* Posts by disgruntled yank

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Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Re: He should take the fall

None since Nixon?

Gee, ABSCAM comes to mind, and various members of congress have been busted for this or that since.

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Victory! The smell of skunkworks in your office in the morning

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Wow

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.

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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Re: Filtering Fake news

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.

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Web celeb product whores told to put on the red light – or else

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Nescaf Azure?

Is that anything like Microsoft koolaid?

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"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.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

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safe to say?

"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?

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Apple wets its pants over Swatch ad tagline

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How about

"Tock Different, Use Adverbs"?

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Maybe he can't, but

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.

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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Unusual

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.

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

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?

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Help wanted: Uber boss Travis seeks babysitter for him and his execs

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Toxic?

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.

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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

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Re: Wow

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.

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Re: COBOL is dead!

"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.

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Silicon Valley tech bro's solution for homeless: Getting himself in the news. Again.

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Recommendation

They could call the ships "The Incredible Hulks".

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Amazon's AWS S3 cloud storage evaporates: Top websites, Docker stung

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So let's not use telnet:

$ curl https://s3-external-1.amazonaws.com

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[me@mine ~]$ curl https://s3.amazonaws.com

^C

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I want it hot and wet – preferably with Wi-Fi

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charging

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.

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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Icon

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?

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Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

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With all due disrespect

"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.

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Republicans send anti-Signal signal to US EPA

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Re: Holy Smeg...

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.

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Oracle 'systematically stiffed its salesforce' claims new sueball

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One idea

Maybe they want their sales reps to understand viscerally how the customers feel.

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GoDaddy CEO says US is 'tech illiterate' (so, yeah, don't shut off that cheap H-1B supply)

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Re: "Maybe import more doctors..."

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.

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Zut alors! Uber wrecked my marriage, fumes French businessman

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Oops

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.

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

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impactful?

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?

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SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

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"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?

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Another day, another cloud price cut – from partly free to all free

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databases

What databases? DB1, Postgres, MySQL, any of a variety of No-SQLs?

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UK defence secretary: Russian hacks are destabilising Western democracy

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Bah

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.

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For $deity's sake, smile! It's Friday! Sad coders write bad code – official

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Perks etc.

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.

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Ohio bloke accused of torching own home after his pacemaker rats him out to cops

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I don't get it

"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.

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New York to draft in 250 IT contractors because state staff 'lack talent'

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Don't know

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.

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WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

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I'll Pass

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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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

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Re: 300 cups of coffee

I think that somebody gave Voltaire's intake at about 50 cups/day. He did not mention volume or strength.

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It's that time of the year again: Texas school district blabs staff tax documents to phishers

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Time for an audit

Clearly the Argyle SOX compliance isn't up to spec.

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

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car thieves

If only. About 10 years ago somebody popped the ignition in our old station wagon and drove it about three miles east. Whether he was really proficient at the manual transmission, I don't know, except to say that there was no smell of burnt clutch when we retrieved the car at the county lot.

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We've found a ‘vaccine’ for fake news. Wait! No, we really are Cambridge researchers

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Re: The US view ...

"the population"? Really?

Believes that vaccines don't work: the CDC shows rates over 90% vaccination in 2015 for a number of the recommended childhood vaccinations, over 80% for others. See https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6539a4.htm#T1_down.

Believes the moon landings were faked: That must be why Gene Cernan's death went unnoticed.

Wrestling is real: I think my my grandmother briefly believed in the reality of "professional wrestling" about the last mid-century, until she asked my my grandfather and father were laughing so hard. Since high school I haven't spend a lot of time with people who watch it. But my classmates would probably have said: a) of course it's fake; b) it does involve real athleticism; c) people do sometimes get hurt, but you watch it for the fake pain, not the real. Were they outliers?

Trump: Even Trump seems to know that Clinton got more votes.

But otherwise, sure.

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Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

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Re: I'm not surprised most commenters against Unicode are anglophones

Which commenters, where? The article doesn't, that I can see, mention Unicode.

Living, as I do, in a fairly polyglot city (for America), I do seem to know a fair number of programmers who can find their way around in more languages than English. But the suggestion of two language beyond English, or even one, seems visionary.

A lot of the resistance comes not from Anglophone bigotry, but from the deep reluctance to change. That is not in itself a bad thing, since changing code that--within whatever boundaries--does work always risks problems. I understand the programmer who lacks enthusiasm for changing a lot of code so that he can put the tilde in "canon" or the umlaut in "Jager". For a new system, sure; but how often do we work with wholly new systems.

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Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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Ah, well

I haven't tuned in to inaugural concerts since 2009, at which time I saw a country singer doing his best (not very good) with "Shout". At that point, I switched channels for fear that Eminem might attempt "E lucevan le stelle."

As for Big John's comments, credible threats of harm are a crime, and a matter for the police. However, I live not far from the pizza joint "self-investigated" by a guy with an AR-15, looking for evidence of evil doings by Hillary Clinton and her gang. So it is not just the "Left" that has interesting SOPs.

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

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Protocol

"By setting up the administrator account under a non-ACE work email address, Mr Williams violated ACE's standard protocol with respect to administrator accounts."

I interpret this as "He could do that? I didn't know he could do that!". As the previous poster noted, ACE does not sound like the best organization to deal with, either as student or as employee.

