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Postby Torvaun » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:12 pm UTC

Bet it isn't, I get people doing that when they call me at home.
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Postby Oregonaut » Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:15 pm UTC

I always hang up when that happens. If it is important, they'll call me back.
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Postby SummerGlauFan » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:20 pm UTC

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Wait, what? Is that a typo, or do they really expect you to hit 83 keys each second? I don't know if the computer would even respond that quickly.


Apparently the fastest typist in the world is somewhere around 215 words per minute. Unless those happen to all be 25 letter words I'm going to imagine there's some sort of typo in the above. 500 characters per minute would make more sense but is still absurdly fast.


Yikes, I did typo. 5000 keys per hour.

I blame a lack of sleep.

It's a data entry test I have to take to be considered for a job. The thing that makes it difficult is switching to the different fields; you have to enter them in "order" (the order they want) which does not correspond to what field you switch to with the tab key. tl;dr I have to use the mouse to switch fields, which eats into the time.

Looking back over my last times I actually hit 4997, which is good but under their "threshhold."
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Postby Torvaun » Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:27 pm UTC

Ordered fields that don't correspond to the tab order? That's just malicious.
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Postby mandachan » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:19 pm UTC

What idiot decided that onions and celery need to be in chicken salad and potato salad and other like salads? It's mixing crunchy and mushy. That's sacrilege. And onions/celery suck to begin with >:P
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Postby Oregonaut » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:48 pm UTC

What a lot of fun,
Ya guys have been real swell,
And there's not a one who can say this ended well,
All those secret's you've been consealin',
Say you're happy now,
Once More With Feelin',
Now I gotta run,
See you all in hell....
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Postby Whelan » Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:35 pm UTC

Wait, what? I'm all for random Buffy moments, but how's that a rant?
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Postby Oregonaut » Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:25 am UTC

That was what I wanted to say to my office today, or sing rather. Dancing past each person on my way out, and informing them of my feelings.
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Postby emceng » Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:52 am UTC

Why the fuck are Glen Cook's Garrett novels so rare? They're like the Dresden files, but far less sucky. Someone is selling a paperback on ebay for 21 freaking dollars!
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Postby NecklaceOfShadow » Thu Oct 28, 2010 2:13 am UTC

Heretic!

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Postby Thesh » Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:17 am UTC

I want to clear something up here. I have seen people associating the tea party movement with libertarianism

Tea Party != Libertarian

Libertarians: Smaller Government, Smaller Military, Pro-Choice, Anti-War on Drugs (no victim = no crime)

Republicans: Big Government, Big-Military, Pro-Life, Pro-War on Drugs

Tea Party: Republicans that want smaller government, but vote for republicans anyway. A large number of them are just their because they hate Obama


Of course, there are variances in the viewpoints of people within the parties, but those reflect dominant viewpoints and official party stances.

Please do not make the mistake of thinking tea partiers are libertarians. It's insulting to us libertarians.
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Postby bentheimmigrant » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:12 am UTC

I blame the Tea Party... They read the first two words of your libertarian definition, and say "oh, I must be a libertarian then." At least that's the impression I get. But mainly, I just think they have some major gaps in their understanding. Of everything.
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Postby Jumble » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:50 am UTC

I thought about starting a new thread for this but it's probably not worth it (and I can't be bothered). Anyway, it's a rant.

Given that we are all supposed to be worried about climate change, preserving the Earth's dwindling resources or at least saving money, why do we keep inventing stupid ways to waste energy? I get quite peeved (I'm British). In my more passioinate moments i could even get miffed. My favorite examples:
- the patio heater. What did our forbears do when it got cold outside? How did they survive before the patio heater? Perhaps they put on a jumper, or went in.
- the leaf blower. What's wrong with a rake? For that matter, what's wrong with leaves? I may be wrong but I suspect they may even be biodegradeable.
- Lately a lot of money has been spent on the London underground system. Not to make the tube run reliably, but to put plasma screens along the escalators and corridors. Obviously they could be used for information, but they are actually for advertising. Do you know, I miss cardboard posters.
- the all-over household body dryer. This one left me speechless! I've seen them in swimming baths etc. where the alternative would be laundering 100s of towels, but why would you want one in your house? I have a perfectly serviceable towel! Ref HHGTTG for other valuable towel-based activities.

Any others?

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Postby SlyReaper » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:57 am UTC

Jumble wrote:(subsidiary rant: when you swap browser windows on an iPad mid-post, the bloody machine resets the window, loosing the text and giving you the opportunity to type it all out again. Thanks Apple!)


That's because it's actually closing down the first browser, then re-opening it afterwards. iPhones and iPads don't allow you to have more than one application open at a time. Because that would be normal and convenient, and Apple can't allow that.
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Postby Kang » Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:15 pm UTC

Jumble wrote:I thought about starting a new thread for this but it's probably not worth it (and I can't be bothered). Anyway, it's a rant.

