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Every time I'm reminded by how much I hate time as a programmer, I need to remember this chart showing how standardized time used to work in the United States.
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A favorite time goof of mine: doing work for a device manufacturer who decided that the time scale for its test runs would be given as second-of-day. Which struck me as a bad idea (I came aboard mid-way between start of R&D and ultimately failing, for other reasons).

The badness made itself evident one day when test data were received from a test run which spanned midnight.

Yeah: All timings reverted to 0 in mid-run. It didn't muck with calculations too much (data of interest were instantaneous rather than cumulative), but the plots sure did look funny....

Elapsed time. Use it.
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Quoting Tumblr People #17
It has been a while since my last post with quotes of stuff that people on Tumblr say, so here is another round.


just-shower-thoughts.tumblr.com:
Fish that are caught and released probably sound like insane conspiracy theorists to the other fish.


phobias.me:
If you teach a parrot to say "parrot" that's the closest you're going to come to owning a pokemon.


heart.tumblr.com:
I tried rickrolling my friend but she had the YouTube video URL memorized.


giraffepoliceforce.tumblr.com:
Yo straight up, let's cast Anna Kendrick as Peter Parker. If we're going to to reboot this franchise for the third time let's do it right.


kingcheddarxvii.tumblr.com:
Prank idea: Hire a skywriter to write "The Beatles were just ok" over London.


firebreathingeli.tumblr.com:
"Hot single mom 5 miles away wants you!"
You ignore the ad, refreshing the page.
"Hot single mom is 2 miles away wants you!"
You stare curiously, refreshing the page again.
"Hot single mom 1 mile away wants you!"
You refresh again.
"Hot single mom at the door wants you!"
Breathing hard, you press refresh one more time, freezing.
"Hot single mom is right behind you."


lizerd-wizerd.tumblr.com:
I found out why Gorillaz is called Gorillaz. A group of gorillas is called a band. IT'S BEEN A PUN THIS WHOLE TIME AND NOBODY NOTICED!


chillmascdude.tumblr.com:
Party idea: As the night goes on, Kidz Bop versions of songs are mixed in little by little. By the time the party comes to a close, people are too drunk to notice they've been dancing to Kidz Bop for hours.


sorry.tumblr.com:
Olympic gymnast walks into a bar, she doesn't get a medal.


as-seenon-tv.tumblr.com:
I JUST REALIZED CHUCKIE CHEESE IS JUST A CASINO FOR CHILDREN!?!?


unfollower.tumblr.com:
Peekaboo is essentially just making fun of babies for not understanding object permanence.


awellkept-secret.tumblr.com:
This guy in my class said his brother lost his wallet in Canada and someone shipped it back with souvenirs.


5scondsofphan.tumblr.com:
So today my brother called me a "feminist" as if it was an insult and I yelled back "HELL YEAH, I'M ONE, I BET YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT WORD MEANS" and 30 minutes later he enters my room with a dictionary in hand and just whispers "I'm a feminist too" and I never felt more proud.


lipstickmystic.tumblr.com:
Stop romanticizing mic dropping. Damage to sound equipment is no joke.


euphoriapony.tumblr.com:
I ship my fist with your face. And it's about to be canon.


thorxndor.tumblr.com:
I was sitting on my friend's bed with her when she came out as gay. I was looking through a Chinese food pamphlet, so I put it down, looked at her, and said "I was going to suggest ordering food but I see now you'd prefer to eat out." I don't think she's ever really forgiven me.


just-shower-thoughts.tumblr.com:
If woman only got pregnant when they orgasm, teen pregnancy wouldn't be as much of a problem.


deelekgolo.tumblr.com:
I'm still fucked up at the fact that the longest piece of English fictional literature written by any human is a Super Smash Bros. Brawl fan fic.


imaginarycomics.tumblr.com:
I mixed up "Donkey Kong" and "King Kong" and accidentally said "Kinky Dong" to my parents today.


brothasoul.tumblr.com:
Today I learned that the first use of "omg" occurred in 1917 in a letter to Winston Fucking Churchill.


xx092813.tumblr.com:
Cute dating tip: Don't cheat on your partner you fucking pathetic piece of shit.


ri0t-grrl.tumblr.com:
My biggest fear is that one day my kids will be crying alone to themselves at night and I won't know about it.


nothingeverlost.tumblr.com:
I talked to an eight year old little girl yesterday and admired her Thor shirt. I asked her if Thor was her favorite Avenger. She shook her head and said "we can't find a Black Widow shirt."


meladoodle.tumblr.com:
Try to close someone's eyes like a corpse when you're bored of talking to them.


timballisto.tumblr.com:
YOLO has been replaced by WITNESS ME effective immediately.


napoleonbonerhard.tumblr.com:
I literally cannot convey how long I fucking laughed after I realized that "boobytrap" backwards is "partyboob".


bakura.co.uk:
Life could probably be worse. Milk could have pulp. That's a pretty shitty thing we don't have to live with.


