Are they taking a position on the Amazon Echo?
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Are they taking a position on the Amazon Echo?
bad scanty food, casualty lists in the paper, frequent bombing raids?
With all due respect to those who served, I don't get the re-enactor thing. Fair numbers of my countrymen dress up in blue and gray to fire off black powder blanks at one another as if it were 1863 again, and I don't get that either. Should I be reassured that we are not uniquely demented Over Here?
There will not be a lot of noise from the fans of our team.
Friday Usually Brings Amusing Reminiscences?
Are the SJWs he objects to Sober, Judicious Warriors, or perhaps Sound Judgment Warriors?
"In both wars UK could have attempted to shorten them attacking Germany or Italy from the sea, and not only from the trenches."
I believe that the notion of an attack on the German coast was considered and rejected in WW I, it seems to me for very good reasons. In WW II, the Normandy invasion was a tricky enough matter: the Allies wouldn't have had sufficient air control over the nearest German coast. Attacking Italy from the sea in WW I would have been unpopular, given that Italy fought on the Allied side. As for WW II, you may remember names such as Operation Husky, Salerno, and Anzio.
"The avocado is so au fait at the moment, it definitely pops,"
Somebody actually uttered those words? Are we sure that the speaker wasn't pulling someone's leg?
"That same DBA can manage a million database servers on Amazon’s RDS, thanks to the benefits of automation."
What does "manage" mean in this context?
I think that "real heroes" are being DISCOURAGED nowadays. This is because it's "not fair" for one person to excel, because it makes "everyone else" "feel bad about themselves" [in the minds of the elitists that are trying to 'groom' our children into becoming easily herded 'sheeple'[. From eliminating grades and scoring in sports,
Sorry, how is it consistent with elitism to discourage excellence? And sports seems to be retain its emphasis on performance, else why are players released and coaches fired?
As for real heroes, last week a science teacher at an Indiana middle school was shot three times while tackling a kid with a firearm, and he has since returned to the classroom: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/05/26/us/ap-us-school-shooting-indiana.html . Somehow I don't think the real heroes are extinct.
I gather that the Sea Ceptor can be equipped with sea copters, but is that really a reason for such an odd name?
Why did Stalin need the Labour party to give him the jet engine when his armies had grabbed such a large part of Germany's industrial plant? There weren't any jets there?
As for China, I'm sure they're better now, but back in the 1970s an incursion into Vietnam did not go well.
"and a stored procedure language compliant with Oracle PL/SQL, with the idea being to demonstrate that customers can reuse existing code and skills when migrating applications or deploying new ones."
EnterpriseDB supposedly provides full PL/SQL and quite a few of the Oracle standard packages.
That could be true at the limits--I've never considered what the Olympic weightlifter types can manage in the way of chin-ups. On the other hand, I imagine that if I were to take a sample of 6' Marines weighing 220 lb and 6' distance runners weighing the canonical 144 lb (2 lb x inch of height), the jarheads would manage considerably more chin-ups.
Does this have to do with the PFY, a stairwell, and a consultant?
I suspect that any attempt at rigorous trials would be subject to the "Hawthorne Effect".
I suspect also that many of us are aware of obstructions to our work, and are susceptible to ways of working that seem to reduce these obstructions. Whether these ways of working amount to "methods" is another question.
But the US Navy once made a practice of naming its aircraft carriers after battles, so it went into WW II with the Lexington, Saratoga, and Yorktown among them. According to navy.mil, during the course of that war it commissioned the Bunker Hill, Bennington, Princeton, and Cowpens, all battles of the American Revolution.
"and have since learned the proper way to ride the stack-ranked wave without drowning."
(Perhaps they resort to Stack Overflow?)
"Ultimately, it's best to first be empathetic and humane, even using people like Robin as a canary in the change coalmine."
(Does this mean that when Robin dies of noxious gases we'll save the others? Or is it the irresistible attraction of bird names? And "change coalmine"--you dig for small coins as well as coal?)
"requires us to believe that American voters discarded decades of experience of the two national figures leading the race – Trump and Hillary Clinton"
Well, yes, but if the experience was watching Trump play a businessman on TV, and having fantasies about Clinton as the Queen of Night, what then?
My employer does not precisely "coerce" me to write stuff for Windows, but my job description includes tending to various things that do. Microsoft's hand in the coercion came long ago when it sold us Office.
Windows may be far from #1 in the world now. But is the work going away? Maybe so, but I doubt it.
As for Android and iOS, they are well enough as instruments of voluntary surveillance. (It's a lot easier to walk with a phone in your pocket than it is with an ankle monitor.) But have you recently explained to an accounting department or budget office why it should drop Excel for Google Sheets?
Indeed. Some years back a young woman stopped by our house. After she left, my wife observed that the visitor's family must be doing well, as she was carrying a Coach bag. If asked to describe the visitor, I might have managed to include "Oh, and I guess a purse."
"Outreachy" sounds like the sort of thing you get sent down to HR for. "Jones, the intern from Vassar complained that you were awfully outreachy at the reception." How can you not like the name?
If you use emacs, you never have to worry about tabs in your Python code.
Isn't standard reading speed about 250 words per minute? Then 100 wpm is on the slow side, but not unreasonable for complex prose. AD should be grateful that his readers take the same care with his prose that they would with, I dunno, Locke or Russell, perhaps.
Well, but see http://www.newscientist.com/article/2166331-dont-blame-academics-like-me-for-facebooks-privacy-crisis/ (via Comp.Risks)
Back in the minicomputer days, I worked for a contractor supporting a federal (civil) agency. We had to purge email every few weeks, for Word Perfect Office kept all messages in a single directory, and beyond a few thousand files, response got to be terrible. This led to a couple of odd consequences.