Given that we are all supposed to be worried about climate change, preserving the Earth's dwindling resources or at least saving money, why do we keep inventing stupid ways to waste energy? I get quite peeved (I'm British). In my more passioinate moments i could even get miffed. My favorite examples:
- the patio heater. What did our forbears do when it got cold outside? How did they survive before the patio heater? Perhaps they put on a jumper, or went in.
- the leaf blower. What's wrong with a rake? For that matter, what's wrong with leaves? I may be wrong but I suspect they may even be biodegradeable.
- Lately a lot of money has been spent on the London underground system. Not to make the tube run reliably, but to put plasma screens along the escalators and corridors. Obviously they could be used for information, but they are actually for advertising. Do you know, I miss cardboard posters.
- the all-over household body dryer. This one left me speechless! I've seen them in swimming baths etc. where the alternative would be laundering 100s of towels, but why would you want one in your house? I have a perfectly serviceable towel! Ref HHGTTG for other valuable towel-based activities.

Any others?

(subsidiary rant: when you swap browser windows on an iPad mid-post, the bloody machine resets the window, loosing the text and giving you the opportunity to type it all out again. Thanks Apple!)

The only problem with leaves is that after rain they can make for a slippery surface on the pavements, but apart from that... especially since leaf blowers don't do much more than just pushing them off to the neighbour's part of the pavement, like having an outrageously noisy machine that you run for half a day (seriously, they do that where I live. Raking takes an hour or so, but with those convenient machines they have so much fun that they are at it at least half a day) just to let your neighbours know: «It's YOUR problem now!»

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Postby OBrien » Thu Oct 28, 2010 12:16 pm UTC

Jumble wrote:Given that we are all supposed to be worried about climate change, preserving the Earth's dwindling resources or at least saving money, why do we keep inventing stupid ways to waste energy? I get quite peeved (I'm British). In my more passioinate moments i could even get miffed. My favorite examples:
- the patio heater. What did our forbears do when it got cold outside? How did they survive before the patio heater? Perhaps they put on a jumper, or went in.
- the leaf blower. What's wrong with a rake? For that matter, what's wrong with leaves? I may be wrong but I suspect they may even be biodegradeable.
- Lately a lot of money has been spent on the London underground system. Not to make the tube run reliably, but to put plasma screens along the escalators and corridors. Obviously they could be used for information, but they are actually for advertising. Do you know, I miss cardboard posters.
- the all-over household body dryer. This one left me speechless! I've seen them in swimming baths etc. where the alternative would be laundering 100s of towels, but why would you want one in your house? I have a perfectly serviceable towel! Ref HHGTTG for other valuable towel-based activities.

The all really piss me off, especially the LU one. Seriously, Why the fuck are they still driving prices up if they can afford to install plasma screens in every zone 1 and 2 station? The fuck?
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Postby Teapot » Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:06 pm UTC

Why, when I send people an email consisting of my number and a list of times when I'll be able to answer the phone, do they only read the first part of the sentence and always manage to phone me during a lecture/at work/actually trying to do my assignments for my next tutorial? It's getting really frustrating.
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Postby smw543 » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:20 pm UTC

OBrien wrote:The all really piss me off, especially the LU one. Seriously, Why the fuck are they still driving prices up if they can afford to install plasma screens in every zone 1 and 2 station? The fuck?
They probably worked out a deal with the advertisers such that they get a relatively cheap deal for a long period in exchange for providing some (perhaps all) of the funding for the TVs. (And it's possible that the screens are wired so they can be switched to more important programming in case of emergency.)

And a rant: Seriously, Wal-Mart? I've been checking periodically, and you never have shorts in anything smaller than a 40" waist. Rectify the problem, or I will start shopping in my underwear.
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Postby bigglesworth » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:23 pm UTC

40" ???
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Postby Oregonaut » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:34 pm UTC

Seriously? I'm 6'3" and I have a 36" waist. I'm a fatass, that's ridiculous.
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Postby podbaydoor » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:34 pm UTC

I see your problem. You're shopping for clothes at Wal-mart.
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Postby bentheimmigrant » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:35 pm UTC

Perhaps it is a reflection of their target customers...
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Postby OBrien » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:36 pm UTC

smw543 wrote:They probably worked out a deal with the advertisers such that they get a relatively cheap deal for a long period in exchange for providing some (perhaps all) of the funding for the TVs. (And it's possible that the screens are wired so they can be switched to more important programming in case of emergency.)

