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Re: Two words (and an ellipsis)
Anonymous John, the Sale of Goods Act 1979 is a more likely source for that. (Sellers have greater responsibilities in the UK than in the US, and it looks as though they’re compensated for that by equating £ with $.)
Europe is facing a shortage of ICT workers
Brid-Aine, if it’s anything like most of North America, Europe is facing a shortage of ICT workers at current salaries would be more accurate.
thosrtanner, in the States, both marriage age and drinking age can vary by state/district/territory. It is the legal right to purchase or publicly possess alcohol that begins at age 21 (excepting Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), not the legal right to drink it.
Re: Directive 1999/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
LDS, how does the first sentence in your reply to me differ from the second sentence in my reply to Pascal? I completely agree that Apple (or anyone else) should not participate in any misrepresentation. This Apple page summarizes the differences between the EU seller’s warranty, the Apple producer’s warranty, and the optional AppleCare Protection Plan.
Directive 1999/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
Pascal, directive 1999/44/EC requires the seller, not the producer, to offer the two-year warranty in the EU. Apple is responsible for the second year only if they sold the product to the consumer. According to Article 9 of the directive, it is the responsibility of the EU member states “to encourage, where appropriate, professional organisations to inform consumers of their rights”. Article 6.3 allows consumers to request a written copy of the seller’s guarantee, so that they can discover what is or isn’t covered by it.
Re: Weird dates?
Daniel, that’s most likely the count of years of the current emperor’s reign.
Anonymous Coward, should you care to look, you’ll find under-age in the OED. We have a habit here of jettisoning hyphens from compound words more rapidly than does Rightpondian English. Traditionally hyphenated compounds like log-jam and pigeon-hole are no longer hyphenated here, and my guess is that the hyphenated under-age is critically endangered here, if not already extinct.
How would you propose discovering truthful answers to your questions?
John, such young adults cannot legally purchase or publicly possess alcoholic beverages (otherwise, the state/district/territory would be ineligible for 10% of its share of Federal highway funding), but whether they can drink such beverages is still determined by state/district/territorial law; most jurisdictions allow consumption in private locations (homes, clubs requiring membership, &c.). In Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, young adults can still legally purchase and publicly possess (as well as drink) them. Note that a majority of the states also allow underage drinking of some variety — typically either in the presence of the minor’s parents, or in specific locations, such as when partaking in a religious sacrament.
everybody’s a critic
My first thought was “Pez gas-pump*”. The slithering, rough-hewn letters are what make it work; however, to me, the digits contribute nothing †. To my eye, the chin looks a bit too prominent.
* — Gas as in petrol; pump of the 1940s North American variety.
† — Note to self: reflect on banality of technological “revolutions”. Yup; it’s art.
this word, “ban” …
Anonymous Coward, the proposed rule from the EPA regarding emissions from woodstoves was published in the Federal Register here. Note that woodstoves have been regulated by the EPA since 1988 (which Somebody-in-Chief was at the helm then?); only newly manufactured woodstoves would be affected by this rule, should it take effect; and that 22% of the adjustable burn rate woodstoves (i.e. those with dampers) on the US market in December 2013 already meet the proposed emission limit for 2020 of 1.3 g of 2.5 μm particulate matter per hour — and that includes several non-catalytic models. The public comment period lasts until the 5th of May, so you still have a couple of months to perfect your give-me-woodsmoke-or-give-me-death manifesto. Give ’em hell, Nonny!
Re: (“Fair” has never been a verb.)
sisk, the differences are so numerous that none of them can be listed? Thank noun that we have you here as an authority on Shakespeare’s pidgin English.
Re: (“Fair” has never been a verb.)
sisk, I did not claim that Shakespeare introduced fair as a verb; I simply provided an example of his use of it. The OED shows its first documented source as a verb from c. 1175, and its most recent source was from 1959, each of which stands as a counterexample to Brennan’s claim that it has never been used as a verb.
You’ve piqued my curiosity. Since you’re speaking as an authority on that subject, which grammar rules did Shakespeare make up, in comparison to the grammatical rules of Elizabethan English?
(“Fair” has never been a verb.)
Brennan, I suggest that you check Shakespeare’s Sonnet 127 before making that claim.
You are correct on the mistaken homophone, though.
Re: So, Doktor Frankenspud, we meet again!
(tip o’ the hat to Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder)
cat o’ nine tails
Phil O’Sophical, I think that the proper French for that is martinet (“swift”, of the avian variety).
Michael, certainly, I’d be happy to oblige. Should one prefer to preserve the original Latin plural form for consensus in English, then it is essential to know that it is a fourth declension noun in Latin — which means that the Latin plural for consensus is consensus (albeit with a long u in the plural, so add a macron to taste).
three “major issues”
LionelB, my reading was that Russell was referring to Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, but I could certainly have misinterpreted what his major issues were.
Re: MULTIPLE SCREENS!!
Justin, different programs ran on the two monitors, and both of them were started from the DOS command line. There was nothing to “fit together” for repositioning. Your point was the IRQ hell of multiple monitors in 1990, and my point was that that hell didn’t exist even in 1985. Would you please tell me how the Macintosh 512K could support multiple monitors in 1985?
Justin, my IBM PC XT had two monitors in 1985 (one color for the IBM CGA card, one monochrome for the Hercules Graphic Card). You might be surprised at how little IRQ manipulation was required for that setup.
what did we make of World of Warcraft in 1976?
