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Re: [RFS] nettoe: New release.

On Sat, 29 Jun 2013 07:05:21 Mats Erik Andersson wrote:
> I could not care less what thoughts Smirnov cares to express.
> He should clearly study the two volymes "Winning Ways" by
> Berlekamp, Conway, and Guy.

I probably deserve such harsh response but I doubt that "Winning Ways"
would be a good source of wisdom if that's where you've learned to be
so remarkably intolerant to criticism. Sometimes you can get negative
feedback that you may not like and in some cases such feedback my be
more valuable than positive one as often it is easier to say nothing
than to criticise.

> Myself, I hold a doctorate in Fourier analysis

I never attacked your intellectual capabilities.

> and to me
> Nettoe is a kind of educational puzzle, in the vein of Polya's
> "How to solve it", giving young people a possibility to train
> their mind and abilities to perform analysis. The game of
> Tic-Tac-Toe is theoretically simple, since the first player
> always has a winning strategy, but it is the mental process
> of finding that strategy, and proving it in battle, which is
> the valuable merit of Tic-Tac-Toe.

That's actually makes sense even though it is rather obvious. Still
the game is too primitive to play even by young kids (whom I would
consider to be a target audience for nettoe). Text-only implementation
of "nettoe" is particularly unattractive to kids so I don't understand
who would possibly play it...

> (As a programmer I earn my wings in GNU Inetutils! Nettoe is a
> portability matter.)

It is great that you had a valuable programmer's experience. Surely
packaging may be a useful exercise too but that adds little to the
package usefulness.

Please keep up your work and ignore my comments if you wish. I think
it's good that you've got different responses. There would be no
replies whatsoever if nobody cared for your work...

 Dmitry Smirnov
 GPG key : 4096R/53968D1B


A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire
to beat others.
        -- Ayn Rand

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