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Can You Solve this Tropical Puzzle?

This strange brain teaser has been circulating around our office recently. We've come up with a few different plausible solutions. Can you solve it? 1000  people live on a tropical paradise island. They are all really smart  and always act with perfect rationality. They’re also mute- they can’t  talk but they can hear and ...

Java Performance: synchronized() vs Lock

Yesterday, I noticed that one of our systems was using a Lock where a plain old synchronized() block would suffice, and I thought to myself, does this matter? Since the Lock was already fulfilling the same role, the only real question was performance. My gut told me that there should be a performance difference between ...