I don't think the essay was a defense of C. It seemed to be a complaint that Rust doesn't optimize for what C programmers expect. His primary criticism is absence of a spec.
Indeed. Beware of the fallacy that code is complicated because the problem is complicated. While there's always irreducible complexities in software, my experience indicates that the bulk of software complexity stems from complying with the needs of other components in the system. Rarely is the problem being solved so complex that one or two can't understand it in its entirety.
@vertigo Yeah! The difference between incidental and essential complexity is an important one.
I guess if you're thinking of replacing most or all of the components, then you have a chance to remove some of the complexity that is essential to one existing component (for interop) but incidental within the larger scheme.
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At the same time, he's got a graduate degree in sociology & was raised in a very literature focused setting. Xanadu was very much influenced by established ideas about publishing, and focused on the scholar.
When XOC spun off, the deal was that Ted would have no control over the tech but would own the flagship publishing platform, taking subscriptions & basically doing what Medium is doing.
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Ted's a special case, & not quite in the same circle as Stewart Brand. You gotta understand: he's the child of a silent film star & a TV producer, & is just slightly too old to have been at the peak of psychedelia. (He took Tim Leary's classes right before Leary found mescaline, & filmed Lilly's dolphin research before Lilly started self-experimentation.) For him, computers are rightly show-business.
Certainly the Stewart Brand - Steve Wozniak - Steve Jobs type of Silicon Valley 1970 technohippies wouldn't quite have used the word 'people struggles' because they weren't really coming at things from a classical left type of perspective where everything is a 'struggle'.
But they would and did think in terms of concepts like 'decentralisation' and not all of that was purely marketing rhetoric.
I'm interested in how that vision lent itself to centralisation.
From my perhaps warped perspective, I think part of the problem is the right-libertarian idea that basically you don't need to care about anyone else because the Market will just magically sort everything all out for you. All you need to do is improve your own (life, body, mind, soul, etc) and you'll get healthy/calm/rich and it's all about Personal Responsibility.
I actually believe in part of the psychedelic vision... but I think it needs collective action.
Yup. Success is a great way to make yourself miserable, because nothing can ever live up to the kind of satisfaction one associates with a seemingly unachievable goal (including achieving it).
We are already ruled by “private governments,” and they suck. The “private governments” created by companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook are as stupid and corrupt as conservatives think our real government is.
Somebody call Tim Leary; I think he's needed again: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/mar/26/acid-test-how-psychedelic-virtual-reality-can-end-societys-mass-bad-trip
Alan Kay brings the shade: https://www.quora.com/What-will-Silicon-Valley-do-once-it-runs-out-of-Doug-Engelbarts-ideas
It's funny how they managed to write a whole article about this hypothesis without ever citing Adam Smith's #InvisibleHand which stands at the root of #Capitalism justification: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invisible_hand
People subdued by Capitalism's #Hegemony cannot think of anything that could effectively challenge its position.
As #Freire wrote, the oppressed internalize the oppression and protect the oppressors.
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