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> > > the accepted wisdom that premature optimization is evil?
> Don't fall into the trap of reading this as "early optimization is
> evil", let alone "you can ignore performance during the design stage". 


I used to refuse to use emoticons.  I always figured that ":-)" was nothing 
more than an ironical amplifier to anything from which the reader might take 
offense, and that it also had about the same effect on a good joke as an 
unnecessary laugh track.

But everytime I try posting a joke without an emoticon, the above happens.

I guess there's an unfortunate lesson...?

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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