An article in Computerworld, IBM, Sesame Workshops reveal AI & Apple iPad child literacy plan, states near the end: ‘”Consumers should expect that their data is protected by the world’s best security systems and that their own data is not used to advertise products or services to them,” she said.’
The issue: Considering the dangers being talked about, consumers should not expect data protection (though they should be able to).
How a Low-Level Apple Employee Leaked Some of the iPhone’s Most Sensitive Code indirectly refers to a second use of low-level.
The issue: With regard to employees, “low-level” generally means not having much rank. Another use of the term is for something related to the innards of something. The programming code in question is low-level code in this sense. Conceivably, an employee who writes low-level code could be called low-level regardless of his rank.
xkcd is a great comic strip. There is often a lot under the surface of each strip, and there is explain xkcd which explains xkcd. A recent discussion had this sentence: “The theory is typically Ash stays 10 years old because in the first episode he sees Ho-Oh who magically blessed him with eternal happiness and not aging.”
The issue: Blessed with what? It could be having been blessed with eternal happiness and blessed with not aging. However, in some tales not aging is not considered a blessing, so it could be having been blessed with eternal happiness and not having been blessed with aging.
This YouTube video is hilarious.
The issue: It is of examples of kids misinterpreting instructions. I particularly like the first example (alphabetising words).
This story by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. has the sentence in paragraph 2: “Is there a glow from the single lamp, illumining the high-backed reading chair last occupied by his wife before he dispatched her with their children, and all others within and without the City, to the highlands west of the Ramparts of the Sky?”
The issue: “dispatched” could mean sent or killed. Until the “… to the highlands …”, it is uncertain, and I first thought it was the latter which is considerably darker.
Another Presh Talwalkar video, Math Magic Trick: Guessing A Crossed Out Digit, has at the 2:32 mark, “I’ve provided a link for you to explain how it works.”
The issue: Does it mean that Presh has provided a link so the viewer can get an explanation or so that the viewer can provide an explanation? Presumably, the former, but the page is no longer available.
Recently, I was about to write in my blog, “Both potato chips and Kat Kit have lots of flavours that do not make it here.”
The issue: What does “make it here” mean? Does it mean “sell well” or “make their way here”? (I meant the latter.)
I recently sent an E-mail with the sentence: “20A is evenly divisible by 5 so so is 2B + 1.”
The issue: Yet another double (so). The first one means “because”; the second means “also”.
I often chat with the tellers at my credit union when I bank on Friday. A couple weeks ago, I was describing a sandwich that I used to get at my alma mater. It was a turkey-bacon sandwich (or maybe the bird meat was chicken). The teller said she preferred the real thing. I was confused until I realised …
The issue: … that the teller thought that I meant a sandwich made with turkey bacon which is turkey processed to resemble bacon. I was referring to a turkey and bacon sandwich.
The Wikipedia article about Deception Island refers to a Mount Pond.
The issue: Is Mount Pond a mountain named “Pond” or a pond named “Mount”? Sometimes, a geographical feature type is put after the name, and sometimes, it is put before. In this case, it is a mountain named “Pond”.