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J J
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Well, are you? The Secret Service wants to know...

Funniest thing I've seen this week, especially when it was pointed out that a large chunk of those who might do the programming could be placed somewhere on the asperger's spectrum, and thus have great difficulty in identifying the target to begin with

(and why don't they use an acronym? All the other US bodies love alphabet soup...)
 
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What the...?

Is there some context to this?
 
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Joose wrote:

What the...?

Is there some context to this?


Been on most news websites.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-secret-service-wa...

http://www.smh.com.au/world/secret-service-seeks-sarcasmspot...

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/06/04/secret-service-sa...
 
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Oh, sorry, I thought I was the last to know, as is usually the case.

Ahem.

The Secret Service has put out to tender for software that will, amongst other things, spot sarcasm in assorted internet traffic, presumably to assist in spotting terrrism.

Read the specifications here (it's the third document you want).
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Amongst other things also on that site, the tender for a disintegrator room isn't as interesting as it sounds at first...
 
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I see dead people.
 
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Well, since some PEOPLE have a tin ear to sarcasm, I'm pretty sure the program won't have much better luck.
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Not at all I'm never sarcastic. whistle
 
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What a great idea! I'm sure it will help immensely in the war on terror!


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Donald wrote:
What a great idea! I'm sure it will help immensely in the war on terror!


I suppose the idea is to reduce the number of arrests of arseholes making joke threats (not sure that is a worthwhile way to spend money). Thus enabling them to concentrate manpower resources of "real" threats.

 
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We don't need that kind of software on RSP at all.
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Sky Knight X wrote:
We don't need that kind of software on RSP at all.
Yes we...ohhhh!
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Sky Knight X wrote:
We don't need that kind of software on RSP at all.


I like it. In lieu of the travesty of having to EXPLAIN a joke or quip, the software would cause this to appear below:



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she2 wrote:
Well, since some PEOPLE have a tin ear to sarcasm, I'm pretty sure the program won't have much better luck.


If the software works I can see a cool new app for phones.
It listens to your conversation (and forwards it to the NSA of course..) and when it hears sarcasm.. it vibrates.
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Shadrach wrote:
Not at all I'm never sarcastic. whistle


I spy italics... international sign of sarcasm.
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I used to occasionally read a forum where the convention was to use green text to indicate a sarcastic tone. Because nobody ever misinterprets sarcasm on the Internet, right?
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SabreRedleg wrote:
I used to occasionally read a forum where the convention was to use green text to indicate a sarcastic tone. Because nobody ever misinterprets sarcasm on the Internet, right?
Yes they d....Ohh I see
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she2 wrote:
Sky Knight X wrote:
We don't need that kind of software on RSP at all.


I like it. In lieu of the travesty of having to EXPLAIN a joke or quip, the software would cause this to appear below:





You have a trophy fetish, don't you? Whicht do you have more of, trophies or stiletto heels to pop out the eyes of would-be assailants?
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GameCrossing wrote:

You have a trophy fetish, don't you? Whicht do you have more of, trophies or stiletto heels to pop out the eyes of would-be assailants?


Hey man, it could be worse. I could post about come-hither duck bills for example. Or gun porn. Or about how sexy Tripp is (Barb, stop it! get away from the keyboard!)
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SabreRedleg wrote:
I used to occasionally read a forum where the convention was to use green text to indicate a sarcastic tone. Because nobody ever misinterprets sarcasm on the Internet, right?


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she2 wrote:
I could post about come-hither duck bills for example.


Let's just skip ahead to where this thread will end up if you go there:

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If colour is spelled with a u it's probably sarcastic.

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Colour is spelled with a u in this posting.
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