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On the other hand, by now you probably have more fixed function hardware in your brain for string/regex matching than any other human alive.

What an unnerving concept! I think there are many more people with better algorithmic understanding of the problems. I am more of a 'bang on the problem with a stick until it kinda works' type meathead with a few cheesy SIMD tricks up my sleeve.

I am hoping to move on, but I admit I do have a "few more ideas" in that area - possibly even slightly less 'meatheaded' than previous outings. Maybe (although everything looks better on paper).

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