2016年9月18日 星期日

semblance, omnishambles, comptroller, shitshow logjam, interactive, arms, interaction, look and feel




Wealth can often purchase not only the semblance of love but its reality. This is unjust and undesirable but nonetheless a fact.
  • "Love and Money" (14 December 1932), pp. 141–142


"This is a shitshow logjam."

Labour is making the Conservative omnishambles era look like a utopia


At PMQs, David Cameron seemed to care more about the future of the…


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Comptroller Aims to Curb Personal-Injury Claims

A new initiative will analyze claims data to identify potential problems across various agencies in New York City.



A close interaction between politicians and the press is inevitable, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has told the Leveson Inquiry.
Mr Blair told the inquiry that at its best British journalism is the best in the world.
But Mr Blair said the use of newspapers as instruments of political power creates a relationship that is "unhealthy".
Mr Blair said it would be strange if senior media people and senior politicians did not have an interaction.

Russia and U.S. Report Breakthrough on Arms
By PETER BAKER and ELLEN BARRY
Russia and the U.S. have broken through a logjam and expect to sign a new treaty next month that would slash nuclear arsenals, officials from both nations said Wednesday.




Time-Travel to Old Cuba Without Leaving the U.S.
By SETH KUGEL
The romance of pre-Revolution Cuba (or some good semblance of it) is very much alive in New York, particularly in the city’s restaurants.


Three Years After Hurricane, the Backup Is a Fixture
By DAN BARRY
Three years after Katrina, New Orleans still needs the military to help keep some semblance of order in certain neighborhoods.


A Bank Regulatory Logjam May Be Easing

Three nominees for the F.D.I.C., the consumer protection bureau and the comptroller of the currency could help with the overhaul of the nation’s financial regulations.



Last year, Nintendo Wii and the Apple iPhone began to break down the logjam in technological innovation for the way humans interact with computers.


Readers' Comments:
“A product without a purpose.”
— Posted by JSB
“Starbucks did not achieve success because it invented coffee or coffee shops. Nevertheless, it did invent an elevated standard of look and feel. Key to that standard was raising the bar on the quality and flavor of the experience. This is what Jobs has been doing for some time with digital devices.”
— Posted by Diogenes



comptroller

Line breaks: comp|trol|ler
Pronunciation: /kənˈtrəʊlə , kɒmp-/

NOUN[名]会計監査官,検査官.

A controller (used in the title of some financial officers):Comptroller and Auditor General

Origin

late 15th century: variant of controller, by erroneous association with French compte 'calculation' or its source, late Latin computus.


look and feel
The user interface of an operating system, application or Web page. The look refers to how logos, graphics, menus and other elements are laid out on the page. The feel refers to the interactions: the way menus are organized and the way functions are selected and performed (the "method of operation").

omnishambles 

Pronunciation: /ˈɒmnɪʃamb(ə)lz/ 


NOUN

British informal
A situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations:anyone with five minutes to spare, a Maths GCSE, and a calculator could have averted the entire omnishambles by checking the civil servants' sums

Origin

Early 21st century: from omni- + shambles, first used in the British satirical television seriesThe Thick of It.


shitshow 

Pronunciation: /ˈʃɪtʃəʊ/ 


NOUN

US vulgar slang
A situation or event marked by chaos or controversy.

logjam, log-jam
noun
1 [C usually singular] a situation in which neither group involved in an argument can win or get an advantage and no action can be taken:
This is the latest attempt to break the logjam in the peace process.

2 [C] a mass of floating logs that block a river interact Show phonetics
verb [I]
to communicate with or react to:
Dominique's teacher says that she interacts well with the other children.
It's interesting at parties to see how people interact socially.
We are studying how these two chemicals interact.

interaction 
noun [C or U]
when two or more people or things interact:
There's not enough interaction between the management and the workers.
Language games are usually intended to encourage student interaction.
The play follows the interactions of three very different characters.



Eliza, written while Mr. Weizenbaum was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964 and 1965 and named after Eliza Doolittle, who learned proper English in “Pygmalion” and “My Fair Lady,” was a groundbreaking experiment in the study of human interaction with machines.
The program made it possible for a person typing in plain English at a computer terminal to interact with a machine in a semblance of a normal conversation. To dispense with the need for a large real-world database of information, the software parodied the part of a Rogerian therapist, frequently reframing a client’s statements as questions.




interactive
adjective
1 describes a system or computer program which is designed to involve the user in the exchange of information:
an interactive game/video
This is an interactive museum where children can actively manipulate the exhibits.

2 involving communication between people:
interactive teaching methods

interactively 
adverb
The program lets you work through a text interactively, correcting as you go along.

semblance 
noun [U] SLIGHTLY FORMAL
a situation or condition which is similar to what is wanted or expected, but is not exactly as desired:
The city has now returned to some semblance of normality after last night's celebrations.
He was executed without even the semblance of a fair trial.



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