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George Harris

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Recent posts by George Harris

"This is the worst Shish Kabob ever" Tom lambasted
12 years ago
I am not going to go into the details, but the theory now is that his death was not a suicide but rather an accidental death.
12 years ago

Brian Legg wrote:Doh.... what's the mathematical sign for 100+99+98....+1 ? I thought it was 100! but I guess that is 100 * 99 * 98, etc.



Isn't it something like :

100
Σ b
b=1
12 years ago

paul wheaton wrote: And the criminals carry a big bucket of plastic hearts, flowers and rainbows to prove to the world that they are "good people".



That is a nice line, I think I am going to start using it.


13 years ago
I would suggest you try to avoid the Cobra Kai.

Perhaps some creepy old gardener can train your son.
13 years ago

fred rosenberger wrote:

Bear Bibeault wrote:I was with you on the "up to 30%" dealy, but you lost me with the "100% of rain".



What they said what "it's 52 degrees with a 100% chance of rain". There was no "100% chance of rain TODAY" or "...in the next 4 hours". So if an ANY point in the future, some time over the next 100,000 years it rains, they are correct.

I think that's rather obvious that some day it will rain.

Even if they did mean "in the next 24 hours", is there really NO POSSIBLE way for it to not rain? A solar flare could burn off the earth's atmosphere. A meteor could destroy the world. The LHC could create a black hole that sucks the earth into nothingness. In any of those three cases, it would not rain tomorrow, and each is possible (although unlikely).

It's the aboslute I don't like



The thing that gets me about this is that 2 hours later they change the forcast to 40% chance of rain. They just said that there was no possible way it wouldn't rain, now the odds say that it won't rain. If it is at 100% there should be no way that the forecast should ever be able to change. It will rain. Period!!!
13 years ago

fred rosenberger wrote:On TV this morning, i heard an add that said something like "save up to 30%..." When I thought about this, i realized this means nothing. or rather, it means that NO MATTER WHAT, i won't save MORE than 30%, but I could save less. Heck, it might cost me MORE.




I hate the "save up to 30%... or more". What the heck does that mean? Why put in the 30% number at all if I can save both more or less than 30%.


The other phrase I hate is using the word "virtually". A synomyn for virtually is 'not', so when you read an add that says "It will virtually clean itself" read it as "It will not clean itself.
13 years ago

Bauke Scholtz wrote:Heh, if we generalize 'kids' that far, I've another two:

A half year old Rhodesian Ridgeback with name 'Roos':





I was sure that a Rhodesian Ridgeback was one of the dragons from the Harry Potter series. I guess I need to get out more.
13 years ago
I have read all of his books and he is one of my favorite authors. If you are just getting started reading him, I would suggest you go back as start at the beginning as most of his books have reccuring characters.
13 years ago
One day my 3 year old daughter was trying to Negotiate a much better deal for dinner, the number of bites required to get a dessert. I commented to my wife that she was going to grow up to be a lawyer.

My daughter looks very cross at me and asks "did you call me a liar?"

I wasn't sure how to answer that....
14 years ago
I surprised that nobody mentioned that kids won't understand the word "NO".
14 years ago
Marc,

I believe you have typed your number incorrectly. Visa cards should start with the number (4). I assume you can fix this so we can use your card.

Thanks
14 years ago
Best comedy and Best movie of all times...


Airplane!
14 years ago
I don't understand why anyone would ever want to do anything using the Engligh language. Most programmers I know hate documenting because writing in English bites. I worked for an AI company that was working with 'Natural Language' and it was the most difficult thing to use. Not only did you have to use perfect english, the type most English professors wouldn't use, it also required a very verbose description to get anything to work.

In terms of programming, I believe in the KISS principle. But English (and most natural languages) are more of the KISS MY A**.
14 years ago
In years past (at least in the U.S.) the surname of an individual was linked to the persons occupation. Names like Smith, Miller, Carpenter, Tailer, etc. became commonplace.

With that in mind I was wondering what the new surnames would become in the internet world (assuming we were starting from scratch). I can't decide if name like Mr. Web, Mr. Java, Mr. Nerd would take the place of Smith as the most common last name in the U.S.

Does anyone have any ideas what the new surnames would be?
14 years ago