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Comment "Smart" means "treacherous" (Score 3, Informative) 211

Any nerd should know that if it's not under BSD, GPL, or another free license, and unless you can see the source code for everything, it's probably phoning home constantly. This is what Stallman and EFF warned us about with Treacherous Computing, and anyone who uses a so-called "smart" anything is a willing enabler. Dump these parasites now.

Comment Down the rabbit-hole (Score 1) 217

Having killed the rest of the electronics industry (can't find a single retailer in all of Greater Chicagoland that sells tabletop HD radios, having been told repeatedly, by high-end stereo places even, that "nobody listens to radio anymore") the so-called "smart" so-called "telephones" are now eating themselves into singularity. Everyone else even at the Linux meetings has one of those spy-machines that exclusively runs closed proprietary software. What the heck happened to reality? Is there anyone else left, immune to this brain-eating cancer?

Comment Were you not informated? (Score 1) 321

A story earlier today mentioned "facial recognitiation" -- probably because some folks are insisting "orientated" is acceptable instead of "oriented." Now we have "a software" and "a firmware" and "several informations" ... and presumably you can food yourself (if "gift" is a verb, when it should be "give") while driving on "the Interstate Highway 10 limited access highway" (instead of simply saying you were on I-10). Sigh.

Comment The Route 605 what? (Score 1) 385

< rant natured="good" > Apparently (I've asked a few folks) "the 605" is short for "the 605 *Freeway*" Yet if you say "the Main Street Bridge" you mean, the bridge on Main Street. If you say "the Main Street six-lane street" you mean "the part of Main Street that is a six-lane street." So I hear "the 605 Freeway" as "the part of Interstate 605 which is a limited-access highway ('freeway'), but because Interstates by definition are entirely limited-access, that's all of it, so what are you talking about?" You wouldn't say "Get your kicks on 'the' 66" would you? Why not just say you are on 605 North? No redundant "the" required. </rant>

I once drove to San Diego and wound up spending an hour extra in traffic, gone too far because I was told to exit at "the 125" so obviously I was looking for Interstate 125. However, they meant California 125. I never expected a regular road to be called "the Number" so I was looking for the red-and-blue Interstate shield. Thus:

Serious question: Would you, or would you not, actually call U.S. Route 66 (on one of its "Main Street" style sections) "the 66" or do you really only call limited-access highways "the" --?

Comment Re: Archival grade (Score 3, Interesting) 385

the pedants who keep making this argument are actually trying to get everyone to behave as if English was a dead language in some misguided notion that they're protecting it.

Contrariwise, we are trying to actively change English to be better. I will protest the use of "orientate" (should be "orient" just as "inform" not "informate" is correct) and the awkward and irritating Los Angeles-style "I was on the 10" instead of the better "I was on I-10" (or Route 10, or Highway 10, or Interstate 10) for the same reason: if English is a living language, we can improve it just as much as we can dumb it down.

Comment We have always been at war with Oceania (Score 1) 348

I have been reliably informed that any Citizen who does not cheerfully pay for their personal spy-on-me telescreen, and cheerfully app apps like Uber, anyone who prefers to hail taxis via telephone-call or in person, or who uses only free software on open hardware, is a luddite who is holding back progress, so yes you would be a terrorist. You must welcome your big-corporation overlords.

Comment Our change is better than your change (Score 3, Insightful) 198

Naturally languages change over time. Some of us want English to be a better language, with sensible and consistent usage, with precision and grace; and we are working toward that goal. If you wish to campaign for sloppy language, you are welcome to that as well, but it is illogical to campaign for your changes while saying we have no right to seek ours.

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