1056: "Felidae"

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Muscleguy » Wed May 16, 2012 11:01 am UTC

Seli wrote:
Muscleguy wrote:The coolest badass latin name has to be Vampiroteuthis infernalis, what could be badder than the vampire squid from hell?

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Well, there is the recently describes wasp species Nanocthulhu lovecrafti.


Except that as a Dumbo Squid I'm much more likely to bump into a Vampiroteuthis infernalis in some dark canyon than have to be worried about a tiny wasp. I'm not sure we know exactly how badly I might come off against one, but I wouldn't bet on me and I'm too cute to die :wink:

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Patedoz » Wed May 16, 2012 11:36 am UTC

In the future, when Mac and Microsoft form an alliance, they'll call it "OS Schrödinger's"... (Windows Will be the "dead" state)

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Maxintech » Wed May 16, 2012 11:48 am UTC

Steve completely miss Clouded Leopard instead of the lazy king.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby rainspeaker » Wed May 16, 2012 11:58 am UTC

Damn. Ninja'd.
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niky wrote:
Steve the Pocket wrote:Well, there's one problem Android will never have. We all laughed at their decision to name their versions after desserts. Who's laughing now?
They dodge a bullet with "Quiche Lorraine", but after "Watermelon", I'm drawing a big fat blank.
Ice cream flavours!
Chocolate!
Vanilla!

Errrr....


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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Dr. Gamera » Wed May 16, 2012 12:24 pm UTC

Kodkod? Colocolo? Margay? Caracal?

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby jonadab » Wed May 16, 2012 12:25 pm UTC

Well, it's better than Vista.
Anything is better than Vista.


Based on this statement, I assume you must have been born some time after the release of Windows XP Service Pack 1. Just for example, Windows For Workgroups 3.11 was so horrific, it makes Vista look like LCARS. (On many fora I would feel obliged to explain what LCARS is, but in a venue as geeky as this I will refrain.) The much-maligned Windows Me was not as bad as the press it got, but I would hesitate to call it better than Vista, given that it didn't have a proper privilege system or memory protection, much less Vista's mostly-working sudo. (Microsoft calls it UAC, but it's basically just gksudo for Windows.)

Or did you mean that any name for software is better than "Windows Vista"? Because if so I'll raise you one Windows 95 OSR2 and follow it up with Microsoft Office Word 2007.

As for the big cats, yeah, Apple's going to need a new naming scheme in about five years. Logically, that would be a good time to bump the major version number up to eleven.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby imantodes » Wed May 16, 2012 12:35 pm UTC

RichT wrote:Technically neither "tyrannosaurus" or "smilodon" is a Latin name. They're both derived from Greek. The proper term is Linnean or taxonomic name, not Latin name.


Technically, neither Tyrannosaurus nor Smilodon are Linnaean names. These genera were published by H. F. Osborn and P. H. Lund, respectively, not by Linnaeus.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby jonadab » Wed May 16, 2012 12:40 pm UTC

Smilodon is a Latin form? really?


Superficially, that one looks like it could be a Greek form (second declension neuter, omicron stem vowel with the -n ending in the nominative singular). However, I don't think it's that simple. There's a larger -odon pattern also seen e.g. in "mastodon" and "iguanodon". I don't know the etymology behind that, but it's probably a second root, not just an ending. Whether it's a Greek root or a Latin root, I don't know.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby GameboyHippo » Wed May 16, 2012 1:15 pm UTC

Uh, Sabor Tooth cat would most certainly not win at a fight. That's why it's extinct. It should be at the bottom of this list.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby OP Tipping » Wed May 16, 2012 1:25 pm UTC

So ... OS X is still around? Wow.
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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby rhhardin » Wed May 16, 2012 1:51 pm UTC

I'd go with copycat.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby eric02138 » Wed May 16, 2012 1:55 pm UTC

Other, lesser-well-known, awesome cats:
    Uzitoothed Cat
    Sabertoothed Cat (with actual sabers for teeth)
    Honeybadgertoothed Cat (its teeth don't give a s--t)
    Piratetoothed Cat
    Velociraptortoothed Cat (pandering to Randall)

