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Oblivious acronyms

October 5th, 2006 (08:19 am)
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Yesterday some of my coworkers mentioned a paper that we should read, on "Tree Automata Techniques and Applications". I kept having to restrain my snark, because they kept referring to it as "the TATA paper". The French authors apparently didn't realize what tatas are. :-)

(Edited, Dec. 2010: I recently learned that "tata" is originally from French. So I can only suppose the French authors did it on purpose.)

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Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: October 5th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Foglio

Is the paper bodacious?

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: October 5th, 2006 02:29 pm (UTC)

Not as bodacious as yours. :-)

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: October 5th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
Pastafarian

You could annoy everyone by choosing an alternate pronounciation. "Tat-A." "Taa-taa!" "Tuh-ata." Or french letters "tay-ah-tay-ah."

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: October 5th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Discretion

Yeah, but then I have to explain why "tata" is funny—tricky.

Of course, it would've been extra tricky when it came up in the planning meeting yesterday, since I was sitting next to our (female) scrum master.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: October 5th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Discretion

It's likely that many of the men, and probably some of the women, have realized it.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: October 5th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Discretion

Probably. But that doesn't take it out of the realm of Things Which Men Are Not Meant To Admit Knowing.

Oh, and re: "some of the women"—Kristen, the scrum master, is the only woman on the team. The team is 6 developers; female developers are rare. Endeca has something like 50 or 60 developers; 5 are women (which is roughly average for the industry).

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: October 5th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Discretion

Admit Knowing.

Expecially in a work environment.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: October 5th, 2006 11:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Discretion

Kristen, the scrum master, is the only woman on the team. The team is 6 developers;

Just to clarify: What I wrote before seems that Kristen is a developer (I said the team was 6 developers, and she was on the team). She's not; she's a process person. The unclarity came because, well, it's sort of unclear whether or not she's a member of the team. That was something of an argument when we started doing Scrum last fall: is the scrum master, ex officio, a member of the team? Last fall, the answer handed down from on high was "yes"; but, with experience, I think the actual answer seems to be "yes and no".

Just to confuse things further, Kristen is a former developer, with a CS degree from MIT. So she doesn't do developer tasks off our backlog, and she doesn't actually take sides in our technical debates; but she does understand them. So she counts both as an example and a counterexample in the "female developers are rare" phenomenon.

Posted by: Lowell Gilbert (be_well_lowell)
Posted at: October 5th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
headshot_shorn

A recent corporate re-org shifted me from Business Unit Systems (BUSY) to Business Unit Networks. Could be worse; I wonder how people in Business Unit Global Services feel. Or Business Unit Multimedia.

Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: October 5th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)

I hope no one's invented Business Unit Throughput Team, or somesuch?

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