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November 18th, 2015
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Only a coincidence
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been in the news lately..
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I'd been thinking about people being made of spaghetti code, which suggests that there was some accidental truth in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and then today's xkcd appeared.



Since the hover text may not show up in Chrome (another example of spaghetti code?), here it is in rot13 Erfrnepuref whfg sbhaq gur trar erfcbafvoyr sbe zvfgnxrayl guvaxvat jr'ir sbhaq gur trar sbe fcrpvsvp guvatf. Vg'f gur ertvba orgjrra gur fgneg naq gur raq bs rirel puebzbfbzr, cyhf n srj frtzragf va bhe zvgbpubaqevn.

A brief search suggests that no one is selling dna-shaped pasta. While there's plenty of twisted pasta and plenty of pasta with holes, perhaps combining the two is more difficult than it seems.

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From:jim_p
Date:November 18th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
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Gemelli is about as close as you can get...
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From:en_ki
Date:November 18th, 2015 08:39 pm (UTC)
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The source on Google's front page is generated from something much more logically organized and readable by some software that does compression and obfuscation. It includes a ton of optional stuff, and the Google home page would in fact work just great if it were stripped down to a few lines of HTML form. You can probably even provoke it to do that by sending the right Accept: header or something.

If you were able to look at the source code *behind* the front page, yes, it would be terrifically complex and very hard to reduce the complexity of without breaking it, but it has been written by and is continually changed by humans, some of whom are in their first couple of weeks on the job, and the company does a lot of work to make sure it meets certain minimum standards of legibility and logical organization.

DNA is a lot closer to compiled machine code than to source code---and it's repeatedly hand-hacked and a lot of the system calls whose presence it relies on do not yet have their code available to read.
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From:madfilkentist
Date:November 18th, 2015 10:22 pm (UTC)
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Some will claim that court ruling is a strained interpretation of freedom of religion.
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