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I'm a software developer working on a social-networking site. I work mainly in J2EE, SQL, HTML, JavaScript and CSS. My free time is spent raising a daughter and a son and indoctrinating them in the cult of Lego.


Dec
22
comment Like 'resize', but for lengths
Here's another, unrelated argument to why "resize" is the right word. When you resize a rectangle, you can (as you said the answer) change its length or its width. You don't need to change both, but you can change both. The total area of the rectangle might be the same, might not. No matter what the transformation, it's all just "resize". You don't "rewidth", "relength", or "resize", depending on how it changes. There's just "resize". But I suspect I'm wasting my time trying to convince you. Good luck on whatever neologism you come up with.
Dec
22
comment Like 'resize', but for lengths
I don't see where you're going with the void thing. Let's say you can: then it's the same as the nulls. Let's say you can't: So what? Just because I can't have a vector of purple or void doesn't mean a vector isn't one-dimensional and its size is its length and you resize it.
Dec
21
answered Does the term 'heroine' retain its legitimacy in a world of gender equality?
Dec
21
comment What does “in camphor” mean?
Nothing is misspelled in your highlighted sentence. It might also not be a case of a dead expression, but rather a metaphor.
Dec
20
comment Like 'resize', but for lengths
You can have a vector of nulls. Why not? A length is a kind of size, especially in a computerized world where you need a generic term like "resize".
Dec
19
comment Like 'resize', but for lengths
Also I object to your notion that a vector in C++ is multi-dimensional. It is not. And a filesystem is conceptually linear as well.
Dec
19
comment Like 'resize', but for lengths
@einpoklum A vector has a size in bytes. A line has a size in whatever units you want to measure it in. The number of dimensions of the object isn't relevant.
Dec
19
comment What is a “plumber's wife”?
Isn't the proverbial worker who solves everyone's problems except his own the shoemaker? (whose children are the worst shod)
Dec
19
comment What’s a “handegg”?
@DevSolar That's one way to look at it. Tell you what. Get the SE folks to change the number of votes required for the handegg hat and I'll update my answer accordingly.
Dec
18
awarded  Revival
Dec
18
revised Like 'resize', but for lengths
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Dec
18
answered Like 'resize', but for lengths
Dec
18
answered What is the origin of the phrase “bullet points”?
Dec
18
awarded  etymology
Dec
17
reviewed Looks OK What “Extravagant culture” could be used as an antonym to “Spartan”?
Dec
17
comment What’s a “handegg”?
@JonEricson great! So can I get a Eureka on ELU for finding that? ;p
Dec
17
awarded  Good Answer
Dec
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
17
comment What’s a “handegg”?
@RegDwigнt According to this article, in the NFL something like 99% of extra point attempts are successful, meaning that for all practical purposes the touchdown's value is 7 points. The hand-egg hat requires 7 votes. Other forms of the game hand-egg may or may not have different success rates for extra points, but that has no bearing on how this hat relates to football.
Dec
17
revised What’s a “handegg”?
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