Random Thoughts: Israel, Errors, and Superman

Posted on July 15, 2014 9:00 am

Maybe they honestly thought Israel liked having rockets fired at them.

“No no no. We’re the Manson Family political wing.”

Good rule of debugging: A really esoteric sounding compiler error usually means a really simple mistake.

I remember when C compilers used to spit out the most complex sounding errors if you ever forgot a semicolon on a line.

You only have until Friday to give to the Liberty Island PubSlush campaign and get rewards (like my novel).

Originally, Superman worked at a newspaper so he could hear about things as they happened. Nowadays, he’d just be a dork on Twitter.

Just saying the name “Jack Bauer” renders lesser terrorists unconscious.

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11 Responses to “Random Thoughts: Israel, Errors, and Superman”

  1. Steve H says:

    I wish I’d kept the Dilbert cartoon where his boss ran his code through a spell checker.

    Visual Studio sometimes adds “TO DO” items when compiling. How do I turn off the Nagging HoneyDo option?

  2. Oppo says:

    @ Steve H: And I also remember one where the boss tells him: “Most of the words are misspelled. And don’t even get me started about your misuse of colons.”

    (Dilbert’s reply: “They remind me of you.”)

    I contend that you could replace the pointy-haired boss with Obama, or vice versa, and no one would notice.

  3. Oppo says:

    @ Steve H: And I also remember one where the boss tells him: “Most of the words are misspelled. And don’t even get me started about your misuse of colons.”

    (Dilbert’s reply: “They remind me of you.”)

    I contend that you could replace the pointy-haired boss with Obama, or vice versa, and no one would notice.

  4. Oppo says:

    double-post? It wasn’t on purpose!

  5. Frank J. says:

    Oppo,
    Banned!

  6. Iowa Jim says:

    I remember when C compilers used to spit out the most complex sounding errors if you ever forgot a semicolon on a line.

    I once helped a fellow employee with a similar problem in Fortran. He had started in column 2 instead of column 1, which meant that column 6 had the last digit of his row labels; Fortran interprets any character in column 6 as meaning that the line is the continuation of the previous one (exactly parallel to omitting the semi-colon in C). Thousands of error messages. I was able to shift everything one column to the left and reduce the error messages to three reasonable ones. I was going to describe the fellow employee as an older fellow, but he was just about the same age that I am now.

  7. zzyzx says:

    When it comes to starting fights with Israel Hamas seems to never learn their lesson.

  8. Iowa Jim says:

    @7 – To paraphrase something attributed to Albert Einstein, although there’s no evidence that he actually said it, “Being Arab means doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

  9. zzyzx says:

    Good one IJ.

  10. 4of7 says:

    Two Norwegian truckers in North Dakota decided to go into business hauling hay bales from the local farmers fields to a stock yard across the state.
    They paid 50 cents per bale, loaded them onto their flatbed truck, hauled them clear across the state, unloaded them at the stock yard, and charged the stock yard manager 50 cents per bale upon delivery.
    After making several round trips, Ole says to Sven, “This isn’t working out, we’re not making any money!”
    Sven replies, “Yeah, I know. I think we need a bigger truck!”

  11. Apostic says:

    6.Iowa Jim says:
    July 15th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    This was even more entertaining when you submitted your Fortran program to a central computer and had to wait about forty minutes to see if it at least compiled. Yeah, and we used punched cards for the program plus input and a line printer for the output. And you darn kids can get off my lawn, too.

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