[NTLK] OT - Do you speak BBC English?

From: dotline7 <dotline7_at_gmail.com>
Date: Sat Sep 01 2007 - 14:04:42 EDT

Talking about the ENGLISH language. English is not my mother tongue, I have
learned English at school, the language one can call the "BBC English".
Later, I strengthen my English at my work. Recently I stay in a very busy
"tourist town". We have tourist from all the world and everyone speaks
English. Any dialect of English: from East and West, South and North. Last
week we had a celebration, about 50 persons, all of them from a different
part of this Globe. At one of the tables 4 women were still speaking
English: one from Eastland, One from Switzerland, one from Sweden, Germany
etc... Everyone understood everyone. At some moment an other women came to
join this group and of course started to speak English. Unfortunately none
could understand her language. I pose a question: from which country she
was? ... The answer is from... England. It is a paradox of our time.
Distance between learned English and real British English is growing.

Still I don't understand why BBC uses the language "nobody" speaks (with
exception for some academics).

Paradox of our time.

John

On 9/1/07 5:58 PM, "Dale Raby" <daleraby@gmail.com> wrote:

> Well, I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure it is a copyright, not a patent.
> Apple owns the rights to any software they created, others have rights to
> software they wrote for the Newton.
> As to who has rights to the software now extant, well, that is a gray area
> in the best of circumstances. Some of it has been released as freeware.
> Some is considered by many to be "abandonware", which is a whole 'nother
> legal can of worms. Some is yet owned and controlled by the owners.
>
> Copyright law as applied to expiration and public domain is yet another
> level of confusion, but here is a link that might shed some light on the
> subject for you.
> http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm<http://www.unc.edu/%7Eunclng/public-d.
> htm>
>
> No, you are not stupid, though sending test messages out to the list might
> brand you as such in the eyes of some. ;) FYI Gmail won't display your
> message as an incoming email until somebody replies to it. They consider
> this a "feature". You can find it in the sent mail, though.
>
> Looking at your message again, I am guessing you do not speak English as a
> first language. If my idioms baffle you, please contact me off-list and I
> will explain. Sorry about that.
>
> Dale
>
> On 9/1/07, dotline7 <dotline7@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Sorry for my na´ve questions but I am simply curious:
>>
>> Please explain to me who has rights to Newton soft and hardware? When it
>> will expire, the patent?
>>
>> Is it so that after some time the content of the Newton will be public,
>> content "written" or constructed by Apple?
>>
>> John
>>
>>
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