Home Why is printing "B" dramatically slower than printing "#"?
 I generated two matrices of 1000 x 1000: First Matrix: O and #. Second Matrix: O and B. Using the following code, the first matrix took 8.52 seconds to complete: Random r = new Random(); for (int i = 0; i < 1000; i++) { for (int j = 0; j < 1000; j++) { if(r.nextInt(4) == 0) { System.out.print("O"); } else { System.out.print("#"); } } System.out.println(""); }  With this code, the second matrix took 259.152 seconds to complete: Random r = new Random(); for (int i = 0; i < 1000; i++) { for (int j = 0; j < 1000; j++) { if(r.nextInt(4) == 0) { System.out.print("O"); } else { System.out.print("B"); //only line changed } } System.out.println(""); }  What is the reason behind the dramatically different run times? As suggested in the comments, printing only System.out.print("#"); takes 7.8871 seconds, whereas System.out.print("B"); gives still printing.... As others who pointed out that it works for them normally, I tried Ideone.com for instance, and both pieces of code execute at the same speed. Test Conditions: I ran this test from Netbeans 7.2, with the output into its console I used System.nanoTime() for measurements