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by SammyIAm
Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sarcasm/Irony
Replies: 32
Views: 11468

Re: Sarcasm/Irony

I did a stupid thing a while ago and got into an argument about whether something was ironic. Some guy was arguing that "going for a walk and breaking your leg" is ironic, I didn't think it was. I say going for a walk and breaking your leg is the same as going for a drive and getting a fl...
by SammyIAm
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 91634

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

It is not right. The word "say" has the common meaning "to express in words".... I think the issue here is that when discussing homophones, everyone's automatically thinking about how the words sound when spoken, not their written form. You even specifically called out the pronu...
by SammyIAm
Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How a new language affects the old ones you know?
Replies: 9
Views: 2336

Re: How a new language affects the old ones you know?

English is my first language, and I took three years of Spanish in high school. I've never had terribly much trouble keeping my languages apart (though admittedly I would never have considered myself "fluent" in Spanish), but I did notice two things that have been mentioned here: There wer...
by SammyIAm
Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 91634

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

'Because' seems trickier: I can't help but read your version of my question with the wrong emphasis. Same here. In informal speech (and in emails and IMs) I start sentences with 'because' and 'and' all the time because that's how I naturally speak. I agree though that 'and', 'or', or 'but' are much...
by SammyIAm
Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 91634

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

I wonder if I could get away formatting sentences this way? That's not grammatically a question. :oops: You are 100% right. That's a particular mistake I tend to make that I need to work on. Should have said, "Does that mean I could format sentences this way? because that would certainly be ha...
by SammyIAm
Thu Jul 28, 2011 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 91634

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

I think that kind of spelling is easier to type when you use a "hunt and peck" technique, since it tends to have less non-consecutive letters. You know, I hadn't thought about that. I suppose that might be true, but then these people really should learn to type for their own sake, given h...
by SammyIAm
Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 91634

Re: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wa

When people don't realize that upload and download mean different things and use them interchangeably. These people should be hanged. I tend to forgive less-techy people these sorts of mistakes, but it bothers me when people who should know better make them. Or for that matter, that people don't se...
by SammyIAm
Thu Jul 14, 2011 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: !? or ?!
Replies: 30
Views: 2970

Re: !? or ?!

I'm in the use-whichever-seems-appropriate-camp. I tend to base the order on what the sentence would look like if I kicked the incredulity down a notch (i.e. what would make the most sense with just the first character). So far example, if I was asking, "Why would you do that?!" the ? woul...
by SammyIAm
Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Controlling Floppy Drive with Parallel Port
Replies: 6
Views: 3045

Re: Controlling Floppy Drive with Parallel Port

Apologies for bringing an old thread back to life, but I promised I would post videos if I was successful, and I have been. It took a few iterations, and I found that while the Arduino UNO does offer microsecond resolution, it doesn't quite have the processing power to handle accepting and parsing M...
by SammyIAm
Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Controlling Floppy Drive with Parallel Port
Replies: 6
Views: 3045

Re: Controlling Floppy Drive with Parallel Port

You were joking right? :? *coughcough* Yeah! Aha ha. It was a joke? :P So as you surmised, the parallel port ends up being not such a good solution. I knew that under "normal" operation there was a handshake for each message sent, but I hoped (foolishly) that in the absence of this handsh...
by SammyIAm
Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Controlling Floppy Drive with Parallel Port
Replies: 6
Views: 3045

Re: Controlling Floppy Drive with Parallel Port

Thanks for the response Moose Hole, I did manage to get it working actually. The issue was something to do with my wire connections not being quite secure enough (they would show voltage on the multimeter, but the drive wouldn't pay attention unless I applied pressure to the wires), and with using a...
by SammyIAm
Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Controlling Floppy Drive with Parallel Port
Replies: 6
Views: 3045

Controlling Floppy Drive with Parallel Port

Hey everyone, So I've been inspired by the Internet to try to make a musical floppy drive of my own. I've actually made some really great progress using this tutorial , but I've hit a snag. I can get the stepper motor in the floppy drive to take a step manually by grounding pin20 on the floppy drive...
by SammyIAm
Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Idea: Passwordless Login with Email
Replies: 14
Views: 5069

Re: Idea: Passwordless Login with Email

This system actually has some appeal for me. There are definitely some sites that I use so infrequently (PayPal for example) that I have to reset my password every single time. And this solution wouldn't be any less convenient, and most likely slightly more convenient. OpenID does take care of the &...
by SammyIAm
Wed Jan 26, 2011 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Dealing with File Deletion in Search Index (Solr/Lucene)
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Re: Dealing with File Deletion in Search Index (Solr/Lucene)

