Begging the question

In my last post I described the syllogism “Photogenic people look good in photograps; Michelle Pfeiffer is photogenic; therefore, Michelle Pfeiffer looks good in photographs” as “begging the question”. A few people commented on that, so I thought I’d address this point of English usage. In modern usage, “begging the question” has come to mean…

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What is this thing you call "thread safe"?

Caveat: I am not an expert on multi-threading programming. In fact, I wouldn’t even say that I am competent at it. My whole career, I’ve needed to write code to spin up a secondary worker thread probably less than half a dozen times. So take everything I say on the subject with some skepticism. A…

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