Kids today just don't know how to swab out a muzzle-loading cannon or reef a topsail.
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Kids today just don't know how to swab out a muzzle-loading cannon or reef a topsail.
Your freedom of association encounters limits under US law when you offer to exchange goods or services for money. You may if you wish argue that this is a bad thing, but it is the law.
Long ago I was driving an under-powered truck up an on ramp. There was a pigeon in the middle of this ramp eating something. I couldn't practically let up on the gas and still merge into traffic, so I kept on, expecting the pigeon to fly away. It did, into the right outside mirror. One of the next stops was to have that mirror replaced.
Well, yes, but that just means more people continue to imagine that Excel is a database. It sort of is, and it sort of works as such until it doesn't.
Highs have reached or passed 29 C for much of the last week in Washington, DC. If you go out, you go out in the heat. If you don't take your exercise at an air-conditioned gym, you exercise in the heat.
As for alcohol, what's the point of living in Belgium if you can't drink beer?
There was a Verity Stob bit years ago, in which the narrator loathed a co-worker on various grounds, notably on the ground that he used tabs rather than spaces.
I think I'd leave this one to the private sector, which seems to have it pretty much covered.
On the other hand, assuming that what he tweets is in the public domain, why not start a business selling fortune cookies with Trump's greatest hits printed on the little slips inside? There ought to be a market for that among the young, hip, and (at least would-be) ironic.
"applications to the supposed elite private schools"...
Did the Harvard application ask for the applicant's favorite ethnic joke?
What sort of young man it is who never makes a fool of himself. Now I guess I know: the one who grows up to be a journalist and damn young men making fools of themselves.
$1K? The standard down payment on a house is between 5% and 20%. Outside the truly desperate parts of Detroit and Baltimore, I don't where you'd get a house for $20K.
But anyway, Yes, kids today. I do think, though, that you need to remember that there are levels of income at which there isn't a lot of prospect of austerity every amounting to serious--down payment or college tuition--levels of savings.
As I recall, when Gosling left Oracle, the reflection on his thoughts on Oracle was like the reflection from those curved skyscrapers in Las Vegas that can set newspapers on fire and cook loungers at poolside.
To the best of my knowledge, I am the only person in my family, counting out to numerous first cousins, who has ever been held up at gunpoint (1983). The rates of violent crime are up a bit from five years ago, but are not nearly comparable to what they were in the 1980s. Nirvana? No. "Shitty place to waste away your dreams?" Some parts may be; some may depend heavily on the dreamer.
However, if you are planning to come to the US in order to explain to me how terrible it is, by all means, "Travel elsewhere".
"Proudly "liberal" (in the American sense) in outlook, the NYT mainly caters for the sections of American society who imagine themselves to be a cut above the little people who vote their carefully selected sons and daughters into safe seats."
For actual news, the NYT is pretty good. The softer sections of the paper cater to groups who live in a pretty small world, it is true. If you don't, e.g., regard Lena Dunham or Jeff Koons as major cultural figures, you might find the arts pages baffling.
But Londoners have it easy. Every since the election, the Times (among other eastern newspapers) has been sending reporters out to the Midwest to find out whether Trump voters have repented yet. I have to think that the Midwesterners find it as tedious as one would find evangelists knocking on one's door every week; but the Midwest is a big place, and maybe they don't go back to the same diner very often, maybe they just describe them all in similar terms.
WMATA can disrupt its own transit any time it cares to.
But really, I live in Washington, DC, a city with mostly reliable public transportation. What creates delays is not a lack of instrumentation, but rather an excess of cars. For the forty-five minutes following 5 pm, the traffic along the street my buses travel goes at less than walking pace. Once they can make the turn to my bus stop, they usually travel at an adequate speed. I don't see how all the apps in the world are going to change this.
"She's cutting HPE back to find the spring wood hindered by the dead timber, but can she relight HPE's spark, the fire lit by HPE's garage band founders? It's a work in progress and, so far, a strong and sustained spurt of growth hasn't been seen after the severe pruning."
Is the author trying to remind us that Finnegans Wake first saw print in sections published under the name "Work in Progress". Hewlett and Packard worked out of a garage, but probably half a century before there were garage bands. And if you want, aren't you better off using dead wood than green growth?
Some of us who have been around a while remember Pillar Data Systems, a company since bought by Oracle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillar_Data_Systems.
Trump hater? Donnie, is that you? We thought you only called the tabloids under assumed names.
"For starters, he was not a Democrat until he decided to run, and was."
