From: Spam Hater
Subject: Re: Working Spice for Linux?
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Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2002 07:46:45 GMT
It's not a matter of their programming skills. It's their not
understanding the underlaying mathematics involved.
There's some -serious- math going on inside there. All of the "fixed"
versions I've seen, and I've looked at a few, were done by people
without the necessary knowledge of the mathematics involved.
Can you show me the formula for the pressure, in four (4) dimensions,
of a wave traveling around a right-angle corner in a rectangular pipe?
Do you even know where to find it? Mayby you can, but the people that
have been porting and "fixing" spice sure can't.
Sorry. It's not a job for a hack.
On Thu, 17 Oct 2002 13:41:18 -0500, "John S. Dyson"
>"Spam Hater" wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
>> Hi Mark,
>> Get it from UC Berkeley. That's the only uncorrupted source I know.
>> Outside of the universities, there isn't someone that has the skill,
>> knowledge, time, and motivation to do a proper job. So I am suspect
>> of any other versions. (Except for a certain warm-beer-drinker that
>> created a version for personal fulfillment ;)
>Actually, I believe that the generalization is untrue (outside the universities,
>that the developers won't do a credible job.) However, if you generalize
>your last statement to include all of the SERIOUS hobbiests are low-level
>commercial workers, then that would be closer to true. Labors of love
>tend to be just as good as commercial work. For example, my labor
>of love when working on FreeBSD tended to be better than the alternatives
>given my goals.
>Casual hackers (in the traditional sense) do sometimes screw things up
>worse than help. IF someone goes to the trouble to set-up a project,
>it is likely that they are better motivated than a casual hacker.