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby ViperFUD » Wed May 16, 2012 1:58 pm UTC

pelya wrote:Oh noez, the comic is not based on the scientific data! The "coolness" of the cat name is something entirely subjective, but you can totally measure the name popularity, using the number of Google search results:

cat - 2,900,OOO,OOO (obviously most popular)
tiger - 544,OOO,OOO
lion - 468,OOO,OOO
jaguar - 359,OOO,OOO (this feline is popular for naming cars, drinks and game consoles)
puma - 311,OOO,OOO
hello kitty - 211,OOO,OOO
leopard - 209,OOO,OOO
cougar - 154,OOO,OOO
panther - 135,OOO,OOO
tom cat - 125,OOO,OOO; tomcat - 47,900,000 (lot of results not related to felines)
garfield - 107,OOO,OOO; garfield cat - 14,500,OOO (not so common English name, so it beats Sylvester cat)
sylvester cat - 104,OOO,OOO
wild cat - 96,100,OOO; wildcat - 33,200,000
bob cat - 68,700,000; bobcat - 44,OOO,OOO
lynx - 68,100,OOO
ceiling cat - 60,100,OOO
cheetah - 59,8OO,OOO
snow leopard - 57,400,OOO
mountain lion - 50,200,OOO
puss in boots - 27,500,OOO
tigger - 19,300,OOO
まる 猫 - 18,000,000; maru cat - 8,250,000; maru - 48,400,OOO (common Japanese name)
colocolo - 16,500,OOO (lot of results not related to felines)
ocelot - 11,700,OOO
caracal - 9,57O,OOO
cheshire cat - 7,970,OOO
mittens cat - 6,8OO,OOO
housecat - 6,130,OOO; house cat - 297,000,000 ("house cat" query returns lot of unrelated results)
simon's cat - 5,710,000
serval - 5,310,OOO
lolcat - 3,890,OOO

And the tiger beats the lion. Stripes for the win!


At the risk of being seen as crude, "pussy" returns 793,000,000 results. However I don't think many of them relate to cats.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Jackpot777 » Wed May 16, 2012 2:04 pm UTC

glasnt wrote:Just start using cute cat names.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Shamino » Wed May 16, 2012 2:19 pm UTC

I think Apple should use names of small cats for iOS.

Back when they introduced tabbed browsing (I think in OS X 10.2), I said they should've named it "tabby". They didn't use my suggestion. :D

I think the next release should be Clouded Leopard - especially if they're going to thoroughly integrate iCloud into it. But maybe it's considered bad form to go back to a leopard variant at this point.

Ocelot would be really cool too. I've seen one (at the Desert Museum, in Tucson AZ). They're big and look great.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby SerMufasa » Wed May 16, 2012 2:55 pm UTC

GameboyHippo wrote:Uh, Sabor Tooth cat would most certainly not win at a fight. That's why it's extinct. It should be at the bottom of this list.


I'm sorry, I must have missed the biology lesson wherein we learned the saber-tooth cat went extinct because it was beat up by a gang of cheetahs and tigers.

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I always thought "jaguar" sounded cool. Did the automotive connotation drop it on the list?
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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby bmonk » Wed May 16, 2012 3:24 pm UTC

Hmmm. Maybe the next version should be vaporware, allowing them to adopt "Sphinx," opening up a segue into all sorts of mythological beasties? Operating system Wyvern, or Manitcore anyone?
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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Sprocket » Wed May 16, 2012 3:38 pm UTC

VanI wrote:Argh. Too slow on my first opportunity for the first post!

Am I the only one who thinks that "mountain lion" is pretty lame in comparison to ALL of "panther", "puma", and "cougar"?

Puma is the best name for a cougar or mountain lion, yes.
Also Ocelot is a WAY cooler word that Cheetah.

I have no idea what any of this has to do with OS X.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Coowhipp » Wed May 16, 2012 3:40 pm UTC

VanI wrote:Argh. Too slow on my first opportunity for the first post!

Am I the only one who thinks that "mountain lion" is pretty lame in comparison to ALL of "panther", "puma", and "cougar"?


I made this account just to post about that. How does Jaguar get no love either? Lions are generally bad ass, be they mountain or African. But I think we can all agree that the name lion is just played out. People these days are interested in exotic sounding felidae not their grand daddies kitties.

Just saying

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Coowhipp » Wed May 16, 2012 3:41 pm UTC

Quicksilver wrote:awwwww, beaten again. Where's the polecat?


Polecat is a term used for some larger members of the weasel family.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby San Fran Sam » Wed May 16, 2012 4:04 pm UTC

Steve the Pocket wrote:Well, there's one problem Android will never have. We all laughed at their decision to name their versions after desserts. Who's laughing now?


You mean there's an Android Boston Cream Pie? Yumm!

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby San Fran Sam » Wed May 16, 2012 4:06 pm UTC

deldryden wrote:
glasnt wrote:Just start using cute cat names.


MAC OSX Nyan!


Mac OS X Fluffy!

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Qopzeep » Wed May 16, 2012 4:45 pm UTC

In the competition for most badass Latin name, I'd say Varroa Destructor ranks pretty high :) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varroa_destructor

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Fire Brns » Wed May 16, 2012 5:08 pm UTC

San Fran Sam wrote:
deldryden wrote:
glasnt wrote:Just start using cute cat names.


