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5:31 PM
@AndrewLeach You could allow hotlinking as long as you are below a certain monthly data usage.
 
@Cerberus so could you
 
Indeed.
@Robusto Dag is only Dutch. It means day, and it can be short for goedendag "good day".
When preceding an address, it can be salutory or valedictory.
When it's just dag, it can be a greeting in passing or a valediction.
 
6:04 PM
what a dag
 
Thank you.
 
You like dags?
Dags, do you like dags?
 
6:23 PM
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@Cerberus I suppose it's like "morning" in English, which can be a greeting (abbreviation of "Good morning").
One of the benefits of being a native speaker is that one has only to read the sentence carefully to understand it. No four-step procedure necessary (or if it is, it is transparent to the reader). Writings I still can't understand after reading through carefully I simply dismiss as not worth the trouble. — Robusto 1 min ago
 
@Robusto Yes. We have goedemorgen, shortened to morgen, pronounced sloppily like môgə.
 
I agree with Prof. Lawler. It's nothing more than a way for educators to cover their asses with quantifiable results. I have seen plenty of high school graduates who could read "at grade level" but for all practical purposes were functionally illiterate. YouTube comments are full of them. — Robusto 44 secs ago
 
Then students picked up the term with a special connotation: the myth goes that students who were still drinking at 7 AM said "good morning" to the workers who arrived to work on the building; then "morning" because a kind of "to good health", to be said at any time of day before having a beer.
@Robusto You don't need to be a native speaker for that sentence. You just need to be able to read English well.
I'm sure many native speakers fail that test, and the other way around.
 
@Cerberus Well, you probably read it with something like native-speaker alacrity. My point is that if a sentence is too complicated for me to parse even after I slow down and give it my full attention, it's probably not worth my time.
 
6:39 PM
@Cerberus So WTH is "Moin moin'?
 
hey @Cerb I learned something about how Ara is handling their tricky driver situation. They're relying on class drivers. That is, the hardware will need to speak a special protocol that is already known to the OS. This is what USB does, so that every mouse works with every OS. It has some good advantages but also some major drawbacks, in that if your device doesn't fit into one of the existing classes, it can't be used.
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 The price we pay for plug and play.
 
@Robusto I know what you mean. But you know what I mean.
@Mitch It's English.
 
@Robusto well, yeah... but at least on PCs, there's the possibility of installing drivers to extend what the OS can do
 
@Cerberus We know what we mean. But we know what we mean.
 
6:40 PM
not so on phones
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 OK good to know. So do you know of any examples where this is a problem with USB?
And is there no way around that?
 
@Cerberus If by English you mean Northern German.
 
@Robusto Quite so. We can be mean.
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 Yeah. Phones are gimped computers. I really hate that I can't get into things with dev tools the way I can on a desktop PC.
 
@Mitch I'm not entirely sure what you mean, if you were serious.
@Robusto Why can't you?
Just root your phone.
 
6:42 PM
@Cerberus That just gives me more work to do.
 
@Cerberus So seriously 'moin' is not English as far as I know, I've only ever heard people from northern Germany use it. I'm pretty sure it's not English at all. I don't know enough about Dutch to have any idea if maybe it's a Plattdeutsch thing.
 
@Robusto Short work.
 
@Cerberus Sure, look at touchpads. In order to be a "mouse" they translate touches into movement. But in order to be a modern touchpad they have to handle multi-touch gestures
 
@Cerberus Still more.
 
@Mitch Oh, I only know it as some semi-jocular thing in English. It is certainly not Dutch.
 
6:45 PM
That isn't part of the base protocol so you need the touchpad mfr's software, including a driver, to make it work
 
Plattdeutsch, could be.
 
MoinMoin is a wiki engine implemented in Python, initially based on the PikiPiki wiki engine. Its name is a play on the North German greeting Moin, repeated as in WikiWiki. The MoinMoin code is licensed under the GNU General Public License v2, or (at the user's option) any later version (except some 3rd party modules that are licensed under other Free Software licenses compatible with the GPL). Dozens of organizations use MoinMoin to run public wikis, including free software projects Ubuntu, Apache, Debian, FreeBSD. == Technical details == MoinMoin's storage mechanism is based on flat files and...
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 What would happen if you used the USB mouse driver thingy and built in any required lower-level thingies into the module itself?
 