Hmm... hadn't thought of that. Still though, TfL is getting ridiculously expensive.
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Postby bigglesworth » Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:42 pm UTC

Also, in my SU they worked out that a few plasma screens were cheaper than printing out new posters every week over the lifetime of the screen. Also easier to change. Possibly more environmentally friendly, too, iunno.
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Postby podbaydoor » Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:02 pm UTC

Today I smell like burned bacon because I burned the bacon this morning. ;_;
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Postby Oregonaut » Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:07 pm UTC

I like the smell of burnt bacon. Mind if I have a bite?
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Postby podbaydoor » Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:35 pm UTC

Sure, just let me retrieve the burned pieces from the depths of failure first.
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podbaydoor wrote:Today I smell like burned bacon because I burned the bacon this morning. ;_;


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Postby Microscopic cog » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:26 pm UTC

What the hell? First you tell me to write an essay about propaganda during the Irish civil war. That's cool. Next, you're telling me that I should make it more interesting to read. Okay, I can live with that, so I made an exciting introduction. Then, in your comments on the edited essay you state that I should eleborate more on things said in the introduction. God damn it, you can't have the situation of the introduction explained in detail without making it very long, dull andboring, don't you see that?! Then down at my conclusions and summary, you state that I repeated things from earlier pharagraphs. Say again?!

tl;dr: What the fuck?
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Postby Oregonaut » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:32 pm UTC

Air Force instructional methodology.

Introduction: I'm going to tell you what I'm going to tell you.

Body: I'm telling you what I'm telling you.

Summation: I'm telling you what I told you.

This is considered strong, functional informational writing in every college I've attended, your teacher is a toon.
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Postby Microscopic cog » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:42 pm UTC

Yes that was pretty much the form we have to use. I myself agree that the form is effective, but a bit boring. So I thought making an exciting introduction was okay. Then she told me to rape the fundaments of every essay.

I mean, I'm okay if I have to write an exciting and educative story about the subject, but this is just impossible. Besides, I bet that she will complain about the essay structure if I change it. So just FFFFFFF, die in a fire of aids.

Edit: She also asked me to "explain a bit about" the content of the third paragraph in the second one. What the hell, that doesn't work that way. The third one explains the things in the second one, there is no need to tear my third paragraph apart and make it anally explore my second one.
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Postby Jumble » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:44 pm UTC

bigglesworth wrote:Also, in my SU they worked out that a few plasma screens were cheaper than printing out new posters every week over the lifetime of the screen. Also easier to change. Possibly more environmentally friendly, too, iunno.

Ah, but the Guardian would beg to differ. I'd also challenge the idea of backlit poster boards on the escalators. I certainly don't remember anything like that illuminating the gloom of the Northeren Line!
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Postby Thesh » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:47 pm UTC

Oregonaut wrote:Air Force instructional methodology.

Introduction: I'm going to tell you what I'm going to tell you.

Body: I'm telling you what I'm telling you.

Summation: I'm telling you what I told you.

This is considered strong, functional informational writing in every college I've attended, your teacher is a toon.



My last boss:

I'm telling you what to do, but leaving out 90% of the details. Have something for me in 2 days.

You followed what I told you, but here are some of the details. Make it fit and have something for me in 2 days.

Well, you followed that, but I changed my mind on some of the first things.

Well, you know what, hold off on that, I'm not sure at all what I want.

Boss: So, what have you been working on?

Me: Whatever I can find to do, but nothing for this project.

Boss: Why aren't you working on the project? That's your number 1 priority.

Me: I'm waiting for you to make up your mind on what you want.

Boss: Well, I don't have the specs yet.

The best part was, he finally gave us what he called specs, but was just an image of what he wanted the UI to look like. I was the one that ended up getting fired.
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Postby Microscopic cog » Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:50 pm UTC

Okay you win.

Edit: She also told me to explain why the British started using "fake" propaganda. What?
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Postby Rakysh » Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:59 pm UTC

The lies we were telling were actually truths?

Similar to Oregonaut, really:

Intro:
Here is the question you asked.
Here is the question I want to answer.
Here is me explaining how me answering my question is basically the same as me answering your question.
Here is the answer to the question I want to answer, and how I will prove this.

Body:
Here is me proving it.

Conclusion:
In conclusion, I am right.

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Postby Jumble » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:06 pm UTC

Sounds like a political interview on Today, but without step 3!
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Postby Rakysh » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:31 pm UTC

All of my essays would be improved with the addition of John Humphries, though.

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Postby Azrael001 » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:40 pm UTC

Oregonaut wrote:Seriously? I'm 6'3" and I have a 36" waist. I'm a fatass, that's ridiculous.
I'm 6'2" with a 38" waist. Now I am sad. (Also fat, but you know...)
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Re: Rant Thread (to balance Awesome Thread)

Postby Oregonaut » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:44 pm UTC

Yeah, but come on Azreal, neither you or I could wear 40" drawers comfortably without a belt. And putting a belt on shorts is not good fashion.
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Re: Rant Thread (to balance Awesome Thread)

Postby Thesh » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:45 pm UTC

I wear 40" pants without a belt. I also don't wear shorts.
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