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1. Here are some bold statements on what I think culture is.
2. Here are some case studies I've selected to prove my statements.
3. Here is my conclusion that my bold statements are right.
... almost every business book on culture that I've read so far. The lot. Shocking field.
I do love those that wax lyrically about the importance of seeing through a cultural lens and then provide no mechanism of perceiving context.

The art of strategy / culture / leadership requires an understanding of context ... for answers read my book, no maps provided etc.
I didn't honestly expect to find a field that was loaded with more mystical thinking, magic frameworks and blahs than strategy ... but culture has certainly come up trumps here.
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When was the last time a company with a ~$4B mkt cap traded up on a quarter in which they 1) burned $1.0B (not a typo), 2) guided the next quarter to be much worse (-25% worse than both Q1 actual & Q2 consensus on top line)? Thread on the disastrous $NIO quarter. $NIOQ 1/
The most amusing part of the cash burn is that I estimate a "true" run-rate quarterly cash burn in Q1 was *only* ~$650M (still awful). From their 20-F, we know they spent at least $200M & more likely $300M+ of the gross proceeds from the $750M convert immediately $NIO $NIOQ 2/
What did they spend it on? ~$200M on "zero-strike call option transactions" in which the company bought back ~27M shares @ ~7.50 and an undisclosed sum on a capped call transaction. So they spent AT LEAST 27% of gross proceeds immediately and possibly closer to half $NIO $NIOQ 3/
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gaes ku mau cerita soal pengalaman ngeganti status dari kawin tercatat jadi belum kawin di kartu keluarga (nope, ga kebalik) sekalian ngasih kritik dan saran buat pemprov @DKIJakarta soal penanganan sentralisasi data status ini.
jadi desember kemaren ade sy nikah terus mau ganti statusnya di KK maka diurus lah ke pak RT. tau2nya di KK baru status sy ikutan berubah juga jadi kawin tercatat (like wtf, calon aja kaga punya gimana tau2 bisa tercatat??)
kata pak RT kantor kelurahan yang mencetak KK itu ga bisa ganti karena cuma dapet datanya doang, jadilah kita ke kantor suku dinas kependudukan dan catatan sipil (selanjutnya disebut dukcapil) jakarta timur buat minta ganti.
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Начался Migraine Summit (саммит по мигреням). Смотрю видео оттуда. Как же хорошо врачи разговаривают! И там внезапно глава отделения моей больнички, где я мигрени лечу, из Торонто. Больница называется Women’s College Hospital.
Представляете мое удивление, когда я там увидела мужчин в очереди к неврологу. Я, наивное создание, серьёзно почему-то думала, что эта больница только для женщин, ещё и удивлялась, почему так. Надо что ли погуглить этот вопрос на досуге, а то интересно.
Врач рассказывает, что есть несколько вещей, которые могут одновременно улучшать мигрень и быть триггером, иногда у одних и тех же людей. Это походе на то, как я рассказывала про депрессию: одни люди теряют аппетит, другие начинаю больше есть. Так и тут всякие странности.
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So that "#ShemimaBegum, countering ISIS and the question of stripping returnees' citizenship thread" I Tweeted earlier...

"Dealing with the decisions she made" can take multiple forms - forms that do not UNINTENTIONALLY HELP ISIS and HURT COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS. Like... stripping her citizenship. #ShemimaBegum

Read the damn thread. It's solid strategy not "let this poor innocent girl go free."
These stupid, knee-jerk hot takes make ISIS very, very happy. And policy that follows the influence of vapid public opinions like these? Well... GUESS WHAT? It SCREWS the ability of counterterrorism specialists to...COUNTER groups like ISIS. #ShemimaBegum
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So I wanted to encrypt some files. Thought about using 7z+password. Stackexchange folks said "Didn't review it but it should be fine. You can browse the code yourself". So I did. After a few mins I noticed they use 8byte "random" IV. Yes, half of IV is zeroes. But it gets worse.
Aside from the fact that 7z XORs plaintext with zeroes, I was curious about the "RandomGenerator" which generates IV. That's when I vomited. The first comments say "This is not very good random number generator. Please use it only for salt." It is not used only for salt.
Yes, it uses PID and time(null) as seed. Yes, this is 7zip's random generation code running on your computers in 2019. More "cursed" code below. #7zip #encryption #facepalm #randomness #entropy #RNG #crypto #cryptofail
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X : What do you think of ... mutter, mutter ... bexit.
Me : #facepalm. I want to read the whole agreement, mull it over and examine paths. I'll do that this weekend. There are all sorts of hidden gotchas in it.
X : Such as?
Me : Arghhhh.
from my notes last night, I'll just pick one. Combination of Article 107 TFEU, Article 127(6), Article 89, Article 174, Article 95(1) would mean that in effect it would be impossible for UK to have an industrial policy without agreement by the EC. There are lots of gotcha's.
With any negotiation, it's not the articles alone but the combination of articles that shows the real effect. I'll look at the weekend. Too busy today and my brain is not in gear enough (bit of a cold) for this.
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X : Oracle is more than databases.
Me : #facepalm. Learn to read between the lines. Amazon is going after the whole ERP / SCM space circa 2020. This is just signalling to the market.
X : I don't see why, this is just databases.
Me : #facepalm. Try launching cloud services in a space when your competitors can say "you don't even use your service, you rely on our products" ... Amazon thinks way ahead, it's in for the long haul, this was always coming.
X : Do you think we will see a decline of Oracle?
Me : No, not yet. They'll play a game of sweat and acquire i.e. sweat existing assets (e.g. synergies!), acquire to replace declining revenue, rinse and repeat. Lots of divs and share buybacks on offer to keep the price high.
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X : Do you believe there should be a people's vote on brexit?
Me : #facepalm. Look, Gov needs to present its deal which will be voted on (i.e. pass / fail Labour tests). If it fails, there needs to be a General Election. If, Gov refuses and hangs on ... then all bets are off.
... I'm not going to agree with a 2nd referendum without a mandate no matter how much badgering there is. That mandate needs to come from a general election. Step 1 - Gov presents deal / parliament votes. Step 2 - general election if vote fails ... after which we shall see.
X : What if Gov presents its deal, fails to get the vote and then refuses to call a general election.
Me : At that point, all bets are off. The vote on the deal, the single biggest issue of the Government is a confidence vote in the Gov. If it fails this, then it must stand down.
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Trump: Day 637
-Saudis Confirm Death of Khashoggi
-WH Accepts Saudi "Fist Fight" Story
-Claims Arms Deal Creates 1M Jobs
-DOJ Charges Russian 4 Conspiring
-Mueller Obtains Stone Phone Data
-EPA Unaware of UN Climate Report
-No Regrets 4 Body Slam Comment
Day 742 since Donald Trump admitted to sexual assault — yet he’s still in the Oval Office
Day 593 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.

