Friday, August 08, 2008

nefarious and sundry

This info on how much information Google was ordered to turn over is kind of cool, at least if you're a geek like me.

This story of people exchanging bad money disturbs me. AFAIC, the govt has a burden of proof in showing the money's NOT legitimate before they go confiscating it. That they can do it so easily makes me scared.

Some people got offended by a role-playing game in which one of the strategies is apparently to feed your princess so much that she becomes fat and is therefore more difficult for your opponent to carry away. It seems to me that it's actually a positive thing in the sense that they assume you'd still *want* to carry her away (ie, it's a nice break from the traditional societal message that fat=unattractive). Just saying.

I was in the airport recently (Baltimore, I think) and saw a wall ad that said:

SUV is to your old processor
as hybrid is to ______
(answer: AMD opteron processor).

It's mildly frustrating that they got the A-is-to-B-as-C-is-to-X thing wrong.
When you say
A is to B as C is to ____
you're saying that there's a relationship between A & B which is paralleled in the relationship between C & [something].

There is no relationship between SUV and your old processor; the comparison should read:
SUV is to hybrid as your old processor is to [AMD processor].
It's clearly not as catchy, but at least it's correctly laid out...
You're welcome. ;-)


At Mon Aug 11, 01:15:00 PM PDT, Blogger Erik said...

I'm with you on the 'exchanging bad money' article. the government's argument seems to be 'we don't believe you'. i guess that's enough. maybe anya has an opinion on this one...


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