Such is not without precedent. Wendell Wilkie was a Democrat until shortly before the Republican Convention of 1940. He lost, but is worth remembering for the remark of one of his home-state senators there: "You know, Wendell, back home in Indiana it's OK if the town whore wants to come to church, but we don't let her lead the choir her first Sunday back."
How about Clystera? After all, isn't the internet all about tubes?
None since Nixon?
Gee, ABSCAM comes to mind, and various members of congress have been busted for this or that since.
Has "skunk works" now lost the meaning popularized by Lockheed, or has Mr. C. consumed too much Kickapoo Joy Juice (q.v.) in those meetings with executives?
" sweep its arm across a messy governance table of half drank ticket queues and droning CABs, starting with a tabula rasa."
"Tabula rasa" used to be generally rendered "clean slate", but perhaps that's another of the many things that DevOps has changed. See http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0059%3Aalphabetic+letter%3DT%3Aentry+group%3D1%3Aentry%3Dtabula, I.II.
I think that you have the wrong handle on this. The US sending a carrier group to the vicinity of the Korean peninsula may be an aggression or a measured response. Fox News announcing last week that a carrier group was then approaching North Korea was flat wrong, "fake news" if you will.
Is that anything like Microsoft koolaid?
"All advertising is by definition a lie, because nobody would bother to advertise if they were only allowed to promise the commodities actual value."
I guess we use different dictionaries. Suppose that I wish to hold a yard sale, or one of my neighbors does. Then I or he might staple up a sign on a telephone pole or two with a sign giving dates, times, and address of the sale. The sign need not mention any of the goods for sale, or their prices, and the only promise, and that implicit, is that there will be goods for sale.
"It's safe to say that the EFF's post had a big impact on GEMSA efforts to extract cash from wealthy corporations it claimed were infringing its intellectual property, because GEMSA took the American non-profit to court in its home country of Australia, alleging defamation."
How so? Don't the wealthy corporations have expensive and capable lawyers to tell them that the patent is bogus? Or will the EFF's post break light lightning upon the consciousness of the jury pools in east Texas?
"Tock Different, Use Adverbs"?
On the trains that run along the US NE corridor, there is a "quiet car". I have never seen anyone expelled by a conductor, but I have received the hairy eyeball from other passengers when I happened to receive a call from the office and didn't exit quickly enough.
When I was a small boy, fireman was one of three or four occupations I aspired to. Many stories in The Register make me wonder about my later choice to go into IT, but not this one.
First, what proportion of American university students join fraternities or sororities? My impression is that it varies quite a bit: taking some fairly well-known schools, Stanford, Georgia Tech, and UIUC are all around 25%, the University of Washington about 16%, University of California Berkeley under 10%. Harvard is bringing a lot of pressure on its fraternities and sororities now.
"especially when most of these adults have been brought up in a culture that regards sexuality of all kinds as something vaguely sinful" Really? Has college recruitment fallen off to the extent that they've built a time machine to recruit from the 1950s?
I think you believe in a longer attention span than the public and the press have. The American political world is one in which the path politician/functionary -> felon -> pundit no longer excites surprise; indeed there is a member of Congress who was impeached and removed from the federal bench years ago.
And before the Britons here tell me "Only in America" (copyright Don King, q.v.), remind me how long Robert Maxwell carried on after being declared unfit to head a publicly traded company.
Actually, I thought it was the junior high school locker room, but you clearly are onto something.
Might I recommend the essay "The End of History and the Last Programming Language" by Richard Gabriel, collected in his Patterns of Software (https://www.dreamsongs.com/Files/PatternsOfSoftware.pdf)? His four part theory seems plausible to me, the parts being that
- Languages are accepted and evolved by a social process, not a technical or technological one
- Successful languages must have modest or minimal computer resources requirements
- Successful languages must have a simple performance model
- Successful languages must not require users have "mathematical sophistication.
"I do not know of a single COBOL or Fortran programmer who is currently out of work."
I know three who are retired, and one who I think moved into management. But that's about it for COBOL programmers I know. It seems to me a fine language for accounting systems, which is what the designers had in mind: COmmon Business-Oriented Language, right?
I would imagine that the Free Software Foundation's COBOL is OK to learn on, but I've never tried it (meaning that I have only slightly less experience with it than with any other): http://directory.fsf.org/wiki/Gnucobol. You may be able to find a community college or university extension program that teaches it, though sometimes it won't be the Computer Science department but the business school.