@Cerberus it isn't really possible
let's say the mouse driver has a notion called "x axis", "y axis", "button n1...nN"
then when someone adds a gesture, where does it go into those concepts?
 
6:47 PM
My son just came home from Japan with a brand-new sushi knife. His middle name is engraved in the blade.
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 That's what she said.
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 I don't know: there needs to be a chip inside the touch pad that registers them and converts them into hotkeys to send to the OS?
@Robusto Is it sharp?
 
@Cerberus Does the pope shit in the woods?
 
@Cerberus You can't just use hotkeys like that.
 
@Robusto That was in invitation for you to burst out in panegyrics.
 
@Cerberus I will save my encomiums (or, for Cerb, encomia) until after I test it myself. All I have now is the picture.
 
6:50 PM
*-a
Do test it on a tomato.
Slice it thin enough to see through.
Thank you.
 
@Cerberus I have plenty of knives that will cut tomatoes that thin.
 
@Cerberus Also mice aren't keyboards, so they don't send keystrokes
 
@Cerberus "plural en·co·mi·ums also -mia "
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 I have a mouse that can be programmed to send keystrokes.
 
@Robusto well, then the mouse must also implement the keyboard driver class
 
I never liked it, though.
 
6:53 PM
which, of course, any USB device can: you could plug in a network adapter that pretends it is a keyboard
 
Yes. The point I'm making is that if you have to choose from among twelve keys with your thumb you might as well just hit the keyboard instead.
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 Still they can send other input than mere life and right clicks.
@Robusto Barbarous.
 
of course, it might be that THAT mouse just sends mouse-button-1 through mouse-button-30 to the mouse driver, and it's the driver that turns that into keystrokes
@Cerberus My point is that the class drivers are always limited
 
there is always hardware that wants to do something the software didn't think of
 
6:54 PM
My question was, can't you work around that?
 
I already answered that
you typically can't, unless you install more software
and that goes back to the basic problem that Ara faces: the difficulty in making the software work
people will want to buy new modules for old phones or old modules for new phones
 
Then install more software?
 
it's fiendishly difficult to keep all the software compatibility issues under control
 
shrugs
 
@Cerberus It's not that simple, as I've explained ad nauseum before.
 
6:56 PM
*-am
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 But people can always update software through the Play Store on old phones.
 
@Cerberus Not kernel drivers though
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 a wiki that says 'Good morning!' is not a wiki I'd be comfortable with.
 
@Mitch I'm neither condoning nor condemning it. Just pointing it out.
 
Whatever software you need can probably in some way be updated.
 
6:59 PM
If Google controls the central repository.
 
Then why can't Google release updated drivers for the Galaxy Nexus so that a proper KitKat kernel can be made for it?
 
It's not up to Google.
Module makers upload the software to Google's repository.
Google keeps a list of what module works with what software and tells you when you are trying to buy an incompatible module, etc.
 
My point is, THAT is the kind of software we are talking about. low-level driver software that manufacturers don't support once they get bored with it.
 
Then people will see that their modules aren't compatible with their phone and won't buy them.
 
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7:04 PM
@Cerberus What happens when your phone is only a year or two old, and you want to replace the camera, but all the new cameras require a newer OS than your phone supports? Then you have to replace EVERYTHING.
That's a big part of why build-your-own PC died off, except for high-end gaming. The integrated things are so much cheaper, and upgrading is a fool's game.
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 Or you buy an older camera.
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 That is indeed an issue.
But I still think accessibility is the biggest reason why most people don't replace parts: it takes some time and effort to research what is compatible, and it requires from technical skill to physically replace the part. Those two issues can easily be solved in Google's new project.
By the central repository of parts' telling you what's compatible and what's not.
And by the easy with which you can click in a new module.
That still leaves the issue you mentioned, of course.
 
It sure seems like either Ara will greatly limit what modules can do, or else they'll have major compatibility problems, unless they can fix the entire module/embedded industry's shitty approach to drivers.
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 I think you have it backward. There's always software wanting to do something that hardware didn't think of. "Why didn't you numskulls expose that?"
 
@Robusto Well, both situations are true.
 
