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Elian (119)

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Perl 6/Parrot internals ex-design team lead.

Journal of Elian (119)

Monday July 08, 2002
04:22 PM

Slashdot strikes!

[ #6225 ]

Well, slashdot's picked up the story of Larry, Damian, and my grants running out. The thread starts here and goes on for a while. Lucky me, they linked to the story I'd posted here a few days back.

Whenever anything either perl 6 or parrot related on Slashdot, I feel obligated to read everything with a score of 0 or higher. (Usually I read at 2, though most of the time I don't make it past the front page) I really hate doing that. I always come away feeling nauseous--the sheer amount of hatred, bile, and viciousness that flows is just amazing.

I know I shouldn't, but it's hard not to take this sort of stuff personally. Yeah, 99% of the people frothing have never met me, and odds are they've mostly never even seen (or run) code I've written. Still...

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  • there were only 84 or so comments which is pretty amazing for  /. where even the dumbest topic can generate hundreds of useless posts.'s not all bad and one guy said he sent in $100.  :) Cheer up as there are plenty of people who appreciate your work.

    • Yeah, the fund jumped almost $4K in four hours, which is nice, and at 151 score 0 or higher comments it's been a positively tame topic as these things go. Still, seeing people rip into something you've worked hard on, for no particular reason outrside of just sheer viciousness, is kinda disheartening.
  • I know it's tough, but you really do just need to ignore it. Take constructive criticism and ignore the rest. Most of them just want to elicit some reaction, and the rest don't know what they are talking about. Or maybe I have the numbers reversed, but it doesn't really matter either way.
  • An authentic  /. quote from an earlier thread follows. The subject of the original story was that some site at Alaska had bought a NEC SX-6 vector supercomputer. (Sold as a Cray, but never mind...)

    Unimpressive performance
    They say 8 cpu's, 64 GB ram, 1 TB disk, 64 GFlops peak performance. That hardly sounds like a supercomputer by today's standards. A single processor AMD Athlon is capable of (I think) around 8 peak gigaflops (2 Ghz * 4 SIMD operations using SSE instructions). Similarly the 8 G