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Initially, a self taught code monkey since the age of 10 when i got my first computer, the coolest Atari 65XE. Later on, a mathematics and computer science student at a university with a lot of side-studies in philosophy, history, japanese etc. Today, a passionate developer with focus on web related technology from MS.

Motto:
A lousy programmer knows how to create problems.
A good programmer knows how to solve problems.
A great programmer knows how to avoid them. (Get the double meaning?)

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Oct
30
comment Grammatical meaning of the profanity “MF”
Can someone please explain to me why this got downvoted?! Seriously... I've been having an impression that there is a questionfucker (joke/pun intended) who downvotes me for personal reasons... :)
Oct
30
comment Grammatical meaning of the profanity “MF”
@RegDwigнt Why can't it be a person whose mother is a "fucker" (i.e. a person having sex, the bad kind)? Like an epithet - "hey, there goes (a) car-cost" for a person known to have a car that costs a lot.
Oct
20
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@Mitch Walking/biking is excluded from the super set because both compete with cars (and such) but also with busses (and such). One can bike/drive as well as bike/bussify. However, you hit the nail on the other thing - I'm thinking of the funding method, not the occupancy (although, I didn't realize that until now, because contemporarily those happen to coincide). Very well thought and deep analysis of the question. Hats off to you.
Oct
20
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@Mitch Very keen observation. Just to be clear - some of these need to be excluded because they can't be included in the super set you mentioned. I need to express "not an element belonging to the collective means of daily commute". The unusual means shouldn't be in the super set. Walking/bikecycling collides with both the collective means and not-collective ones. Hence the exclusion. But in principle, you've got it right.
Oct
13
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@ermanen I excluded e.g. taxis because those are very rarely used for commuting to work. However, in the case that they were frequently used, I'd add them to the opposite of mass-transit, hence classifying them as private but still not own transportation. Just to be clear - are you suggesting that the marked answer isn't the best one? Would you like me to reconsider?
Oct
12
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@ermanen Because it's been suggested that my eliminating that option was wrongly based on my ignorance. It was either private transport or own transport and since there were more voices advocating the former, I went with that. I'll take you disagree. Care to elaborate? Nothing's been etched in stone yet.
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@Drew Well, would you know! I always assumed that car was an abbreviation of carriage... Thanks.
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@Drew Really? Must be my Swedification that's spooking here. In Swedish we use the term cargo-car for truck, individual-car for car-car, locker-car for van etc. They're all cars because it's the same principle involved - you burn a dead dino and small explosions turn the rubber roundies backwards, which moves you and/or your stuff somewhere.
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@PeterShor What if the car is not privately owned but provided to you by your employer?
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
@Gary'sStudent There's no example sentence as such. We could construct something along the lines of "mass transit is commonly used here but over there, it's rather XXX that's the primary thing".
Oct
11
comment What is the opposite of mass-transit?
Awesome point. Please see the edit.
Sep
30
comment Connotation of “sweety”
@WS2 I've hard to see how you figure. First off, being about inter-personal relationships doesn't exclude it being about English too. Secondly, being based on communication in English, it's in fact implied that it's about meaning and usage of words, contrary to your statement. You seem to get stuck on the fact that there's a story behind the question but, in fact, without it, the question would be too vague and hard to see what's being asked (there's such a reason to close). Would you care to re-read the question and see the parts that are related, then correct it, if you still disagree?
Sep
29
comment Connotation of “sweety”
@JanusBahsJacquet Just to be clear - SoE means precisely what you said. However, one should note that NSoE is Native speaker(s) of English and not (as I've noticed on some occasions the negation of the former - not a speaker(s) of English. :)
Sep
28
comment Connotation of “sweety”
@JanusBahsJacquet Darn... My ignorance hasn't been pointed out until now. I'm guessing that the girl in question doesn't fear to tell what she thinks straight-off. I'm liking her already, hehe. Thanks!
Sep
28
comment Connotation of “sweety”
Oh, I've been using it all wrong, then. In fact, I've learned the expression from a huge, black lady at a waterpark. She referred to my companion as sweety and to me as love. I interpreted it as a sign of being friendly and informal. I guess I'll have to stand corrected. What work should be put at the end of "here you go, XXX"? "Lady" seems too presumptions. "Girl" sounds not proper neither...
Sep
28
comment Connotation of “sweety”
@JanusBahsJacquet I'm not sure if you agree or disagree with me here. When put in Swedish, I'd definitely see it as inappropriate at the current stage of our relation. But we communicate in English only and I wonder if that expression has such a connotation in a NSoE too. If so, I've been ingorant of such a fact.
Sep
7
comment Two crows being an attempted murder
@EdwinAshworth I see your point. I'd say that there's something to it. However, the discussion that arose brought also cultural aspect and a range of references to other knowledge, making it a valuable article. My personal view is that a considerable number of good questions are closed down prematurely so I regard this as a positive thing that it got reopen and stays that way. It might be a valuable pointer to the original five closing voters that the community as a whole disagreed with their opinions and they might want to take that into account for the future. May I suggest asking on meta?
Sep
5
comment Two crows being an attempted murder
@EdwinAshworth If we go by the community's opinion (which it's often referred to as a trustable judge), it's apparently interesting enough to the wide audience. It's kind of funny because when I remark that a question is locked or closed without grounds, I often get to hear "if it's good enough it'll be reopen by the popular vote". I still claim that it's not such an obvious thing as it may appear to some folks with more sophisticated linguistic skills.
Sep
5
comment Two crows being an attempted murder
@Will I googled "pride" with lions. Apparently "pride" is "murder" for birdies, haha - Didn't know that! However, I didn't get anything for the fishies. Care to give a hint?
Sep
5
comment Two crows being an attempted murder
@EdwinAshworth I did a mistake once in the past not to check the "hidden" meaning of "shot". After that I swore to always google for obvious words. I just missed to google all obvious words. One wonders why, oh why, it's called "murder" when it comes to birdies. Seems like an explanation of etymology would be in place on Wikipedia...