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Comment: Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (Score 4, Insightful) 351

by Muros (#46703575) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

"Either" goes with "or" and "neither" goes with "nor", though neither "or" nor "nor" need either "either" nor "neither" (respectively) in all cases, and neither do either "nor" nor "or" ever pair directly with "and" as you had them, though either "and either" or "and neither" can introduce an "or" or "nor" clause (respectively) into a larger "and" clause just fine.

I think that might be the best sentence I've ever tried to read out loud.

Comment: Re:Knowledge (Score 1) 1037

by Muros (#46692873) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion
Yes, although there can be nuanced differences. Athiesm is a lack of belief. Agnosticism is the belief that something is unknowable (not specifically referring to religion). In the case of religion, saying that it is unknowable whether or not there is a god is effectively the same as saying that there is no good reason to believe that there is one.

Comment: Re:Completely original? (Score 2) 190

by Muros (#46647967) Attached to: Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

The wikipedia article on Zebra's links to the following for a possible explanation to the origin of these stripes:

Notice anything similar?

There was a similar story a few months back, also from the BBC, about a study with slightly different conclusions than polarisation of light.It concluded that the stripes cause optical illusions when moving. Link.

Comment: Re:I'm confused (Score 1) 144

by Muros (#46370371) Attached to: How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk
God this is tedious. I was making a joke. It wasn't a very funny one, but that is all it was. I made a joke about someone describing a volume as 1.5 times a quarter of eight of something we can't all agree on. I very clearly referred to a quart as a quarter of 8 pints, to which Megane retorted "A quart is a quarter of a gallon, not a quarter of a pint." Excellent reading comprehension skills there. When I asked if there was some kind of gallon that was not made of 8 pints, given that Megane was trying very hard to contradict me while actually agreeing with me, noh8rz10 replied with a condescending reply saying that yes, there are 8 pints in a gallon, and asking if I had any other questions that need answering. Now, I know it is extremely unfashionable on this site to read the article, but it does behoove one to read the comment they are replying to, and in cases where you are making comment on other peoples comments on previous comments, to read the whole bloody thread. In this case, there were 4 sentences, apart from a list of measurement conversions, to read, and you somehow arrived at the conclusion that rather than the possibility that there are 2 people on the internet who are incapable of reading 10 words correctly, that I must have phrased my words incorrectly, and you choose this as a way of deciding instead of reading 4 sentences?

Comment: Re:Two options (Score 1) 526

by Muros (#46205423) Attached to: Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC
Option 1 should be used in some form for any hardware repair job. Remove disk, replace with disk containing freshly installed virgin OS. Beside the frustration of having to deal with idiots telling you that software that isn't specifically allowed automatically invalidates the warranty (and I have been told this by HP Proliant server support staff regarding Redhat, a flavour of linux that they readily supply support for on their website), who knows who is going to end up looking at your hard drive? I'd rather not have the hard drive of a machine I use for internet banking in the hands of someone I don't know. Plus, when they are finished with it, they WILL wipe the drive and install a fresh OS. If yo have anything you want to keep, take the drive out.

Lend money to a bad debtor and he will hate you.