This is just sad. LWN was a place where you were able to come and discuss things easily. Without trying to do something with mass of twitter generation guys who have eyes connected directly to hands (perhaps via spinal cord but definitely bypassing brain) and/or who reply without thinking (this makes brain pointless: it's there but it does something unrelated to commenting process).
You both (cmccabe and nybble41) say that algorithm picks Median of Medians - and this is true. Now the question: how can it do that if that's the end result? If it uses some another algorithm to select true median from medians - then what's the point? Answer (obvious and true): yes, it does select "Median of Medians" (hence the name), but no, this is not the end result. The end result is true median.
I honestly don't know what to do with people of "twitter generation". When you are employer you can just fire them and refuse to hire new ones. When you are open site... they tend to clog all discussions and make them hard to follow.
So far LWN was place which happily avoided this fate (perhaps because it used subscription model), but cmccabe and nybble41 are subscribers thus it's obviously not a panacea.
Guys. Please, please, please don't write on LWN if you don't have time to think. Everyone does mistakes (phrase errare humanum est, … is well-known and loved), but somehow people start forgetting the second part of that some phrase (perseverare diabolicum). Be human! PLEASE!!!
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