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December 10, 2003

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 8:28 PM

“Worse is Better”? Jim Waldo claims that not really, Worse is simply Worse.

I had an interesting idea today, combining two of my favorite computational pasttimes, lisp and operating systems. Need to ruminate on it some more and write it up.

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4 Comments »

  1. The author seems merely to be annoyed that he had misunderstood “worse is better” for a long time, and that now his misunderstadning shifted.
    “Worse is better” really does mean “quick and dirty is better” (unlike what the author says) — the rest of the paper goes to prove why q&d results in systems which do less with less — and the second less is the more important one. This has nothing to do with “goodness metrics” and everything to do with how quickly implementing something that works is a powerful tool. (Cf. Linux vs. HURD)

    Comment by moshez — December 10, 2003 @ 11:49 AM | Reply

  2. Sounds interesting. Lisp, and OS.
    One more day to CtF!

    Comment by ideawerkz — December 10, 2003 @ 6:38 PM | Reply

  3. Rejuvenation of SchemeOS?
    Remember SchemeOS? The one that never came to life?

    Comment by omerm — December 14, 2003 @ 9:44 AM | Reply

    • Re: Rejuvenation of SchemeOS?
      Indeed… subconcious influence, perhaps… 🙂

      Comment by mulix — December 14, 2003 @ 1:48 PM | Reply


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