Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Oct 2009 00:37 UTC
Features, Office In the comments on our editorial about language purism and the Psystar case, it became quite clear that language is a subject almost everyone has an opinion on - not odd if you consider that language is at the very centre of what makes us "human". Since this appears to be a popular subject, let's talk about the influence computing has had on two very minor aspects of the Dutch language.
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RE[8]: Comment by kaiwai
by JacobMunoz on Tue 27th Oct 2009 17:07 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by kaiwai"
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You're quite welcome. But your grammar needs some work. What you think you've read would have been written:

Sincerely, Jerk.

...but alas, we seem to have long departed from intelligent decorum some time ago. So in the words of Barney Frank:

"Trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table... I have no interest in doing it."

Enjoy your Internet, it's a lovely gift from Amerika!

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RE[9]: Comment by kaiwai
by Coxy on Tue 27th Oct 2009 17:17 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by kaiwai"
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Yeah, enjoy your american internet, the actual technologies used to show this page were created by CERN in Europe...

That's another part of the world that your not familiar with as most americans don't have passports. You'll find it west of Georgia. That's the country not the the state ;-)

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RE[10]: Comment by kaiwai
by BluenoseJake on Tue 27th Oct 2009 20:31 in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by kaiwai"
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How come you are generalizing North Americans in such a passive aggressive manner? North America has 3 countries:


Canada and USA have English as the official languages, while French is also spoken in Quebec, and New Brunswick. A lot of the states have large Hispanic populations. The official language of Mexico is of course Spanish.

The WWW was invented at CERN, the internet itself was invented in the states, by DARPA. Email for example, was invented in the states. FTP, same deal. the WWW is not the entire internet, and you would know all this if you put down the beer and the bratwurst, and did some traveling yourself.

Perhaps the reason most Europeans have passports is because there is 30 (a very quick count on my globe, I know there are more) countries within driving distance of Germany. I have to drive for almost 20 hours to get to the US from where I live, and 5-6 days to get to Mexico.

But that's ok, keep the generalizations and stereotypes coming.

Most North Americans, as I assume most Europeans, cannot not afford to take frequent trips across the Atlantic to become as familiar with the different European cultures and countries, as you seem to be inferring that they should be.

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