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5:00 PM
Isn't data either high-frequency or not? How can it be like high-frequency data without being high-frequency data?
That's what I meant by "I would reword", but brian did explain that it's just an example.))
hah, I wonder as well. bad example.
but if i had to say,
high-frequency financial data has a lot of bizarre properties distinguishing it other than it's high-frequency-ness
You could just say "its high frequency", without a dash at all :)
yeah, I'm going to learn to be a little more clever in avoiding the -like
My main point is that rewording is probably the best approach in these constructions.
But sometimes it is unavoidable... and in that case, the question above is probably the best approach.
5:03 PM
I will leave you alone, guys. Gotta go, TTYL.
There is no single, agreed-upon solution.
Even in my field, linguistics, we struggle with that
We have the concept of things being in situ
And then WH-in-situ
And we can never decide about the hyphenation for this concept.
has to be especially infuriating since you guys are in linguistics
(random) if you're looking for a great linguistics comedian: Myq Kaplan
guy does lots of wordplay and it's hilarious
I would say, more than anything, it's telling — since we are hyper-aware of language. But today's modern, more scientific linguist doesn't get infuriated at these ambiguities.
That's for those old stuffy early-1900s linguists to get mad about :)
I will look up this Myq Kaplan guy, thanks.
5:10 PM
i'm out. thanks for the conversation.
Sure, cheers
1 hour later…
6:11 PM
Q: Best link to forward to juniors re: correct use of apostrophes, possessives and contractions

Tom AugerI'm tired of my junior employees abusing, misusing and otherwise being cavalier about possessives and the use of apostrophes. I could wag my finger at them, point them to some Guide of Style or to any of a myriad of pedantic websites that come up in a simple Google Search. What I'm looking for s...

On topic? Off topic?
6:35 PM
@Robusto No idea. Is that "peeving disguised as a question" yet?
Feels kind that way.
I'll see what others say. In the mean time, I can't resist posting a link to Bob the Angry Flower.
As a comment, mind you.
Remarkable restraint. Proud of you.
No seriously, if there were like two close votes, I'd just ignore the question altogether.
What I most certainly don't appreciate is being called a "fellow pedant".
Unless, of course, it would be coming from you. You've called me worse things already.
Well, I would never call you a "fellow pedant" ... that would imply I'm one too.
Plus let's not say things we can't take back.
6:39 PM
Well, I've called you worse things, too. You ladder.
Oh yeah ...
I'm a go all Rufus T. Firefly on your ass for that one.
Take my love, take my land, take me where I cannot stand?
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I must admit I don't remember seeing that one.
It's been way too long since I've seen that. A Night at the Opera is my current favorite Marx Brothers movie.
6:43 PM
You should, it's a classic.
Is this on topic?
Q: How to cite a Standard (e.g. ISO)?

John AssymptothI want to cite ISO 9001:2000. How would I fill this reference? . Institution: International Organization for Standardization Year: 2000 Title: Quality management systems - Requirements Section Title: Place Published: Publisher: Rule Number: Session Number: Section Number: Paper Number: Date: D...

So what exactly do you mean by "going Rufus T Firefly" on him?
@Rhodri I don't think so. It's more for writers.stackexchange.com, I think.
6:47 PM
I can't stop after a dozen or so lines.
Have to force myself.
Basically, the joke is that Groucho Marx is agreeing to forget his differences with Ambassador Trentino, but wonders what it was the ambassador called him that got him so riled in the first place. He goes through the whole list, and when he hears the one that ticked him off, he gets mad all over again and the peace plans are abandoned.
@Robusto That's worse than the start of 'Opera'.
@Michael: that's more or less what I thought. It looks awfully publication specific to me.
It's just been deleted anyway.
Anyhow guys, I'm out.
6 hours ago, by RegDwight
I am a bit worried how to stay awake until 3 o'clock this night, to participate in the THC.
6:55 PM
You need to write a chatbot, of course.
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8:01 PM
I may be wrong, but if I offer a bounty for a question, don't I get my reputation reduced by the bounty I offered?
How can a user with a reputation of 245 offer a bounty of 250?
He already offered it.
Yes, but he doesn't have 250 points.
The bounty has not yet assigned.
Any more. ;)
You lose the bounty when you offer it.
That makes the difference. :-)
@MichaelMyers: Thank you.
It was changed about a year ago, I think. Maybe last summer.
8:08 PM
I thought it was different, before. At least I didn't dream it. :-)
I am not updated with the last changes. Fortunately, I have read about the flag weight, and I am not wondering why they think my weight is 150. :-)
I wish my weight was 150...
Me too, but maybe for a different reason.
8:24 PM
All of the starred chats say they were posted "NaNd ago". What unit of time is a NaNd?
Q: NaNd ago in chat stars list?

MosheI've been seeing this strange behavior on the starred list in the Tavern. It could be because, well, it's The Tavern, but... Confirmed in Safari 5 for Mac OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard. Tested both with and without userscripts enabled. The problem seems to go away when the page is refreshed or ...

NaN days, I suppose.
where NaN is computerese for Not a Number, for any non-programmers in the room
Ayup, refresh fixes it. Funny thing is, I remember the times working fine before, without needing refresh.
It works sometimes.

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