Trackers Second Review Response

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Murray Cooper, Sep 30, 2003.

  1. Murray Cooper

    Phil Weldon Guest

    In parts of Miami-Dade County, after Hurricane Andrew killed 7 people and
    caused $16,000,000,000 US damage, many telephone and cable lines were on the
    ground. Telephone service was usually restore in a week (if the home was
    still liveable.) My telephone was reconnected in two days. Electrical
    service was restored in two weeks. Cable service took four months; AND the
    cable TV provider had the gall to send a letter suggesting I continue to
    pay my monthly bill for future credit! Do I want my telephone service
    through the cable TV provider? I'd rather get it through the post office!

    Phil Weldon,
     
    Phil Weldon, Oct 3, 2003
    #81
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  2. Ahhh, ahem, slang?????
    Omar
     
    =?iso-8859-1?Q?Omar=A9?=, Oct 3, 2003
    #82
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  3. "Throw Momma from the train a kiss."
     
    Murray Cooper, Oct 3, 2003
    #83
  4. That's true, but the change should be gradual, and it's
    the insistence by educated people upon conformity to
    standard rules that keeps the change gradual and
    (relatively) orderly, rather than chaotic. Educated
    people know that the rules are going to slide, but as
    long as the slide isn't a free-fall, we'll be okay.
     
    Murray Cooper, Oct 3, 2003
    #84
  5. Feudal tail.
     
    Invisible Dance, Oct 3, 2003
    #85
  6. Yes, another thing to avoid if you want to be understood by
    more people in an international group. If you are not multilingual,
    and must rely on online translators to have a post translated to
    your native tongue, it sure helps if the poster uses proper syntax
    and avoids slang terms.
     
    FromTheRafters, Oct 4, 2003
    #86
  7. Murray Cooper

    Roy Guest

    We do, usually.

    Cheers,

    Roy
     
    Roy, Oct 4, 2003
    #87
  8. Murray Cooper

    Roy Guest

    Shouldn't that be 'aboout'?

    Cheers,

    Roy
     
    Roy, Oct 4, 2003
    #88
  9. Murray Cooper

    Roy Guest

    Nah, that's old hat. Now quite correct usage when appropriate, e.g.
    non-splitting would look or sound awkward.

    Cheers,

    Roy
     
    Roy, Oct 4, 2003
    #89
  10. Murray Cooper

    Roy Guest

    It'll be 'viri' or 'virii' next.

    Cheers,

    Roy
     
    Roy, Oct 4, 2003
    #90
  11. Murray Cooper

    Roy Guest

    It's many years since I last saw that!

    Did you ever work in Customs & Excise?

    Cheers,

    Roy
     
    Roy, Oct 4, 2003
    #91
  12. Murray Cooper

    Roy Guest

    Quite.

    I'm English, and I'm having trouble parsing that one.

    Where on Earth does that pass for English?

    Cheers,

    Roy



    :)
     
    Roy, Oct 4, 2003
    #92
  13. I suppose "gimmie hats" are beyond the pale, also?
     
    Invisible Dance, Oct 4, 2003
    #93
  14. Murray Cooper

    |{evin Guest

    I would assume it means "Open the window partially and turn off the
    lights before you go to bed". Sadly, it does pass for English in the
    backwards town I had the misfortune of growing up in.
     
    |{evin, Oct 5, 2003
    #94
  15. Precisely, in my "neck o' th' woods" (part of the country) no-one
    would have any trouble with that, and I could assume that my point
    was getting across perfectly well ~ that is, until some Brit breaks my
    window and my lamp (because I told him to). ;o)

    I only wanted to illustrate the point that using proper English (or at
    least attempting to do so) is like assigning a standard protocol for
    communication, and an attittude such as "proper grammar doesn't
    matter as long as you get your point across" is just laziness and can
    often fail to attain the desired end.
     
    FromTheRafters, Oct 5, 2003
    #95
  16. Murray Cooper

    Zarggg Guest

    Phil Weldon wrote on 02 Oct 03 17:53:
    Um... in English, the infinitive form _is_ "to <verb>". Of course,
    English has changed so much that omitting the word "to" in infinitive
    forms is now acceptable. The (most) grammatically proper form of your
    example sentence is "She helped him to understand the lesson". Oh, and
    there _are_ organizations who decide on rules on the proper usage of
    (American) English; the Modern Language Association (MLA) is one such
    organization.
     
    Zarggg, Oct 5, 2003
    #96
  17. Murray Cooper

    Zarggg Guest

    Mimic wrote on 02 Oct 03 20:40:
    s/Asymetric/Asynchronic

    Hate to nitpick, but I work for an ISP; this bugs me. ADSL (Asynchronic
    Digital Subscriber Line) has different upload and download bitrates, as
    opposed to SDSL (Synchronic Digital Subscriber Line), which has the same
    upload and download bitrates. :p
     
    Zarggg, Oct 5, 2003
    #97
  18. Murray Cooper

    Zarggg Guest

    RCH wrote on 03 Oct 03 11:12:

    [snip badly spaced ASCII art]

    You know, the troll warnings are more annoying than the trolls
    themselves. I'd think that if we're reading _any_ these five newsgroups,
    we'd know enough about the Usenet that we've seen this warning at least
    a hundred times before.

    I know I have, on Tracker's threads alone. Please stop it. :(
     
    Zarggg, Oct 5, 2003
    #98
  19. Uh, ANSI calls it Asymmetric Digital Subscriber line. So does the ITU, and
    every ISP I know that provides it.
    That would make it asymmetric.
     
    Nicholas Suan, Oct 5, 2003
    #99
  20. The MLA rules have no standing outside the MLA.
     
    Invisible Dance, Oct 5, 2003
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