Worthwhile intertubez finds

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Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

Post by Highway » 03 Oct 2018, 17:55

Even if you're being paid for goals accomplished, when you prove that accomplishing one goal no longer takes you the same amount of time, I don't think you can ethically coast on that forever after. And "hey you automated that thing we hired you to do that used to take us 4 days each week, and now it takes no additional input and is done perfectly. Cool, thanks for helping out. BTW, don't bother coming back tomorrow, since we don't need you now."

There's going to be a tipping point where you an employer is going to need you to spend an amount of time in a continuing fashion to add value through your work. Whether that's by taking on other tasks and automating them (until you run out of low hanging fruit), or whether that's doing things that can't be automated, I think that employers are fine asking employees to continue to add value. And yeah, employers need to be able to recognize the value added and reward people for that, but there's gonna be a balance that needs to get struck.
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Post by Kolohe » 03 Oct 2018, 19:50

Meh, I don't believe in ethics for that sort of thing. I do believe in competition though.
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Post by Kolohe » 03 Oct 2018, 19:52

I mean, if management doesn't understand or even know how long a process is supposed to take, they aren't doing their jobs, for which they are ostensibly paid even more (or have some other perq or upward mobility)
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Post by Mo » 19 Oct 2018, 04:23

The only thing that would have made this better is if the trophy hunters got trampled to death.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... mibia.html
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Post by JD » 25 Oct 2018, 15:36

A very interesting and well-researched article on China's "vocational training centers" for Uighurs, particularly the one at Dabancheng: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/id ... dden_camps

Based on satellite photos in which we can see the number of buildings, their area, and their height, architecture firms that specialize in prison construction estimate that the Dabancheng facility is made to hold at least 11,000 people and very possibly more like 130,000.
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Post by Mo » 25 Oct 2018, 18:07

What words were first used the year you were born?

Highlights from 1978: bustier, bed and breakfast, ditz, eye candy, frequent flier, information technology, MDMA, snap pea, pay per view.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/time-traveler/1978
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Post by Aresen » 25 Oct 2018, 18:23

Mo wrote:
25 Oct 2018, 18:07
What words were first used the year you were born?

Highlights from 1978: bustier, bed and breakfast, ditz, eye candy, frequent flier, information technology, MDMA, snap pea, pay per view.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/time-traveler/1978
Calling bullshit. I remember seeing 'bed-and-breakfast' when I cycled around England in 1971.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 25 Oct 2018, 18:33

Dang. That's a very cool idea, but that page has some data-entry or query issues. 1975 has a lot of dubious results, including "alternative rock", "blood-and-guts", "subfolder", "sports bar", and "smashmouth", with that last one outright saying it was coined during the 1984 football season if you follow the link.
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Post by JD » 26 Oct 2018, 09:42

Agreed. For 1974 there are a bunch of plausible entries but also gulag and controlling. The ones that look more plausible do give you an idea of the zeitgeist, though, like Afropop, computerphobe, and Sandinista.
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Post by Kolohe » 26 Oct 2018, 10:34

"Global Positioning System" was in 1973. (as was deep throat)
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Post by JD » 01 Nov 2018, 08:19

The very sad story of Masha and Dasha, two conjoined twin girls born in the Soviet Union in 1950. They were basically stolen from their mother by the state medical authority, and subjected to what can only be described as medical torture.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masha_and ... oshlyapova
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Post by Warren » 01 Nov 2018, 10:09

Kolohe wrote:
26 Oct 2018, 10:34
"Global Positioning System" was in 1973. (as was deep throat)
nit pick: DT released in 72.
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Post by Jasper » 01 Nov 2018, 16:07

Cannabinoid, dextromethorphan, doobie, psychedelia, recreational drug, skag, speed-freak, THC, whacked-out, zonked-out :ugeek:

Interrobang!?

Also, apparently, Z was invented in '67.
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Post by JD » 01 Nov 2018, 17:43

The story of Chad Walde, who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and died of glioblastoma (brain cancer) at the age of 44. Despite the fact that radiation exposure is one of the only known environmental triggers of glioblastoma, and there was a long history of Los Alamos being slipshod with radiation safety, Los Alamos claimed to have no record that Walde had ever been exposed to any radiation - directly contradicting many people's recollections of events - and decided that his cancer wasn't their fault.
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Post by Eric the .5b » 12 Nov 2018, 20:10

Scans of an 1861 Japanese children's book about the American Revolutionary War.

More than a little jazzed up to entertain the kids. Ben Franklin points out targets for John Adams' ridiculously manly use of a cannon, George Washington fights the minions of an evil British noble to protect his wife, either John Adams or George Washington fistfight a tiger, and more. Two-headed monsters, giant serpents, etc.

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Post by lunchstealer » 12 Nov 2018, 21:06

Eric the .5b wrote:
12 Nov 2018, 20:10
either John Adams or George Washington fistfight a tiger, and more.
And there's just some guy flailing on the ground with no pants. Japan really started with the WTF earlier than I thought.

ETA:

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Post by Painboy » 12 Nov 2018, 21:12

Eric the .5b wrote:
12 Nov 2018, 20:10
Scans of an 1861 Japanese children's book about the American Revolutionary War.

More than a little jazzed up to entertain the kids. Ben Franklin points out targets for John Adams' ridiculously manly use of a cannon, George Washington fights the minions of an evil British noble to protect his wife, either John Adams or George Washington fistfight a tiger, and more. Two-headed monsters, giant serpents, etc.

Reddit and Hacker News have some background.
That's awesome.

I had totally forgotten about the time when John Adams took on the Midgard Serpent.
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Post by Dangerman » Yesterday, 09:35

Those would make amazing tattoos.

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Post by lunchstealer » Yesterday, 16:52

Painboy wrote:
12 Nov 2018, 21:12
I had totally forgotten about the time when John Adams took on the Midgard Serpent.
And then Fawkes showed up to help because Adams was a faithful Gryffindor, probably?

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Post by Kolohe » Yesterday, 18:09

Adams was a total Hufflepuff.
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