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more on the US and the middle east

Related to my previous posting, interesting articles from Time Magazine here) and The Economist (here) on various aspects of the possible invasion of Iraq and US views on the Middle East, and from the Washington Post (here) on the "saudis as the enemy" view.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 10, 2002 at 2:11 PM

why not gore

"We love you, you're perfect, goodbye" an op-ed in today's New York Times argues for Gore not running in 2004. Aside from the good arguments and summary, a phrase caught my attention:

When was the last time that, two years before the election, the assortment of candidates didn't make your heart sink a little? You want Martin Sheen, but he's not the president, he just plays one on TV. Let Mr. Gore stand down, and one of the others will rise to the occasion.

Somebody should try running the Bartlett campaign for real, using the fictional characters and everything. They could then record it (think The Osbournes) and broadcast it as a series. At the very least, the actors in The West Wing appear way more professional at their jobs than most government officials these days.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 10, 2002 at 10:42 AM


As Heinlein said, "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch". From the end of the era of free. What the article says is true, but I wonder how it will affect use of the Internet? How many people in poor countries will not be able to access information and news from anywhere in the world anymore?

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 10, 2002 at 9:57 AM

the evolution of software development

In a recent entry on his weblog Eric Raymond replies to a critique of open source by Steven de Beste. If we are reaching a limit of "sustainability" in software project sizes and are therefore about to "hit a wall", is open source the only answer to it?

Personally, I don't think so. Both open and closed source have their place, and large software teams exist for both development systems, some even with "mixed environments."

Now, what I really would like to know is where Raymond gets some of his "facts" such as "Software project sizes are roughly doubling every eighteen months." How, exactly, is this estimate reached? Size regarding what? Lines of code? Classes? People? In which context? And even if some measure of software was growing at that rate, that might not necessarily mean much. Lindes of code, for example, rise possibly by an order of magnitude when switching from procedural to object oriented code, and yet the code ends up being cleaner (since the interfaces used are more abstract) and easier to maintain. So maybe somebody should define what the terms of the discussion are before everybody gets all worked up about these things.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 10, 2002 at 2:19 AM

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