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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.
Jun
22
comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
@psmears: in those cases you pointed out, they are used for size/magnitude, which is always positive (therefore there are no confusion that can be caused by negative numbers). Although, I wouldn't be surprised that in a 3000 years old subject like mathematics there are people that abused the terms and misused terms that become popular (especially because most mathematicians does not dabble in language lawyering and terms and notations are abused all the time, for instance, there is nothing "real" about "real numbers", they aren't more or less real than any other types of numbers).
Jun
22
comment “Lower number” vs. “smaller number”
@FumbleFingers: where have you been looking? Other than your own personal convictions and disbelief, how do you justify your belief that smaller is the comparator of choice? First you refused less than on the ground that it is rarely used outside the realm of mathematics, and now you accused that NGram results for less than is not about numbers; then how do you explain that less than is two orders of magnitude more prevalent than smaller number and an order of magnitude more than both smaller than and lower than?
Jun
14
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Jun
12
comment Word for “ability to hide complexity”
@pageman: I give up trying to convince you. 3 people gave me thumbs up for my original comments, and there are two thumbs up on two my other comments, meanwhile none on any of yours; that means there are at least 3 people who agreed with me, and you know what, you are correct, we are all confused, all four of us are wrong.