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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Torvaun » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:30 am UTC

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby 22/7 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:31 am UTC

In Texas, it's both.
Totally not a hypothetical...

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

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Misconception: Because you can hack (write computer programs) you can hack into any computer in the world.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby EvanED » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:17 am UTC

Will wrote:It's also startling how many self-described "atheists" are agnostic. Atheism means you specifically believe in the non-existence of any higher power whatsoever. Agnosticism means you just don't have a clue whether or not there's a God, and (speaking as an agnostic) you just don't particularly care.

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Ooooo, oooo, I have one... that if you put a 747 on a treadmill, .... ;-)

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Belial wrote:Which is neat for prescriptive grammar and punctuation, I suppose, but it's not how it's been used for roughly...ever.

And Ebonics is a legitimate language...

Actually, here's a misconception: Ebonics isn't an interesting dialect of English that presents some academically interesting aspects.

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby masher » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:32 am UTC

Misconception: MM/DD/YYYY is a good way of writing the date.

wtf is with putting the month first?
It's like writing 245 if you mean four hundred and twenty five.

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby EvanED » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:17 pm UTC

From the "Python" discussion thread in the individual comics forum:
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Misconception: "viola" is how you spell "voila", and not a small cello. ;-)

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Dream » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:20 pm UTC

CaraInFrames wrote:I'm just sad that the US got an English all to itself.


I know a guy who studied Hiberno-english in college. Everything from Joyce to fucking Ross O'Carroll-Kelly. It exists, just only in the heads of a few academics, whose heads only exist encased entirely in sand. :)
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Angelene » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:22 pm UTC

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CaraInFrames wrote:I'm just sad that the US got an English all to itself.


I know a guy who studied Hiberno-english in college. Everything from Joyce to fucking Ross O'Carroll-Kelly. It exists, just only in the heads of a few academics, whose heads only exist encased entirely in sand. :)


That's a literature spectrum that boggles my mind. Oh how I hate Ross O'Carroll-Kelly.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Dream » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:25 pm UTC

CaraInFrames wrote:
Dream wrote:
CaraInFrames wrote:I'm just sad that the US got an English all to itself.


I know a guy who studied Hiberno-english in college. Everything from Joyce to fucking Ross O'Carroll-Kelly. It exists, just only in the heads of a few academics, whose heads only exist encased entirely in sand. :)


That's a literature spectrum that boggles my mind. Oh how I hate Ross O'Carroll-Kelly.

+1 with extra hating, and I've never even opened one of his books.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby SpitValve » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:33 pm UTC

Misconceptions I'd like to correct:

New Zealand is not part of Australia. They are separate countries, as far apart from each other as England and Romania, (although culturally more similar).

Also, New Zealand is not in Scandanavia, and is not a tropical country, nor is it surrounded by blocks of ice.

We do not speak Danish.

Also, Halifax is totally not hilly.

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby MFHodge » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:35 pm UTC

Belial wrote:Sigh. Fine, I really didn't want to have to dig through all of this to split it...

I tried once and fucked it up (luckily without losing anything).

Misconception: Splitting topics is easy and fun and not at all the most difficult, annoying modly thing to do!
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby 22/7 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:37 pm UTC

I'm done with it, so if you want to just leave it, it'd be fine on my part. I'm not seeing anyone else arguing this end, so I assume it'll die here.
Totally not a hypothetical...

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Belial » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:39 pm UTC

VTHodge wrote:
Belial wrote:Sigh. Fine, I really didn't want to have to dig through all of this to split it...

I tried once and fucked it up (luckily without losing anything).

Misconception: Splitting topics is easy and fun and not at all the most difficult, annoying modly thing to do!


Oh, so that's what that was. I merged it back in because it was all messed up.

Anyway, it's in linguistics now.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Robin S » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:40 pm UTC

Except posts 806-8 (currently) of this thread.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Belial » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:41 pm UTC

There are only 775 in this thread.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby 22/7 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:47 pm UTC

Where are you seeing the post count for a thread?
Totally not a hypothetical...

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bigglesworth wrote:If your economic reality is a choice, then why are you not as rich as Bill Gates?
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Robin S » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:48 pm UTC

Not entirely sure what happened there. For some reason, one page's worth of posts got added onto the post numbers.

I was referring to what are currently posts 766-768.

22/7 wrote:Where are you seeing the post count for a thread?
In the thread list or the url for the current page of the thread.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Belial » Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:50 pm UTC

Eh, a few posts pertained to both threads, I left them here.

Carry on, citizens
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby 22/7 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:50 pm UTC

Robin S wrote:
22/7 wrote:Where are you seeing the post count for a thread?
In the thread list or the url for the current page of the thread.

So if I were to adjust the thread count on the end of the url, would it start the page at a different place? Or shoot me to the closest page? Or give me an error message?
Totally not a hypothetical...

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby BlueNowhere » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:51 pm UTC

22/7 wrote:
Robin S wrote:
22/7 wrote:Where are you seeing the post count for a thread?
In the thread list or the url for the current page of the thread.

So if I were to adjust the thread count on the end of the url, would it start the page at a different place? Or shoot me to the closest page? Or give me an error message?

There is only one way to find out.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby 22/7 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:52 pm UTC

Sweet. Of course, I don't know any of the post counts, so it's not particularly helpful, but good to know, nonetheless.
Totally not a hypothetical...

