[conspire] Breezy Badger /Netzero
daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us
Fri Dec 16 20:52:59 PST 2005
On Fri, 16 Dec 2005 20:09:34 -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
>> Perhaps it may be construed as a request to guess, but for it to be an
>> obligation, there would have to be some kind of if-then based on the
>> missing information.
> Huh? I'm not sure I'm following you (and I might have been guilty of
> being a little cryptic, myself). I was saying that "he didn't say" what
> kppp succeeded at doing, meaning that the reader is obliged to guess if
> he's to arrive at any conclusions on that score, e.g., "John must have
> meant that kppp successfully made the modem dial" or "John must have
> meant that kppp successfully secured remote IP transport."
If kppp successfully made the modem dial, then Conclusion A.
If kppp successfully secured remote IP transport, then Conclusion B.
If there is no meaningful difference between Conclusion A and Conclusion
B, one is hardly obligated to guess which of the two conclusions to draw.
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