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By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I have come to believe that large print, thick and heavy paper, and wide margins and oversize leading is indicative of the expected intelligence of the reader. … Compare children's books and books on Web Duhsign or other X-in-21-days books. If the reading level of a specification is below college level, chances are the people behind it are morons and the result morose.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

It's not that Perl programmers are idiots, it's that the language rewards idiotic behavior in a way that no other language or tool has ever done.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Norway did not even have a revolution at the time the rest of Europe was busy figuring out human rights and stuff, because we were busy fighting over how to spell it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Gotos aren't damnable to begin with. If you aren't smart enough to distinguish what's bad about some gotos from all gotos, goto hell.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

Would you buy a book proudly stating on the cover that its reader is a dummy? Or would you think "of course it's ironic"?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

Well, take it from an old hand: the only reason it would be easier to program in C is that you can't easily express complex problems in C, so you don't.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

In Norway, we have a community of people who prefer to use a version of Norwegian that looks very much like lutefisk: Dug up remains from the garbage heap of history and dressed up to look like a tradition.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

From the Latin word "imponere", base of the obsolete English "impone" and translated as "impress" in modern English, Nordic hackers have coined the terms "imponator" (a device that does nothing but impress bystanders, referred to as the "imponator effect") and "imponade" (that "goo" that fills you as you get impressed with something - from "marmelade", often referred as "full of imponade", always ironic).

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

it's just that in C++ and the like, you don't trust anybody, and in CLOS you basically trust everybody. The practical result is that thieves and bums use C++ and nice people use CLOS.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

'Code sharing' is an economic surplus phenomenon. It works only when none of the people involved in it are in any form of need.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I have argued that a religion or a philosophy cannot speak about facts of the world - if it does, it is now or will eventually be wrong - but it can and should speak about the relevance and ranking of facts and observations.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

You become a serious programmer by going through a stage where you are fully aware of the degree to which you know the specification, meaning both the explicit and the tacit specification of your language and of your problem. "Hey, it works most of the time" is the very antithesis of a serious programmer, and certain languages can only support code like that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

The Internet will not become a money machine until the banking industry figures out how to transfer money for free so you can charge USD 0.005 (half a cent) for some simple service like, say, reading a newspaper article you have searched for. With today's payment system, the cost of the transfer of the funds completely dwarf the cost of the service paid for. ... This situation, however, is what acutely prevents the Internet from taking off as a network for paid services.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Some people are little more than herd animals, flocking together whenever the world becomes uncomfortable … I am not one of those people. If I had a motto, it would probably be Herd thither, me hither.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Short of coming to their senses and abolishing the whole thing, we might expect that the rules for daylight saving time will remain the same for some time to come, but there is no guarantee. (We can only be glad there is no daylight loan time, or we would face decades of too much daylight, only to be faced with a few years of total darkness to make up for it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Microsoft is not the answer. Microsoft is the question. NO is the answer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

The aspects you are willing to ignore are more important than the aspects you are willing to accept.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

All experience has taught us that solving a complex problem uncovers hidden assumptions and ever more knowledge, trade-offs that we didn't anticipate but which can make the difference between meeting a deadline and going into research mode for a year, etc.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

Unformed people delight in the gaudy and in novelty. Cooked people delight in the ordinary.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Part of any serious QA is removing Perl code the same way you go over a dilapidated building you inherit to remove chewing gum and duct tape and fix whatever was kept together for real.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

C++ is a language strongly optimized for liars and people who go by guesswork and ignorance.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Have you considered the option of getting the joke? If not, try it now and redeem your soul.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

The novice-friendly software is more like a misbehaving dog: it shits on the floor, it destroys things, and stinks - the novice-friendly software embodies the opposite of what computer people have dreamed of for decades: artificial stupidity. It's more human.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I have actually programmed a fair bit in Perl, like I have C++ code published with my name on it. Other things I have tried and have no intention to do again if I can at all avoid it include smoking, getting drunk enough to puke and waste the whole next day with hang-over, breaking a leg in a violent car crash, getting mugged in New York City, or travel with Aeroflot.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

