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Re: Thin Client

On Tue 04 Apr 2017 at 18:05:49 +0100, Darac Marjal wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 03, 2017 at 07:25:11PM +0100, Brian wrote:
> >On Mon 03 Apr 2017 at 17:53:32 +0000, Curt wrote:
> >
> >>On 2017-04-03, Brian <ad44@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >>> On Mon 03 Apr 2017 at 20:49:33 +1200, cbannister@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 06:25:51PM +0100, Brian wrote:
> >>>> > Although a Raspberry Pi is not particularly expensive, the 15 GBP
> >>>> > I paid for a brand new thin client was an attraction. It acts as
> >>>> > a print server. Do you want a list of printer manufacturers who do
> >>>> > not support Linux on the ARM architecture?
> >>>>
> >>>> Yes please. Thanks!
> >>>
> >>> Brother, Canon and Samsung will do for a start.
> >>
> >>A nice case in point for the Oxford comma, bro.
> >
> >You would really, really have to explain that in more detail. The
> >denizens of Barnsley and Scunthorpe await your response.
> The Oxford comma is a comma placed immedatiately before the conjunction
> in a list of three or more items. It is often used to resolve the
> ambiguity as to whether the last two items are paired or whether they
> are separate members of the list.

Thank you very much for your explanation. There is no ambiguity in the
context of the question and for a clued-in reader.

Curt's remark was clever. Would there have been any response to

 Brother; Brother, Canon and Samsung will do for a start. ?

Not that I would have written that.

> So, in one reading "Brother, Canon and Samsung will do for a start" can
> be read as an exhortation to ones brother, telling him about two printer
> manufacturers. This ambiguity can be resolved by using the Oxford Comma
> thusly "Brother, Canon, and Samsung will do for a start". In this
> manner, it is clear that there are three members in the list.

Commas before the conjunction "and"? Not here. Rewrite the sentence should
there be any ambiguity.

  Samsung, Canon and Brother printer software will do for a start.

I am relieved the list of three printer manufacturers who do not have ARM
architecture support has not been challenged.

P.S. Isn't there a (should this be "an"?) Harvard comma too?

P.P.S. Could we do "trades unions" versus "trade union"? It's long