Windows or *nix? On Windows with NTFS, you can use Change Journals: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa363798(v=VS.85).aspx A more generic method would be to check if files were deleted only as they come back in the search results. Thanks for your response, unfortunately because we're potent...
by SammyIAm
Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Dealing with File Deletion in Search Index (Solr/Lucene)
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Dealing with File Deletion in Search Index (Solr/Lucene)

I'm currently working on building a search engine for file systems, and I'm using Solr (built on Lucene) for the search index. Adding files isn't and issue, and I can compare modified dates to deal with only updating files when necessary, but I'm having trouble finding an efficient method for detect...
by SammyIAm
Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 116462

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

At the top of the page, there's a "search this topic" box. Ohhh, I was using subsilver, which apparently doesn't have that. Are you, per chance, indifferent? Yes, indeed I think that's describes the example I gave, but upon reflection I think I chose a poor example. The word that I feel i...
by SammyIAm
Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 116462

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

Apologies if this was mentioned before (I can't find a good way to search a specific thread, any help on that?): A verb to describe the opposite of "want". Like if someone offers to loan me a book that I really don't care strongly about reading, I could say I "don't want it", but...
by SammyIAm
Tue Dec 21, 2010 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: singular pronoun for a person?
Replies: 50
Views: 4929

Re: singular pronoun for a person?

If I see what appears to be a woman walking down the other side of the street and I admire her hat, I will say to my friend beside me 'She's wearing a nice hat', ... , successfully communicates what was intended to my friend, the recipient... I think Sasha made this point before, but I wanted to ag...
by SammyIAm
Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Algorithm for producing random paragraphs
Replies: 2
Views: 1147

Re: Algorithm for producing random paragraphs

As tesseraktik said, it does sound like you're talking about a Markov Chains. The order of the Markov Chain determines how many words are taken into consideration when trying to find the next word. Like in your example, if <A> <B> and <C> were all considered when picking the next word, it would be a...
by SammyIAm
Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Looking For AI Programming Challenges
Replies: 3
Views: 1777

Re: Looking For AI Programming Challenges

Robocode is not quite in the same vein as Project Euler, but might provide an AI challenge. There's also a clone in Python.
by SammyIAm
Fri Nov 19, 2010 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: How do you pronounce it?
Replies: 264
Views: 132170

Re: How do you pronounce it?

So 'char' has been covered pretty extensively, but what about 'varchar'? I tend to pronounce 'char' as in 'charcoal', so I call it 'var' (rhymes with far) 'char'. Those of you that pronounce 'char' as 'care', do you call it a 'vare' (rhymes with fair) 'care'?

For PostgreSQL I say post-gress-kul.
by SammyIAm
Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Ampersand Appreciation Society
Replies: 47
Views: 6632

Re: The Ampersand Appreciation Society

Thanks for the info, tendays & EstlLadon. I've begun emphasising the "et" in ampersands in my writing. In hindsight, I should have realized "et" was of Latin origin. No sure if that really makes sense. The point of an ampersand is that it is quick to write, while people stil...
by SammyIAm
Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Color and pitch
Replies: 13
Views: 1759

Re: Color and pitch

Non sharped would just be F (natural, if you like), and in fact, you don't usually refer to E as F flat anyway. Totally on point, I know. Actually, E flat is fairly common (it's also D sharp). "F flat" would, in fact, just be E, so there's not much need for it (or for E sharp, which would...
by SammyIAm
Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: voice output
Replies: 8
Views: 1794

Re: voice output

Have you seen this? It's not perfect, but it's WAY better than ms Sam :D http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php Apple's new voice "Alex" is pretty good too. The biggest change, and I think some of what's missing from computers being "good at talking" is phrasing. We h...
by SammyIAm
Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words which are different depending on the profession
Replies: 16
Views: 2568

Re: Words which are different depending on the profession

retention I'm not sure student-retention and memory-retention are two different definitions of the word retention. It's just the speaker leaving out information that's sometimes assumed depending on the context. For example if you ask to see someone's signature, in a forum-context you'll get a witt...
by SammyIAm
Tue Nov 02, 2010 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: A regional use of prepositions
Replies: 16
Views: 2899

