2138: "Wanna see the code?"

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2138: "Wanna see the code?"

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:56 pm UTC

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Title text: And because if you just leave it there, it's going to start contaminating things downstream even if no one touches it directly.


I'm picturing being a 12 year-old boy and being approached b a creepy homeless guy asking if I want to see the code.
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Re: 2138: "Wanna see the code?"

Postby cellocgw » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:33 pm UTC

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Re: 2138: "Wanna see the code?"

Postby rmsgrey » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:09 pm UTC

So what's really being asked is "would you mind peer-reviewing my code?"

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Re: 2138: "Wanna see the code?"

Postby freezeblade » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:16 pm UTC

rmsgrey wrote:So what's really being asked is "would you mind peer-reviewing my code?"

Exactly.
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Re: 2138: "Wanna see the code?"

Postby sotanaht » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:31 pm UTC

I'm struggling to understand the last line. It sounds like she's saying that everyone who isn't him creates more problems then they solve, which I guess makes them less hostile to the guy who's code is like a dead body?

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Re: 2138: "Wanna see the code?"

Postby ucim » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:01 pm UTC

sotanaht wrote:I'm struggling to understand the last line. It sounds like she's saying that everyone who isn't him creates more problems then they solve, which I guess makes them less hostile to the guy who's code is like a dead body?
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What the last line is saying is that not everything is improved by automation, especially when the automation does not take into account the inevitable edge cases that, when ignored, create more problems than the automation solves.

And of course, bad automation is like bad typing:

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Re: 2138: "Wanna see the code?"

Postby Quizatzhaderac » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:01 pm UTC

Killing him would be creating a dead body. Fortunately for him, people understand that while it might solve some problems, it would cause even more.
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Re: 2138: "Wanna see the code?"

Postby Sandor » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:24 am UTC

sotanaht wrote:I'm struggling to understand the last line. It sounds like she's saying that everyone who isn't him creates more problems then they solve, which I guess makes them less hostile to the guy who's code is like a dead body?

I was confused about that as well, but explainxkcd cleared it up for me. The antecedent for "they" in "the people around you understand that they create more problems than they solve" is not the "the people", it is Cueball's code and dead bodies. So that line could be rewritten:

Ponytail could have wrote:And because you're lucky that the people around you understand that your code and dead bodies create more problems than they solve.


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