May 2004

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PetitionOnline is another one of those lazy options: "How can I convince myself I'm accomplishing something worthwhile, without more than two minutes effort?"
There's a call on line two for Charles from a Mr Deja Vu. He says you left your brain at home, and would you like to pick it up?
Yes. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.'
In any community with a moderation policy, the first (and constantly repeating thereafter) complaint is hypocrisy: that comment was just as “against the rules’ as mine, why wasn't that deleted? To which the one and only response is: 'because I felt one was worthy of remaining, and the other was not.';
Let's just forward stupid emails instead. That'll make us feel better. Yeah.
A stupid type system is one where the programmer is forced to do unnecessary work for the compiler. Java's implementation of static typing is stupid.
Unfortunately, this is a visual gag, and explaining the joke in alt text wouldn't be particularly funny.
I shudder at the time I have to invest in this. I don't like fiddling around with installation and configuration, and yet I'm going to have to spend however long it takes to fix all this up. Joy.
Straight Eye for the Straight Guy
Two uses for mock objects, two families of priming methods. I'm not sure I need to draw this any clearer.
Shiva opens her arms now to make sure I don't get too far. And in the middle of negotiations, you break down.
None of this, of course, means anything. These micro-benchmarks are so ridiculously contrived that they only serve to throw around confusion and pretty mindless advocacy.
Keep in mind this thing was profiling C code. Java runs in this carefully managed environment, surely we should have better tools? I suspect that if the Java vendors don't wake up, this is somewhere .NET can really clean up by making similar tools just come with the environment.
Nice to see Google isn't losing its personality, even in the face of gigantic sums of money.
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