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September 21st, 2005


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01:54 pm
I'm beginning to wonder if hurricanes are dome seeking missiles. The Johnson Space Center is preparing for evacuation with Rita approaching the coast of Texas. It appears that it'll benefit from some of the same conditions that Katrina did and is expected to be named a category 5 storm in the 2pm (PST) update.

It is probable that Galveston will be the immediate landfall of the hurricane and that it will continue through to Houston, although anywhere on the coast from northern Mexico to southern Alabama is within striking range.

Crude oil has jumped ridiculously from $US1.15 per barrel to $US67.35. The biggest motivation I have to giving up my auto is some faint perceived vengeance on those who are effectively gouging prices. Supply is not going to be affected by those proportions.

I'm listening to two people talk to my officemate right now. Among the things stated:
"Well, I mean, you can't do anything about that. If you have an invalid node, then there's other things going on. The only thing you can do is bring the system down and restart. There's no point in checking for that error because you can't do anything about that."

While I agree that redundant error checking is a fundamental difficulty of the object oriented paradigm, that comment was utterly inane. Especially since checking the node involves seeing whether or not the pointer is NULL.

These sort of checks are never a bad idea. Failing anything, they make debugging much simpler. I _do_ throw in a #ifndef so that code can be removed if it is verified elsewhere.

Also: "Can I see the code for the select() function? Where is the code for the select() function?"

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