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Re^4: disappearing segfault

by pobocks (Chaplain)
on Mar 13, 2009 at 06:31 UTC ( #750324=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: disappearing segfault
in thread disappearing segfault

1. Comment not previously mentioned, or, I would think, safely assumed. Magic is secret until proven otherwise ;-)

2. In the future, please warn other monks that they're entering a socratic dialogue zone, wherein the reasonable assumption that people mean what they say isn't valid. Otherwise, you're basically baiting a rhetorical trap with flawed arguments, then declaiming as unsophisticated those who take them in the spirit that custom and logic suggests be the default reading.

Maybe just a line reading: "Socrates sez," or an ASCII graphic of Admiral Ackbar.

To make sure I'm being perfectly clear: I'm not (nor ever really was) indignant at you for either the first comment or this one; I just think that, intentionally or no, you're basically lecturing people for taking your statements in good faith, who have no reason to do otherwise.

for(split(" ","tsuJ rehtonA lreP rekcaH")){print reverse . " "}print "\b.\n";

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Re^5: disappearing segfault
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Mar 13, 2009 at 06:47 UTC

    I'm sorry, but questions of the form: "If X, then why not just Y" are far from "Socratic". They are an invitation to open a dialogue--with the OP.

    As for lecturing ...

    Because building secret magic into your program is sloppy, and could easily bite him in the rear in time.

    Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
    "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
    In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

      They are, in fact, functioning as Socratic dialog if they aren't being asked in earnest, but rather, to provoke response/induce counterthought. And, again, I'm not saying that that's a bad thing; just that it's not a given that people reading the thread will understand that you don't actually "mean it."

      As for lecturing; eh. I responded as I would have if the question was asked in earnest. I could have been more diplomatic, but I wasn't rude, and I answered the question to the best of my knowledge.

      Basically, read my responses as "I totally didn't know that your question was rhetorical, there being no explicit or implicit context that led me to believe it was. Marking such statements would have prevented me from mis-interpreting it. Regardless, no harm done.

      for(split(" ","tsuJ rehtonA lreP rekcaH")){print reverse . " "}print "\b.\n";

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