RFR: 8221477: Inject os/cpu-specific constants into Unsafe from JVM

Andrew Haley aph at redhat.com
Thu Mar 28 16:23:07 UTC 2019

On 3/28/19 3:22 PM, Thomas Stüfe wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 3:41 PM Andrew Dinn <adinn at redhat.com> wrote:
>> s/iff/if
>> The second of those was actually intended to be iff. This is a common
>> abbreviation used by English/US mathematicians and logicians to write
>> 'if and only if' (it is also sometimes written as <=>). Since you didn't
>> recognize it I guess I really need to write it out in full.
> Oh, don't worry on my account. I am not a native speaker nor a
> mathematician. You could leave iff and add [sic] to make everyone curious
> and start googling "iff" :)


  The notation iff is used for "if and only if". A few years ago,
  while lecturing in Denmark, I used Fif instead, reasoning that since
  "if and only if" was a symmetric concept its notation should be
  symmetric also.  Without knowing it, I had punned in Danish and the
  audience laughed, for fif in Danish means "a little trick". I
  resolved thereafter to use fif so I could tell my joke, but my
  colleagues talked me out of it.


Andrew Haley
Java Platform Lead Engineer
Red Hat UK Ltd. <https://www.redhat.com>
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