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by scgtrp
Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0810: "Constructive"
Replies: 130
Views: 45589

Re: 0810: "Constructive"

I can actually see this working if combined with traditional (Bayesian?) filters to have some initial idea of whether a given comment is good or bad.

Can't possibly be worse than that Hebrew CAPTCHA I got the other day.
by scgtrp
Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 172
Views: 45878

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

I used to ride city buses, before I got a car. There would occasionally be graffiti on the back of the seats. One time I came across a seat which had an email address written on the back in permanent marker... with "www." in front of it. That was one of the two times I've almost puked whil...
by scgtrp
Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 37854

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

I've been meaning to analyze my chat logs and measure the ratio of ":)" to ":(" as a function of time, and see if there is a correlation to other life events. Thank you for tonight's mostly pointless but fun project :D http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/336/emoticons1.th.png Cer...
by scgtrp
Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0672: "Suggestions"
Replies: 90
Views: 22869

Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Where are you guys even getting these from? All I get is this: http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/9613/fbsuggestions.png I had a class with Ryan in high school and couldn't stand him. I don't even know who the other one is. It's also worth mentioning that I've had the entire right sidebar Greasemonkey...
by scgtrp
Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0666: "Silent Hammer"
Replies: 113
Views: 26701

Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

I was expecting a 666 joke as well (followed by a real-life apocalypse triggered by the xkcd apocalypse) but this is way better. :D To the people saying this is really #665: It's almost as if you didn't know about the super-secret hidden comic that makes up for #404 . I don't even know where you got...
by scgtrp
Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

I find it hard to turn down a debate, but last thing I'll say on this: A sigma is just as much a vowel as an S is.
by scgtrp
Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:I have said that the sigma fulfills the function of an E.

Will you please explain to me how an S fulfills the function of an E? Bscauss thsss ars not pronouncsabls words.
by scgtrp
Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

Puns are based on multiple meanings of a word or phrase. Σ has ONE MEANING, the consonant sound /s/. It's completely ridiculous to assign it a vowel sound just because it looks cool to you.
by scgtrp
Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Do you ever present arguments to go with your conclusions?

You're taking a character which has always been used to represent /s/, pretending it's an E[1], and then attempting to defend your obviously wrong usage of it[2].

[1] You're doing it wrong.
[2] You're being ignorant about it.

QED.
by scgtrp
Mon Nov 16, 2009 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

Then you're doing it wrong, and being ignorant about it. Which is "precisely" what this thread is about.

Also E is a vowel (although admittedly one that makes widely different sounds in different languages); S/sigma are not.
by scgtrp
Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Uhh — are you saying that it would be impossible to dress up a dog to look like a cat?

I'm saying that you can't just say "but it's not a sigma, it's an E that looks like a sigma!" and pretend it's a logical argument.
by scgtrp
Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

It's a stylised E in a fashion that looks like sigma. Allow me to illustrate how ridiculous that claim is, because it cannot be said in words alone. http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/3710/notacat.png This is not a cat. It's a stylized dog that looks like a cat but still makes dog sounds.
by scgtrp
Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

It is an intrinsic property of Greek, which is the only language I'm aware of in which sigma is a letter.
by scgtrp
Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

It's an /s/ in Greek , which is not the language being written there. It is not an E in any language I know and is not a letter at all in English, so I don't see how that point is relevant. To use it as one is always wrong no matter what language you're writing in, unless you know of a language in ...
by scgtrp
Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

Dibley wrote:You might have seen it in a plural

Nope. According to the signage I was in the Class of 09' in high school.

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:in addition to the normal functions of the letter E

Except that it's an S.
by scgtrp
Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Greasy
Replies: 19
Views: 4084

Re: Greasy

Northern Florida, and I've never heard it rhyme with "easy" talking to anyone from anywhere. Then again I don't know anyone in real life who hasn't lived here for an extended period of time.
by scgtrp
Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 70151

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

In high school I took a physics class where we went through 5 different teachers. Teacher 1: quite good, I learned a lot from her but almost nobody else did. She got married and moved to southern Florida. Teacher 2: complete crap, decided we didn't know enough about vectors and spent the entire mont...
by scgtrp
Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

Proof that the slash can mean other things but "and" and "or" is found in the very abbreviation you disagree with: "w/o". Here, it just signifies that the word is abbreviated and that the syllable break is found where the slash is located in the word. The slash is ofte...
by scgtrp
Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Little editing/grammar mistakes that drive you up the wall
Replies: 784
Views: 112085

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

Besides the obvious ones involving apostrophes and quotes where they don't belong, and similar things: - Realizing there is a difference between fiancé and fiancée and then proceeding to mix them up anyway. - Attempting to use computer terms and failing horribly (tower != hard drive != CPU; desktop ...
by scgtrp
Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)
Replies: 1950
Views: 242926

Re: Random bitstream! (000zerozero000000zero)

42.

Nah, really: 1.
by scgtrp
Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7747
Views: 783399

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Nope, and just blinded myself by turning my mouse over because I forgot what kind it was.

A kitten?
by scgtrp
Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16753

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

Actually student governments are pretty messed up just as the two-party system is in real life. It really doesn't matter what problems the elected people solve. They primarily serve as higher-up servants for adults at school, occasionally "promote" school spirit by making posters and goin...

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