[petsc-dev] Bad use of defined(MPI_XXX)

Matthew Knepley knepley at gmail.com
Sat May 25 18:42:56 CDT 2019

On Sat, May 25, 2019 at 6:11 PM Jed Brown via petsc-dev <
petsc-dev at mcs.anl.gov> wrote:

> Lisandro Dalcin <dalcinl at gmail.com> writes:
> > On Sat, 25 May 2019 at 07:08, Jed Brown via petsc-dev <
> petsc-dev at mcs.anl.gov>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> To be fair, Microsoft just doesn't have resources left over for MPI
> >> after all they've been putting into making sure nobody in China learns
> >> about Tiananmen Square.
> >>
> >>
> > Be careful, Jed. Any sympathizer or member of the Communist Party my
> > interpret your words as a political attack. I have to remember that our
> CoC
> > classifies political attacks as unacceptable behavior:
> >
> https://bitbucket.org/petsc/petsc/annotate/master/CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md?at=master&fileviewer=file-view-default#CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md-27
> My comment was flippant, but it is hard to overstate the devastating
> consequences of framing criticism of human rights abuse as a "political
> attack" for which sympathy is owed to the abusers.

That kind of moral absolutism is hard to sustain. It is not the color
scale. Real disagreements
exist about what is proper/moral/acceptable, even for conduct that is
reprehensible from one
point of view. Of course people can form a compact around some moral
principles, but it should
be clear that they exist because of the compact, not Plantonically in a
Moral Sphere.


What most experimenters take for granted before they begin their
experiments is infinitely more interesting than any results to which their
experiments lead.
-- Norbert Wiener

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