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Re: Nature of this list
From: Shlomi Fish
April 21, 2011 22:25
Re: Nature of this list
Message ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Randal (and everybody),
On Thursday 21 Apr 2011 19:25:40 Randal L. Schwartz wrote:
> >>>>> "Rob" == Rob Dixon <email@example.com> writes:
> Rob> As I mentioned in a previous post, you have softened recently. So
> Rob> it is likely that your life has improved and you are better
> Rob> provided for, and no longer have the need to abuse. I am very happy
> Rob> for you, and for the rest of the world who would read this list.
> To discredit this post, as well as your other claims, I'm actually going
> through the worst period in my life, exceeding my criminal arrest and
> conviction in 1995, which I had hoped would be the "forever lowest
> times". These past 18 months put that as a mere bump. If you've
> followed my blogs and tweets, you'd know the main details.
> Please leave your armchair psychology at home.
> You may not like that I don't pull punches with others, probably because
> you're unwilling to be that direct. You'd rather be liked than to have
> an effect on others. I'm not that. I don't care if people like me, if
> what I do will eventually change behavior for others. I'm about the
> world, not about me. I want to leave this world a better place.
> People come online to learn Perl. If they write code that sucks, that's
> not the way Perl should be coded. I'll let them know straight out.
> There's too much bad Perl being coded out there. I know... clients hire
> me to sort through the muck, and pay me a decent wage to do that. So if
> anything, I'm being counterproductive, because my goal is that I become
> no longer needed. :)
In that context, I should note that I've written about the "Parable of the
Broken Window" in relation to the software world here:
There's more about the Broken Window Fallacy here:
What I wanted to say is that we shouldn't try to create unnecessary problems,
that we will later have to fix, because, as software developers, we have
enough to do to advance the state of the art (and to solve completely new
problems for the first and only time), and solving such man-made problems will
also make us feel more frustrated.
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