The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
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It's difficult to describe the bewildering amount of change in the technology space over the last decade in a single diagram ... however, undeterred I've tried to catch the fundamentals ...
Same patterns are occurring. In 2008, the future giants of media were Netflix (focused on the user, cloud and reducing assets) not the Blockbusters (focused on cashflow, building stores and data centres). Ditto today. The future giants of robotics are companies like iRobot.
It's always a hoot to go through those past Blockbuster presentations from 2007 to 2008 ... the self belief, the investment in assets, the hubris, the mindless strategy that was bereft of any understanding of basic economic patterns.
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So. It says in the 'Life in the UK' test book that 1066 was the last successful foreign conquest of England. Which neglects or fully anglicizes Matilda and 1139 and the regency invasion of Isabella in 1326. Oh also the very successful invasion of 1688-9.

testing is going well...
wow their account of the first settlement of the Irish Pale is just offensive.
I am going to livetweet my experience of this 'history' book I am required to read.
#twitterstorians #badhistory #isthisjingoism #ihavelostallmydignity…
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Aujourd'hui, j'ai plein de trucs à faire.... En conséquence de quoi je vais faire des expérimentations en cuisine, bien sûr :D.

Je veux faire des bouchées vapeur, j'ai divisé ma farce en 4, et j'essaie plusieurs façons de les cuire. Ici : couvertes de riz qui cuira vapeur avec.
C'est normal, la différence de taille. J'en ai fait une trop petite, une trop grande, et quelques moyennes, pour voir les différences de cuisson de la farce.

Pour les autres 3/4 de farce, je ne sais pas encore ce que je vais essayer, c'est yolo (probablement du papier de riz) !
Première fournée, cuite 10mn vapeur et alors… Si ma farce est une tuerie (sérieux) et cuite en 10mn, le riz, ça n'a pas du tout marché :'D...

Il est croquant. j'ai remis une des grandes et une moyenne à cuire pour voir. Fournée suivante en papier de riz, plus prometteuse #KrCu
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In case you haven't yet read @gailfdavies' fantastic tweets on the role of consultants in embedding a particular vision of 'flexible retirement' as the norm in universities, start with tweet below & then follow the tweets -- & links -- to the present #ucustrike #ussstrike
Inspired by @gailfdavies & @CLIVEYB's reflections, I've been thinking about how to understand the last decade or so in terms of discourses & practices around risk, collectivity, flexibility etc. in relation to university pensions #notallgeographers #USSstrike #ucustrike 1/
I've been tracking through the docs on pensions available on Universities UK website. Oldest document appears to be "Strategic enquiry into the pension arrangements for the higher education sector" published 2007… 2/ #ussstrike #ucustrike
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1/ THREAD: The Spiritual Dimensions of #QAnon - In order to understand this, you need to transcend your own thinking, or expand your thinking and take the 40,000 ft view, as Q is fond of saying.
2/ By this, I mean to say that it doesn't matter what you, I or we believe. It matters what *they* believe. And *they* can believe some very silly things. Elites gobble up the new age gobbledygook like podestas at a pizza party.
3/ Let's assume the elites are very much in line with the Pike Doctrine of duality - that there is one God (Adonai), and another god (Lucifer). This can mean that there are no other gods, or Lucifer is using other deities as a culturally specific avatar.
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Doctoral dissertation in Education (@uhmanoa).…
Starts off with some great insights.
You should've trusted your instinct.
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