This seems very different than mere business euphemism like "realize negative gains".
I do wonder if they arose in the same way, from color commentators
I heard nearly every buzzword bingo term during those meetings. I swore off the idea of every becoming any kind of manager after that. Fast forward a decade, I'm pissed off with how things aren't working and aren't changing so I opt myself into a management adjacent position ("process improvement"). I ended up in many, many more management meetings than I ever want to and learned that there were still more buzzword bingo words for me to learn! I escaped after a time because I realized that they were just playing a convoluted drinking game (I think if you say or hear "synergy" 1000 times it's guaranteed to make you an alcoholic, but the drinks are after hours instead of when the game is played).
(Weird Al Yankovic: Mission Statement)
We must all efficiently
Operationalize our strategies
Invest in world-class technology
And leverage our core competencies
orthagonal -> unrelated
immutable -> unchangeable
idempotent -> (is there a very short phrase that works here?)
If you do any kind of system automation, it would get quite cumbersome if you had to keep talking about operations which only effect change when they actually need to.
But I like to think that using precise technical terms such as "idempotent" is perfectly fine. "Immutable", works as well, since you have "mutable", and "mutation" to go with it. Both also carry a lot of contextual information that make them hard to replace.
(There has to be a proper linguistic term to describe these properties)
"Touch base" is none of those things. Ever.
It's not a perfect definition, but I don't think execs really need to know what idempotent is.
The problem is that people who don't have a good vocabulary abuse these words and change their meaning for self-serving purposes, and not to communicate.
No, it's because I have a degree is Communication, and understand the importance of language in the workplace.
Any "insecurity" is just defensiveness on your part.
Or, to put it in language you might understand: "Troll harder, n00b."
I think you’ve missed the point of this whole website my friend.
No, those are pure.
A pure, idempotent function would be one where f(f(x)) = f(x).
An idempotent function could have side-effects. Imagine turn_on() where if it's already on, then nothing happens and it just stays on.
> In computer science, an operation, function or expression is said to have a side effect if it modifies some state variable value(s) outside its local environment, that is to say has an observable effect besides returning a value (the main effect) to the invoker of the operation.
> The fact that nothing happens on the second+ invocation is, for me, the example of no unwanted side effects.
I don't think you'll ever find a definition that says something about second invocations.
I prefer entropicdrifter's "one-and-done".
Hum... No, that's not the meaning at all.
And now you'll get stuck explaining exactly what "safe" means.
It's kinda hard to summarize
is already there :)
"Hey, you're an idempotent kind of person: all you think you need to know about me you learned on day 1, and nothing's changed since then."
"Well, tickle my taint.
That one hasn’t come up yet. Not to worry. We’re on it."
Man, I hated hearing this. Just use normal words, please.
As do "send it" and "stan". So, it's across all cultural borders these days.
I'm stanning so hard I'm just gonna send it, fam.
Just kidding. I'm old too. Get off my lawn, unless you are playing lawn darts.
Unsuck It - translate business jargon - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1600102 - Aug 2010 (23 comments)
This is like saying “another word for car is ‘vehicle’”. It’s not the same thing.
Maybe it’s an outdated expression, but it still signifies a person who crossed a country’s border illegally and does not have legal status.
Maybe in some libertarian circles where there ideologically are no such things as borders this would be true, but the world exists, countries exist, laws exist and changing words to suit an ideology instead of facts is kind of silly.
P.S. I got to “Illegal Alien” by entering “Synergy” then following along.
Actually, it doesn't even mean just that, that's just the popular perception. Anyone not present legally would be an illegal alien, even if they crossed the border legally. I knew many international students who became illegal aliens due to overstaying their visas or who violated their visa in some way through work they did.
"Touch base" and "Bio break" are an exception. Makes me squeal every time, no matter who uses them.
> Based on facts or evidence, rather than on magic-gut divination.
The mystical location on websites where advertisers want their ads to appear. Originally referred to physical newspapers, which folded in half and made money from advertising. Today, newspapers don’t have advertisers and just fold.
I don't recall, even long ago, seeing ads on real newspapers that were both front-page and "above the fold". I imagine "above the fold" wasn't related to advertising until the web existed.
The reason "above the fold" was valuable real estate was because whatever was there would be visible in newspaper vending machines, newspaper racks, and the stacks at kiosks.
Newspapers that printed on tabloid-sized paper didn't have that problem, since they were not folded horizontally.
Tabloid newspapers were generally read by the working class and were sized so that they could be read on trains, buses, and communal lunch tables. Broadsheets were read by the bosses who had private offices, individual desks, and space to spread out.
/ Previously worked for two newspaper companies.
I wasn't refuting the GP. I was adding more information.
They became more common overall as newspapers declined; how prominent they are now, I don't know, because the dead tree edition isn't worth reading anymore.
Mostly people use viewability instead: https://headerbidding.co/mrc-viewability-standards/