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Comment: Re:Germany had the last laugh... (Score 1) 323

by Whiteox (#48145103) Attached to: How English Beat German As the Language of Science

No. The space before the full stop has nothing to do with typesetting. It is a writing style now out of favour. A few years ago I edited a 500 page document and had to remove all the spaces before stops. Easy enough to do - just search for " " and replace with "" a few times but a hassle none the less. The author was an 80 year old writer of esoteric dogma. She also indented the first word at the beginning of every paragraph.

Comment: Re:I am SHOCKED! (Score 1) 323

by Whiteox (#48145007) Attached to: How English Beat German As the Language of Science

Spot on! Latin was used for diplomatic and administrative purposes across Europe, Central Europe and Eastern Europe during the times of the Holy Roman Empire. Why? Because of the huge problem of communication with peoples within the empire. At least 19 different languages had to have some sort of commonality, and the RC church was the ideal way of this kind of transmission.
Don't forget that the Byzantine Empire (Eastern Rite) lasted to 1250 and used Greek and Latin. The Holy Roman Empire (in some form) lasted till 1918, with the last Emperor, Otto Hapsburg dying a few years ago.
So even though Austrian German was the operative language for hundreds of years, Latin was used as the written form and spoken still in diplomatic circles when German was not shared. The old Austro-Hungarian Empire officially stopped using Latin in 1867, although in practice it was used for another 50 years as German became the lingua franca.
However I should point out that the watershed v German and English had a profound effect of Sciences and History. Even today, the ex-Axis countries are repairing the gap. Their Universities were not recognized in the West, and the Western academia have consequently poor knowledge of Central and Eastern European sciences as it wasn't inclusive in the Western mindset.

Comment: Re:Modern Television Style - Thanks Beyond Product (Score 1) 364

by Whiteox (#47740883) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Close but no cigar. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but it went like this:

Towards 2000 (Beyond production) - a 1hr episode by Australians for Australians in the 90's
Beyond 2000 - Same though after 2000 AD - then came Mythbusters for the US market.
The 2 original shows were future science, gadget shows and had no Mythbuster content. The 43 minute show format is purely a US production.
Note: Jamie and Adam are here in Oz right now and have a stage show where they are mythbusting all by themselves.

Comment: Re:Could it be Micro$oft ... (Score 1) 112

I would be more interested in knowing the parameters and outcomes of the software.
Otherwise the code could be as simple as 1+n where n are all the prior votes counted.
Sounds too simple to be an issue so I assume it's got to be a lot more complex than that.
The electoral rolls are marked by hand in each polling place. Even if all sheets are scanned then checked later, it should be a no-brainer piece of code.

Comment: Re:Microsoft is wasting people's time (Score 1) 346

by Whiteox (#47455011) Attached to: Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

YMMV - The i7 I was referring to was an Asus about 12 months old. It was clean, dust free and otherwise worked well. I had it upstairs near my DVD collection and would rip a DVD (using Handbrake), then copy the mkv file to my home server, if the rip took less than 40 mins, then all ok, but if I happened to be around and ripped a 2nd DVD within a few minutes, then BEFORE it finished the rip, it would shut down. After looking at logs etc, I worked out it was overheating. A USB fan~table did help but I would give it 30 mins to cool off before I ripped again.
Strangely, a crappy Compaq C60 would rip without problems, but it took soo long that it wasn't worth the wait. In the end, I was ripping on a Dual core tower and the i7 laptop without too many problems.

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