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Sep
14
comment Analogy for an absurd way to teach something?
IMO that's not absurd at all. In higher maths, it is helpful to know a scripting language or two to be able to automate lots of the tedious works that isn't directly relevant to whatever you're currently doing or to find solutions graphically/numerically/brute-forcely, which requires a lot of iterations. The language that is most often used for this purpose is Mathematica, but any language will do.
Sep
14
comment Should I use capitalization when mentioning a domain name?
@Ofer Zelig: I had to disagree, URL are not names, they're not even "like names". Acme is a name and a proper noun; URL just isn't. Just try to lookup for acme.com in a dictionary, I have never seen any dictionary that dare to call a URL a word and included them, worse yet, I have never seen any other word with a dot . in the middle, apostrophe ' maybe, but never a dot .. Preexisting English style guides are insufficient to describe the Internet world, if we're to be strictly adherent to preexisting styles, then we should all be writing Acme. Com.
Sep
14
answered When a sentence starts with “e.g.”, should the e be capitalized?
Sep
14
comment Should I use capitalization when mentioning a domain name?
@Ofer Zelig: At least it's better than a Baad:f00d.
Sep
14
comment Should I use capitalization when mentioning a domain name?
@Zoredache: IMO, it is correct to use WWW as an initialism outside of URL, but you should never write WWW.google.com.
Sep
14
comment Should I use capitalization when mentioning a domain name?
@Thursagen: -1. "Acme.com" is a proper noun couldn't be more wrong. By your logic an IPv6 should have been written as Dead:beef:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334 because it represents a unique entity.
Sep
13
comment What's the word for “doing useless things while you don't have anything to do”?
@Louis Rhys: it gets you into jail
Sep
7
comment Why do Americans say “tuna fish”?
hushpuppies definitely need more adornment, had there been no (cord fritters) I would have thought that it would be made from a young canine.
Sep
6
comment How “yank” came about in vi and Emacs
@ChaosGamer: feel free to disagree, but looking at the related questions on the side bar, I wouldn't think so. There are quite a lot of previous questions about word origins and how they come into usage, and this question is of no difference (although some of the comments do wander off into other tangential issues).
Sep
6
comment “Tortoise” and “taught us”
@FumbleFingers: if only everyone here comes from Britain and knows how the bloody British want their Tortoise to sounds like, which I say, isn't obvious to me as a non-BE non-native speaker. From the various ways I had imagined "Tortoise" could be pronounced, none of it sounds at all resembling "taught us", so the "joke" was opaque to me.
Sep
6
comment How “yank” came about in vi and Emacs
That much, I know, the question is why is yank associated with copy-pasteing, when its original meaning does not seem to have anything to do with copying or pasting.
Sep
5
comment How “yank” came about in vi and Emacs
@simchona: none that seems to imply copying.
Sep
5
asked How “yank” came about in vi and Emacs
Aug
26
comment What do you call a person who is always online on the Internet?
@Philoto,@Travis,@Tomaklak: ...
Jul
13
comment Is “if any problem, please call me” grammatical?
Problems? Call XXX-XXX-XXX.
Jul
13
comment “Picking up your litter puts road-workers at risk” — is this strangely-worded road sign grammatically correct?
@Urbycoz: maybe they deliberately pick a strange wording to confuse people so the message sticks in their head for hours and then they asked about the strange wording in an online Internet forum.
Jun
23
comment Should there be a period after an equation?
How about We used the equation x + y = 1.01.? or even more oddly We used the equation x + y = 1..?
Jun
23
comment Do you say 'white blackboard'?
@Henrik N: I learned that at middle school, and again in high school, and again in university. My elementary uses chalkboard.
Jun
23
comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
@FumbleFingers: Another dataset taken from regular Google Search: less number has 2,600,000,000 results, lower number has 1,100,000,000 results, and smaller number has 570,000,000 results.
Jun
23
comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
@FumbleFingers: as I previously said, people just don't use less number, it is redundant and wrong since less implies numbers (especially in mathematics, which I guess is the biggest consumers of numbers). While NGram is useful, it is a stupidly simple tool, when you add to the query the string number, you are not restrict the word's usage to the context of numbers (unlike regular google search), what it simply do is to add the string to the query. And because less number is redundant, it isn't a fairly setup playground.