Age cutoff, was: Recommendations for operating system
julesrichardsonuk at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Aug 28 13:23:20 CDT 2006
Chuck Guzis wrote:
> Right now, we're looking at what appears to me to be a mature technological
> system--we've got nothing but a forest of Pentiums and Pentium look-alikes
> with other minor CPUs occupying the role of embedded support functions.
> You've seen one, you've seen them all. Short of a major upheaval, I'd
> expect things to stay like this for a very long time. And it's boring.
Not so sure about that - in the natural world something wins out because it's
essentially the best tool for the job. In the technical world, something tends
to either win out because its built cheaply (and society won't pay for quality
any more) or because whoever made it was good at aggressive marketing.
I'm all for diversity - life's boring if everyone does the same thing. But
having said that, I could live with every computer being the same I think -
providing that computer was reliable, efficient, and built to last. It's the
fact that we've ended up with a sea of sub-standard throwaway product which
could be so much better that irritates.
> I don't know what the answer is.
I suspect there isn't one, but that the list member count is high enough that
things pretty much regulate themselves. If the majority of people aren't
interested in subject x then they won't reply to posts about subject x and so
over time less posts about subject x will be made. Trying to control list
direction by adding more rules or tweaking the rules that there are risks
completely upsetting the balance of things, I expect.
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