Bruce Chapman brucechapman at
Mon Feb 28 23:50:40 PST 2011

On 28/02/2011 11:21 p.m., Gernot Neppert wrote:
> 2011/2/27 Dr Heinz M. Kabutz<heinz at>:
>> Hi,
>> Brian told me about the discussion going on here on coin-dev.  I
>> published a newsletter today on the new Java 7 try-with-resource
>> construct and how we could use it for automatically unlocking.  By
>> combining it with static imports, we can write the following code:
>>     try (lock(lock)) {
>>       printLockStatus();
>>     }
> To be frank: publishing the exact proposal that I made on this list a
> couple of days back as your idea seems not to be the best of
> manners...

If two people read the same old version of the spec and try to apply it 
outside the square, it is highly likely they will choose Locks and solve 
it in this same wrong way. That's not plagiarism, it's what happens when 
there is a lack of novelty in both the problem and solution.

All the same it's nice to see Peckish's third law of memetics still 
providing some entertainment,  exquisitely served on a bed of memepool 


> But then, you may become minster of defense in Germany with this technique ;-)
> (For those not familiar with German current affairs: google
> "Guttenberg plagiat")

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