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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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