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'Warez" and "to No Analytical Skills"

 
 
Reply Thu 30 Oct, 2003 03:19 am
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For clarity we show zero tolerance for spam, advertising, warez (links) & cracks and aiding this; requests or discussing circumvention of protection mechanisms, racism, threatening (citing), victimization or hateful remarks that incite flaming or similar.

What is "warez"? It equals to links?
And what is "cracks"? Meaning "A witty or sarcastic remark"?


(2) The Army report found the service's intelligence specialists in Iraq "did not appear to be prepared for tactical assignments" and often exhibited "weak intelligence briefing skills" and "very little to no analytical skills."
How to understand ""very little to no analytical skills"?
What I could not get it is what "no analytical skills" is. For example --
John often exhibited very little about his skills of operating computer. (The sentence is very clear)
I guess "exhibited very little to no analytical skills" means "exhibited very little analytical skills, so the specialists show us they actually have no analytical skills." It seems I don't know how to use "to".

TIA
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 30 Oct, 2003 03:50 am
The "to" here is indicating a span - "From zero to 100 degrees" - "From zero to 150 miles an hour in one minute".

The intelligence experts in Iraq showed their analytical skills varied from very little to none at all - that is, from bad to non-existent.

Hope this helps- someone like Craven or Roberta will explain it better soon, I am sure!
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oristarA
 
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Reply Thu 30 Oct, 2003 04:09 am
Hi dlowan, your explanation is clear for me. Smile TY.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Thu 30 Oct, 2003 04:16 am
First of all let me introduce you to a growing collection of language and dictionary links:

A2K Portal :: Language resources

I just added a dictionary of hacking terms where you could have gotten the definitions.

warez means software that has copyright measures disabled and is distributed illegally. It's "cracked" software, and also refers to any "pirated" goods.

cracks in this context means patches to software that circumvent (bypass) the copyright measures.

An example of both warez and a crack would be if someone wrote software code to enable you to get a trial version of some software and apply a patch (the "crack") and thereby use the full version without paying.

They are both illegal and any responsible website forbids them. Due to the Digital Millenium copyright Act the law is very strict about warez.

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The second part of your question seems to actually be a confusion on several points.

"to exhibit" does mean to show.

"He exhibited a lack of skill" means he showed that he has no skill.

"little to no" indicates a range.

e.g. "He has little to no money". In other words, if he has money he has little of it.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Thu 30 Oct, 2003 05:41 am
High quality reply!
That is what I thought after reading through the Craven de Kere's answer!
Thanks CdK! Very Happy
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