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  • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Oct 13, 2011 2:59 AM Flag

    VERY on topic - about Occupy Wall Street

    This is a long article by a MIT computer science grad, and a must-read if you want to be prepared for the predicted outcome of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    A little further than halfway down the article is a section titled "Days of Rage / Kill the Rich" . . . and that section details the origin of the present 'Days of Rage'. The leading man of BOTH 'Days of Rage' movements is Bill Ayers, Obama's friend who, in the 1960s and 1970s, bombed the Pentagon and other public buildings. If you have never heard of Bill Ayers, you can read about him at Wikipedia.

    The author (writing under a pseudonym) has included several videos. If you don't read a word of this article, just watching its first video will provide sufficient warning.

    http://www.asianweek.com/2011/10/10/occupy-wall-street-fatwa-threatens-terror-against-ivy-league-tech-workers/

    http://www.
    asianweek.com/2011/10/10/
    occupy-wall-street-fatwa-threatens
    -terror-against-ivy-league-tech-workers/

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    • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Jan 19, 2012 1:56 PM Flag

      Guess what, PE. So I will retry this reply later.

    • >> . . .And if you'll excuse one more ramble, typographic spacing/kerning is one of the reasons the amateur forger(s) screwed up with O's faux birth certificate. . . .<<

      Even worse (or better depending on your point of view) was the letter concerning G Bush's Texas National Guard service that was proved a forgery because it contained kerning but had to have been typed on a non kerning typewriter since its purported date was before such typewriters existed. That got Dan Rather kicked out of the news business.

      >>Remember that typographic clues like that are also what gave away Dan Rather's infamous forgery?<<

      Whoops I see you were ahead of me.

      >>[where's the 'replace' function] Not in any browser that I'm aware of. . . .<<

      Ah, so for me it might as well be on Mars since I'm not about to crank up a word processor to make editing changes . . . too much like work.

      >>I just remembered this example. If I had tried to do the spaces in ¥'s compose box, I'd still be working on it today. 8-o<<

      Yikes, that's what I'm talking about.

    • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Jan 18, 2012 3:04 PM Flag

      >>Yes good stuff.<<

      Isn't it something, that that one tiny invisible character can accomplish so much? I've even snuck it in between sentences on occasion. Remember, in typewriter days, typing a double space between sentences? Those double spaces became single spaces in electronic writing. And one of the 'features' of the typeface ¥ uses is that its letters are close together to save bandwidth. And depending on a sentence's last letter and the following sentence's first letter, and sometimes depending on the wording of the two sentences, they can be misconstrued as a single sentence, resulting in their meaning likewise misconstrued. If I think that might happen, I type a double space, with the first space the nonbreaking one. (If the second space is nonbreaking, it can end up on the next line, making the text look like it's indented.)

      An example of possible confusion:

      Yes, the sot will. In the willows where he swills is his still.

      Those lowercase l's and the uppercase 'I' with only one space between can trip up a rapid reader. You can also appreciate why the Brits always insert a space before an exclamation mark . . . Mr. Bill!

      In contrast, see how there's not much chance for confusion when the next sentence begins with an 'A' or 'W'?

      Hop in the boat. Which end? Aft.

      You can see that the angle of the 'W' and of the 'A' creates extra space.

      And if you'll excuse one more ramble, typographic spacing/kerning is one of the reasons the amateur forger(s) screwed up with O's faux birth certificate. They used a font that imitates typewriter letters BUT retains the kerning feature of electronic fonts so that, for example, a lowercase 'o' is tucked UNDER the crossbar of an uppercase 'T'. Remember that on a real typewriter the 'o' is next to the 'T', not tucked under it? Remember that typographic clues like that are also what gave away Dan Rather's infamous forgery?

      >>Where is the 'replace' function?<<

      Not in any browser that I'm aware of. It's in the (usually) Edit menu of your word processor or text editor. I type my replies in Word because it's faster for me; it lets me navigate a paragraph via the keyboard and use other keyboard shortcuts. You'd have to take a nap waiting for a reply if I inserted spaces into tabular material in ¥'s compose box.

      I just remembered this example. If I had tried to do the spaces in ¥'s compose box, I'd still be working on it today. 8-o

      http://messages.finance.yahoo.com/Stocks_%28A_to_Z%29/Stocks_A/threadview?m=tm&bn=700&tid=235097&mid=235097

      http://
      messages.finance.yahoo.com/
      Stocks_%28A_to_Z%29/Stocks_A/threadview
      ?m=tm&bn=700&tid=235097&mid=235097

    • >>Change those tabs to alternating regular and nonbreaking spaces and voilà! Readable! . . .<<

      Yes good stuff.

