The Gabriel Laddel character you might remember from a recent
incident of rape, pillage and random torture article pleasantly reminded me of Jacob Rhoden's absolutely excellent blog, which I hurry to recommend to you.
And just to make that recommendation stick, let's read a bit off The Treacherous Optimization aka "Old age and treachery will beat youth and skill every time" :
Put another way, grep sells out its worst case (lots of partial matches) to make the best case (few partial matches) go faster. How treacherous! As this realization dawns on me, the room seemed to grow dim and slip sideways. I look up at the Ultimate Unix Geek, spinning slowly in his padded chair, and I hear his cackle "old age and treachery...", and in his flickering CRT there is a face reflected, but it's my ex girlfriend, and the last thing I see before I black out is a patch of yellow cheese powder inside her long tangled beard.
I didn't even know anyone knew. Did you know ?
Anyway, not that any of the retards involved in "social justice" and related considerations have the skill or werewithal to get it, but : this is a fine example of privilege in computing. How did the "worst case" interest group get to lose 70% so that the "best case" interest group can gain 6% ?
Clearly this was enforced by an opressive, chauvinistic patriarchy which, to borrow an Irigarayism, "favours the speed of light over other speeds that are much more important to us".
As it happens, the case of optimized grep is the first and the last word on the matter of "You can not have democratic computing anymore than democratic anything else in this world." It's either good or democratic, pick one.
Yes, you can change pronouns in the comments surrounding the code, but whether you do or whether you don't, the fact remains that comments aren't compiled, and more importantly : that raping the poor raw so that the rich can have it slightly better is not only the traditional way to do thingsi but actually the correct way to do things.
And here comes the doozy : not the correct way "for some", or "in some perspectives" or anything like that. The correct way for everyone! Universally. Grep is overall faster for this optimization, or in other words : the downtrodden are downtrodden for a reason.
Step on their faces!
- Either back in the days when things were still being done in "the civilised world", or else to this day in the actual world, pointedly excluding Emasculated Europe, North America & The Commonwealth (EE,NA&TC). [↩]