Re: A regional use of prepositions

Are they saying "on the hallway" or "at the hallway"? You haven't specified. If it's "on", is it possible that this is an accent thing and they are thinking "in" and you are hearing "on" possibly due to some kind of neutralization? Depending on the ...
by SammyIAm
Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: PetsMart and ClimbMax
Replies: 9
Views: 4324

Re: PetsMart and ClimbMax

I don't know if there's a name for it. I once worked with a PLM system called SmarTeam. Though I generally just pronounced it the way it's spelled: "Smar Team".
by SammyIAm
Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Seemingly simple question but I can't figure it out
Replies: 14
Views: 1573

Re: Seemingly simple question but I can't figure it out

I think Plasma Man was closest. Given an arbitrary event, there are a finite number of probable events that can result. For example, if I'm driving, and I slam my foot on the brakes, some of the most likely immediate-results are: The brakes are applied and the car slows down. The brakes are broken, ...
by SammyIAm
Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Combining Contractions
Replies: 20
Views: 2990

Re: Combining Contractions

I'm not (I'mn't? I'n't?) I've always ended up using "I amn't" in those situations. This thread's the first time I've seen another contraction for "I am not" though. When speaking, I definitely will make contractions with three words, but when typing, I find that the second apost...
by SammyIAm
Fri Sep 10, 2010 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 367219

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

About "an historic" .. I live around Baltimore so it's my nature to slur some words together every once in a while. Sometimes the jarring nature of "a historic" is inappropriate and the smoother alternative, "an historic," is super duper pleasing. I fully behind includ...
by SammyIAm
Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Has anyone tried the 28 hour day?
Replies: 51
Views: 51447

Re: Has anyone tried the 28 hour day?

Steve Pavlina successfully switched to the Uberman schedule for quite some time and kept some excellent logs of his progress. Even if you're not considering the Uberman schedule, it makes an interesting read.
by SammyIAm
Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Noise Reducing Wall for my Condo?
Replies: 2
Views: 664

Noise Reducing Wall for my Condo?

I've just purchased my first home, a condo, and it's in need of some work. Since I'm having to tear down the ugly painted-over 60's paneling in the living room anyway, I was considering also replacing the drywall underneath. My living room wall is shared with my neighbor, and for both of our benefit...
by SammyIAm
Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A fun game you can play in any college library
Replies: 17
Views: 2248

Re: A fun game you can play in any college library

Let's not forget the legend of the money-in-the-thesis either. http://www.snopes.com/college/homework/foundcar.asp I read this as monkey -in-the-thesis. Boy, was I confused for a second when I read that Snopes article. Wow, you're not the only one. I was expecting something about monkeys and typewr...
by SammyIAm
Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Arcing stove burner?
Replies: 5
Views: 2431

Re: Arcing stove burner?

I've seen this before too as the stove gets old. I'll side with pmason and say that you're best off with just replacing the burner. Short of that though, arcing should only occur when there's not a sufficient metal-to-metal connection for the current. You may be able to get a little more life out of...
by SammyIAm
Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Mnemonics you love
Replies: 187
Views: 80697

Re: Mnemonics you love

Gotta love the right-hand rule for charged particles in a magnetic field (also works for determining the direction of field-lines around a conductor. Your fingers point in the direction of the magnetic field, your thumb (at a 90 degree angle to your fingers) in the direction the electron is travelin...
by SammyIAm
Wed Jul 28, 2010 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The eternal XML argument: attribute vs. element
Replies: 13
Views: 2428

Re: The eternal XML argument: attribute vs. element

A little late joining this thread, but I didn't see this idea represented well so I thought I should add it. For me, elements are any thing that could be considered it's own entity or object. Attributes are descriptions of that thing. I guess you could compare elements to nouns and attributes to adj...
by SammyIAm
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Angels and Demons
Replies: 55
Views: 13079

Re: Angels and Demons

You could ask a long series of subjective questions (do you like ice cream?), record the answers, and then ask it to meet you again in, say, 20 years. Ask the same questions and see if the answers match. The demon probably won't bother to remember its answers and is bound to give a cont...
by SammyIAm
Wed Oct 10, 2007 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread
Replies: 68
Views: 5575

Re: Lockbox Mk. II solution thread

Here we go (first post on the forums too): NOTE: While writing this, I've discovered a bit of a problem. Since the post office intercepted Romeo's letter telling Juliet that he was going to send her a ring, they needn't deliver any more mail from either of them. If either of them sends a letter, the...

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