      >> . . . but if you use the 'Replace' (aka 'Change') function, paste a tab into the 'Find' box, paste your alternating spaces into the 'Replace With' box, then select all the lines and click 'Replace All' . . .<<

      Where is the 'replace' function?

    • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Jan 18, 2012 11:50 AM Flag

      >>I found that out when messing with your first 'hands' example. Spaces didn't work so I tried tabs . . . didn't work either.<<

      Now you can guess the reason for columnar material abutting when someone tries to, say, copy data from a tabulated page. It looks like this. Can you read it easily?

      AIG 24.99 19.18 54.45
      BAC 6.69 4.92 14.95
      C 28.62 21.40 49.60
      GS 102.92 84.27 171.49
      MS 17.16 11.58 31.04

      Change those tabs to alternating regular and nonbreaking spaces and voilà! Readable! This is the 'edited' version (but without inserting additional spaces to adjust for stock symbols and numbers of varying lengths):

      AIG       24.99       19.18       54.45
      BAC       6.69       4.92       14.95
      C       28.62       21.40       49.60
      GS       102.92       84.27       171.49
      MS       17.16       11.58       31.04

      It would be a pain to manually insert the spaces into a block of numbers that extensive, but if you use the 'Replace' (aka 'Change') function, paste a tab into the 'Find' box, paste your alternating spaces into the 'Replace With' box, then select all the lines and click 'Replace All', you'll have your readable columns with virtually no more time than it takes to do the copy-and-paste.

    • >> . . . As for its uses, if you're trying to emulate a tab, which in Yahoo always converts to a single space, you could replace the tab with two or more nonbreaking spaces. . . .<<

      I found that out when messing with your first 'hands' example. Spaces didn't work so I tried tabs . . . didn't work either.

    • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Jan 17, 2012 10:24 AM Flag

      >>>> . . . Option Spacebar produces a NONbreaking space. For example: . . .

      W    i    d    e       o    p    e    n      spaces<<

                   Good to know.           Thanks.<<

      By George I think he's got it! :-)

      You are welcome. As for its uses, if you're trying to emulate a tab, which in Yahoo always converts to a single space, you could replace the tab with two or more nonbreaking spaces. And you can keep A.D. 347 together, which is incomparably useful on a stock board. :-)

    • >> . . . Option Spacebar produces a NONbreaking space. For example: . . .

      W    i    d    e       o    p    e    n      spaces<<

                   Good to know.           Thanks.

    • pantone101naturalblondie pantone101naturalblondie Jan 16, 2012 7:57 AM Flag

      Well, let me see if the NO-stock part of my reply will post!!!

      >>No. I just copied the whole thing into clipboard then into the compose box where it looked just fine. Then on the message preview the hands collapsed to the left. I thought maybe it was just the preview. I tried putting some spaces in manually but got the same thing.<<

      That collapse was because either ¥ or Safari converted my nonbreaking spaces to standard spaces. And the remedy is a piece of cake. Remember that Option Y produces the yen symbol? Well, Option Spacebar produces a NONbreaking space. For example:

      W   i   d   e       o   p   e   n       spaces

      If, instead of copying or manually typing spaces with the spacebar, you press OPTION spacebar for the CONSECUTIVE spaces you need, neither ¥ nor Safari will sabotage those nonbreaking spaces.

      One caveat: If you want a whole bunch of nonbreaking spaces in a single line, be sure to insert a regular space here and there because ¥ always inserts a space after about 50 consecutive alphanumeric characters (like in email). Sometimes I just alternate the nonbreaking with the breaking spaces; sometimes I do several before typing a standard (breaking) space. There is no set rule.

      Give it a try now and think about its potential!

    • >> . . . Android seems to have become Google's circulatory system.<<

      Search and advertising are still their money makers but Android is their ticket to the future.

      >>Somewhere I read that Motorola's legal expenses . . . I just found more. The ghost of Steve Jobs . . .<<

      iPhone beating down RAZR. Google has their work cut out for them.

      >> . . . Your Safari, or Yahoo, converts nonbreakng spaces to regular spaces, which is why the hands above and below that line of type ended up at the far left. Do you know how to do a nonbreaking space? . . .<<

      No. I just copied the whole thing into clipboard then into the compose box where it looked just fine. Then on the message preview the hands collapsed to the left. I thought maybe it was just the preview. I tried putting some spaces in manually but got the same thing.

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