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Trump fan Peter Thiel 'considering' CA Terminator role*

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Pedantry, etc.

"Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina spent $22m taking a shot a California state senate in 2010, too, to topple career Democrat and seat-holder Barbara Boxer."

First, Fiorina ran for a US Senate seat. The California state senate is another entity entirely. It sits in Sacramento and has forty members, each representing not quite a million persons. (http://senate.ca.gov/senators)

Second, Arnold Schwarzenegger was a celebrity already. Peter Thiel is moderately well known, mostly for doing to Gawker what Schwarzenegger's characters did to movie bad guys. But does his celebrity extend outside techie and journalistic circles?

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AWS, you crack us up. Rebrands Westminster 'Webminster'

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Or perhaps

Dweebminster

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Let's go ARM wrestling with an SEO link spammer

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On the other hand

The ads to the side of your story ask whether I can squat or dead-lift my body weight. (No.)

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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The holidays are over

Could we perhaps put "fake news" out to the curb with the dried-out Christmas tree? There are any number of descriptions for this sort of thing, and "fake news" seems to be adopted by all sides in any disagreement. Those using it imagine that it is the knockout punch that ends the fight or discussion right there. It does not, though some who deliver it think that they have won and can quit listening.

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The Zucker Mister Social Club: Facebook's daddy wants to be your friend, for realsies

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Umm

Well, at least he won't make odd statements about the "age of computer".

Three hundred sixty-five miles is not terribly far for a man his age, though I one should consider his responsibilities as well. I'm not sure what "learning Mandarin" really means--can communicate with native speakers who know no English? Can read newspapers or complicated texts? And as someone remarked above, one would have to know what the 25 books were: is The Critique of Pure Reason representative or The Art of the Deal more like it?

I am not sure that he has the personality type for electoral politics. Blustering tends to play well, analysis less so.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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overhaul?

Start by overhauling DMCA, continue by keelhauling HBO.

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China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

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Splendid idea

Next, perhaps, "The Raft of the Medusa"? (http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/raft-medusa)

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Congrats America, you can now safely slag off who you like online

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Ratings

A fellow who had been a dean at Virginia Tech wrote a book, To Rise Above Principle, and along the way spoke of the difficulties in understanding evaluations. For example, he said, the British "His work is quite sound, actually." might mean the same or more as the American "His work sets the standard we all aspire to."

I don't know why this is, but the problem is of long standing. As long ago as WW II, "above average" on an officer's efficiency rating meant "incompetent."

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Kotkin: Why Trump won

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Re: What I don't understand is

Perhaps because the US does not have a parliamentary system of government?

Governors have had a lot of success running: Carter, Reagan, Clinton, G.W. Bush. Senators elected directly from the Senate (i.e. without a VP stint in between) have had a good deal less. Most recently there was Kennedy, and before that Harding. Off the top of my head, I can't think of anyone who was elected directly from the House of Representatives.

If you haven't been elected before it usually works out best to have been a general, it is true.

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Re: Labels, labels, labels . .

I would say that the only sense of "minorities" in this context would be that if you add a few members of minority groups into the mix, you can look more diverse than perhaps you are. Having said that, it is as pointless to talk of minorities in that sense as it is to talk of "white privilege" without clarifying whether you mean the coder in Silicon Valley or the miner in West Virginia.

Americans love elites, provided they can determine the grounds of their election. The NFL draft gets a lot of press coverage. Are you a Navy SEAL? Men will in general respect you. Things get murkier when the accomplishments needed for joining the elite are less visible, or involve matters of less interest to most of the population.

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A couple of things

First, GW Bush lost the 2008 election as much as Obama won it. Once people got their 3rd quarter 401K results, John McCain was doomed. A lot of people who should have known better took the 2008 results to be the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. It is not impossible that Obama did also. Certainly, he acted as if he had more of a mandate than he did.

Second, the Democratic Party painted itself into a corner starting in 2000, assuming that the happiness of the Clinton 1990s would carry through. The leadership ignored the ill will that for some bad reasons and some good ones attached to Hillary Clinton. I suppose that she could have won in 2008; but she was selling inevitability, and once Obama put a crack in that belief, she could not get the nomination. In any case, she is not the politician her husband is. She has never needed to be.

Third, in my day one learned about the Electoral College in grade school. As best I can recall, there has very seldom been an elector who disregarded instructions--three or four since 1800.

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Japanese cops arrest serial 'foot licker'

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With all due respect to Japan

I'm not sure they are that far out there. Dick Morris, who was a PR consultant for the Clintons before switching allegiances, got found out about 20 years ago paying for the opportunity for this kind of thing. He did the usual Washingtonian resign/rehab/return* thing and is occasionally found offering punditry.

* According to Google Books, Rhodes's advice to Parnell was "Resign, marry, return"; I doubt that would have restored Parnell's career, and as far as I know Morris's marriage survived the toe-related infidelity.

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'Inventor of email' receives damages from Gawker's collapsed empire

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bundled?

Yahoo says, "Certain of the settlement terms are incorporated within Gawker Media's latest proposed plan of liquidation, filed today, and include a proposed settlement payment to Dr. Ayyadurai and removal of the article at issue."

So the $750 K is bundled not only with the Hulk Hogan settlement but with arrangements to pay the utility companies and the people who tend the coffee machines?

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