* Posts by Michael Nelson

9 posts • joined 31 Mar 2008

Uber coughs up $20m after 'lying about how much its drivers make'

Michael Nelson

Re: "anyone" is singular

According to traditional grammar: "his". Similarly, it is generally accepted that the word "mankind" does not just refer to males. A related example is the French word for "they" -- "ils" for men, "elles" for women, or "ils" for a mixed group.

To avoid being "gender-specific", I would say "his or her". To me, that sounds less clumsy than "their", because the grammar is not broken. Some people would choose to say "her". That's also fine, as far as I am concerned.

Many people would say "they" in this context. I don't go around correcting them, and I am sure that it is passing into normal usage. I just find it sounds a little bit wrong.

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Michael Nelson

Re: This vehicle brakes for blondes

"And what's the deal with the [sic] in the last sentence of the article?"

The Latin word 'sic' -- 'thus' (short for 'sic erat scriptum/dictum'), and is there to indicate that the error was in the original source which was quoted.

"[...]for anyone looking to earn money on their [sic] own schedule."

If you want to know what the error was -- "anyone" is singular, "their" is plural.

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Strong ARM: The Acorn Archimedes is 25

Michael Nelson

We had an A5000 in our music department at school with a MIDI interface. It ran Sibelius, which was awesome. My Dad's A5000 has a MIDI interface too. Thinking about it, I should fire that up again and find a use for it!

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

Michael Nelson
Facepalm

Re: I sort of thought

"I sort of thought ... that the phrase "windows PC" in the title sort of gave the game away!"

Erm... It isn't in the title!

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PS3 controller makes move on Android games

Michael Nelson

Yes and no

Depends on the device -- remember, there are MANY Android phones/tablets/thingies...

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This looks promising -- problem for me is that it needs a rooted phone. That's not a trivial process on my HTC Legend as far as I can tell, and I'm too busy/lazy to do it at the moment... Has anyone else tried this with a Legend?

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Mio Navman V575 TV satnav and Freeview tuner

Michael Nelson

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dower

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FCC rescues American football fans

Michael Nelson

Protective equipment in Rugby?

'Cup'? Cricket players wear a 'box'. Rugby players don't, unless things have changed in the last few years.

As far as I remember, the only real piece of protective equipment worn by all rugby players is a gum shield, which is VERY important. Forwards sometimes wear head protectors, which are more to stop ears being ripped off then bitten. Vaseline smeared over the ears is also useful.

Hookers sometimes wear shin pads -- which is a good idea when the opposition decides to play dirty when the referee can't see. Also, nowadays rugby shirts are sometimes a little padded, although only to protect the shoulders and collar bone.

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Creative threatens developer over home-brewed Vista drivers

Michael Nelson
Linux

I've never bought a Creative card...

I don't think they were ever particularly great, were they?

I have bought a couple of old cards from RME in the last couple of years - a DIGI9636 and a DIGI96/8 PAD. Both are fabulously well-engineered, and have genuinely good GPL ALSA drivers. As far as I'm aware, the Windows drivers are as good as you might expect too.

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