Sir Runcible, in 1976, I looked forward to watching The World of Warcraft every Saturday night on our little black and white set. It was broadcast by the local public TV station, and luckily didn’t compete with All in the Family in its time slot, or I wouldn’t have been able to see it. Hearing Sir Laurence Olivier’s mellifluous voice narrating the tragedies and triumphs of those years which my father and uncles would never discuss in front of us — it gave me a little insight into Sherman’s famous quote,
When should I set the WABAC Machine to, Mr. Peabody? War is hell.
share price comparisons
Rik and Shaun, if you’re going to compare share prices, please take stock splits into consideration. An original Apple share represents eight current shares; an original Microsoft share represents 288 current shares. The closing price of MSFT on 18th September 1987, the last business day before its first split, was $115; that would be the equivalent of $33,120 for the same share representation today.
that cases thing
Anonymous Dutch Coward, don’t you still retain that cases thing in personal pronouns (e.g. ik vs. mij) and with some genitives (e.g. Piets fiets rather than de fiets van Piet)?
Francis, revendeur (or revendeuse) de drogue seems to be preferred.
a piece that is easy to play with only one thumb
Eddy, how about John Cage’s 4′33″?
Why does everything on the Internet have to be about porn?
“Having faced down the totalitarian dangers of fascism and communism”
John Smith 19, my guess is that the “us” in that sentence refers to the US in general, and that that introductory clause refers to the half century or so of various US actions in hot and cold wars beginning with Lend-Lease in March 1941.
two missing words
Obviously!, it was love of money that Paul identified as the root of all evil.
most motivational experts
Javapapa, if your claim is factual regarding what most motivational experts will tell you, then most motivational experts are wrong. The mind can certainly process negative imperatives, e.g. “Thou shalt not kill”. (Even those people who do not heed such imperatives still had their minds process them, if only to reject them.)
« Votre app américain sale »
should probably have been Votre sale app américaine.
US Secret Service
GoGlen, the US Secret Service was part of Treasury for most of its existence, but was shunted over to Homeland Security in 2003.
Re: It’s different when it’s happening to you.
John 98, if you’re referring to Lord Acton, then what he’d noted was that “power tends to corrupt” — corruption is not inevitable. Did Acton’s six years as a MP, starting at age 25, inevitably corrupt him? (Granted, his power in Parliament was not absolute.)
Another one of Acton’s memorable quotes was “The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.” If we accept that as axiomatic, what is to be done?
the most expensive legislation ever passed by Parliament
fero, that original income tax act was repealed during the Peace of Amiens. On an inflation-adjusted basis, I’d argue that the Tonnage Act 1694 would be the most expensive legislation ever passed by Parliament — that act granted the charter for the Bank of England, and to my knowledge the debt that successive governments have taken on through the BoE has never been fully repaid.
Crazy Operations Guy, it’s not particularly likely that the president who appoints you to a position in the judiciary will still be in office when an opportunity for promotion arises — the top offices typically open up only after retirement of an officeholder at a relatively advanced age, if not upon an officeholder’s death.
See Federalist Papers #76 and #77 for Hamilton’s justification of the presidential nomination and senatorial approval for Supreme Court justices. Your preferred alternative method for nominating and approving such justices in a society of the late 18th century might be found in some of the Anti-Federalist Papers, e.g. Federal Farmer’s letter XIII.
Re: The biggest seizure of Bitcoin in US history
Anomalous Cowshed, you might have mixed up your history a bit.
The Boston Bitcoin Party was in 1773, before the First Continental Congress, so it’s properly part of UK history.
My guess is that the US Civil War episode which you’re thinking of is the 1864 raid on St. Albans (Vermont). Since that Bitcoin seizure was done by Confederate raiders, it is certainly arguable whether a wartime action of the CSA would qualify as a USA seizure. (Of course, one could mention Lincoln’s introduction of “greenbits” during the Civil War — his 19th century version of quantitative easing — as ultimately comprising a greater destruction of value, but that would be straying too far from your topic.)
Re: An unsolvable decision problem
disgruntled yank, here’s one that I’ve met:
When is the single best point of time to eat bacon?
ElNumbre, what is the standard diameter of a cardboard insert there, and what diameter are the farghin’ bastadges now trying to foist upon an unsuspecting public?
a question of scale
TheOtherMe, the simple solution would be to use a different temperature scale. For example, one could take a page from 18th century Russia and bring back the Delisle scale (°D): 40°C = 104°F = 90°D, 20°C = 68°F = 120°D, 0°C = 32°F = 150°D, &c. A negative Delisle temperature will never be too cold for comfort for sensible humans!
Dave, it probably came into awareness in English first with the “chic” pronunciation (e.g.The Sheik of Araby). The “shake” pronunciation is closer to the Arabic pronunciation, and was preferred in Zappa’s case for his Sheik Yerbouti pun.
influenced by dialect?
Efros, I’ve wondered about that dialectal aspect as well. One simple tongue twister that trips up most people here is saying “toy boat” ten times in succession, as rapidly as possible. Over here, it almost invariably morphs into “toy boyt” before the end, and I’ve wondered whether that would tend to happen with native speakers of other English dialects.
Stateside nasal payment plans
cambsukguy, the prices here depend upon where one is in the States. Most of the US has a lower population density than most of western Europe; in my case, my county’s population density is akin to that of Shetland. My monthly cost for two landlines, 3½ Mb/s downstream DSL on one of those landlines, no mobile phones, and no cable TV is roughly four times what you pay for your service, so I suppose that I’m on a dual-nostril plan.
What is the most basic article of faith?
dssf, it’s cogito, ergo sum.
“This is complete bollocks.”
“This whole discussion is bullshit.”
btrower, if this be your true view on the matter, then why contribute to the steaming entirety?
Re: Dirty minded people at the DVLA
VinceH, where will the kids go on weekdays if schools are banned?