REMOVE (entirely) the Artistic License 1.0?

Thorsten Glaser tg at
Thu Jul 10 20:11:20 UTC 2008

Russ Nelson dixit:

> > There's a famous quote: "we sell rope"
>Perhaps less than famous, since the only people I could find using it
>via Google are rope sellers and Mike Shaver who said "we sell rope"
>with no helpful context.

Oh. Well, the context is:

Unix gives you the rope to hang yourself.

Did you really never hear of it? *scratches head* It's pretty common
among BSDers/Unixers to refer to rope and shooting yourself into the

Sometimes they [people] care too much: pretty printers [and syntax highligh-
ting, d.A.] mechanically produce pretty output that accentuates irrelevant
detail in the program, which is as sensible as putting all the prepositions
in English text in bold font.	-- Rob Pike in "Notes on Programming in C"

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