XML is verbose
Juan Julián Merelo Guervós, Pedro A. Castillo, and Enrique Alba (2009).
a flexible Perl module for evolutionary computation. Soft Computing
Regeya's 2004 article "Why YAML? Why
not?" gets cited for the proposition that XML is about 10% more efficient
than YAML, as one of several reasons for using YAML over XML. Not that the
article provided much data for that, but I'll take it.
C# is slow
Ju-Hwan Chaa and Myung-Il Roh (2010). Combined discrete
event and discrete time simulation framework and its application to the block
erection process in shipbuilding. Advances in Engineering Software
Continuing in our core competence here, erection processes. Err, I mean
settling comparisons between technologies. This paper cites ucblockhead's 2002
Comparison, C#, C++ and Java" for the proposition that "the running speed
of a program written in C# language is generally slower than that of a program
written in C++ language".
Source code analysis
M.A. Storey et al. (2007). How programmers can turn
comments into waypoints for code navigation. In Proceedings of the
2007 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 265-274.
As part of a discussion of how programmers use comments as both navigational
waypoints and for various kinds of expression, cites Selznak's 2004 article "We Are Morons: a
quick look at the Win2k source", which did a brief analysis of the leaked
Windows 2000 source code, with a particular focus on some of the comments.
K.P. Tan (2010). Pontianaks, ghosts, and the possessed: Female monstrosity and national anxiety in Singapore cinema. Asian Studies Review 34(2): 151-170.
Lino Faccini (2009). The incredible case of the shrinking penis: A Koro-like syndrome in an person with intellectually disability. Sexuality and Disability 27(3):
Now this is a subject on which I daresay new Kuro5hin still ought to be proud
of its long-ago expertise. Vaughan's 2002 article "Koro: A Natural
History of Penis Panics" is cited as a general intro to the subject. It's
even a pretty good one, fortunately, and Vaughan has a
Phd in a relevant area, so we're legit experts here.