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In the News It does not happen every day that news related to computer technology - news we report on every day - makes its way to the headline news programs and newspapers here in my home country, The Netherlands. So when it does, I am usually on the edge of my seat, simply because it offers an interesting glimpse into how 'normal' people perceive our little world. The last few days, however, that casual interest has made way for something else - tooth gnashing irritation.
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Reculer Pour Mieux Sauter (Koestler)
by pg--az on Tue 11th Sep 2007 01:54 UTC
pg--az
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2006-03-15

>> So, some of your applications may not work, and as a result, you should check out alternative operating systems? Where none of your applications will work? <<

If the alternative over the very long run seems to promise "a way forward", maybe. Googling (( Reculer Pour Mieux Sauter (Koestler) )), the top two hits are French and German for this European "design pattern".
Back in my ancient University days I was fascinated by Koestler, while today Michael Behe sits on the shelf. The idea that you can't always get there with incremental-improvements-always-forward is Deeply Strategic.

In this case, Vista seems to be a "Reculer", but they shipped it before it was refined to "Sauter" grade. The moral being that if you are going to take a step backwards, there had better be a Huge Leap Forward to compensate. So for a customer to "bite the bullet" and take an even bigger step backwards( as in "none of your applications will work" ) there needs merely to be a sufficient promise of a way forward, in other words same principle. Which with Linux, the promise of being free of forced-upgrade-tax, "A dead/frozen operating system ia a good operating system", hmm...

Edited 2007-09-11 02:10

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llanitedave Member since:
2005-07-24

"Back in my ancient University days I was fascinated by Koestler, while today Michael Behe sits on the shelf. The idea that you can't always get there with incremental-improvements-always-forward is Deeply Strategic."

And anybody who gets their evolution wisdom from Michael Behe is getting misled. I wouldn't trust yours -- or his -- ideas about OS development any more than his (utterly bogus) ideas on biological development.

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pg--az Member since:
2006-03-15

>> anybody who gets their evolution wisdom from... I wouldn't trust yours -- or his -- ideas <<

I read 3 of Dawkins' books too, and for example there's nothing mysterious about the genetic markers traced by Spencer Wells' "Journey of Man" - mutations clearly do happen. But the Eigen's Error-Catastrophe which Paul Davies muses on in "Fifth Miracle" invites philosophizing - without that mysterious DNA-self-repair-or-checksumming the genome would degenerate hurriedly, in other words the human genome is already too complex to be stable against random mutations without the self-repair - how does DNA-self-repair know the beneficial mutations it should tolerate ?

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