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· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · May
· · · · 16 (3 entries)

Views of Freedom · The re­cent re­lease of MT3.0 has pro­voked a whole lot of smart com­men­tary around the net over the past few days: for ex­am­ple see Si­mon Phipps (here and here) and Alan Burli­son. But the one that hit me hard­est is Mark Pilgrim’s Free­dom 0. This piece has been crit­i­cized (cor­rect­ly) as dis­con­nect­ed from the way con­sumer soft­ware works (sum­ma­ry: users pay for fea­tures). And in­deed, Mark doesn’t think about this the way a con­sumer would: how many of them run eleven sites? In­stead, he thinks about this like a CIO does . “Freedom 0” is all about pre­dictabil­i­ty and risk re­duc­tion; CIO ter­ri­to­ry, big-time. Mark car­ries the ar­gu­ment to ex­tremes be­cause that’s the kind of writ­er he is, but it’s an ar­gu­ment ev­ery­one in the soft­ware busi­ness should be think­ing about.
 
The Language of Force · By now, ev­ery news­read­ing sen­tient be­ing on the plan­et has heard of the New York­er piece on how the tor­ture hap­pened. Part of it, that hasn’t been writ­ten up much, got me mad, red-faced sleep-stealing mad. It seems that a lot of the plan­ning was based on am­a­teur­ish racist loony-science. Every­where you look around this sto­ry there is filth, filth ...
 
*ist D · No, that ti­tle isn’t a mis­print, it’s the name some trans-Pacific Lost-In-Translation sce­nario con­ferred on the Pen­tax Dig­i­tal SLR we just got. Some notes on the new world of Dig­i­tal SLRs ...
 
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