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Benford's law of controversy:

Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available.
jodawi: (minime)
Benford's law of controversy:

Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available.
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Your exercise for today is to picture everyone you see without hair and with no right arm. If they have no hair or right arm, you can picture them instead with.

Your exercise for tomorrow is your exercise for today, or some variant.
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Your exercise for today is to picture everyone you see without hair and with no right arm. If they have no hair or right arm, you can picture them instead with.

Your exercise for tomorrow is your exercise for today, or some variant.
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Here's what I don't like: stories about death and poverty in other nations having all black-and-white photos, as if to conjure the remote-in-time feeling created by lack of color to make the subject more distant feeling, safer, less needful of action. Misery and reality becomes insulated art.
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Here's what I don't like: stories about death and poverty in other nations having all black-and-white photos, as if to conjure the remote-in-time feeling created by lack of color to make the subject more distant feeling, safer, less needful of action. Misery and reality becomes insulated art.
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Much African American fiction in the twentieth century includes a common pivotal element in the growth of black characters: the first time one stands up to white indignity; refuses to touch one’s hat; objects to being called “boy”; and of course most famously, doesn’t give up one’s bus seat. For gay people, the equivalent experience, reproduced over and over again in fiction and reality, is the time when one finds dignity and courage by leaving one’s family, moving hundreds or thousands of miles, and finally finding a replacement family in the gay neighborhoods of New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. And, very often, never seeing or speaking to that birth family again.

...In living memory, African Americans have had the right to marry and to form families. One of the many evils of slavery was the way it could destroy families, which would stay together only at the suffrance of the master’s pleasure. But from the moment the slaves were free, it was a given that, of course, black people could marry. (Though it sadly took far too long to end the proscriptions against mixed-race marriages.) It pains me that you could regard my right to do the same as some kind of negotiable point.
— via [livejournal.com profile] wispfox
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Much African American fiction in the twentieth century includes a common pivotal element in the growth of black characters: the first time one stands up to white indignity; refuses to touch one’s hat; objects to being called “boy”; and of course most famously, doesn’t give up one’s bus seat. For gay people, the equivalent experience, reproduced over and over again in fiction and reality, is the time when one finds dignity and courage by leaving one’s family, moving hundreds or thousands of miles, and finally finding a replacement family in the gay neighborhoods of New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. And, very often, never seeing or speaking to that birth family again.

...In living memory, African Americans have had the right to marry and to form families. One of the many evils of slavery was the way it could destroy families, which would stay together only at the suffrance of the master’s pleasure. But from the moment the slaves were free, it was a given that, of course, black people could marry. (Though it sadly took far too long to end the proscriptions against mixed-race marriages.) It pains me that you could regard my right to do the same as some kind of negotiable point.
— via [livejournal.com profile] wispfox
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Let me gripe: I shall gripe: I gripe:

I hate it when I send email to someone with questions, and get a response that answers only half of them, or a tenth. I hate it more when I get no response at all. I hate it most when it is cow-orkers, regarding things I NEED ANSWERS TO in order to help us all prosper and get big bonuses.

I've started numbering questions so it makes it very obvious to the answerer (in theory) that they are not answering all questions, but even that doesn't work sometimes.

I have griped.
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Let me gripe: I shall gripe: I gripe:

I hate it when I send email to someone with questions, and get a response that answers only half of them, or a tenth. I hate it more when I get no response at all. I hate it most when it is cow-orkers, regarding things I NEED ANSWERS TO in order to help us all prosper and get big bonuses.

I've started numbering questions so it makes it very obvious to the answerer (in theory) that they are not answering all questions, but even that doesn't work sometimes.

I have griped.
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The Graphing Calculator Story — via [livejournal.com profile] epi_lj
In October, when we thought we were almost finished, engineers who had been helping us had me demonstrate our software to their managers. A dozen people packed into my office. I didn't expect their support, but I felt obliged to make a good-faith effort to go through their official channels. I gave a twenty-minute demonstration, eliciting "oohs" and "ahhs." Afterward, they asked, "Who do you report to? What group are you in? Why haven't we seen this earlier?" I explained that I had been sneaking into the building and that the project didn't exist. They laughed, until they realized I was serious. Then they told me, "Don't repeat this story."
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The Graphing Calculator Story — via [livejournal.com profile] epi_lj
In October, when we thought we were almost finished, engineers who had been helping us had me demonstrate our software to their managers. A dozen people packed into my office. I didn't expect their support, but I felt obliged to make a good-faith effort to go through their official channels. I gave a twenty-minute demonstration, eliciting "oohs" and "ahhs." Afterward, they asked, "Who do you report to? What group are you in? Why haven't we seen this earlier?" I explained that I had been sneaking into the building and that the project didn't exist. They laughed, until they realized I was serious. Then they told me, "Don't repeat this story."
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Your task is to think of some software that had a version 13, and to remember if it sold well compared to version 12.
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Your task is to think of some software that had a version 13, and to remember if it sold well compared to version 12.

Microsoft

Feb. 3rd, 2005 01:27 pm
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Microsoft asks weird interview questions, allegedly to find people that are smart and creative.

I wonder if the reason why so much of their software is buggy and insecure and horrible is because of that interview process and the resulting kinds of people hired.

There's a bit in the beginning about a recruiter asking someone about writing software to run a microwave oven. The someone gives reasons why that's a really stupid idea, and asks why they would want to do that. The recruiter loses interest in him and sends him on his way. Too me, that's completely bass-ackwards.

Maybe if they'd hired him, "Microsoft Bob" wouldn't have said You seem to have forgotten your password, here pick a new one and I'll let you in anyway.

Microsoft

Feb. 3rd, 2005 01:27 pm
jodawi: (Default)
Microsoft asks weird interview questions, allegedly to find people that are smart and creative.

I wonder if the reason why so much of their software is buggy and insecure and horrible is because of that interview process and the resulting kinds of people hired.

There's a bit in the beginning about a recruiter asking someone about writing software to run a microwave oven. The someone gives reasons why that's a really stupid idea, and asks why they would want to do that. The recruiter loses interest in him and sends him on his way. Too me, that's completely bass-ackwards.

Maybe if they'd hired him, "Microsoft Bob" wouldn't have said You seem to have forgotten your password, here pick a new one and I'll let you in anyway.
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60% Iraqi vote turnout, despite threats of bloodbath.
Approx same US turnout in last election, despite presence of people selling cookies and brownies outside.
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60% Iraqi vote turnout, despite threats of bloodbath.
Approx same US turnout in last election, despite presence of people selling cookies and brownies outside.

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