C is not clean – the language has many gotchas and traps, and although its semantics are simple in some sense, it is not any cleaner than the assembly-language design it is based on.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

The Web provided me with a much needed realization that information cannot be fully separated from its presentation, and showed me something I knew without verbalizing explicitly, that the presentation form we choose communicates real information.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

That's why the smartest companies use Common Lisp, but lie about it so all their competitors think Lisp is slow and C++ is fast.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

A system needs to be alive and workable even when other people than the first enthusiasts start using it. Reinvention and revolution are enthusiast stuff. Invention and evolution are engineering.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Sufficiently advanced political correctness is indistinguishable from sarcasm.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

The currency in the developer community is enthusiasm.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

What I actually admire in Perl is its ability to provide a very successful abstraction of the horrible mess that is collectively called Unix.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

People search for the meaning of life, but this is the easy question: we are born into a world that presents us with many millenia of collected knowledge and information, and all our predecessors ask of us is that we not waste our brief life ignoring the past only to rediscover or reinvent its lessons badly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Contrary to the foolish notion that syntax is immaterial, people optimize the way they express themselves, and so express themselves differently with different syntaxes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

The purpose of human existence is to learn and to understand as much as we can of what came before us, so we can further the sum total of human knowledge in our life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I may be biased, but I tend to find a much lower tendency among female programmers to be dishonest about their skills, and thus do not say they know C++ when they are smart enough to realize that that would be a lie for all but perhaps 5 people on this planet.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Historically, labor unions arose when people had gotten a taste of a different lifestyle and were willing to pay a lot more for their basic livelihood and had gotten into a fix they couldn't get out of - because they had accepted the unacceptable to begin with. Accepting something you have to form a labor union to fight after the fact only tells me that people were acting against their own best (or even good) interests for a long time. I don't see any rational, coherent explanation for this sort of behavior in humans, but it's all over the place.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

When all actions are used for feedback, the consequence of making mistakes will be a corrective and appropriate response, because everything everybody does matters. ... The more selective you are in the feedback you accept, the more insane your reasoning will become as you will necessarily reject corrective feedback that would have led to better reasoning.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I'm bothered by the fact that stupid people don't spontaneously combust, which they should.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Counting lines is probably a good idea if you want to print it out and are short on paper, but I fail to see the purpose otherwise.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Just getting something to work usually means writing reams of code fast, like a Stephen King novel, but making it maintainable and high-quality code that really expresses the ideas well, is like writing poetry. Art is taking away.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Life is too long to be good at C++ – if you had spent all that time to become good at it, you would essentially have to work with it, too, to get back the costs, and that would just be some long, drawn-out torture.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

If you want to know why Lisp doesn't win around you, find a mirror.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Enlightenment is probably antithetical to impatience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I have long since given up dealing with people who hold idiotic opinions as if they had arrived at them through thinking about them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Like many older fans of Free Software and Open Source, I have discovered that it is really only free in the sense that the time you spend on it is worthless.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Erik Naggum

Sometimes, the only way to learn something really well is to revert to the state of mind of a novice and reawaken to the raw observations that you have accumulated instead of relying on the conclusions you have reached from the exogenous premises absorbed through teaching and bookish learning.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

If you are concerned about netiquette, you are either concerned about your own and follow good netiquette, or you are concerned about others and violate good netiquette by bothering people with your concern, as the only netiquette you can actually affect is your own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Erik Naggum

We have no mom-and-pop oil rigs in Norway.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

Ignoring for a moment the power of the American Medical Association, we still wouldn't see a huge amount of books on neurosurgery for dummies in 21 days or whatever. It's just plain inappropriate, and it's intentionally out of people's reach.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Erik Naggum

I have a cat, so I know that when she digs her very sharp claws into my chest or stomach it's really a sign of affection, but I don't see any reason for programming languages to show affection with pain.