[erlang-questions] [ANN] Positive version 13.3.7

Lloyd R. Prentice <>
Sat Mar 26 00:30:59 CET 2016


I do hate to enter this already ridiculous thread, but for what it's worth:

Read an article recently by a psychiatrist who contends that anti-authoritarians in the US tend to be diagnosed with psychiatric disorders like ADHD and ODD and drugged up at an early age.

http://www.alternet.org/story/154225/would_we_have_drugged_up_einstein_how_anti-authoritarianism_is_deemed_a_mental_health_problem

Personally, I think we need more irascible bastards and satirists to challenge the status quo. After all, isn't skepticism the beating heart of science?

On the other hand, ad hominem attacks are pretty tacky.

All the best,

LRP


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> On Mar 25, 2016, at 6:00 PM, Joe Armstrong <> wrote:
> 
> Since when is humor toxic?
> 
> I suspect that node folks don't actually read posts relating to Erlang
> stuff, and even if they did might be amused or more likely puzzled.
> 
> When I first saw Jespers post I thought WFT - I didn't think that
> figuring out if an integer was positive was a problem and I thought
> maybe Jesper has seen deeper into integers than I had imagined,
> perhaps figuring out if lazy large integers are positive is undecidable.
> 
> Then I read the code and realised it was a joke - so Jesper had fooled
> me for the time it took to check his code.
> 
> Does satire have to be prefaced by a warning - "might be offensive to
> XXXX" the version 13.3.7 might have warned me - can you imagine a world
> without satire? I even used to watch Jon Stewart from Sweden of all places
> just because he was good at satire - he poked fun at stuff that I had
> no knowledge of, but he did have a point of view and that I liked.
> 
> I buy the Guardian just to read John Crace whose political commentary
> is devastatingly funny and nice to no man. A good critic has a pen
> dipped
> in venom ... (Google and read John Crace, and you'll get the idea) -
> in his hands the pen is a powerful weapon.
> 
> I actually like reading stuff from "smug jerks" since this gives me
> the opportunity to either agree or disagree - bland text that nobody
> could possibly
> disagree with is not my cup of tea.
> 
> Can you imagine world with no smug jerks? Nothing to get cross about,
> nothing to like? Is being called a smug jurk and insult or a compliment?
> 
> Many of the funniest writers I know are very definitely smug jerks if
> you disagree with them - or brilliant humorists if you agree with
> them. The jerkiness is in the eye of the beholder, not the the
> beholden.
> 
> Viewing software as practised today is potentially harmful - I could react with
> horror or amusement to what I see - a lot of what I see stinks so how
> should I react? - be angry?, be cross? be pios, be smug. I choose to
> be amused. It's a
> symptom of our humanity - we muddle through.
> 
> Cheers
> 
> /Joe
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>> On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 6:17 PM, Sean Cribbs <> wrote:
>> This kind of thing is unnecessary and toxic. You've just reinforced the
>> perception that the Erlang community is made up of smug jerks. Please stop.
>> 
>> Sean
>> 
>> On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 12:05 PM, Jesper Louis Andersen
>> <> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Hi,
>>> 
>>> I'm pleased to announce version 13.3.7 of the positive library.
>>> 
>>> https://github.com/jlouis/positive
>>> 
>>> The library solves the extremely hard problem of figuring out if an
>>> integer is positive or not. Drawn upon experience from the Node.js and
>>> Javascript communities, the necessity of such a library should be obvious.
>>> 
>>> We already have several issues that needs solving, and we have had several
>>> pull requests in its short lifetime.
>>> 
>>> --
>>> J.
>>> 
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