Huh? The third post was right on topic. I know we're two people separated by a common language (ummm C? Pascal?? APL??? ) but I need an explanation of what the heck you're talking about.Jim JKla wrote:I think this went off topic about the third post and it's been meandering around ever since.
If you Brits are so smart, why is the system we sometimes use in the U.S. (other than for scientific endeavo(u)rs) called the "English" system (based upon the anatomy of your celebrities from Days of Yore)? Hmmmm?johnbeetem wrote:... So even when you (as in Americans, I assume you are from the US?), for once, use the metric system as the rest of the world, you have to mess it up by inventing your own standards
I have no idea how you conflated nybbles with whatever kibblebytes are supposed to be (how dogs count their ages in RAM? ), but a nybble is well-accepted to be half a byte (four bits, not to be confused with the Wild West notion of 50 cents) and each nybble is usually expressed in hex. BTW, nybble was not used to be "cute", it was used to make searches easier in large amounts of text, particularly beyond research papers as computing expanded into the hobbyist arena, and the volume of digitally-published content and documentation exploded.
As for arguing over semantics, those who are of the seriously misguided notion that everything can be encoded in syntax (XML, anyone?) have apparently learned none of the lessons of history (the Cyc AI debacle comes to mind), and are therefore doomed to repeat the mistakes. German language is infamous for its ever-expanding formal syntax to the point where Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft ("association of subordinate officials of the head office management of the Danube steamboat electrical services") is an actual single word! Then there is the story about how, when IBM created the first computer-based translator between English and Chinese and submitted Shakespeare's famous line, "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak", what came back was something to the effect of, "The wine was fine, but the steak could stand a lot of improvement."
For all of our goof-ups, you have to give us mongrels in the States credit for simplifying things more often than not (via contraction and slang) wherever possible (my posts here notwithstanding ). We draw upon some really nifty wording from all over the planet (the only country in the world that has to put up barriers to keep people out). A Nazi general was asked why they lost the World Wars and he admitted, "War is chaos, and if there's one thing Americans excel at, it's chaos."
Now you know the rest of the story, as Midwestern radio personality Paul Harvey would say - "Good ... day!"