Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wikileaks and "Opened Source"

Well here is your daily dose of ironic humor.  Onion quality satire by Java programmers for Java programmers.  Personally, I never liked "static" either ;)

Stevey's Blog Rants: Wikileaks To Leak 5000 Open Source Java Projects With All That Private/Final Bullshit Removed
EYJAFJÖLL, ICELAND — Java programmers around the globe are in a panic today over a Wikileaks press release issued at 8:15am GMT. Wikileaks announced that they will re-release the source code for thousands of Open Source Java projects, making all access modifiers 'public' and all classes and members non-'final'.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Passive Voice has been Studied

A large chunk of English speakers use a grammar that does not include passive sentences.  

Many English speakers cannot understand basic grammar
"If a significant proportion of the population does not understand passive sentences, then notices and other forms of written information may have to be rewritten and literacy strategies changed.

"What's more, the existence of substantial individual differences in native language attainment is highly problematic for one of the most widely accepted arguments for an innate universal grammar: the assumed 'fact' that all native speakers of a language converge on essentially the same grammar. Our research shows that they don't."