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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Headline in Google news this morning:

    Celebrities support #WomenBoycottTwitter protest

    But, isn't that # thingy for use on Twitter?
    I don't understand the whole # thing. I thought it was supposed to be some keyword thing you could search on, and yes, I thought it was only for Twitter, though I now see it on Facebook all the time. And I see it used for #for #just #about #any #word (or maybe that should be #justaboutanyword).

    But if gets over used it becomes worthless as a search term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    But if gets over used it becomes worthless as a search term.
    Why? You don't search strictly for the "#" symbol. You search for "#whateverthehashtagtextyouarelookingforis".

    In fact, if you put "#phrase" into a tweet, Twitter will automatically make it into a hyperlink to the search results for "#phrase".
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    In fact, if you put "#phrase" into a tweet, Twitter will automatically make it into a hyperlink to the search results for "#phrase".
    Thanks, that's the part I didn't understand.

    I'll have to see if that also works on other platforms.

    I still think it is being overused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    Thanks, that's the part I didn't understand.

    I'll have to see if that also works on other platforms.

    I still think it is being overused.
    You mean like #stopusinghastags?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    I still think it is being overused.
    That I won't dispute.
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    Thanks I learned a lot in three posts, about stuff I didn't even know I didn't know. #futureshock
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    Sometimes I use # to emphasize something or to be #snarky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Headline in Google news this morning:

    Celebrities support #WomenBoycottTwitter protest

    But, isn't that # thingy for use on Twitter?
    I believe the protest is intended to be for a day, and the hashtag is presumably about awareness before the fact.
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    This is a screamingly funny moment that is also quite impressive. On the presenter's part at least; whoever was doing the subtitles deserves a slap.

    BBC Scotland weather presenter Kawser Quamer was delivering her report when the wrong caption came on-screen; identifying her as an "ex offender".
    She descends into giggles but carries on with her report. It's funny, cute and great props to the lady for keeping it together.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAWazA5AxzY
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    And her cohost was identified as “Aaron’s fiancé” but she signed off too quickly to react.


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    This is pretty incredible. It's an article online in the Independent, and it says that North Korea has lobbed two nuclear missiles over Japan!
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    In an article on CBS news website about a derelict fishing boat that washed ashore in Japan- “she spoke on condition of anonymity, following coast guard policy.”

    I doubt the policy is “You can talk to reporters, as long as you don’t reveal your name.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    In an article on CBS news website about a derelict fishing boat that washed ashore in Japan- “she spoke on condition of anonymity, following coast guard policy.”

    I doubt the policy is “You can talk to reporters, as long as you don’t reveal your name.”
    I know it sounds weird, but it's probably true, though not in the way you are imagining it. I think what it means is that somebody from the PR department talked to a reporter but didn't give her name. And actually that is fairly standard procedure. I work for a Japanese governmental organization myself, and we sort of have a policy like that. We have domestic PR and international PR teams, and I'm on the international one. On our English press releases I always include my name, but the Japanese staff don't include theirs on Japanese press releases. Part of the reason is a cultural one: unlike in the US or Europe, staff in these organizations are rotated every couple of years, so they might work in the PR office for two years, and then get sent off to the accounting section for two years, and then somewhere else. So they're not actually building careers in PR and there isn't really a need to have their name known. There's also the kind of mentality of "it's the organization speaking, not an individual person." So I suspect that is what happened in this case.
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    Sometimes I have difficulty with turns of phrases and such. I read a book called Pushing Ice and the corporation in the novel was called "DeepShaft". I kept thinking, "man, it would be horrible if the corporation stuck it to the heroes." After a couple days, I realized that the author made no attempt to hide the fact that the corporation was going to stick it to the heroes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    Sometimes I have difficulty with turns of phrases and such. I read a book called Pushing Ice and the corporation in the novel was called "DeepShaft". I kept thinking, "man, it would be horrible if the corporation stuck it to the heroes." After a couple days, I realized that the author made no attempt to hide the fact that the corporation was going to stick it to the heroes.
    I was sure that I had read that book as I instantly recognised the name. It is by Alastair Reynolds and I have read a lot of his work. However, looking at Wikipedia the plot didn't ring a bell at all. And according to my local councils' on-line search it is not in stock neither is it in my borrowing record. So hmmm?

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    Headline on Google News:
    “Spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight! How to Watch Online”

    Really? How about looks up from your screen for a change?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Headline on Google News:
    “Spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight! How to Watch Online”

    Really? How about looks up from your screen for a change?


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    Though online is the only way I'll see it this year, unless they come through the clouds and the snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Headline on Google News:
    “Spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight! How to Watch Online”

    Really? How about looks up from your screen for a change?


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    The local TV station suggested getting a telescope....
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    That was a goof in the movie Contact. Ellie and her father are preparing to watch a meteor shower, and she's watching them through a telescope.

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    During the peak year for Leonids a few years ago -- whatever year
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    before sunrise. There were enough meteors (we counted 19 per
    minute at one point) and the trails lasted long enough that I could
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Headline on Google News:
    “Spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight! How to Watch Online”

    Really? How about looks up from your screen for a change?
    Reminds me of that scene in Ocean's Eleven where Basher is watching the hotel demolition on TV, unaware that it's happening outside the window behind him.

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    I keep misreading "Considering Dark Matter" as "Condensing Dark Matter". Obviously, I like Star Trek way too much.
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    In the online checkout for Home Depot, there is a checkbox that says:

    "Yes, I'd like to sign up and get $5 off, plus $100s more savings sent right to my email inbox."

    It isn't obvious to me exactly what I'd be signing up for. It sounds like the savings are an incentive, and not the actual thing being subscribed to.
    (Or maybe, I'm just jaded.)
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    What you're actually signing up for is spam. Not spam, spam, spam, spam, eggs, and spam, just plain spam. It's got lots of spam in it.

    Which reminds me, I need to try unsubsribing from something on this computer, because the button didn't work on the other one.
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    An unfortunate incident the other day where an FBI agent apparently shot and killed a kidnapping victim during an attempted rescue.

    This article contains the following sentence:

    Few details including the deceased man's identity and the motive for the kidnapping were released.
    The article does not contain either the man's name or the motive for the kidnapping, so I'm assuming the writer meant those details were not among the few that were released.
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    I didn't link the article unfortunately but according to it it seems about a third of Alaska is in a state of famine at the moment.

    Mr. Creek, something going on up there you're not telling the rest of us?

    'Cause I think something like that should at least get a mention in the "Non-trivial annoyances" thread.

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    Try reading this garbled sentence from www.webelements.com.

    Gold was discovered by known since ancient times in unknown at not known.

    I kid you not. It is a verbatim copy and paste. This is a scientific website presumably created by educated people, but they must have done some clumsy editing and did not bother with proofreading.

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    Computer translation, perhaps?
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    There's a chain pizza shop whose current marketing slogan is apparently "Oh, yes we did".

    They are running a TV commercial where they tell you about all the things they make in addition to pizza.
    At the very end of the ad, the announcer says "We didn't just stop at pizza!" while the slogan appears on the screen.

    Make up your mind guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Computer translation, perhaps?
    Perhaps somebody inadvertently pasted the past edit with tracked changes on or something like that.
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