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While some may think that the inclusion of smaller libraries would reduce the set of databases to a lowest common denominator, limiting availability to very basic resources, it appears that the alliance of large and small libraries tends to raise the level of the databases offered.
Barnum once said, you will never lose money by appealing to the lowest common denominator.
The purpose of libraries is being whittled away to the lowest common denominator.
BIG Brother appeals to the lowest common denominator in the human race - the morally rotten and the intellectually challenged who, with their unfortunate progeny, need to be protected from themselves.
Instead of providing a platform to disseminate information increasing numbers of websites have been created simply to appeal to the lowest common denominator with little or no regulation as to what appears on them.
Such cowardly yobbishness personifies a TV channel that has deserted its roots and sold its soul to the lowest common denominator.
We're not trying to be elitist, but by no means is the network trying to aim at the lowest common denominator.
First, design engineers--people who often work in 3D, but send out 2D printouts and bitmaps of their work because those 2D forms are the lowest common denominator of communication.
Car parks (as Peter Blundell Jones observes more trenchantly on p81) are a deeply maligned and malign building type, being little more than stacked floor plates, usually designed to lowest common denominator principles.
From the Bay Area comes the voice of the lowest common denominator, the common man, the alcohol-induced, skateboard-fueled adventures of a band of ne'er-do-well rapscallion scallywags as they shred the rad and cause trouble.
Do we really want to endanger lives by having the fire service reduced to this lowest common denominator of service, too?
And Real have their lowest common denominator in David Beckham there already.