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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Feb 14, 2016 at 11:10:26 AM EST) Reading, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "Make Me". Links.

What I'm Reading
Make Me by Lee Child. Latest Jack Reacher book, and the first one I've had to wait for him to finish writing: held out till it arrived in the library though.

Doesn't give away the plot too early, nice suspenseful buildup, some good action scenes, and a new challenge for Reacher. Weakness was a bit of silliness and poor research. Overall a good entry in the series, Child still seems to be finding enough variety to keep it interesting.

Malcolm Gladwell review.

Socioeconomics. Seven-and-a-half years on, this is a distressingly fragile recovery. Deutsche Bank's Stock Price Recovery Is Not What It Seems. Stock markets can't predict recessions either. For Every ‘Yes’ Man at Work, There’s a ‘No’ Woman. Twenties women on bobbing their hair.

Politics. Five pieces of bad news the Tories tried to bury. John McCain on US torture. The garden bridge. Missing Obama. Cameron is showing his true (liberal) colours. Expats frozen out on Europe.

News. Former ISIS Sex Slaves Form All-Female Battalion 'Sun Ladies' to Launch Massive Assault on ISIS. What happened at the Roosh V meetups? Refugees have not increased crime rate in Germany.

Articles. Reacher v. Parker. Studio Heads of the Classic Era, In Order of Personal Awfulness. Civil servant stays off work for 6 years. How the Black Panthers' free breakfasts for children changed America.

Video. Dressing triplet babies and toddler.

Pics. Big computers, big hair: the women of Bell Labs in the 1960s. Map monster sculptures. Abusive Victorian vinegar valentines.

Sci/Tech. Pirate game consoles in Brazil. Gender on Github. Understanding your car's engine, drivetrain.

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Missing employees by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #1 Sun Feb 14, 2016 at 01:24:10 PM EST
Once, there was a mild shakeup where I worked.  The boss of one of the designers left, and no one remembered to transfer one of his (or maybe her, I forget) underlings to someone new.  The designer, with no work, just stopped bothering to come in.

By the time anyone figured it out, she'd moved to Portland.  I think this lasted nearly a year, and the company had to just eat it she didn't technically do anything specifically forbidden.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman

more WIPOs by wumpus (4.00 / 2) #2 Sun Feb 14, 2016 at 03:12:44 PM EST
goat intestines
Intelligence assets with an axe to grind
moving averages


I'm curious what the pirate NES consoles actually were. Did somebody clone the chips from scratch (presumably much cheaper by 1988, but still a hefty cost) or simply buy a working NES, desolder all the chips and put them on a motherboard that didn't care about the lockout chips? I can't see anyone fully cloning such a system without wanting to add a few improvement (more memory being obvious. The cost of RAM dropped through the floor between 83 and 88).

Reacher by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Feb 14, 2016 at 05:49:01 PM EST
All the articles recently mention his reader retention but don't bother to link to the source which is actually an OK write up.

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Reacher v. Parker by lm (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Feb 14, 2016 at 05:55:57 PM EST
Jason Statham in Parker, Mel Gibson in Payback, and Lee Marvin in Point Blank were all far more entertaining than Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher.

But I've never read the novels of either series. Maybe I should.

But my Sunday school class suggested I read the Harry Potter series so Parker and Reacher are a long way off for me.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
WIPO by Dr Thrustgood (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Feb 15, 2016 at 03:34:42 AM EST

Github Study is a pre-review release by priestess (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon Feb 15, 2016 at 05:32:34 AM EST
And seems to have some issues even before the newspapers ignore the bits that say females aren't discriminated against and exaggerate the tiny 1% difference that is found in some places.

Looks like it mostly backs up the idea that open-source is a meritocracy really to me.

Chat to the virtual me...

Cameron/Gove as liberal progressives... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Feb 15, 2016 at 06:32:45 AM EST
""Some people will now find their nearest court is several hours’ journey away after Michael Gove announced he was axing a fifth of the courts in England and Wales.
The 86 closures announced yesterday include crown courts, county courts, tribunals and family courts.""

Predicting recessions by Herring (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Feb 15, 2016 at 09:44:58 PM EST
There will be one in the next 10 years.

It's interesting that the St Vince's 2003 quote:

"Is not the brutal truth that ... the growth of the British economy is sustained by consumer spending pinned against record levels of personal debt, which is secured, if at all, against house prices that the Bank of England describes as well above equilibrium level?" Brown replied, "As the Bank of England said yesterday, consumer spending is returning to trend. The Governor said, 'there is no indication that the scale of debt problems have ... risen markedly in the last five years.' He also said that the fraction of household income used up in debt service is lower than it was then."

You have to wonder whether the debt situation is better than 2003. Or 2008. Or panic.

You can't inspire people with facts
- Small Gods

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