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Comment: Terciles (Score 1) 285

by tverbeek (#48633445) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

It's a simple matter of terciles and life expectancies. Average life expectancy in the post-industrial world is about 80 years. Dividing that into three equal categories, you get (roughly) 0-26 = young age, 27-53 = middle age, 54-80 = old age. Of course with increases in life expectancy (and to make the math easier), you could use 30-59 as the middle group, and save a bunch of late-20s people the anxiety of already being "middle-aged", but it's still a bit silly how that term has become (in some people's minds) a euphemism for "old".

(And for the record, I'm 49: very accustomed to being "middle-aged".)

Comment: 7680 <> 8K (Score 2) 179

by tverbeek (#48581383) Attached to: LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

The problem isn't that people don't understand the difference between linear and area measurement scales (so 8K is four times the number of pixels as 4K), but the fact that anyone lets these marketing drones get away with calling 7680 pixels "8K". 8K is either 8192 in binary terms, or 8000 in decimal terms.

+ - Natalie Portman turns down Steve Jobs ... movie->

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tverbeek (457094) writes "Michael Fassbender (best known among nerds for playing young Magneto) is still inked to play Jobs, and Seth Rogen (best known for playing assorted lovable tubby dudes) will be playing Woz, but Natalie Portman (best known for playing Padmé Amidala and her association with hot breakfast food) will not be playing the female lead in Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's biopic "Jobs", based on the authorized bio by Walter Isaacson. No reason was given... nor has anyone confirmed for sure who she isn't playing."
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Comment: Re:XP as well? (Score 1) 178

by tverbeek (#48413439) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Out-of-Band Security Patch For Windows

No, it just means that MS isn't issuing a patch for XP. At least not exactly. They have released a patch today "for WEPOS and POSReady 2009", which is the branding given to the point-of-sale variant of Windows XP, which Microsoft still offers support for. There's a registry hack that makes Windows XP identifiy itself as Windows POS [insert joke here] when contacting the MS Update servers, and machines running that variant will get the patch.

Or so I'm told. ;)

Comment: not going to change (Score 1) 204

by tverbeek (#48380339) Attached to: Your Incompetent Boss Is Making You Unhappy

"it does make you wonder how long organizations can afford to continue promoting incompetent bosses in today's very dynamic and competitive business world."

Indefinitely? As long as all organizations are doing it, there's no competitive disadvantage to it. And as long as the job market remains one in which the overall supply of workers exceeds the demand (no change of that in sight), employees will continue to put up with unhappiness, incompetent bosses, etc (at least up to the point where the incompetent boss fires them for threatening their own employment ... no, I'm not bitter, why do you ask?)

Comment: Re:Read below to see what Bennett has to say. (Score 1) 622

by tverbeek (#48132559) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

"Most of the other rebuttals being offered, are logically incoherent, and, as such, are not likely to change the minds of the victim-blamers," is perhaps the funniest bit of empathy-challenged nonsense I've read in a while. Because the people who are irrationally blaming the victims are clearly going to be persuaded only by the most mathematically sound argument?

"Is it really you, Fuzz, or is it Memorex, or is it radiation sickness?" -- Sonic Disruptors comics