Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 14:55 UTC
General Unix James Hague: "But all the little bits of complexity, all those cases where indecision caused one option that probably wasn't even needed in the first place to be replaced by two options, all those bad choices that were never remedied for fear of someone somewhere having to change a line of code... They slowly accreted until it all got out of control, and we got comfortable with systems that were impossible to understand." Counterpoint by John Cook: "Some of the growth in complexity is understandable. It's a lot easier to maintain an orthogonal design when your software isn't being used. Software that gets used becomes less orthogonal and develops diagonal shortcuts." If there's ever been a system in dire need of a complete redesign, it's UNIX and its derivatives. A mess doesn't even begin to describe it (for those already frantically reaching for the comment button, note that this applies to other systems as well).
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Zifre
Member since:
2009-10-04

Nope, sorry. Just because you want something to be true doesn't make it true.

There is really nothing very out of the ordinary in the grammar of English (except for the usual selection of oddities that you can find in every natural language). I'm not sure how you can say it's any less "uniform" than Latin or Japanese. It's also far easier to learn than Latin or Japanese for people of most linguistic backgrounds due to its analytic/isolating nature. Latin wins on phonetic spelling, but English and Japanese are pretty comparable in terms of wackiness of the writing system.

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Hypnos Member since:
2008-11-19

How do you know what I want?

Anyway, understanding this objectively is not trivial. Maybe worth reading this: bit.ly/JKRzxc

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