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Bypassing a PAL should be, as one weapons designer graphically put it, about as complex as performing a tonsillectomy while entering the patient from the wrong end.

—Peter D. Zimmerman, nuclear physicist and weapons inspector[11]

The Conversions team, in the middle of whom I sit, was here all night working on a problem.  My Indian coworker was also working all night.  I’m not sure what the problem is but as of 0718 CDT, it still isn’t solved.  Thankfully, (a) I’m a contractor and therefore exempt from such intense work hours, and (b) this problem doesn’t affect the work I do at all.

XML is like violence: if it doesn’t solve your problem, you’re not using enough of it.

– xmlicious on TheDailyWTF

nntp//rss, though in beta, is sort of funny.  It chops the last letter off of description fields in ATOM feeds.

–    Fencepost error?

Uhh… here’s a birthdate field that is stored as VARCHAR(255).  Ignoring the problems of storing a date as character data, why do we need 255 characters to store a date string?

Every time I see the phrase “code reuse,” I always read it as “code refuse.”

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