First, mail purges were tricky around the new year. It was easy for on operator on (say) January 5, 1993 to specify deletion of all mail created before December 20, 1993 rather than December 20, 1992, and so remove all mail. I ended up reverse-engineering the mailbox format and writing an ugly but effective program that would not purge into the future.
Second, at some point it was thought desirable to save the emails of persons at a high enough level in the organization--perhaps the political appointees. I wrote an ugly but effective program for that also. However, we found that such persons tended to spend their last few weeks on vacation, so the program typically harvested nothing but broadcast emails.
Because all civil litigation attorneys act in good faith, and all civil jurors are sensible, level headed, and well able to evaluate evidence.
Do operable fire extinguishers at a company tell you that the company has good sense about things that might start fires, or bad?
What's the point of locking your front door if the police can just get a search warrant?
As for VPNs, I use one to log in to work from home, when I have to.
Not to arouse the wrath of Godwin, but the man has a point on the inference from language to sovereignty.
I can sort of understand why people bought George Foreman grills: the man clearly thought a lot about food, and the technology was pretty well understood. This is not to say that Floyd Mayweather doesn't think a lot about money; but how well does he understand blockchain? (Nothing against boxers, by the way. I was astonished a couple of years ago to hear of people taking financial advice from the retired baseball player Lenny Dykstra.)
By golly, I think you've hit the Next Big Thing: Plunder As A Platform (PAAP). I look forward to Mr. Cote's weekly articles to explain the principles of the same.
It's not Bong?
I guess the typos are because "Garland of Flowers" has moved on to other projects.
Where was this excuse when I needed it?
"It is not easy for human drivers to see cyclists on the roads,"
In my experience, it is not easy for human drivers to see fire engines, lights and sirens going. If the drivers were not looking at their phones and listening to loud music it might be easier; still I remember the problem from before the days of cell phones.
"... to predict their movements,"
There is something to that. But allowing a reasonable distance might help.
The dictionary at my desk derives it "< Yidd nudyen, to be tedious, bore < Russ nudnii, tedious" and defines it as "to keep urging, asking, etc. in an annoying way; nag."
Now, I had understood it as a noun, one who noodges. But either way, it's as good a theory as any for IT consulting.
Late in the Vietnam War, the draft was declared (by Nixon) inconvenient.
It seems to me that something along the lines of CWEB could accomplish a gentle introduction to programming in whatever languages one cared to use.
Somebody wrote a Perl module to let one write Perl in Latin. I assume it is under the Acme tree in CPAN, but haven't the patience to find it.
[Edit: https://metacpan.org/pod/distribution/Lingua-Romana-Perligata/lib/Lingua/Romana/Perligata.pm, not Acme after all. To quote from the "Descriptio" section,
'The Lingua::Romana::Perligata makes it makes it possible to write Perl programs in Latin. (If you have to ask "Why?", then the answer probably won't make any sense to you either.)'
Anyway, if you want to be extra sure that nobody in the office can read your Perl, the option is there.]
As I recall, he made heavy use of decelarators, typically sidewalks situated under high windows. I'm sure he'd be happy to let Mr. Armstrong experience deceleration.
Actually, I came to the comments to say that the description inclines me to let El Reg off easy for the fitbit-guy story illustrated by the picture of the fetching young woman. Journalists used to give one pages about what this or that woman wore. (Though admittedly, by the tenth male senator wearing a dark suit with an American flag lapel pin one might give up on the men.)
However, how exactly does a room come to be slightly above room temperature?
a. How are JOINs an artifact of SQL?
b. Once you've normalized, how will you put your data back together without a join?
c. Isn't normalization orthogonal to the relational algebra?
Not that I want to do without relational databases?
She is a satellite of Megalomania--I think of them as a marriage made in Scrabble.
(Yes, dammit, I do know that one can't add tiles in the middle of a word.)
At my first reading of your headline, I wondered where in the world Jahania was. Time for more coffee, I guess.
1. Youth is optimistic.
2. Youth is often bad at doing the math.
3. Youth is often bad at generalizing from experience.
I am very grateful that my pizza-delivery days ended before the fast-food merchants of America discovered that they could get kids to use their own cars.
So now if Apple ever tells us that it's "committed to transparency", we'll know what that means.
Perhaps best demonstrated by a quick jump to more stable employment?
Though now I think of it, their HR personnel might regard themselves as Certified Scram Masters.
I thought that I was my own human-beer interface.
"These millions of one-way mirrors give us a sharp knife. ... With all this in hand, to cut a long story short"
I'm not sure that it takes millions of mirrors to give one a sharp cutting edge. However, I think that The Register's copy editors could have cut this story quite a bit shorter.
No, not the only one. A couple of people were killed and many more injured in the Carolinas the other week because a crew locked a switch on the wrong setting.
I would call those jobs where you have to think, and I would question the qualifications of those using such jargon. But maybe it's my lack of social skill that make me do this.
Also, are eggheads with a point anything like the Coneheads on the old Saturday Night Live shows?
I don't care for McConnell's or Ryan's policies, but at the moment I can't think what laws they have violated. Until you can establish that they have broken laws, "being held to account for their actions" means being voted out of office--unlikely, I agree--or losing a majority in Congress. We'll see there.
I also don't really know how a speed trap story turned into a referendum on 21st-Century US politics. Speed traps have been around, and not only in the US, for a good 100 years: Kipling's short story "The Village That Voted the Earth Was Flat" (http://www.gutenberg.org/files/13085/13085-h/13085-h.htm#page163) is dated 1913.
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