[conspire] Word of the Year

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Nov 14 09:36:04 PST 2012

Quoting Nick Moffitt (nick at zork.net):

> This, of course, gets my back up.  Parroting other people's
> advertising slogans doesn't make you witty: it makes you a walking
> billboard that isn't even getting paid for the effort.  So well done,
> original developers at CompuServe in Columbus, OH: you not only missed
> the "patent pending" nature of LZW compression, but you also couldn't
> resist telling people about some peanut butter commercial you saw!

The rare valid point.

Quibble:  Sperry Corporation's LZW patent was actually issued and in
force starting 1985, not just pending.  (CompuServe introduced GIF in 1987.)

> I pronounce "gif" with a hard 'g' because I am a Hard G.

I'm mostly with the aforementioned people who'd rather say 'PNG'.

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