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My top posts from 4 years of All Things Linguistic

Cross-posted from All Things Linguistic. It’s my fourth blogiversary! Let’s celebrate by looking back at some of my favourite posts: Internet language A linguist explains how we write sarcasm online (The Toast) Wired Style: retro internet slang and how I…
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This came through the Google Now feed. Google must have figured out I'm into Doctor Who AND Star Wars :)
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#JustRead Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, Marie Kondo (2016)

The Good: Companion book to the bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Explains some of the concepts and steps in more detail with some useful illustrations on how to fold different types of clothing and store things. I was a bit hard on the first book but with hindsight it turned out to be very useful. The idea of keeping only things that bring joy turns simplifying one's possessions and life on its head and makes it very easy. I just had to get over the idea of talking to my socks :) This book is not a sequel but truly a companion to the first one. People who found the first one useful will like it.

The Bad: Errm. More talking to socks. Just ignore the anthropomorphising that does not work for you.

TL;DR: Four out of five. I should probably add an extra half to make up for the harsh words about the first book.
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This is very very exciting. I wish my bank would do a progressive web app rather than having a mediocre native app.

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Progressive Web App developer shares his reasoning behind switching from iOS to Android

This is not your typical platform switch story and is worth a read by mobile and Web devs no matter what their platform preference. 
Hi, I'm Henrik Joreteg. Mobile web consultant, developer, and speaker. all posts | twitter | email | hire | book | tutorials · Why I switched to Android after 7 years of iOS. Last updated: 22 Mar 2016 | tagged: mobile, web, ios, android, chrome. Monday of last week I was all excited.
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Good to see this, given the amount of information I've given to Google between Gmail, Drive, Maps etc. Via +Leon Nicholls
 
After being asked personally a few times and reading claims by others a few more, I thought I'd set the record straight....

Working at Google does not give you access to the data of users!

It's an easy assumption to make.  After all, most companies don't put internal access controls on data making it easy for every employee to access everything inside the firewall.  Google does not work that way.

Though there are many groups at Google, we'll simplify it into Software Engineering ("SWE") and Site Reliability Engineering ("SRE").  I was the latter for 5 years and I've been the former for 3.

SWE, in general, has access to nothing.  They run their code on their own workstations and sometimes test clusters with test data.  A few get access to anonymized user data for their service -- more on that later.

SRE is the group that owns the keys to the kingdom.  They're the group (actually many small groups) responsible for running Google services "in production".  They almost always have access to anonymized user data for their service and the ability to access "raw" logs if necessary, again for only their service.  The kicker is that, since around 2011, this latter access comes through a specific interface where you must explain with each request why you're doing this.  All those actions are logged and those logs are audited.  Misuse of the access will get you fired.

What is "misuse"?  I can't even look up my own queries.  I could be on-call for my service, have you on the phone fixing a problem with you saying, "go ahead" , and I still couldn't do it.  In five years, I only used raw logs twice, both on myself during training just so we'd know how.

So, for any given service, there may be somewhere between 10 and 100 people worldwide who could potentially access Personally Identifiable Information ("PII") of a user, but doing so without a good reason would be the end of them at the company.  And should that abusive employee somehow cause "material damage" to the company...  I don't even want to speculate.

On top of that, any attempt to track a single user, whether the user can be identified personally or not, will also get you fired.  Every user with any form of logs access has signed a paper (real paper, even) stating that they understand all this and the consequences.

This is serious stuff.  My own team would turn me in without a second thought if I did any of this.  And I'd do the same to them.

What are "anonymized" logs?  They're the requests that have had all PII stripped.  No IP address.  No account identifier.  No geo-locating finer than the city, etc.

Disclaimer:  I work for Google (obviously).  These thoughts are mine and mine alone.  Mine, I tell you!  Mine!!!
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A few quick questions for Asus Flip owners. I'm thinking about giving a Flip as a present to someone who has never owned a chromebook. Does it hold up after several months of use? Are you happy with the build quality and the Rockchip processor?

I can't decide if I should buy the 2GB or 4GB RAM - are there any speed issues with the 2GB version?

Personally, I've been using chromebooks for years now but haven't seen a Flip in person so can't decide if it will be a good present. Any thoughts / suggestions will be appreciated. 
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+Irina Ivanova Don't feel bad about missing the tablet. I have the Nvidia Shield. It's a great tablet, as tablets go. Used it A LOT before Flipping Out. Rarely pick it up now.

Had some trouble justifying the Flip to myself because of the Shield. Then I realized I was ending up with neck and should pains from the way I was holding the Shield for intensive email / browsing. Much less of that with the Flip and it's nice keyboard.

(Tried one of those Logitech BT keyboards for tablets. Not nearly as good as the Flip keyboard, or was the Shield mounted in the LT kb slot nearly as easy to read.)
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#JustRead Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness (aka The Black Jewels Trilogy), Anne Bishop (1998, 1999, 2000)

The Good: Addictive fantasy series set within a fully realised world which blends together many familiar fantasy elements with a startlingly novel result. Hard not to like a series where one of the main characters is called Saetan SaDiablo.

The Bad: The cheesy cover illustrations are cheesy.

TL;DR: Four and three-quarters out of five. I blasted through the three novels in days. Now reading the stand-alone novels and short stories set within the same world.
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Listening right now. The whole youtube channel is a treasure trove of high quality classical music recordings. Will be spending some serious time here :)
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#JustRead The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Market Returns, John Bogle (2007)

The Good: Short readable book on why low-cost index funds are mathematically the best way to ensure reasonable returns. John Bogle is the founder of Vanguard and basically invented index funds so he clearly has a horse in this race but the math is hard to argue against. Fund management fees do eat a large % of returns and long-term investing in low-cost index funds does make a lot of sense for most people.

The Bad: A bit repetitive. The sub-title is annoying. Clear bias so take that into account when reading.

TL;DR: Explains index funds and how the stock market works in an easy to grasp way,
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Totally :) Mad Max was without doubt the best film of the year.
 
Mad Max deserved Best Picture, but its Best Editing award is more important
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