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So this story….

https://lobste.rs/s/ryjpwg/biggest_weirdest_commits_linux_kernel

…reminded me of this blog post.

And this paper…

https://arxiv.org/pdf/0706.1062.pdf

Although I will also toss in the caveat that most distributions run into physical limitations at the extreme ends.

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    Entertainingly written, right on the money, and the advice is broadly applicable and clear on what you should do and why you should do it. Thanks for posting this!

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      Another essay I think of as being in this genre, of mathematical shapes that are often spuriously eyeballed, often with an implication of deep meaning attached: “Fibonacci Flim-Flam”.