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Defective Orthographies and the Web

June 2, 2009

A defective orthography is a writing system that doesn’t have a one-to-one correspondence between the letters and the phonemes in the language, such as the use of the letters ‘t’ and ‘h’ to make the th sound in English. Many languages exhibit this property. The languages of the web, CSS and HTML in particular, suffer from...
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On =, +, – and many Z’s.

May 29, 2009
On =, +, – and many Z’s.

Robert Recorde is as famous for being a Welshman who actually invented something useful, as he is for his invention. His greatest gift appears to have been the equals sign: …to avoid the tedious repetition of these words: “is equal to”, I will set (as I do often in work use) a pair of...
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Twitter, Prediction Markets and Profits

May 26, 2009

According to Wikipedia, Prediction Markets are “speculative markets created for the purpose of making predictions. Assets are created whose final cash value is tied to a particular event (e.g. will the next US president be a Republican) or parameter (e.g. total sales next quarter). The current market prices can then be interpreted as predictions of...
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