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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”
@Hellion Why should I do that? Every argument you've presented for why I should do that has been shown to be invalid. So far, your best argument was that "the correct pronoun to use in a subject is the subjective pronoun" but I showed that this argument leads to ridiculous results like "The woman who loves I is awesome". Do you have any arguments left? (And, again, I believe your claim is wrong. That's why you can't find any valid arguments to justify it. That's why people find it so hard not to say things like "Me and Jack went to the movies". They are right. Your rule is wrong.)
Nov
15
comment “Me and my wife” or “my wife and me”
@Hellion You are correct that the correct pronoun to use for an object is the objective pronoun. But we're not using the pronoun for an object, we're using it in one. Your argument that the correct pronoun to use in an object is the objective pronoun is just plain wrong. Consider: "The woman who loves me is awesome." By your argument, that should be "who loves I" since it's in a subject. (A lot of people think these simple rules make these structures wrong, but that is simply not true. Everyone else knows it -- that's why people so often get this 'wrong'.)
Nov
15
comment “Me and my wife” or “my wife and me”
@Hellion "Any element of a compound subject or object should be of the correct form." I agree. The question is, what's the correct form? So far as I know, there exists no argument that the correct form is the same as the form of the compound construction. If you know one, please share it. I've already presented an argument in the other direction -- the compound construction typically has properties different from its individual components, so there's no reason the individual components should have the same properties as the compound.
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.