If you're lucky!
"When should we tell him that the email was just about HR digitizing his personnel record?"
"How about 20kg from now?"
Thanks for the Friday chuckle!
BOFH logo telephone with devil's horns "I'm not sure I understand what you're suggesting," the Boss says. "I'm not suggesting anything," I say. "It's part of your contract." "Yes, but I don't understand what it is you mean." "Well, it's pretty simple. When you signed on you agreed to work for the Company in any reasonable …
Only if you're the kind of tedious pedant who thinks it's some kind of blasphemy to use mathematical expressions in everyday speech.
Consider: the expression "100 < 1" is wrong (false), obviously. The expression "1 < 1" is also false, but it's considerably closer to being true. To a computer, both expressions are equal - they're both false, there's no real allowance for more nuanced evaluation unless you're dealing in some niche area like fuzzy logic. But humans deal with fuzzy logic all the time, so we see the difference straight away.
but even mathematicians want it both ways. Consider infinity. In mathematics they will argue the set of all numbers is greater than the set of all integers. Both sets have an infinite number of elements, but one is infinitely bigger than the other, because between every integer there are an infinite set of numbers. however, infinity raised to the power infinity is still only infinity, it isn't a bigger infinity, but the big brains will tell you it is.
It's a perfectly functional synonym for "closer to being carbon neutral". Since you can easily measure your level of neutrality, and therefore you can easily compare being not neutral but close to it and not neutral by a wide margin, you can be less neutral by either pumping out more CO2 if you're carbon positive, or sequestering more if you're carbon negative. Since being less neutral is possible, being more neutral isn't that hard to understand either.
This is even clearer in a position where neutrality isn't measured. It is possible to determine whether you are exactly carbon neutral, whereas it is not possible to determine if you're politically neutral. This means that it's even easier to understand, if not implement, becoming more politically neutral.
...unless you are a thirty ton mega elephant with bronchial pneumonia
I did rather like the bit...
The renewed shock had nearly made him spill his drink. He drained it quickly before anything serious happened to it. He then had another quick one to follow the first one down and check that it was all right.
“Freedom,” he said aloud.
Trillian came on to the bridge at that point and said several enthusiastic things on the subject of freedom.
“I can’t cope with it,” Zaphod said darkly, and sent a third drink down to see why the second hadn’t yet reported on the condition of the first. He looked uncertainly at both of her and preferred the one on the right.
He poured a drink down his other throat with the plan that it would head the previous one off at the pass, join forces with it, and together they would get the second to pull itself together. Then all three would go off in search of the first, give it a good talking to and maybe a bit of a sing as well.
He felt uncertain as to whether the fourth drink had understood all that, so he sent down a fifth to explain the plan more fully and a sixth for moral support.
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Definitely not with a modern keyboard, you'll just end up annoying said bean counter on two grounds. For one thing it'll hurt a bit, but mostly as it'll need to be written off, new one purchased, etc...
Of course if you us a proper old school IBM keyboard, well you may need to drop it into the dishwasher to get the blood off!