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I am Chief Cryptographer at Ripple Labs and one of the architects of the Ripple payment system.


Feb
13
comment Does “had have been” exist?
I think it's unreadable with a comma there. You can find dozens of similar constructions with no comma and I can't find a single one with it. "The professors I had have been helpful." "None of the books I had have been misplaced." And so on.
Feb
13
comment Does “had have been” exist?
"I wouldn't know if she was a good therapist; none of the patients I had have seen her."
Feb
13
comment Does “had have been” exist?
How about, "The best days I have ever had have been spent with my father".
Feb
13
comment Does “had have been” exist?
And you can have been had.
Feb
12
comment Why is endpoint a word while startpoint is not?
Probably "beginning" and "end", but it would depend on context. Using "beginning" makes it clear that when I later use "end", I mean it in the sense of conclusion, not boundary.
Feb
12
answered Why is endpoint a word while startpoint is not?
Feb
12
comment Is “Implement Improvement” awkward English?
@DavidM Right. But the plural can be attached to another word. Maybe that's cheating. "It is the Transportation Director's responsibility to implement improvement projects as they are required." It can also be used in section titles where omitted words are common, like "Implementing Improvement Plan" where there is an implied "an" or "the".
Feb
12
comment what is the difference between employ and employment
Also, "employ" can often mean "use", while "employment" almost never does.
Feb
12
comment Is “Implement Improvement” awkward English?
I think we'd need to see context. "Implement improvements" can certainly be used fluently.
Feb
11
comment Is it technically incorrect to speak English using speech sounds of native language(which is not English)?
What do you mean by "correct"?
Feb
4
comment Two minuses make a plus
Two Wrights make an airplane.
Feb
4
comment A does the same B as does C
@mikeY To my ear, "as does C" sounds worse, though certainly neither is incorrect.
Jan
29
comment Is the term “local unit shipping fee” correct?
It would be confusing to call it the "per-unit" shipping fee unless it is multiplied by the number of units.
Jan
24
revised is there any difference between 'it' and 'this' to these sentences?
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Jan
24
answered is there any difference between 'it' and 'this' to these sentences?
Jan
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
21
revised Can I add a comma here just for “rhythm”?
added 50 characters in body
Jan
21
answered Is this a logically symmetric relation: “X must be consistent with Y”
Jan
21
answered Can I add a comma here just for “rhythm”?
Jan
21
comment Can I add a comma here just for “rhythm”?
It is much worse with the comma there. If you read it out loud, you'll find you can't pause there -- the meaning is lost. The end of the sentence becomes baffling -- By exploring human-guided systems ... what? Nothing?