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RE: 10g on Win32

From: Niall Litchfield <>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 16:05:06 +0000
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> On Fri, 2004-03-26 at 01:25, Niall Litchfield wrote:
> > Up to a point Lord Copper. ...
> If that refers to my recent post on quoting, I suppose
> their are alternatives.

It is actually a literary reference which has passed into somewhat common currency in the UK - but probably nowhere else. In the novel Scoop by Evelyn Waugh when the editor was asked by the paper's owner Lord Copper about some fact if the owner was correct the editor would say 'definitely, Lord Copper', if the owner was incorrect then he would say 'Up to a point, Lord Copper'. Thus the usage when you really wish to disagree with someone but not just straight out say "No that is incorrect". Here, I was trying to say that yes there is a new Oracle Home Selector but not finding it is entirely reasonable. So I should apologize for causing offense by using a slang term, which I am more than happy to do.

As far as quoting goes I do recognize what lies behind the request, and agree with it, even though it has already caught me out. It can be difficult to snip without making the argument difficult to follow especially for those of us with brain dead email clients, but it doesn't mean that leaving 500 lines of text in to say 'yes I agree entirely but this only applies from 9i on' is pretty much a waste of everyones time.

Niall Litchfield
Oracle DBA
Audit Commission
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