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Jan
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comment Word or phrase for 'a much hyped discovery which later turns out to be insignificant or of no value'
@Mitch Yep, I think I was having an off day, and didn't read the question (and post a sane-enough) answer. It's adding noise to the lot so I'll probably set it up for deletion in short order.
Jan
18
comment Word or phrase for 'a much hyped discovery which later turns out to be insignificant or of no value'
@RegDwigh—ā Also, re: fizzer. Happy for that to be cut out and merged somewhere else but I wasn't sure if it's best placed next to the answer by Kris, or Prince Goulash. Suggestions?
Jan
18
comment Word or phrase for 'a much hyped discovery which later turns out to be insignificant or of no value'
@RegDwight I may need to rewrite the answer to reflect it better, but I thought the segway example would be a case of something fitting the OPs description - it was hyped ahead of time as a breakthrough in personal mobility, but when revealed it fell flat. I'd use the term 'ahead of it's time' sarcastically in this case.
Jan
18
revised Word or phrase for 'a much hyped discovery which later turns out to be insignificant or of no value'
added defn for Fizzer.
Jan
18
answered Word or phrase for 'a much hyped discovery which later turns out to be insignificant or of no value'
Jan
18
comment What do I call a number that has a period in it?
@codemonkey Just with the new context, you could just be explicit in this case with something like if the input float variable is a whole number (i.e. there's nothing after the decimal point) it'll be converted to an int to avoid any confusion? And mild curiosity, can I get a pointer at the source? Am just wondering how it's implemented :)
Jan
18
comment What do I call a number that has a period in it?
@codemonkey Hmm.. the best I can come up with would be 'decimal number' and 'whole number'. Not ideal, but should work in general conversation (and not invoke any of the scarier real/irrational conversations)
Jan
18
comment What do I call a number that has a period in it?
@Codemonkey If you're not talking mathematical definitions then I'd say avoid 'round number' as it's a bit of a fluid term more closely related to the degree of precision. For example if something is expected to be in the range 0-99 with a fractional part, it sounds natural. If you move into another context such as forex trading (there's whole strategies on round number forex trading), it'd mean roughly numbers zeroing the last two sig figs, not all fractional components.
Jan
18
comment Abbreviations for higher SI prefixes?
About two years later, but I think the accepted conventional abbreviation from what I've heard amongst an (admittedly techie) group of friends and VFX artists is 'teras'.
Jan
15
revised When writing out large numbers in words, should commas be placed at thousand separators?
silly typo, didn't notice I'd cut/pasted and left some errant ands in place
Jan
15
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
13
revised When writing out large numbers in words, should commas be placed at thousand separators?
added 102 characters in body
Jan
13
answered When writing out large numbers in words, should commas be placed at thousand separators?
Jan
11
comment Where did “the price of tea in china” come from?
Oddly enough, I know this phrase as "What's that got to do with the price of eggs in China"
Jan
11
answered Can you use “procure” to mean “think of”?
Jan
8
comment Noun for adjective “neat”
@Athari Curiosity, what do you get when you remove the verbosity of XML and add back in JSON's consciseness and readability?
Jan
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answered Noun for adjective “neat”
Jan
7
comment Is “early mark” only used in Australia and New Zealand?
It's (afaik) relatively common/understood over in Canberra. I recall hearing it pretty often during my time in the APS there. By extension, it's now part of my lingo, so I'll be inflicting it on the locals here in Perth, thus broadening it's reach :D