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acme (189)

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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

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Thursday March 08, 2007
11:05 AM

Bad data

[ #32617 ]
I'm cleaning up some data. In this data, various people have abbreviated "fireplace" to one of firepl, flpc, fp, fpl, fplace, fplc, fplce, frpl, frplc, and frplce. I can't imagine why anyone would ever do such a thing, other than trying out keys in new and exciting orders in order to confuse people. Luckily we are doing large-scale data munging, so it's less painful than it otherwise would normally be. Do we need hates-data?
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  • Sounds like real estate listings, where some places charge by the line (so, effectively, the character count). The homebuyer quickly learns the code. :)