They could call the ships "The Incredible Hulks".
So let's not use telnet:
$ curl https://s3-external-1.amazonaws.com
[me@mine ~]$ curl https://s3.amazonaws.com
I have read that there is a bartender in Washington, DC, who is willing to plug in for recharging the mobile devices of patrons, but on the condition that while the charging lasts the patron shall wear a hat of the bartender's choice. I don't now remember the hat that accompanied the story, but think that it made the young woman wearing it look eccentric but not demented.
Is that an image of Thomas Jefferson that Mr. Kalanick uses? Now there's a guy who wouldn't tolerate misbehavior with the help, right?
"The Red Cross, for example, has an annual budget of $3bn. That's 200 times larger and that's just one organization."
Yes, but Nepal was just one earthquake. I suspect that the scale of Red Cross spending on Nepal was a bit closer.
In "Fiddler on the Roof", Tevye sings "When you're rich, the think you really know." He did not identify the more serious problem, which is that when you're rich, you think you really know.
The youngest American to have started school after the founding of the US Education Department (not Department of Education, as one of their techies rather snootily pointed out to me once) is now about 45 years old. The youngest to have started school after the founding of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, is about 60. The distribution of good and bad public schools was not vastly different in about 1960 and about 2015.
By the way, the bulk of the funding for primary and secondary public education is levied locally in the US, largely from property taxes. You could look it up.
Maybe they want their sales reps to understand viscerally how the customers feel.
Undoubtedly the US pulls in excellent medical staff from around the world. However, the US also has the American Medical Association acting as a cartel to limit the number of medical schools and medical school slots in the US. Perhaps if that eased up, one could find more US-born doctors willing to practice outside the big cities.
As I recall, some Frenchman successfully sued a traffic-camera operation: it sent to his house a picture of his car running a red light, and his wife saw another woman riding shotgun. This was ten or twenty years ago.
My mouth was impactful, but then I had the wisdom teeth pulled. Could we set up reeducation camps for corporate PR types who believe that "impactful" is a word?
"Perhaps the best things about SQL Server is the plethora of tools around it, particularly tools that allow those with little to no SQL knowledge to build powerful databases and run queries without learning how to do table joins. The level of abstraction that SQL Server offers makes it more accessible than many similar tools."
Well, maybe. Excel allows those with little or no knowledge of relational principles to create sorta-kinda databases in a workbook. This is great, until it isn't, when nobody can figure out how a particular answer is derived, or whether it is correct.
"Without learning to do table joins." I have met the occasional database programmer who hasn't quite learned that. Was it Flann O'Brien who had the joke about putting Descartes before the horse?
What databases? DB1, Postgres, MySQL, any of a variety of No-SQLs?
The Republican Party demonstrated its loss of direction by fielding candidates who actually lost to Donald Trump. The Democratic Party demonstrated its lack of ideas by fielding a candidate who actually lost to Donald Trump. With candidates like that, who needs Russian help?
Also, Fox News and related media made a huge, quarter-century investment in vilifying Hillary Clinton. I don't. Wikileaks and any possible Russian buddies are late-comers and pikers in comparison.
Very early on in The First Circle, one of the imprisoned scientists or engineers cuts across another's long explanation and quotes a study that said that contented cows give more milk. I certainly don't mean to compare the situation of techies even in the crappiest jobs with that of prisoners, but rather to say that the principle has been around for a while.
As for the in-house barbers, meals, etc., they sound to me like inexpensive ways to keep programmers around the campus longer. If providing a $20 lunch will cut half an hour off a highly paid coder's break, the gain for the company is clear. And if providing a dinner means that a 6 p.m. dinner is not the end of the workday, but a break before a couple more hours, the company gains still more.
"He also has an artificial heart with a pump attached."
First, what would make up the rest of an artificial heart, beside the pump component? Second, pacemakers are there to drive the plain old natural heart that one (or one's donor) was born with.
I have worked on a couple of federal contracts, and helped out on an RFP or two. This in part involved writing up people who were OK at clearing printer jams as if they were guru-level sysadmins, and had given up coding embedded systems because it had become too routine. From what I saw of other contract employees, we weren't the only contractors who did that sort of thing: one encountered very able contractors, and also ones who were in over their heads.
Roy Blount, in an essay on the sad decline of the art of f***ing up, remarked that "Apocalypse Now" might have been a masterpiece in that particular art, except that the means were inadequate to the end, as if Napoleon had invaded Russia to take over the style section of Pravda.
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