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A Mobile Applications Developer coding for iOS at Hinge. I'm also trying my hand at independent game development at Strong Fortress Games where you can see me coding iPhone apps, designing a board game, and writing several RPG campaign settings.


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comment Is -1 singular or plural?
@ShreevatsaR I would disagree. There is also a common usage(wiki) where "Negative Number" is a number that has been "Negated" by using (e.g.) the Two's Compliment. So "negative x" (where we don't know if the value of x is above or below zero) means to "negate the value of x." The unary "negative" here has the same meaning as in "negative five," where you "negate the value of five." Because this is implemented differently than the binary "minus" it is helpful to have distinct language to describe it (you know, with computer quirks).
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comment Is -1 singular or plural?
@ShreevatsaR but they are relevant to communication & discussion surrounding those "computer-related implementation quirks", and thus language & education should support it and not ignore it because it isn't relevant to some other field. Which is why this isn't on math.SE.
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comment Is -1 singular or plural?
@ShreevatsaR I should have specified that the values were defined at runtime, e.g. the command was y = 5-x or y = 5+x where x was defined at runtime as 3 or -3 respectively. The statement y = -x the - is being used as an operator (two's compliment, or other method depending on the processor), which is a different operator than y = a - x where a=0.
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comment Is -1 singular or plural?
@ShreevatsaR I'd like to disagree. Most mathematics taught to Americans/(new math - I'm a child of the 80s) are used in computers/programming, where the minus (-) operator has a completely different meaning than a negative number. For example, 5 - 3 is a completely different command than 5 + (-3) (while mathematically I understand they're equivalent, the processor executes different commands). I don't feel like it's hampered my understanding of mathematics, algebra, or programming at all.
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comment Is -1 singular or plural?
@Matt yes. But I felt it important to make the distinction between countable/uncountable nouns.
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comment Why is the “ph” pronounced like a “v” in “Stephen”? Is this the only word like that?
@TRiG, as an american, 'on' sounds very much like 'awn'...
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accepted Why is the “ph” pronounced like a “v” in “Stephen”? Is this the only word like that?
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comment How come 'ou' was reduced to 'o' in the US?
@smirkingman, hahaha, I always stress the our when saying colour in a "British" way.
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comment Alternative to “typo”
it sounds tasty.