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Autodidact of various trades, geek of several.





There are probably two types of coders; the one who took up this craft before he knows it’s a quadzillion dollar industry, and the one after.






Sold as cheap, forced labour for 16056/16056 hours. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When governments fear the people, there is liberty.























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Jul
8
comment What is the English equivalent to the Japanese word 学者バカ, “Scholar’s fool”?
@Hellion, But no matter how you use it, "savant" has an infixed connotation of "mental disability".
Jul
8
awarded  Excavator
Jul
8
comment What does “Barack Obama, circa 2008, may have just clinched the Republican nomination for President in 2012” mean?
@mgb, But why is circa used here? It is in fact of 2008 and not around 2008 isn't it?
Jul
8
revised “circa” vs “around”
added 92 characters in body; edited title
Jul
8
comment “circa” vs “around”
@JohnLawler, Wow I didn't know we have a noun form for cromulent.
Jul
8
comment How popular is the word “cromulent”? If I use this word in conversation with native speakers, doesn’t it look out of place?
@YoichiOishi, trivia: Is "reject to accept" correct usage as an alternative to "refuse to accept"?
Jul
8
comment How popular is the word “cromulent”? If I use this word in conversation with native speakers, doesn’t it look out of place?
+1 for "meaning changes with time".
Jul
8
comment How popular is the word “cromulent”? If I use this word in conversation with native speakers, doesn’t it look out of place?
@Mitch, What do you mean by a made-up word, and how does it differ from a non-made-up word?
Jul
8
comment Correct use of “circa”
There is a difference between "92-94" vs "ca 92-94". The first one says that the number is within 92-94, whereas the second one says that the number may be outside of 92-94, but close, e.g. 91.7.
Jul
8
comment Et cetera vs Et al
@Andy, Per your answer, why do we need "et al" at all? Why not simply use "etc" for everything? What's the value of using "et al" in place of "etc"?
Jul
8
comment Et cetera vs Et al
Why do you say that the first sentence is incorrect usage? Whether "etc" is interpreted as ambiguous or unambiguous depends on the context isn't it? We could argue that the second sentence is equally ambiguous to someone without knowledge of alcohol.
Jul
8
comment How is “cf.” to be pronounced?
In fact, this may be more "correct".
Jul
8
comment “An alternative mean” or “An alternative means”?
Do you mean that "mean" cannot be used to mean "means"? E.g. would "I have a mean to do it." be grammatically wrong?
Jul
7
revised Can commoner be used as an adjective? I thought it was a noun. Can we say something is commoner?
deleted 39 characters in body
Jul
7
comment Should I change the structure of a sentence/add filler words to make sure that the sentence always starts with a capital letter?
@Cerberus, Well-received style books is good enough.
Jul
7
comment Should I change the structure of a sentence/add filler words to make sure that the sentence always starts with a capital letter?
@Cerberus, Well, acceptance by any institution of standards body will qualify as "grammatical". Is it grammatical to start a sentence with a lower case quoted letter?
Jul
7
comment Should I change the structure of a sentence/add filler words to make sure that the sentence always starts with a capital letter?
@Cerberus, Well, I mean grammatically correct.
Jul
6
comment Pluralizing keywords in programming languages
Good stopgap solution, but doesn't work in the general sense. There will be a need to pluralize keywords eventually.
Jul
6
comment Should I change the structure of a sentence/add filler words to make sure that the sentence always starts with a capital letter?
@Cerberus, Are there any style guides that talk about this issue? If what we are more concerned with is "correctness" instead of "pleasing to the eye", is it ok to start the sentence with the lower case quoted letter?
Jul
6
comment Should I change the structure of a sentence/add filler words to make sure that the sentence always starts with a capital letter?
@PeterShor, That is a stopgap hack. It may work for the above sentence, but it doesn't work in general. Also, what if the sentence with the quoted word is the first sentence of the paragraph?