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OK, the last two people who called my house asking for my mother pronounced her name (Kai-Rue Hsu, or Kailu Xu in Pinyin) as "Ral-Rue Hoose" and "Kaui-Rue Husu".

How poor does your visual acuity or reading ability have to be to read KAI as RAL?! I mean, even with a lowercase 'l'. Man.
And what is it about "HSU" that seems to trigger the "forget all phonetic rules and just make random sounds containing these letters" chunk in some folks?
It doesn't surprise me all that much, though: if you were around for my name meme, you may remember that I've been called Su, Sidhe, Hus, Hish, Ush, Hyush, or Horsch. I guess Hoose and Husu need to get added to that list.

This brings me to a related question. I've noticed that, even though we are in the nationwide Do-Not-Call registry through 2008, I am getting calls from BMG and other companies which which I used to have subscriptions or memberships. Also, various organizations (besides Illinois, Hopkins, and Severn) are calling for donations more than once a year. Is there some loophole in the telemarketing laws that allows companies to ignore the Do-Not-Call registry if you used to be a customer, or are currently a customer, even if you have opted out?

Oh, BTW, can telefunds not call every single night of the month until they get an answer? A max of 3-5 attempts would be nice. Sometimes I really am too busy to answer!


Edit, 16:55 CST Mon 31 Oct 2005 - Case in point! I didn't forget about my questions; I just got too busy.


Thanks to all who have helped with previous ones, which I posted on:


Thanks to nikolasco for advice on problems from last time.

Here's my fortnightly update:

  • 1. Office Windows machine: I reinstalled XP. Now I just have to reload all my apps, which will probably take a few months at this rate.

  • 2. Hibernation blues: I now kill jobs until my commit charge (VM usage) is less than 512Mb, the amount of RAM I actually have in this machine, before I hibernate. It seems to help.

  • 3. Caffeine - More Bang for the Buck: I still haven't confirmed that Mountain Lightning (Wal-Mart's Sam's Choice brand citrus soft drink) has the same quantity of caffeine as Mountain Dew.



Now for the new questions:

iPAQ Blues: Declining Battery Life

How much degradation of the lithium-polymer battery life do you get over the life of an iPAQ? I got my COMPAQ H3635 in September, 2001, and it's down to about 2-3 hours from what must have been 7.5. Is this normal or have I overdrained it?

Really slow forms in Firefox

Does anyone else get really slow response times when filling out forms in Mozilla Firefox 1.0.x, especially under WinXP? I can type at a normal rate in Notepad, Word XP, Trillian 3.1, and at the WinXP Command Prompt, but Firefox just crawls. It gets about 60 characters per second, which is an infuriating lag for me when writing.

For reference, the computer with this problem is a Dell Dimension XPS D300 (Pentium II-300, 512Mb RAM).

Broken Acrobat Pro 7.0x in Firefox

I can't seem to get Adobe Acrobat 7.0x Professional to launch from Firefox on Hirilonde, my Dell Inspiron 6000 (Pentium 4 1.6GHz, 1Gb RAM, WinXP Home factory-installed). It launches fine in IE, but pops up Ye Olde "Cant' Do It!" dialog in Firefox.


Thanks very much in advance!

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Banazir

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crypthanatopsis
Oct. 31st, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
Companies are allowed to ignore the Do Not Call Registry if you've "done business" within the last n months, where n is something like 9 or 18 (I forget).

All charitable organisations are allowed to ignore the registry entirely, IIRC.
banazir
Oct. 31st, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
Can't be 9
I must have cancelled BMG a year ago, now.
Hrm, or maybe not. At least 9 months as of December, so we'll see.

Gah, so now I get to look forward to umpteen quijillion calls leading up to the 270th day or 540th day?

Argh, charity is as charity does.

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Banazir
finabair
Nov. 2nd, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: Can't be 9
Argh, charity is as charity does.

Some of these so-called charities are only calling to forward their political goals and I'm not really sure *I* would call them a charity. More of a political action group. I recently instituted a policy: Certain charities are allowed to call me because I actually do stuff with them. All other charities get told to go away, and if they are in ANY way out of line, I take the time to make formal complaints.

I'm getting fewer calls, now.
chandra
Oct. 31st, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)

Try my full name on for size. ;)
*waves hello to the stranger* :-D
banazir
Oct. 31st, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
Chandra Dee!
"Chandra Dee" Mattina!

*chuckle*

*waves hello back*

Glad to see you're very happy lately.

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Banazir
orangerful
Oct. 31st, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
I hear ya on the name thing - my last name starts with a "Z" and people see that later and just freak! but it's an insanely simple name to pronounce if you just don't panic. I actually have a friend who I have told how to pronounce my name several times and every time he says it wrong. *headdesk*

gondhir
Oct. 31st, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
Dr. Gondhir went to Glouhsester
KAI
As you say, an uppercase "i" can look a lot like a lowercase "L". Also, all you need to do to a "K" is draw a little horizontal line on top and it becomes an "R". ;)

HSU
The consonant cluster "HS" doesn't appear in English so I'm not surprised a lot of people have trouble with it. Some no doubt want to pronounce the "H" as an "H" and the "S" as an "S" which requires the insertion of some kind of vowel in between them. Hence, "Hoose", "Husu".
prolog
Oct. 31st, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Well, now I know two AI researchers named Horsch.
banazir
Oct. 31st, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
Funny you should mention Michael Horsch...
... I actually know him, and told him about being called Horsch the second-to-last time I saw him (UAI-2002 in Edmonton, AB)!

Bana has many clones. :-D

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Banazir
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