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


Nov
15
comment “Me and my wife” or “my wife and me”
@Alex I agree that it requires a subject. The question is not whether "me" is a valid subject but whether "me and my wife" is a valid subject. The argument I'm responding to is that "me and my wife" is not a valid subject because "me" is not a valid subject and they have to have the same properties. But if they have to have the same properties, then if "I am pleased" is correct, so is "My wife and I am pleased". So the argument leads to nonsensical results and should be rejected. If "me and my wife" is not a legal subject, it's not because "me" isn't one.
Nov
15
comment “Agree” vs. “concur”
@BarrieEngland Even if it's less than wholehearted support, concurring is more than simply agreeing. Agreeing can involve no action at all. Concurring requires one to actually do something.
Nov
15
comment “Me and my wife” or “my wife and me”
@RiMMERΨ By that logic, you shouldn't say "My wife and I are pleased with your response" because you're saying that "I are pleased".
Nov
14
comment “Agree” vs. “concur”
I think it's completely the reverse. One can "agree" with something without saying anything at all or expressing it in any way. An agreement can be completely passive. One cannot "concur" unless one expresses that agreement. If nobody says or does anything in response, the Chair may say "I'll just assume you all agree", but he cannot say "I'll assume you all concur", since they didn't concur.
Nov
14
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Nov
14
revised “Agree” vs. “concur”
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Nov
14
answered “Agree” vs. “concur”
Nov
13
comment Business model based on commission charging
Even just "commission model" is fine. For example, "This business raises revenue using a commission model. Customers pay a fixed percentage of their gross sales ..."
Nov
13
answered Synonym of “incorrect” with as little negative connotation as possible
Nov
9
comment How to describe changing status of object
If the status change was specifically to indicate that the object had changed: I dirtied the object.
Nov
9
comment Different meaning of “looks good” vs. “looks well”
Why do you think "looks good" is grammatically incorrect? "Good" is an adjective describing his appearance. Someone can be "happy" someone can be "good". If they look it, they either "look happy" or "look good".
Nov
3
answered Opposite of “summary”
Nov
3
comment Can the word “that” be used to refer to people?
@dragoncharmer: 'Reserved' by who or what? Who is it that has reserved 'that'? (And do you really think I should say "Who is it who has reserved..")
Nov
1
answered Word for application that is both sender and receiver
Nov
1
comment Why does the incorrect plural “aircrafts” seem to be occurring more often?
"This line of fighter aircrafts ..." "The finest spruce for the construction of model aircrafts" "Top 10 websites on aircrafts" "Browse aircrafts for sale" For some reason, these seem okay to me. (Though in every case, 'aircraft' seems better.)
Nov
1
comment Why does the incorrect plural “aircrafts” seem to be occurring more often?
If you punch 'aircrafts' into Google, most of the results appear disfluent. But some of them, at least to my ear, seem okay, particularly those referring to different lines of aircraft. However, in every case, 'aircraft' sounds better -- at least to me.
Oct
31
comment Using “should be” meaning like “will be”?
To me, it reads more like a list of requirements than a description of actual behavior.
Oct
31
comment Which is the word that means neither “believer” nor “atheist” but somewhere in between?
What would be between believing in a god and not believing in a god?
Oct
27
comment “Fluctuates widely” or “fluctuates wildly”
Something that fluctuates "widely" fluctuates over a large range. Something that fluctuates "wildly" fluctuates with rapid and unpredictable changes in direction and speed.
Oct
27
comment Word suggestion for items that can be labelled with a serial number and items that cannot be labelled with a serial number
The government does so why not you.