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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    A Nor'Easter is a kind of storm.
    And there's no "th" in it.
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    Does the west coast have an equivalent type of storm? Maybe a Sou’wester?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    And there's no "th" in it.
    Wikipedia gives both spellings and notes toward the end of the article that the spelling with th used to be more commonly used.
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    Just saw this online:

    Revealed: 40 Years Ago, a Top-Secret U.S. Base Was Overrun By Elite Vietnamese Commandos
    The National Interest • March 20, 2018

    Forty years ago on March 12, 1968
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    That makes me feel much better! Apparently I'm only pushing 60, not 70!
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    Program description on a House Hunters episode we are watching from the DVR: "A military couple looks for a house in Little Rock, AK."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Program description on a House Hunters episode we are watching from the DVR: "A military couple looks for a house in Little Rock, AK."
    I had to google it to check I understood the comment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._abbreviations
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    Welllll ...

    Little Rock is a small rock in southern Southeast Alaska, within Revillagigedo Channel, just off the east shores of Duck Islands. It's around 30 miles north from Canadian waters and 25 miles south of Ketchikan.
    http://alaska.guide/Island/1423369/Little-Rock
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    I had to google it to check I understood the comment: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._abbreviations
    Yes, I realized that non-USA posters might not get that. Even some USA ones. But I didn't want to explain the joke right in the same post.

    My wife actually read it out loud and said "Alaska" twice before I realized what they had done.
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    We had to memorize all the abbreviations for US states while in training at the call center, most of the time you did not need them because all we needed was the zip codes and the city and state info would show up. In Canada the postal code can give you street names.

    Also on those shows when they go it has a huge backward parts of me want to laugh then I remember that is the city.
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    Amateur rocket-maker finally launches himself off Earth in effort to prove it's flat

    No, really.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...325-story.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Amateur rocket-maker finally launches himself off Earth in effort to prove it's flat

    No, really.

    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...325-story.html
    We have a whole thread on him!

    In the "hear that again" department, we were watching PBR bull riding last week and one of the announcers commented that the flag of Australia is green and yellow, just like Brazil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    We have a whole thread on him!

    In the "hear that again" department, we were watching PBR bull riding last week and one of the announcers commented that the flag of Australia is green and yellow, just like Brazil.
    Well, I suppose you can give him a little bit of sympathy. Our national colours are green & gold.

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    In NASCAR practice, a car blew a tire and hit the wall. The article I was reading said, "The team immediately began unloading the backup car, which won’t see its first laps at speed during qualifying later today." I guess the author thought that either they wouldn't get the car ready for qualifying or they wouldn't run it very fast.

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    I'm just reading an article about a recent poll taken in the US (I'm not going to link to the article because it involves a heavily controversial political issue and I don't want to get into that). One paragraph says:

    The poll revealed a significant difference in how important [the issue] is to those of different ages with older registered voters showing more interest. Seventy-six percent of those between 18- and 39-years-old said the issue was important for deciding their vote. Seventy-nine percent of those between 40- and 64-years-old said it was important. Eighty percent of those over 65-years-old said it was important.
    From 76% at the low end to 80% at the high end. Is that a "significant" difference?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanF View Post
    From 76% at the low end to 80% at the high end. Is that a "significant" difference?
    It depends on what they mean by "significant".

    It might be statistically significant, and they could know that by the statistical analysis of their survey.

    But there is the more casual meaning of "does it make a difference in the real world", and I would agree that a go from 76% of a population to 80% of a population does seem like much of a difference (even if statistically significant).
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    Headline posted on Google news:
    “Here’s why Subway could close another 500 restaurants”.

    Oh, I think we know


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Headline posted on Google news:
    “Here’s why Subway could close another 500 restaurants”.

    Oh, I think we know


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    Because they grew too fast and messed up their marketing? What's the double-take here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    Because they grew too fast and messed up their marketing? What's the double-take here?

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    Their food is awful*.

    *Opinion of a guy who grew up in the shadow of NYC - where a good sub could be found in any corner Italian restaurant.


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    I was just looking at a map, and spotted “US Naval Academy Dairy Farm.”

    Wait, the Naval Academy has its own dairy farm?


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    From an article in Engadget:
    InSight is also the first NASA interplanetary mission to launch from the West Coast, particularly from Space Launch Complex 3E at the US Air Force Vandenberg Base.
    I'm not sure what she was trying to say, but boy that is bad. It's particularly the first interplanetary mission to launch from Vandenberg?
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    Read this in a job posting ...

    Experience Required
    Basic Qualifications:

    • A minimum of eight (4) years of software development experience
    • Experience collecting, reviewing and updating requirements and/or user stories
    • Experience writing technical documentation and providing engineering deliverables
    • Experience with SCRUM and other Agile development practices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonM435 View Post
    Experience Required
    Basic Qualifications:

    • A minimum of eight (4) years of software development experience
    • Experience collecting, reviewing and updating requirements and/or user stories
    • Experience writing technical documentation and providing engineering deliverables
    • Experience with SCRUM and other Agile development practices.
    At least they don't include "Ability to count" in the qualifications!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    At least they don't include "Ability to count" in the qualifications!
    "A minimum of eight (4) years of software development experience"

    Now, if you're thinking of applying for this position, what goes through your mind?
    * Do they really want 8 years experience, or is 4 enough? (Well, I've got 400 years, or so it seems, so no big deal ... .)
    * Did they fail to get any nibbles from 8-year vets, and so decide to lower the standard?
    * Or, on the other hand, did they get bothered by too many naive 4-year wonders, and so decide to raise the standard?
    * Why 4 and/or 8 rather than the more obvious 5 and/or 10? False precision?
    * Did they fire the guy who was charged with changing the number, and who didn't realize he had to do so in two forms?
    * Do I really want to work for some company with these data control standards?

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    A technical writers' group on LinkedIn has been having this discussion:

    Who do your writers report to?

    I guess it would be too silly to respond "Do you mean: 'To whom do our writers report?'?"

    (Also, I wouldn't know how to get those quotes and question marks correct enough to withstand counter-criticism.)

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    Well you might, but I think both of the versions are acceptable in current English usage, at least in American English.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    Well you might, but I think both of the versions are acceptable in current English usage, at least in American English.
    Yeah, it's something up with which we can put ... but you'd expect self-proclaimed writers to try a little harder.

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    Read that again?

    Talk about a truncation error!
    Our local news station’s online headline reads “School shooter cruelly taunted.”

    If you click on the headline, it reads “School shooter cruelly taunted victims during rampage”



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    I saw the Venus Setting thread and read it as "Venus Settings", like I could rewind or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solfe View Post
    I saw the Venus Setting thread and read it as "Venus Settings", like I could rewind or something.
    It is actually the control panel for Venus. You can set such things as atmospheric composition, distance from the sun, and rotation speed.
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