7:33 PM
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 I'm sure an acceptable compromise can be reached.
One that is heaps better than the way we can add and replace modules on our phones now.
 
@Robusto usually the hardare is way ahead of the software. Usually its the case that years later the hardware people say "why didn't you write software to use that? It was available years ago"
 
7:50 PM
@Cerberus well, I guess that's what Google is betting on. I am extremely curious to see how it works out. It's not at all an easy problem.
Fully solving the problem involves, essentially, either convincing the entire Linux community to stabilize their interfaces to allow binary drivers (never gonna happen) OR convincing the entire hardware world to always provide open-source drivers (also never gonna happen)
 
They should split the difference and together do something that's never gonna happen
 
8:10 PM
@Mitch Maybe them hardware guys should fully document what they make.
 
That's a different story
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 How about convincing all module manufacturers who want to put their modules up in the Play Store of those things?
 
@Cerberus it amounts to the same thing
any given "module" is made up of tons of components
not to mention that they then have to commit to maintaining that driver forever.
 
I want the transporter module. It's a little buggy right now because it can transport you up to ten miles away but it it doesn't transport the phone itself. So when you get there you have to walk all the way back
 
just get two phones
I could put one phone at my house, and one at the Lego store near me, and just teleport to the pick-a-brick.
 
8:25 PM
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 Not really: they can stop maintaining their driver, but then Google will simply mark it as incompatible with a growing number of other components/software.
 
THAT would be dangerous for my wallet.
 
Living on the edge.
 
@Cerberus So in order to buy a module you'd have to consult a hardware compatibility list.
OR only buy modules from the Google-curated store.
and when they decide to delist a module, you're screwed.
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 The latter.
That is exactly what's going to happen: Google checks compatibility, and people buy almost all of their modules through the Play Store.
 
So, like, right now you can still buy Nexus 5's new in the wild, but not from Google, for some reason.
 
8:26 PM
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 Yes.
 
So when Google decides some module is no longer to be sold, poof, it's effectively gone
It seems like a huge bottleneck on the market
Google will need an army of QA people
 
But, if Google delists as few modules as they delist applications now, that means access to a lot of modules.
 
I dunno. They've delisted TONS of hardware.
 
And you can always side-buy a module if you really want to.
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 Only their own hardware.
 
@Cerberus what? no. almost every bit of hardware they've ever sold.
 
8:28 PM
There never was much hardware to be bought in the Play Store anyway: only their own Nexus devices.
 
including the Google Play Editions of various phones
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 Which is a tiny number of items.
And, I repeat, only their own hardware.
 
@Cerberus The GPE phones were not theirs
Not to mention how badly they've managed that part of the business: most of the hardware they've ever offered has been US-only
 
They were theirsy enough.
Yes, they have managed all that badly.
But there is no reason why Google should delist third-party modules, is there, if they can simply mark them as incompatible when needed?
They would be very unwise to do so.
 
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 or you could setup a delivery service, have the stuff teleported to you.
setting up business plan. technology will come later
 
8:33 PM
@Cerberus Who knows? What reason did they have for not even offering the GPE devices outside of the US? What reason did they have for not allowing pre-orders of phones: you could only buy the phone if there was stock allocated. What reason did they have for delisting the older phones even though there is clearly stock available?
Their hardware store is one of the worst things they do
So I'm not filled with confidence that THAT is what makes Ara viable.
 
If they manage the selling of modules badly, then it is managed badly. Yes. Absolutely.
If they make a bad Ara frame, then Ara will be bad.
Etc.
But it can absolutely be done well.
 
8:59 PM
Well we just had a visit from kit in the physics chat room...
...long time no see.
 
gotta run, bye
 
Later pal
 
9:22 PM
looks for thumbtack
 
9:52 PM
Thank you!
 
Jez
10:05 PM
Hey guys
what's the term for that phenomenon where you read a word over and over and over and it starts to seem weird, wrongly spelt?
 
Over-learning?
 
Jez
nah i dont think that was it
 
Over-saturated
Analysts paralysis
I just call it burnt out.
 
Jez
sensory overload
but im sure there's a better term
 
Jez
yes that seems to be it
cool
 
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Q: Is there a word or phrase for the feeling you get after looking at a word for too long?

