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Offline Anders

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The Man Who Lied to His Laptop
« on: September 15, 2010, 01:00:31 PM »
New Book.

Have you ever lied to your laptop? I don't have that kind of relationship with it. I've cursed it a number of times, though.
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Re: The Man Who Lied to His Laptop
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2010, 05:52:15 PM »
Once in a while I'll say "Just one more post" to it when I know I'm full of sh*t.  There are other lies I tell it, but they only belong on the explicit forum.
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Re: The Man Who Lied to His Laptop
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2010, 01:54:09 AM »
That's funny about the GPSes. When I don't follow the directions on mine, it says in a most indignant tone, "Recalculating" as if I've let it down, yet again.

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Re: The Man Who Lied to His Laptop
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2010, 04:39:32 PM »
I just heard the interview with the author on "Science Friday," and decided I had to get that book. It's next on my Kindle.
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Re: The Man Who Lied to His Laptop
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2010, 06:58:57 AM »
Pretty good read for a string of experiments. Actual experiments in the soscial sciences!

Might actually be usefull.

Also a few good tips on which pick-up lines not to use, ever.
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Re: The Man Who Lied to His Laptop
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2010, 07:49:45 AM »
Excellent
It is difficult to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place. - H.L. Mencken

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Re: The Man Who Lied to His Laptop
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2010, 07:57:09 AM »
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When I don't follow the directions on mine, it says in a most indignant tone, "Recalculating" as if I've let it down, yet again.

Our Garmin is set to the British Female voice. That makes "Recalculating" sound even more condescending.

BTW, one time I was traveling with some friends and our route took us through an obviously oriental part of NYC. Without anyone noticing, I changed the language to Chinese.

Quite the hoot!

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Re: The Man Who Lied to His Laptop
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2010, 04:58:53 PM »
A couple weeks ago, I downloaded the sample from this book to my Kindle, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Sounds good.
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Re: The Man Who Lied to His Laptop
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2010, 05:08:15 PM »
Have you ever lied to your laptop? I don't have that kind of relationship with it. I've cursed it a number of times, though.

I remember some 25 years ago seeing an ad promoting a styrofoam hammer so one could bash one's home computer without damaging it.
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