MAC OSX Nyan!


Mac OS X Fluffy!

Mac OS X Hitler

Oh, wait...
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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Ehsanit » Wed May 16, 2012 5:13 pm UTC

I vote for OS ΔΙ Chimera.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby SEE » Wed May 16, 2012 5:18 pm UTC

OS X Pussy.

Or should that be OS NC-17 Pussy?

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby jbrecken » Wed May 16, 2012 5:46 pm UTC

If you swapped out leopard and snow leopard for lynx and wildcat, this could be a diagram of Thundercat names.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby eran_rathan » Wed May 16, 2012 6:38 pm UTC

jbrecken wrote:If you swapped out leopard and snow leopard for lynx and wildcat, this could be a diagram of Thundercat names.


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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby blueshadow » Wed May 16, 2012 6:45 pm UTC

I agree with "Clouded Leopard". Apple should give a billion dollars for animal conservation of each of these species. You can call it "intellectual property" use. They don't own the species, and have too much money on hand.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby riddler » Wed May 16, 2012 7:00 pm UTC

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Pfhorrest » Wed May 16, 2012 7:02 pm UTC

jonadab wrote:As for the big cats, yeah, Apple's going to need a new naming scheme in about five years. Logically, that would be a good time to bump the major version number up to eleven.

Mac OS This One Goes Up To Eleven?

Aha! A meme-based naming scheme!

I can't wait until Mac OS All Your Base Are Belong To Us (when the walled garden "feature" is finally completed).
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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby fardmuhammad » Wed May 16, 2012 7:13 pm UTC

Apple should have learned from Atari when they were making their video game systems. They made the jump from Lynx to Jaguar (skipping Panther entirely) before they had to shut down.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby darthdavid » Wed May 16, 2012 7:26 pm UTC

deldryden wrote:So I didn't know this until a few weeks ago when my 2nd grader did a report on snow leopards...but they are much smaller than other leopards, and only weigh 35-55 pounds. I'm thinking that might screw up the graph a bit. Because it's pretty unlikely a snow leopard could beat a cougar in a fight. Even a good-sized bobcat could give a smallish snow leopard a run for its money. A cougar could mop the floor with one.

Actually snow leopards tend to mass between 30 and 55 kilograms with occasional large males approaching ~75 kg. So yeah, slightly smaller than other leopards, but no where near as small as you were thinking.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby cream wobbly » Wed May 16, 2012 8:07 pm UTC

Omegaton wrote:I guess I'm the only one bothered by him using "genuses" and not "genera."

Not in the slightest. In fact as the first word my eyes happened upon, I misread it as "geniuses", and thought it should read "genii".

But Apple has an opportunity, given that "ocelot" and "lynx" were stupid names for Ubuntus, to switch its stupid name collection: name the next one "Sabre", then go to swords. There have been plenty of different types of sharpened instruments made for killing other people and yourself. It would be nice if they'd switch to something graceful and exotic instead of cats....

Or maybe just go with types of snark; i.e., "Doesn't suck", "Awesomely great", "Your mom", etc.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby cream wobbly » Wed May 16, 2012 8:11 pm UTC

bmonk wrote:Hmmm. Maybe the next version should be vaporware, allowing them to adopt "Sphinx," opening up a


"...ter".

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby soren121 » Wed May 16, 2012 8:32 pm UTC

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby dmm » Wed May 16, 2012 8:54 pm UTC

Why does it have to be predators? When they picked Cheetah, I presumed they were bragging about the speed. If so, that was a tactical mistake by Apple. Any other land animal is a throw-back, and actually not many birds are faster in steady level flight. (And two are types of duck and goose. Not very inspiring.)
After saber-tooth, Apple should switch to constellations. ("Reach for the stars!") Some of those are cool; others not so much. (Cancer OS anybody? [Crab OS is no better.] And Crater OS is a no-go. But how about Bootes OS?)
If they use named stars as well, that's a lot of names, even tossing out the dorky ones.

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby bob » Wed May 16, 2012 9:27 pm UTC

Seems as if Apple might have a problem with catfights...

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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby Lazy Tommy » Wed May 16, 2012 9:34 pm UTC

niky wrote:
Steve the Pocket wrote:Well, there's one problem Android will never have. We all laughed at their decision to name their versions after desserts. Who's laughing now?


They dodge a bullet with "Quiche Lorraine", but after "Watermelon", I'm drawing a big fat blank.


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Re: 1056: Felidae

Postby shpoffo » Wed May 16, 2012 9:55 pm UTC

Apple needs to Think Different....

    Displacer Beast
    Sabertooth
    Bakeneko

..but really, go big / go home:

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