Hi Jim, >less mature and global version of myself was greatly perturbed when you >responded "Don't make the same failure like Jim...". I'll let others >search for it, I cringed when I found it. Suffice it to say that >"failure" carries a most negative connotation in the US, which we >probably get from the British. Now, of course, I realize the sentence >is "Don't make the same mistake...", which is still pretty direct, but >is more accepted around here. Oh yes, I had happily forgotten about that episode. Apologies for breaking the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robustness_Principle I would say that my choice of word "failure" instead of "mistake" was more accidental than intentional; I am not a native English speaker, and I still do not claim to know the connotations of different words, even after working 10+ years in a global environment, primarily using email and instant messages for communication. The global language is "broken English", you have to be happy to get the grammar and spelling halfway correct. :) I was young and had a slightly different view of the world. Now I believe to know it better, that the American way is to design everything for the "least common denominator". While you do not expect anyone to be so stupid to dry a cat in a microwave oven, you still write a disclaimer to keep the lawyers away. I guess that the reluctance to implement certain international standards, such as the Metric system, is coming from that too (American people are too used to the imperial system). It does not necessarily mean "we are the US, the world revolves around us". By the way: it has worked also the other way around. I have heard that the Soviet Union used Metric 2.5mm spacing on IC cases instead of 0.1" or 2.54mm, and that they used metric scale on aircraft altimeters while the globally established convention is feet. I would guess that this was deliberate, to oppose the "imperialistic" system. :) >Mind you, I like the direct approach, but you have to know the context >during the conversation. And, yes, I used the word "interesting" in >the manner you inferred. This kind of things happen when people from diverse cultural backgrounds communicate. You simply cannot know all the background and context. Marko Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2014-04-22 07:00:08
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