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Get out of life alive le blog de SnippyHolloW.

Favorite quotes

“Mess with the best, die like the rest” Cyber Punk (Gibson)

“Join the army, see the world, meet interesting people, and kill them.” ~ Unknown

“Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes and the second law of thermodynamics. All three are processes in which useful or accessible forms of some quantity, such as energy or money, are transformed into useless, inaccessible forms of the same quantity. That is not to say that these three processes don’t have fringe benefits: taxes pay for roads and schools; the second law of thermodynamics drives cars, computers and metabolism; and death, at the very least, opens up tenured faculty positions”
Seth Lloyd, writing in Nature 430, 971 (26 August 2004).

“SUCCESS: to laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition ; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Emerson

“We think of life as a journey with a destination (success, heaven). But we missed the point. It was a musical thing, we were supposed to sing and dance while music was being played.” Alan Watts

“Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” Richard M Stallman.

One day a student came to Moon and said: “I understand how to make a better garbage collector. We must keep a reference count of the pointers to each cons.” Moon patiently told the student the following story: “One day a student came to Moon and said: ‘I understand how to make a better garbage collector…”

“God has given you two ears and one mouth to listen twice as much as you speak.” (O’donnell ?)

Premature optimization is the root of all evil!
- Donald Knuth

Walking on water and developing software from a specification are easy if both are frozen
- Edward V Berard

It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.
- Hofstadter’s Law

Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use regular expressions.” Now they have two problems
- Jamie Zawinski

Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.
- Brian Kernighan

Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.
- Bill Gates

PHP is a minor evil perpetrated and created by incompetent amateurs, whereas Perl is a great and insidious evil, perpetrated by skilled but perverted professionals.
- Jon Ribbens

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.
- Rick Osborne

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
- Rich Cook

I don’t care if it works on your machine! We are not shipping your machine!
- Ovidiu Platon

I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone.
- Bjarne Stroustrup

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
- Mitch Ratcliffe

If debugging is the process of removing software bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.
- E. W. Dijkstra

It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure to BASIC. As potential programmers, they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.
- E. W. Dijkstra

In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they’re not.
- Unknown

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
- Albert Einstein

Perl - The only language that looks the same before and after RSA encryption.
- Keith Bostic

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
- Douglas Adams

Saying that Java is good because it works on all platforms is like saying anal sex is good because it works on all genders
- Unknown

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
- Mahatma Gandhi

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing programmers today?
Knuth: The hardest thing is to go to sleep at night, when there are so many urgent things needing to be done. A huge gap exists between what we know is possible with today’s machines and what we have so far been able to finish.

The story of the executive that just loses $10 millions and comes to the office the next day. “The CIO wants to see you!” He goes: “Ok, I assume that you want my resignation…” “What!? Why do you want me to fire you? I just spent $10 millions training you!”

“These go to eleven!” Spinal tap member.

Et qqs unes des miennes :
“Get out of life alive, the barber who shaved himself” (au dos de mon iPod Touch)

“You need a better life heuristic”

“L’égo est le mâle de l’Homme.”

“I’m your son, Vador!”