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Where do viruses come from?

By strategic
Aug 18, 2009
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  1. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    The captain raised several matters of importance, none more than the various cat species…er.. should’t that be specieses in analogy to viruses?

    I chose the nick “bobcat” because it contains the familiar word “cat”, which doesn’t portray the wild image of lynx, but lacks no comparable abilities nevertheless.

    Moreover, it has a simple, undisputed plural, so that I don’t get challenged over my use of Latin. Now, what would the plural of “lynx” be? Lynx or lynxes? And what would the plural of “lynx lynx” then be? Or is it already a plural since there are 2 of them?

    Trying to keep up with the captain’s remarkable knowledge about cats, I looked up the etymology of “lynx”.

    Now, I find all this confusing and felt really glad I’m a simple cat. That is until I looked at the etymology of that:

    Confusing though it still is, all this makes me feel not just European, but international. :)
     
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,811   +920

    Yeah Well........

    The plural of "axis" is "axes", wrap your collective heads around that!
     
  3. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Cynic Cat’s Cutting Comments II

    Having dealt with the priority subject of cats, I return to other matters raised.

    And for us purists, the plural of “index” is “indices”.

    The most pressing problems of the planet are two: How to save half the population from starvation and the other half from obesity.


    But so as to occasionally remember the thread subject:
    I have just discovered an alternative source:

    VISTA: Viruses, Intruders, Spyware, Trojans & Adware.

    There’s also a virus-free version of VISTA specially developed for:
    VISTA: Vastly Inferior Software To Apple’s.
     
  4. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    The most pressing problems of the planet are two: How to save half the population from starvation and the other half from obesity.
    sad but true , corn syrup for victory
    and sticking with the original topic I second previous post
     
  5. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,274

    I must say...
    This thread is becoming very interesting...
    Without the help of 'those guests' if you can imagine that!:haha:
    We should do this more often.:)
     
  6. kritius

    kritius TS Guru Posts: 2,087

    From this post Twister123 is a douchebag.
     
  7. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

  8. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,273   +152

    Viruses are caused by good pc knowledge and a curious mind :)

    This thread itself is a virus. However it works on the honor scheme.

    After reading this thread please email porn to your entire contact list, And format your hard drive.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    Whats your email?
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,811   +920

    Wow.......

    This thread has become a soap opera. Perhaps we should name it, "As the Douche Squirts". :rolleyes: :haha: :wave:
     
  11. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,274

    I agree (that's what I was implying in post #30).
    Since I started this thread, I thought I could rename it, but it won't let me :(
    Or maybe I just don't know how...:suspiciou
     
     
  12. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,273   +152

  13. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,811   +920

  15. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    I think this thread has taken a turn for the worse and has spun off to spam.

    [​IMG]

    We should get back to talking about cati * (plural of catus)

    * Felis catus = domestic cat
     
  16. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,273   +152


    So now we are moving on to D.I.Y? I thought this thread was about cat shaped spam?
     
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,811   +920

    Sort of......., But Not Really....!

    My "research", (I use that term loosely, since the internet and Wikipedia were both party to it), has obviated this, (potential), fact; modern taxonomy suggests that our "domestic cat", is actually a subspecies of the african wild cat, "Felis Silvestris Catus"!

    This may seem like a small bit of news, since it does make perfect sense, that at one time, the domestic cat had to have been wild!

    However, for someone who grew up watching cartoons starring "Tweety Pie", (the canary), and >> "Sylvester" << (the cat), it presented a maximum, "holy s***", so that's where they got that name from moment"!

    Once again I include a disclaimer: No computers were harmed, no malware of any kind was either produced or injected into the discussion during the production of this post, so help me Jobs!

    Whoops, almost forgot, no douchebags were further outed. I don't know how I could have overlooked doing so, just flat out lazy I suppose.
     
  18. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Back to Cats!

    Now, I’m glad this thread got back to cats, it was going to the dogs for a while.

    [​IMG]

    Yes, this derivation seems quite logical and I suppose “Felis Catus” lost the wild “Silvestis” middle name when he became domesticated.

    But though the christening of Sylvester cat is thus explained, it is an unfortunate choice, because Sylvester is not wild enough to put Tweety in its place, which is of course the cat’s stomach. In fact, being a cat supporter, I never watch that silly cartoon for this very reason.
     
  19. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,274

    :rolleyes:WOW! There really are bored people out there!:rolleyes:
     
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,811   +920

    At least tell us you don't root for Wile E. Coyote.
    It's not that we're bored so much as it's the fact we don't have lives! :eek:
     
  21. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,274

    Thanks, but your posts aren't the ones I'm concerned about...
     
  22. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    Grammar again

    Well, starting a thread and calling those who participate in it “bored” doesn’t say much about the value you attach to it. But, apart from being paradoxical, such a comment is…er…how shall I put it…not exciting.

    Now to something more interesting.

    Coyotes belong to the dog family which has a long standing vendetta with us cats. So I do root them, but the grammatically correct preposition to accompany the verb “root” should not be “for” but “out”.
     
  23. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,274

    Talk about uptick in spam...
    :haha::haha:Maybe they're not on vacation after all...:haha::haha:
     
  24. willowtheblue

    willowtheblue TS Rookie

    :confused:Whats the plural of spam?
     
  25. Twister123

    Twister123 TS Rookie Posts: 219

    more spam !
     


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