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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I'm sick of it, too, for exactly the same reasons. BN is cool now the way Neural Networks were a while ago. And people are blindly using them the same way they blindly used NNs--copying code and not knowing the limits of the technology, how to improve it, or when it's fundamentally inappropriate to be used.

    Bah! Humbug!

    --Nat

    • So what should they be doing instead? Not producing code? What's wrong with experimentation and seeing what works?

      And people are blindly using them the same way they blindly used NNs--copying code and not knowing the limits of the technology, how to improve it, or when it's fundamentally inappropriate to be used.

      I don't see how that's harmful, really.

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      • It's not experimentation, though. You've got people reimplementing existing code. Big whoop. If you don't really know what you're doing, you don't know how to make meaningful changes, and you're not really experimenting, you're just fucking around. And fucking around is okay, but take your hand off your cock and don't pretend it's Your Great Spam Solution when it's really Paul Graham's Great Spam Solution Reimplemented In Your Favourite Language With Your Name In The Comments.

        That's what really chafes

        • don't pretend it's Your Great Spam Solution when it's really Paul Graham's Great Spam Solution Reimplemented In Your Favourite Language With Your Name In The Comments.

          Are people actually trying to take credit without crediting Paul Graham?

          And do you not see the value in "Reimplementing In Your Favorite Language"? That seems like a step forward to me...

          I guess my point is that I'd rather that a dozen people do something, even if it's only incremental benefit, then a dozen people do nothing.

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