement screens, and when go to "phone screens" get nothing but the same phone case, but listed in 1000 different grades of "pink".
Also known as "Amazon".
What would actually be useful is full text search, with booleans, of a free text field describing the object. Categories are nearly always 'fuzzy' and subject to ambiguity and misuse. You could always add category fields if you thought they might be useful, but as an addition to, not a replacement for free text search. Of course, that might founder on people's ability to write cogent, correct, brief descriptions of items. Many good ideas, on meeting the public, retire to plant cabbages in their gardens.
"What would actually be useful is full text search, with booleans, of a free text field describing the object. Categories are nearly always 'fuzzy' and subject to ambiguity and misuse."
Sounds like an excellent use case for what currently passes for AI these days. It would have a much wider and more immediate use for a far wider range of people than so-called autonomous cars. But it's probably not "sexy" enough for the millennial devs (or lucrative enough!)
I was at a local car parts place recently. A guy turned up in a near new BMW M4 (coupe) to collect the Christmas present his wife had bought him. She had thought long and hard and had found a Rolling tool cabinet with multiple drawers. I was in a smallish hatchback. I watched the shop attendant and the guy try to wrestle the toolbox into the back of the M4. They even tried removing all of the ancillaries to make the cabinet smaller to no avail. There was no way that the tool cabinet was going to fit... Laughingly I looked at my car which is much smaller, but could easily fit the tool cabinet, and offered to swap... After 30 minutes of trying different things including investigating if they could fit the cabinet through the front seats they decided it was never going to fit and the guy left to see if he could organise a ute (pickup) or station wagon (estate car).
"A particularly optimistic buyer asked if she could send her boyfriend over on a moped to collect a wardrobe."
Now there's an idea that gave me a good buzz. ... You have a moped to go with the wardrobe? I send my boyfriend over to come and collect. I believe you live in a different country from me?
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