I’m going to see a ghost on this one day I just know it!!!
I'll be disappointed if I don't!
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@sjw looks legit to me
Okay, done testing. Schedule will now be every three hours.
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This didn't work for Bourne, I don't think it'll work for very many people. Surprisingly, offering other people money will magically make them willing to study any cruel and unusual code.
(The first IOCCC literally happened because some guys were really upset over having to fix a bug in Bourne's preprocessed dialect of C (called unlovingly by its enemies, Bournegol) for work and posted a rant on Usenet with a joke about having a contest to try and beat him at obfuscating C.)
> You say C the language, but do you mean pre-ANSI C (which was how it was designed by the language authors) or ANSI C (which is the C in the book you recommended, and bad)?
I don't mean either; C the language, in the abstract. The Tao of C, the bundle of concepts. Think about the hero's journey as an abstract story (the C I'm talking about), then think about the old folk tale of Pinocchio (the concept of C in the minds of the people writing the standards, C half-reified), then a specific story, a telling of Pinocchio (a C standard), then the Disney movie "Pinocchio" (a compiler implementing C).
Like, what I'm thinking of with this five-branch thing is what you actually experience when thinking of C, if that makes any sense. When you are writing a C program, you reason in C, that's an abstract substrate for computation. The concepts you have in your head for reasoning about a C program, that's what I'm talking about, that's what I meant when I said C is a way to reason about the memory in a computer, it's the experience of C. You can't explain it without hopping down a level, making it a little less abstract, but if you write C, when someone says "function pointer", you will both be thinking of the same thing.
> Good luck with your mail server backup.
I'm eager to see how much of it actually *worked*. I'd only recently started shoving all my mail into venti, and lucky thing because the first thing that happened when I brought the server back up with everything empty was my offlineimap cron job deleted all the local copies of my email.