Holy cow, I wrote a book!
A few years ago,
researchers started with "muscle dysmorphia" and body-image
perceptions in the United States and Europe
whether the same problems afflict Taiwanese men.
Listen for the results.
But don't be confused by the chicken meat (肌肉).
Sean Cole interviews Taiwanese pop star
A-Mèi for her opinion.
I remember a story in CNN some years ago on the singer,
and it referred to her as "Ms. Mei".
Um, that's not right.
In Taiwanese, the "A-" prefix is used to form nicknames;
compare English which appends "-y" for the same purpose.
In English, "Mike" becomes "Mikey"; in Taiwanese,
"Huì-Mèi" becomes "A-Mèi".
If you want to refer to her formally, it's "Ms. Chang".
Using "Ms. Mei" would be like referring to the musician Eddie Van Halen
as "Mr. Ed".
Life was simpler back in the old days.
Back in the old days,
processes were believed to be in control of their threads.
You can see this in the "old fashioned" way of exiting a process,
namely by exiting all the threads.
This method works only if the process knows about all the
threads running in it and can get each one to clean up
when it's time for the process to exit.
In other words, the old-fashioned theory was that when
a process wanted to exit, it would do something like this:
Of course, that was before the introduction of programming
constructions that created threads that the main program didn't know
about and therefore had no control over.
Things like the thread pool, RPC worker threads,
DLLs that create worker threads
(something still not well-understood even today).
The world today is very different.
Next time, we'll look at how this simple view of processes
and threads affects the design of how processes exit.
Still, you learned enough today to be able to solve
this person's problem.
reads the fine print in all those SEC filings,
focusing on the details that companies try to hide from vigilant eyes.
For example, she dug into Carnival Corp's proxy statement and discovered
"that Chairman and CEO Micky Arison rang up $343K on his use of the
corporate jet last year and that COO Howard Frank spent $321K,"
up from $215K and $101K last year, respectively.
My favorite example of corporate jet-setting is
this one on Applebee's former CEO Lloyd Hill.
On 29 occasions from from April 2006 through January 2007,
Applebees's corporate aircraft flew into and out of Galveston, Texas,
where former CEO Lloyd Hill happens to own a beach house.
The nearest Applebees's restaurant is more than 40 miles away.
Though Mr. Hill ceased to be CEO in September 2006,
company planes continue the Galveston shuttle.
The current record-holder for personal use of the corporate jet
is George David, Chairman and CEO of United Technologies (UTX),
who spent over $600,000 of his company's money on personal flights.
(And check out that $194,099 under "Cash Flexible Perquisite
Allowances"! Isn't "cash perquisite" an oxymoron?)
Another web site that reads the fine print is
which looks at the fine print in consumer products.
It could be simple things like
a gallon can of paint that is less than a gallon
a quart of mayonnaise that is less than a quart.
Or it could be pointing out that
Scott's 1000-sheet toilet paper, billed as having
"improved long-lasting value,"
7.5% shorter than the old roll.
Mouseprint* also found lacking
the defense of Gorilla Glue against charges
of making the unsubstantiated claim that they make
"the toughest glue on planet earth."
The claim is "so broad in scope, so general in nature, and so exaggerated
in content, that no reasonable consumer would believe it to be a
In other words, "You'd have to be an idiot to believe us!"
Here are a few citations for the word
A lot of work lies ahead to
operationalize this plan.
Provide security guidance and tools to help operationalize
security for enterprise environments.
I thought it meant "carry out" or "put into effect",
and then I saw this sentence:
Operationalize the demo (get computers configured,
install software, verify network access).
Now I'm not sure any more.