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Varti

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The Night Watch by James Mickens
« on: July 08, 2017, 10:03:36 pm »
The Night Watch, a humor column by James Mickens on the horrors of system programming, well worth reading:

http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/mickens/f...enightwatch.pdf

"What is despair? I have known it—hear my song. Despair is when you’re debugging a kernel driver and you look at a memory dump and you see that a pointer has a value of 7. THERE IS NO HARDWARE ARCHITECTURE THAT IS ALIGNED ON 7. Furthermore, 7 IS TOO SMALL AND ONLY EVIL CODE WOULD TRY TO ACCESS SMALL NUMBER MEMORY. "

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Re: The Night Watch by James Mickens
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2020, 01:11:58 pm »
brilliant!
even more relevant today than when first published.
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