Interesting Quote (please kill me)

Josh Coates jcoates at
Fri Aug 12 11:25:53 MDT 2005

>It'd be better if all we had were safe, medium sized 
>cars because then I can hire any moron I want and know 
>he'll do a passable job of driving.

that's probably true and we all know that auto insurance companies have the
facts on this and have made a science of determining what is least safe (er,
what's the most costly.)

if there was such thing as 'code' insurance, i'm sure they would come up
with a ranking of languages wrt project sizes, platforms etc. that would
kill these kinds of threads.

so, let's get back to work because we're lowering the gdp by spending time
on this.  (besides, everyone already knows perl is a crappy language for
large, complex software systems, but it's a great scripting language for
text processing and sysadmin related tasks.)

Josh Coates

-----Original Message-----
From: plug-bounces at [mailto:plug-bounces at] On Behalf Of
Stuart Jansen
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 11:22 AM
To: Provo Linux Users Group Mailing List
Subject: Re: Interesting Quote

On Fri, 2005-08-12 at 10:00 -0700, Jonathan Ellis wrote:
> On Fri, 12 Aug 2005 10:52:48 -0600, "Jacob Fugal" <lukfugl at>
> said:
> > I'll admit that some languages lend themselves to abuse easier than 
> > others. Perl is one of those. But, really, is that Perl's flaw?
> Now, that's an easy one.

Is it? I guess that means we should all be driving Volvo's sedans with
governors limiting us to 55 mph. Nobody should ever drive a semi--too
dangerous to other people on the road. Nobody should ever touch a
motorcycle--too dangerous for the driver. People who are unqualified might
get behind the wheel. It'd be better if all we had were safe, medium sized
cars because then I can hire any moron I want and know he'll do a passable
job of driving.

Stuart Jansen                   e-mail/jabber: sjansen at

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