"Garbage Collection is Wrong" Explained

My other website, LB-Stuff.com, has been the primary target for my sudden urges to write articles on various things. People keep calling them blog posts (they're not), so I finally decided to make an actual blog. I figured "Eh, I like writing, and it's more comfortable than verbal communication", so why not?

The first article I wrote on my site was titled "Garbage Collection is Wrong". Yikes, what was 17-year-old me thinking? It was unintentional flamebait that ended with me having to put in a banner explaining that I didn't really know what I was talking about because I was just a teenager. Well, now I'm 20 and I still regret writing that article. I don't dare erase it, however. Sure, I often edit my forum posts dozens of times after submitting them and occasionally delete them mere seconds afterward (I am pretty impulsive sometimes and quickly regret the things I say), but I'm afraid that deleting the page would generate the wrong response. (Specifically, not a 404 or 410.)

I often write in moments of passion, but I've learned over the years that I have a lot of cognitive dissonance. There's a lot of good ideas floating around in my head, and a lot of bad ones too. I don't spend too much time thinking about them, so when I finally bring them together in a moment of passion to try and form an argument, the result is... a mess. My first mess was the garbage collection article.

My stance now is that GC is often used in scenarios where it is not beneficial - there are good use cases for GC, but there are more incorrect uses. But like anything related to computers, people will find a way to make it work better, and GC is decently fast nowadays. I still don't like it, but at least I've learned not to talk about things I am not very knowledgeable about. Internet people are ferocious, feral beasts that tear you to shreds at the first sign of an opinion.


  1. "Internet people are ferocious, feral beasts that tear you to shreds at the first sign of an opinion."
    I wish to quote you on that


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