thoughts from the infield

thoughts from the infield

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This blog contains various thoughts that has occurred to me. The topics will vary.

MSFT - Value corroding under Ballmer

GeneralPosted by Thinker 2008-06-26 11:02
MSFTExtremeMakeover has an excellent - and final - post about MSFT: Eight Years of Wrongness

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Conversion through name change

GeneralPosted by Thinker 2008-06-26 11:01
I was reminded of a previous colleague today - he needed to convert some 100's of TIFF images to the JPEG format. He did this by changing the extension of the file names.

The lesson today is: When telling people to upload images in PNG format, make sure they are not just nodding but actually understand what an image format is and how to save images in that format.

Fortunately we only wasted an hour at work spotting this flaw...

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Wherever he is, he's still worth a smile

GeneralPosted by Thinker 2008-06-26 08:34
Matt Harding has done it again. The Tokyo section and one of the Indian sections especially made me laugh. Genuinely uplifting. Thank you Stride smiley

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There’s only one way to be right, but there are infinite ways to be wrong

GeneralPosted by Thinker 2008-06-25 17:19
Another post about doomcriers. Remember, the world ends in AD 44, sorry, 950, no?, 1000, then what about 1914?, really? then 1918, ah, I meant 1920, or perhaps 1925, now I am pretty sure about 1941, ok, then 1975, I said 1994, that was a typo, it was 1999, well we all know about 2000, so I am definitely sure about 2012. See this for an exhaustive list...

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If this is true

GeneralPosted by Thinker 2008-06-16 10:55
If this article, referring to increase in tax payments by high income families, when lowering the tax rates (sorry, in Danish), is true, I can only suggest lowering the tax rates.

Everywhere progressive tax rates are shown slowing down the economic development. If it also slows down tax payments there is no reason left to keep them.

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This is the web

GeneralPosted by Thinker 2008-05-20 09:40
I think this is the quote to explain how communication has changed since the World Wide Web was introduced:

When the people can talk with, about, and around you, screwing them is no longer a valid business strategy.

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This blogging software

GeneralPosted by Thinker 2008-05-06 16:19
I'm having a bit of trouble with it. The post "Bumblebees" had to be deleted and reinserted for my edit to work...

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GeneralPosted by Thinker 2008-05-06 16:18
Last night I got into a discussion about the myth that "science says bumblebees can't fly". Unfortunately the discussion derailed into a minor train crash from that point on, but my lesson is also that this myth still lives.

And amazingly, even the most basic research would bring about evidence against this myth! Yes, "amazingly" was sarcastic.

A repetition of the myth, from an apparently respectable media
Possible origin of the myth
The Straight Dope
A little on the harm this myth is causing
Yet more on the subject and how some people refuse to use their brain for thinking

Anyway, here's a quick checklist if you hear someone make a claim like this: If the claim (e.g. "bumblebees can't fly") does not correspond to observable facts (e.g. bumblebees flying), then either 1) the claim is an old theory which has now been disproven or 2) the claim is false. The claim could be false in general but true in specific scenarios or under specific conditions. For instance the claim could be that if only a specific set of conditions are considered then something specific holds true (e.g. "according to present knowledge of aerodynamics we cannot explain how a bumblebee can fly").

Return to that last example and count how many modifiers to the claim there are...

EDIT: Of course there's at least a third option: 3) The observation is wrong :-)

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