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The Most Honest And Awful Corporate Ad I Have Ever Laid My Eyes On. No, They Aren’t Drunk. I Swear.

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 20:27 by Paul Jay in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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  1. Blimey! Which church is this again?

  2. Church? – ah – change the word “the shareholders” to “the flock” and you have the Church (any one you want).

£130,000 poorer in fees, Nigel Evans admits regret for past support of legal aid cuts

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 14:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Nigel Evans, who is £130,000 out of pocket after being cleared of sexual assault, has said he regretted his previous support for cutting legal aid.

The Ribble Valley MP had previously condemned the rising cost of legal aid and admitted he would probably have voted for the last round of cuts in 2011 had he not been Deputy Speaker at the time.

He said he was stunned to learn he would have to pay his legal fees even if he was acquitted – plus value added tax. Mr Evans, whose life savings have been wiped out, has pledged to campaign on the issue after his return to the Commons.

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“It’s only when you go through these sorts of trauma that you see the first-hand consequences of that,” he told ITV News.


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  1. The British public don’t seem to mind their politicians getting wasted and chasing interns, even if they are gay. Progress of a kind, I suppose.

Social Studies

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 13:56 by John Sinteur in category: News

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From Benoni Lanctot’s Chinese and English Phrase Book (1867), phrases for English-speaking employers of Chinese-Americans:

  • Can you get me a good boy?
  • He wants $8.00 per month.
  • He ought to be satisfied with $6.00.
  • When I find him useful, I will give him more.
  • I think he is very stupid.
  • Do you know how to count?
  • If you want to go out, you must ask me.
  • Come at seven every morning.
  • Go home at eight every night.
  • This lamp is not clean.
  • See that the money is weighed.
  • If there is any thing short, I will make him pay the difference.
  • Take this plate away.
  • Change this napkin.
  • Did you prepare any toast?
  • The tea is too strong.
  • Make me a pigeon pie.
  • Get a bottle of beer.
  • Please carve that capon.
  • Tell the cook to roast it better next time.
  • This wine glass is not clean.
  • The cook is very strange.
  • Sometimes he spoils the dishes.
  • Tell the cook to fry some pancakes.
  • Don’t burn them.
  • He did very bad last time.
  • I want to cut his wages.
  • This tea is very bad.
  • Get out of the way.
  • Don’t speak with me.
  • Who gives you permission?
  • Don’t be lazy.
  • You ought not to do so.
  • Pick this up.
  • This is nothing to you.
  • He is fit for nothing.
  • That belongs to me.
  • Carry it up stairs.
  • You ought to be contented.

Phrases for Chinese speakers:

  • Good morning sir.
  • When shall I begin?
  • I beg your pardon.
  • Lunch is on the table, sir.
  • I beg you to consider again.
  • It is my duty.
  • Sir, what will you have for dinner to-day?
  • You must excuse me.
  • You must not strike me.

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  1. Ah, those were good old days.
    War in China.
    Foreign dogs profiteering.

A Statistical Analysis of the Work of Bob Ross

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 12:29 by John Sinteur in category: News

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What is the probability, given that Ross painted a happy tree, that he then painted a friend for that tree?


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  1. It is this kind of thoughtful analysis that makes sense of art, this study reminds me of the work of Ursus Wehrli, some examples of his work can be seen on: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/ursus-wehrli

Give me a ping, Vasili. One ping only, please.

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 12:26 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Recently declassified documents reveal new details about Project AZORIAN: a brazen, $800-million CIA initiative to covertly salvage a Soviet nuclear submarine in plain sight of the entire world.

The story begins in March 1968, when a Soviet Golf II submarine — carrying nuclear ballistic missiles tipped with four-megaton warheads and a seventy-person crew — suffered an internal explosion while on a routine patrol mission and sank in the Pacific Ocean, some 1,900 nautical miles northwest of Hawaii. The Soviets undertook a massive, two-month search, but never found the wreckage. However, the unusual Soviet naval activity prompted the U.S. to begin its own search for the sunken vessel, which was found in August 1968.

The submarine, if recovered, would be a treasure trove for the intelligence community. Not only could U.S. officials examine the design of Soviet nuclear warheads, they could obtain cryptographic equipment that would allow them to decipher Soviet naval codes. And so began Project AZORIAN. The U.S. intelligence community commissioned Howard Hughes to construct a massive vessel — dubbed the Hughes Glomar Explorer (HGE) — to recover the sub. The ensuing salvage operation, which began in 1974, was only a partial success; the U.S. was planning to embark on a second attempt when, in 1975, the story was leaked to the press, and the operation was canceled.


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Apple, Samsung, and Intel

Posted on April 17th, 2014 at 10:11 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Intel has already recognized that it is in the company’s long-term best interest to get into the ARM game in one capacity or another. At the same time, Intel no doubt has also recognized that it is not in the company’s short-term best interest to start producing large quantities of ARM-based chips for any company that asks. Intel has only so much production capacity, and the opportunity cost is too high to start producing low-margin ARM-based chips at the expense of its more profitable x64 processors. The company is at a crossroads: its short- and long-term best interests don’t align, and it has to choose one at the expense of the other.

That’s where Apple’s cash hoard comes in.

It’s interesting he doesn’t suggest Apple should outright buy Intel.

But as for building a chip factory for Intel, as well as the other worries he mentions, perhaps Apple should outright buy ASML to get a lead start on their EUV technology…


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