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby sunkistbabe1 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:07 pm UTC

masher wrote:Misconception: MM/DD/YYYY is a good way of writing the date.

wtf is with putting the month first?
It's like writing 245 if you mean four hundred and twenty five.


Depends on your country...the standards are different from Canada to US, to UK to Australia.
Trust me, I have to code for all possibilities in the software I work on.

US is m/d/yyyy
CDN is dd/mm/yyyy
AUS is d/m/yyyy
UK is dd/mm/yyyy
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby evilbeanfiend » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:09 pm UTC

yyyy/mm/dd is clearly the best as it sorts alphabetically
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Tractor » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:14 pm UTC

evilbeanfiend wrote:yyyy/mm/dd is clearly the best as it sorts alphabetically


Which is why I use it whenever I have the chance for data/error logging.
For general use though, nothin wrong with m/d/[yy]yy
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby o0o0xmods0o0o » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:26 pm UTC

Misconception: Because I have diabetes, I can't eat sugar.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Cheese » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:35 pm UTC

Yeahh, that's a good misconception to get annoyed about. I used to be friends with a pair of diabetic twins, and they delighted in telling people this, then scoffing huge amounts of sugar-loaded jelly stuff at the semi-local chinese buffet. It was great to see the looks on the guests' faces...
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby segmentation fault » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:40 pm UTC

1)

"Guinness is such a thick, heavy beer"

shutup, youve obviously never had a porter.

2)

"Wayne Gretzky is the great one"

shutup, watch someone like Bobby Orr play and you'll be like "Wayne who?"
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby bannahammock » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:40 pm UTC

misconception
refering to the word "later"
for example
Person 1: hey im going home
Person 2: Oh, you coming back.. cuz i have plans tonight
Person 1: yeah i'll be back later...
*Person 2 waits till 3 weeks go by until person 1 calls and says."hey its later"*

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby 22/7 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:42 pm UTC

segmentation fault wrote:1)"Guinness is such a thick, heavy beer"
shutup, youve obviously never had a porter.

I've had a number of porters. I quite enjoy porters. Doesn't mean Guiness isn't a thick or a heavy beer.
Totally not a hypothetical...

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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Katastrophy » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:51 pm UTC

The split-ness keeps throwing me off because I only posted in the part that got split...

Misconception: That the English language never changes, and is a dead language like Latin. Since it's a living language, new words can be added, and grammar structures can change.

Not to restart the debate, just this really is a misconception that drives me insane.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby segmentation fault » Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:55 pm UTC

22/7 wrote:
segmentation fault wrote:1)"Guinness is such a thick, heavy beer"
shutup, youve obviously never had a porter.

I've had a number of porters. I quite enjoy porters. Doesn't mean Guiness isn't a thick or a heavy beer.


Guinness is like water for me. hell IPAs are heavier.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby sunkistbabe1 » Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:03 pm UTC

evilbeanfiend wrote:yyyy/mm/dd is clearly the best as it sorts alphabetically


It makes sorting easier, but a lot of companies must comply with government rules or other regulations, so reports we generate must be in the format their company uses, sometimes with sometimes without leading zeroes... gets fun to code for multiple countries like that.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby o0o0xmods0o0o » Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:06 pm UTC

Cheese wrote:Yeahh, that's a good misconception to get annoyed about. I used to be friends with a pair of diabetic twins, and they delighted in telling people this, then scoffing huge amounts of sugar-loaded jelly stuff at the semi-local chinese buffet. It was great to see the looks on the guests' faces...

Haha. I love when people find out I have diabetes after I drink a soda. They are like wait... what...are....you...doing?
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Yummy Tree Sap » Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:35 pm UTC

People who think that feminism is the belief that men are evil.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby bigglesworth » Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:16 pm UTC

My friend's English teacher put the quote "All men are rapists" in a test and didn't believe him that it was a myth that MacKinnon said that.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby Insignificant Deifaction » Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:26 pm UTC

Ugh, I hate bigotry on all sides.

However, here's a fun experiment...

Apply punctuation to this sentence (hint, there's more than one right way):

A woman without her man is nothing

If you can only think of one way, you're not trying hard enough.
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby MFHodge » Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:35 pm UTC

Insignificant Deification wrote:However, here's a fun experiment...

Apply punctuation to this sentence (hint, there's more than one right way):

A woman without her man is nothing

Here's my favorite, so far:
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A woman without! Her man is nothing!
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby schmiggen » Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:38 pm UTC

A woman widdout 'er man? Is nottink![/Jagermonster]

A woman: without her, man is nothing!

A woman without her man is.
Nothing.

A nothing without woman is man!
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:59 pm UTC

A woman without her, man, is nothing.

A woman without her: man is nothing

A woman without her man is nothing?
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Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Postby masher » Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:57 pm UTC

sunkistbabe1 wrote:
Depends on your country...the standards are different from Canada to US, to UK to Australia.
Trust me, I have to code for all possibilities in the software I work on.

US is m/d/yyyy
CDN is dd/mm/yyyy
AUS is d/m/yyyy
UK is dd/mm/yyyy


There a subtleties between the last three, but look(!) they're all day/month/year.


evilbeanfiend wrote:yyyy/mm/dd is clearly the best as it sorts alphabetically


I Agree. Any file I save that needs a date (calibration files etc...) gets it's date in that format.


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