J.T. GrimesSometimes after looking at a word for a while, I become convinced that it can't possibly be spelled correctly. Even after looking it up, sounding it out, and realizing that there's simply no other way to spell the word, it still looks wrong. Is there a shorthand way to describe this feeling ...

 
Why does no one know what a gerund is anymore?
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A: "Demolishing and rebuilding of house." -- are the -ing words gerunds?

alephzeroA gerund functions as a noun. To use the gerunds correctly you would have to say "The demolishing and rebuilding of the house." I think this is really an abbreviation of the future continuous tense of the verbs - "[The proposal is that we will be] demolishing and rebuilding [the] house". or "....

 
@tchrist Knowing what a gerund is is apparently harder than we thought.
 
Jez
hmm
"the house's being demolished and rebuilt"
 
10:36 PM
Good luck with that.
 
Jez
?
 
I don’t reckon a house makes a suitable owner. :)
 
The house is...
 
@skillpatrol That would be completely different, and no longer a gerund.
 
Jez
@cornbreadninja麵包忍者 It's called Wiktionary, isn't it?
 
10:39 PM
My calling her that night set off a cascade of effects.
That one is a gerund. It has a nice little determiner.
I thought house’s was a possessive.
 
Jez
gerund is possessive + present continuous
 
I predict sympathy upvotes for the wrong answer.
A gerund is an untensed verbal inflection.
It can head a clause with subjects, objects, and adverbs, but differs from a finite verb in that it has no tense.
 
Jez
hmm
then what is the term for the likes of "my being happy..."
 
It’s a gerund clause.
 
Jez
right
that's possessive + continuous
or something
and i thought pretty much any noun could be possessive
 
10:44 PM
@Jez they're not the same.
 
Call it an -ing inflection and be done with it.
 
Jez
"Russia's being big is its strength"
 
I don't think people say that sort of thing very often.
 
Me getting my way is what I chiefly need.
 
Jez
seems grammatically ok though
@Robusto nasty replacement of the possessive with the pronoun
 
10:51 PM
Why nasty?
 
Hardly.
 
Jez
dunno, i just prefer the possessive
my preferring the possessive is subjective
somehow it just marks off a gerund phrase better
 
We really need people creating new ideas.
People creating new ideas is what we really need.
NOT: *People’s creating new ideas is what we really need.
 
Jez
well gerund phrases usually describe what's happened
his creating new ideas was helpful
 
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Q: "There are myriad ways" or "there are a myriad of ways"?

user1917407The dictionary says both are correct. Which is better?

One more vote closes it.
 
10:54 PM
And that’s my twenty-fourth for today.
 
You are a model for us all.
 
Anonymous
11:22 PM
Hello room.
 
Anonymous
11:37 PM
Is there any word or phrase that describes a person who uses words of little to no value, only to feel gaps in speech? I don't mean an actual conjunction. But I hear people (often less articulate) who overuse words such as: "like, thing ..".
 
Anonymous
> I know like some people who like will like use the word "Like" like a hundred times in like an hour. Duhh
 
Small talk is an informal type of discourse that does not cover any functional topics of conversation or any transactions that need to be addressed. Small talk is conversation for its own sake. The phenomenon of small talk was initially studied in 1923 by Bronisław Malinowski, who coined the term "phatic communication" to describe it. The ability to conduct small talk is a social skill; hence, small talk is some type of social communication. Early publications assume networked work positions as suitable for social communication. == Purpose == In spite of seeming to have little useful purpose, small...
Read the part about "phatic communication" . . .
 
Anonymous
Sounds more like an "icebreaker" than what I have mentioned though.
 
11:52 PM
Read the whole thing.
 
@samayo Filler words?
In linguistics, a filler is a sound or word that is spoken in conversation by one participant to signal to others that he/she has paused to think but has not yet finished speaking. These are not to be confused with placeholder names, such as thingamajig, whatsamacallit, whosawhatsa and whats'isface, which refer to objects or people whose names are temporarily forgotten, irrelevant, or unknown. Different languages have different characteristic filler sounds; in English, the most common filler sounds are uh /ʌ/, er /ɜː/, and um /ʌm/. Among youths, the fillers "like", "y'know", "I mean", "so", "actually...
 
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