Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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January 3rd, 2010

True @jjprojects that post cited revenue figures, not profits. My oops. But LOWER profits as film-making gets cheaper? Hmmm…

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If piracy is killing the movie business, how come it’s making record profits? http://bit.ly/5Z2klZ

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RT @middleclassgirl: Fucking Beach Boys. [Seems a perfectly agreeable way to spend the afternoon, actually.]

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@ivovic I dunno that “trust” and “faith” are the right frame here. I’m sure it’s a dispassionate risk / price / profit calculation.

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@ivovic No, warranty lengths aren’t “expected lifetime”, just what will be covered free of charge if the unexpected failure does happen.

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@ivovic Yes, Apple’s standard 90-day hardware warranty is less than many manufacturers’. But it’s not a secret either. Caveat emptor, IMO.

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@ivovic By which I really mean, I suppose, all marketing is manipulative, strictly speaking. And, in a way, so what?

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@ivovic Well, pricing is mostly perception and what market will bear. “Manipulative”, “preying”, tho? No more or less than anyone else.

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@ivovic I suspect (note word!) it’s easier to upsell from a 90-day warranty to 3-year than 1-year to 3-year.

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@ivovic Your claim that Apple hardware “breaks a lot” isn’t backed up by the figures, actually. It’s at the reliable end…

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Quality engineers may quibble that my tweet to @cameronreilly conflated “failure rate” http://bit.ly/56xECu with MTBF http://bit.ly/8Cp277

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@cameronreilly I’m saying this bluntly but, as I’ve told clients before, railing against documented practice just wastes your energy.

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@cameronreilly Want more than 90-day warranty (i.e. Apple accepting all risk)? Then it costs extra.

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@cameronreilly “Defective”? It’s a “thing”. It can die. It WILL die, sooner or later. Warranties are risk calculations based on MTBF…

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@cameronreilly I know you’re looking for magic answers, but there are none. To avoid a cash outlay, though, considered leasing?

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@cameronreilly You have no options. If the motherboard is dead then it’s dead. Only Apple sells them, and that is the price.

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@cameronreilly Yes, 90-day hardware warranty for Apple. That’s why the AppleCare extended warranty is good value. This is not a secret.

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Nice video explanation of “change blindness”: often we don’t even notice big changes. http://bit.ly/2mfi6x

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Having to remember a 7-digit number makes it much harder to resist chocolate cake. http://bit.ly/867CO1

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Sneezing. Repeatedly.

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I like the “unwavering persistence, commitment, passion and optimism” requirement. Don’t EVER point out potential problems.

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Thought @KevinRuddPM’s “programmatic specificity” was dumb jargon? Try this Microsoft job ad. http://bit.ly/4BdJo9

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Happy to be able to add to your “Internet Filters and Unicorns”, @leslie_nassar ‘cos your point is a good one.

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True @stokely @GeordieGuy @weezmgk it could also be about ska, or simply a proud statement of one’s place in the world.

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Use SpamAssassin? Read about this daft 2010-related bug and easy fix. http://bit.ly/8X1HBg HT @CampaignMonitor

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Why would developers of Burj Dubai refuse to reveal its exact height? People can MEASURE it! http://bit.ly/6reY8U

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Mon plan: Complete “Patch Monday” podcast; local errands?; touch base with all clients with current projects; quiet evening.

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“Pumped” is a bogan word. OK maybe for players of physical sports requiring little strategy or intellectual input. Which is its origin.

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Hah! Yes @leslie_nassar I was thinking of linking to that explanation too. Similar sociolinguistics. http://bit.ly/8EcPFZ Note @bengrubb

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@kofeyh @bengrubb No. Adding “being”, as in “being pumped”, sounds far too veterinary I think. Cows and rubber tubes come to mind.

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@bengrubb The sociolinguistics of using “pumped” place you far further down the evolutionary scale that I’d realised. But if you’re happy…

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@bengrubb I believe the word you’re looking for is “excited”. It’s a perfectly good word. I recommend it over fuckwittery like “pumped”.

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And look! A food blog! Yes, the world seriously needs MORE food blogs, because like NO-ONE fucking well blogs about food, do they?

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Oh good, another privacy policy starting with “X is committed to protecting your privacy online” before listing all the ways they don’t.

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Emerges. Kinda. Erk.

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