Others view digital piracy as a way for new readers to discover writers. Cory Doctorow, a novelist whose young adult novel “Little Brother” spent seven weeks on the New York Times children’s chapter books best-seller list last year, offers free electronic versions of his books on the same day they are published in hardcover. He believes free versions, even unauthorized ones, entice new readers.
“I really feel like my problem isn’t piracy,” Mr. Doctorow said. “It’s obscurity.”
The same thing can be said by software developers. I’m more worried about legitimate users not knowing about my (as yet theoretical) software than about people pirating it.
[D]id I mention the word is terrible? It doesn’t combine to bring to mind any other connotations or conjure up a new twist on a familiar theme. Creating new words is a delicate art. Creating them by combining other words is no easier. I’d say leave it to the professionals, but obviously even copywriters have their bad days.
I see this same damned billboard every day when I’m driving down University in Fort Worth to go to Starbucks, but at 7:XX in the morning, I always forget to write about it.
While the dictionary definition indicates the word bizarre could describe a tea one hasn’t ever tasted before, I don’t think any person for whom English is a native tongue would say that the sprachgefuhl for bizarre warrants its use in such a context.
I consider myself a bit of a linguistic snob, and the main field where I have encountered people with similar standards for linguistics, grammar, and style is journalism. I’m reminded of Gus from The Wire's meticulous editing of columns and one instance where he calls Alma to his desk to remind her that she does not want to say that folks were evacuated from a building. I know very few people that have as firm a grasp on the English language, and none of those few people work in marketing.
Route globbing is a way to specify that a particular parameter should be matched to all the remaining parts of a route. For example
map.connect 'photo/*other', :controller => 'photos', :action => 'unknown',
This route would match photo/12 or /photo/long/path/to/12 equally well, creating an array of path segments as the value of params[:other].
I’m blogging this partly for my own remembering and partly for @AndyParkinson. Andy mentioned (here + here) wanting to have a books controller that would allow the user to specify the tags to search for as parameters. Here’s how to do that.
Of course, you could also have the last parameter be special and use the Array.pop to fetch it and do something special with it such as if it were an id or even a special instruction like the number of items to return.
So, there you have it. Now, when I go Googling this in the future, I’ll know exactly where to find it. :) Hopefully it helps someone else, too.
We hear a lot about “biblical marriage” these days. Some of us might not be clear on what that means. The website Religious Tolerance has provided a helpful article on the types of marriage found in the pages of the bible.
I could not agree more! This is a great page to refer your Bible-thumping, quasi-Christian interlocutors to when trying (sometimes in vain) to convince them that biblical (or any kind of religious) definition of marriage outside of that religion is absolutely untenable.
AT&T does not enable WEP (Wired Equivalency Protection) or WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) on any of the wireless equipment used in its public Wi-Fi networks. Therefore, no special keys are required to use AT&T Wi-Fi public high speed Internet access. The AT&T Wi-Fi system supports secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) access. If you have VPN, AT&T recommends that you connect through the VPN for optimum security. AT&T also encourages its users to observe standard security practices, such as ensuring that computer hard drives are not shared and that laptops have firewall protection. As a member of the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA), AT&T supports ongoing security efforts for wireless public networks. If you do not typically use a VPN, the unsecured nature of any public hotspot technology does enable technically astute people to capture data packets from your wireless device to/from the Internet.
This is absolutely true. So, why the hell does AT&T advertise its Wi-Fi connection as secure in its literature distributed at hotspots?