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Archive for December 4th, 2020

gpg creation and sign Gino’s Key ($1785651) · Snippets · GitLab

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/04

Boy it was a long time ago that I did anything with gpg. Here is how to generate and sign keys.

[WayBack] gpg creation and sign Gino’s Key ($1785651) · Snippets · GitLab

And here to check your email confguration:

[WayBack] Home – dmarcian Founded in 2012 by the primary author of the DMARC specification, dmarcian is dedicated to upgrading the entire world’s email by making DMARC accessible to all. dmarcian brings together thousands of senders, vendors, and operators in a common effort to build DMARC into the email ecosystem.

–jeroen

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Why is “finite” in “infinite” pronounced differently than plain “finite”?

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/04

December thoughts: [WayBackWhy is “finite” in “infinite” pronounced differently than plain “finite”?… – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+

Q

Why is “finite” in “infinite” pronounced differently than plain “finite”?
As a partially word-blind person, those differences make natural languages very hard for me to grasp.
Especially because Dutch “eindig” is pronounced the same in “oneindig” (and German “endlich” the same in “unendlich“)

A

  • Randy Tapson's profile photo
    My guess is that it’s easier to say. They were probably pronounced the same 500 years ago but over time it became easier (lazier) to say 3 short vowels (because they are all the same sound) versus 1 short and 2 long. I’d be very interested in hearing what the old English pronunciation sounded like.
  • Wolfgang Rupprecht's profile photo
    Steven Pinker has a great talk on irregular verbs. In a nutshell certain words when put into a typical sentence are too much of a tongue twister. If the word or phrase is used enough people develop shortcuts to make them easier to say. The interesting aspect that he identified is that if some word falls out of common usage the pronunciation becomes regular again. People forget that they can say it the easier way. His talk is about irregular verbs, but the concept is much more general than that.
  • Kim Nilsson's profile photo

    Two great explanations, which both boil down to the truth and fact that people are lazy and languages adapt over time.

    English spelling is from the 15th century, but pronunciation has changed.

    Norwegian has tried to update their spelling to be closer to the actual use, and also removed duplicate “spelling” of the same sounds.

    Some languages are sponges, and fill up with words from other languages, and either keep the sounds or change them a little, even if they don’t conform to their own language. Others, like Icelandic, create brand new words for everything.

–jeroen

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Wegstatus.nl – Home

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/04

This is so cool: a site showing live road status obtained through public APIs of roads in The Netherlands and Belgium covering closures, incidents (via P2000), open bridges, etc, communicating everything to Waze:

Wegstatus, een overzicht van actuele afsluitingen en incidenten in het verkeer.

[Archive.isWegstatus.nl – Home

Soo much information:

You can view new road closures through [Archive.is] Wegstatus.nl (@wegstatus) on Twitter

–jeroen

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