My previous posts with quotes from Tumblr:
#1: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/Sna2qV5asKQ 
#2: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/j9ffU29VRiw 
#2: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/66K6uEBAUSs 
#4: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/BSxoR1g5975 
#5: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/VFuz7zU31ci 
#6: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/PRpB5iLKy2E 
#7: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/9rq7ZoNiagi 
#8: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/eN3wfr8FFgQ 
#9: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/7QmRDmBbpFH 
#10: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/ZKruwkSMpT3 
#11: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/Z7uCScC4ECz 
#12: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/EYhmQ5Q2X1x 
#13: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/dDXZ1W7EFH4 
#14: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/5ZfF7zzakAy 
#15: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/dib9bxNxHeX 
#16: plus.google.com/+HalfdanReschat/posts/b6sxkodNntK 
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Regarding partyboob, on a related note: 
https://twitter.com/mathew/status/611201854966493185
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Fifth mysterious black church fire since the shooting.

JUST COINCIDENCE REALLY
UPDATE: Investigators are on scene this morning, and a press conference is set for 10 a.m.
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The guardian is not misreporting anything. They mention the electrical fire, and the lightning strike. They didn't mention that the church believed to have been hit by lightning was not a black church.

My statement was that there were five mysterious fires at black churches. That there were seven fires total is not in conflict with that.
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Why do we even have that lever?
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The only rational answer is for WAPs to require Windows clients to use a password which a valid VLK MAK. 
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Is Microsoft saying what I think they're saying? That if someone is visiting and they're using Windows 10, I have to either change my SSID or tell them "no, you can't connect to my network using Windows 10"?

http://www.howtogeek.com/219700/what-is-wi-fi-sense-and-why-does-it-want-your-facebook-account/

This can't be right. Something must have gotten lost in the translation.

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You should hear the nonsense spouted for the keynote to Microsoft Ignite, +Koos van den Hout.  Crazy stuff about how Microsoft is the only company that cares deeply about individuals and companies and strives to help them work together.  Some version of this will land in "the enterprise", aka big dumb companies still using Windows because it's the "new way to deliver compatibility".  People don't want to have different interfaces at the communications layer, so Microsoft will be happy to eliminate all the others.  

Another horrible idea floated was "infinite" databases that run locally but seamlessly expand into Microsoft's "cloud".  Hello, PRISM!  Can Microsoft be more obvious about harvesting everything they touch?  
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They had a couple of these at UCB when I was there. The big problem was the storage was tape cartridges.
 
In search of convenient portable computing - the IBM 5100 weighs only 50 pounds and can be programmed in APL. Announced in 1975. Lots of applications illustrated in this advert, but somehow it was not a great commercial success. (BASIC was also available.)
For previous mentions including some technical details, see
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/109052413018437647853/s/5100
For more on the machine, see
http://www.retrothing.com/2011/01/ibm-5100-advertising-the-first-portable-computer.html
See the machine in action, and a tour of the innards, at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52ktEpjIhnk
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+Ed Gould I dunno. I'd describe Assembler, Forth & (most) Perl the same way.
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Twelve days to go.
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At least it isn't Comic Sans...
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+Mozilla Firefox - How can you claim there is no reduction in security with the new Firefox Sync when it's now using a shared password, rather than a secret key that never hits your servers? How are you technically maintaining the same level of privacy?
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So, I read a post in my stream about the complexities of poly marriages in the legal system, and was thinking that it was really about the database problem of poly marriages, with the legal system kind of the consistency checks for the human database... and went "I've seen that article, kind of".

So, I dug this article up, went to post it as a comment, and the post has been deleted. And I don't remember who had originally posted it. Which is kind of a pity and kind of a good thing because now I can post it on my own.

So, here you go.
One. Let's start with a few really dumb systems which nobody with a brain cell would ever use. How about this? males - id - forename - surname - birthdate - wife_id (foreign key references column females.id , may be NULL if male is unmarried) females - id - forename - surname - birthdate ...
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+Peter Van Eynde so, everything that could be sorted inside the application has to be made by hand. Cute!
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Are there any security concerns with upgrading to the new system?

Both the new and old Sync systems provide industry-leading security for your data: end-to-end encryption of all synced data, using a key known only to you.

In legacy Sync this was achieved by using a complicated pairing flow to transfer the encryption key between devices. With Firefox Accounts we have replaced this with a key securely derived from your account password. Pick a strong password and you can remain confident that your synced data is safe from prying eyes.

Um, if it's derived from my account password, then Mozilla can derive the key, so it's less secure than one that isn't derived from something that Mozilla sees.
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Oh, and apparently you can host your own sync server if you're properly paranoid.
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That's spelled "deinonychus".
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