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On 21/03/14 18:05, Tim Hill wrote:
On Mar 21, 2014, at 4:42 AM, steve donovan <> wrote:
The next is Knuth's famous "Premature optimization is the root of all
evil" quote - but in context. He is saying that most of a program does
not need optimization and so micro-optimizations should only happen
where they make a difference.
Another way of looking at it, is that deciding what is “premature” is the tricky bit ;)

That's the same bane that affects the claims that use "enough", "sufficient", "too much", etc.: they are tautological. Too much _anything_ will kill you. If it doesn't kill you it's because it was not too much, that's what "too much" means. :)