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    estimated my reading vocabulary at 250,000, which is unusual but not immensely so My mother used to remark that my visits home enlarged her vocabulary, or at least her working vocabulary. And not through my usage of the coarser vernacular...
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    Those things are SUVs Down here an SUV is a lifted, often 4WD, station wagon. I prefer to call them UAV, urban assault vehicles, although they're generally more popular with people who can't drive and think the assault vehicle will...
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    I'm sure you mean boot, unless you have a station wagon or rice rocket. Or one of those rear engine things with a frunk. And there's all those merkins who get uppity when you call their truck a ute, or...
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    I still like "hoover" meaning vacuum cleaner rather than the dam president. Probably because of the Mock The Week story from the woman who talked to her Henry Hoover (which is a brand) and her neighbours thought she lived with...
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    rave about the importance of garbage collection and contracts GC I've never really understood. It relies on having ample spare memory and processing power, and means you can make the language non-deterministic without it falling apart at the first hurdle....
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    I can't help but note that "America" to mean "The United States of America" is itself an idiom. I'm sure the many fine people (ie, violent racists... another idiom) in the rest of America are just thrilled to be tarred...
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    There's also pronunciation. Australians say sex when they mean six, Kiwis say pin when they mean pen. That kind of minor thing can be really frustrating at times. Not technically idioms, but close enough. And don't forget the US love...
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    suddenly I understood everything that was going on in /etc. The .json, .xml, and .yaml aren't adding anything to the configurations they're used for. Formalisation, making it easier to automate maintaining them. God help you if you have 100 different...
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    Aotearoa election result summary: combined Labour/Green vote (57%) and National/ACT (35%) The right basically get a participation trophy. And in Australia, the ACT had their local elections and somewhat similar outcome: Labor is likely to win ten of the 25...
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    the endless need to make a name for yourself is causing people to innovate over something that already works really well The flip side is endless whining from geriatrics about how things were better in the old days, and their...
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    (this thought brought to you by the song "99 Luftballons" which contains the unmistakably English phrase "Und auch keine Düsenflieger" "and all kind a Düsenflieger"... that's not a translation, that's what it actually sounds like. It actually translates as "and...
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    Most "American" literature does not use idioms. Not even latin ones? You speak the pure ancestral Angle language, from whence we get the bastard Anglo-Saxon crossbreed and through successive generations of outbreeding and assimilation eventually modern American English, complete with...
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    I’m so pleased I’ve managed to spend almost all my career writing Smalltalk. I mean, sure, I’ve had to do a great deal of scary C and assembly and stuff to make it possible but, wow, so much less pain...
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    unfortunately, they're allowed to say, "But it works on my machine!" - I had nothing to do with the contracts I think that's your problem. Even for that brief nightmarish interval where I worked for a big bank, the rule...
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    Using the encrypted system is evidence he intentionally evaded taxes. As I understand it, proving white collar crimes often hinges on proving the accused KNEW he was breaking the law & INTENDED to do so. Which may be part of...
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    Not coincidentally, small private planes are very popular in Alaska. Same in straya, mate. Some people have wee helicopters as well/instead, because they're useful for chasing big hairy beasties around but they also work for travel. We don't quite have...
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    Redhat 6 and 7 ... We use mainly C, with an unfortunately increasing use of C++ ... And Centos is often better than it's Redhat equivalent, RH8 was missing many shared objects, but Centos 8 wasn't We are slowly migrating...
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    whitroth, the multithreading issue turned out to be in AWS, and it's fixed in the latest version. Centos should get that fix sometime this decade... the coworker who reviewed my code decided to search for bug reports rather than "how...
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    Coz reply is broken by the seagull-hiding plugin, so it only matters to some people. And not everyone has been bitten by the renumbering that happens when some poor muggings has to clean up piles of birdshit or other nasties....
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    Also, if you think classical (or in this case pre-classical) works are without controversy, Hidlegard of Bingen would be an interesting person to look into. Now, admittedly, some of the controversy is unrelated to her artistic works, but there has...
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    where basically they rehash old and thoroughly approved 'classics'... new and therefore subversive You're probably too young to have been shocked when they started using women "actors" to play female parts in the classics.'twas a scandal. Every time. For *decades*....
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    The problem is that all of this is hidden inside the opaque AWS api. Which is implicitly thread-safe, in the sense that other bits of it have thread pools and so on. One has to assume they have at some...
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    Meanwhile in programming land I am looking at the three ways to send an SMS using Amazon, and wondering if the other two also become non-responsive. Right now if my server doesn't shut down cleanly it's about 90% chance that...
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    Bots follow real people so they look more real, and often in the hope that real people reflexively follow them back. Following OGH makes you look like an SF fan....
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    What the Five Eyes lot do is one of those fun questions for lawyers, because they are generally supervised by a small parliamentary committee and their legislation is often vaguely worded, or the words are redefined so they don't mean...
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    Someone has big data'd their way to a set of six clusters of covid symptoms, with different outcomes for the patients. Summary article: https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200729/study-uncovers-six-coicd-19-symptom-clusters https://covid.joinzoe.com/post/covid-clusters (longer article) “Flu-like” with no fever: Headache, loss of smell, muscle pains, cough, sore throat,...
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    organised crime syndicates Like terrorism, state actors are by definition not organised crime. They may do things that are grossly immoral or unethical, but unless they really screw up, what they do is legal. Whether a conspiracy of politicians counts...
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    I think it's less about the kind of targetted snooping you're imagining and more about wholesale surveillance at a societal level. The great advantage of the internet is that almost anything they care to know can be found out. In...
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    https://www.bu.edu/articles/2020/analysis-finds-true-pandemic-death-toll-is-much-higher-than-200000-in-us/ Excess deaths in the USA have been significantly higher than the official covid death toll. for every 100 excess deaths directly attributed to COVID-19, there were another 36 excess deaths—also likely caused by COVID-19, but in a less obvious...
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    Also, it's not vertain that refusing to comply because the instruction is impossible would get you out of trouble. The laws of Australia trump the laws of mathematics, after all....
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