bms at mscis.org
Thu Jun 28 12:02:55 MDT 2007
Levi Pearson wrote:
> I'm not sure why it's necessary to come up with something better
> before criticizing what exists. Broken things are broken regardless
> of whether something better currently exists. There are, in fact,
> reasonable arguments against using most broken things even when there
> are no better alternatives. Those arguments won't always win in every
> situation, but that doesn't make them unworthy of consideration.
> Finally, ease of implementation is NO EXCUSE for brokenness. If X is
> broken but easy to implement, and Y is not broken but difficult to
> implement, then the existence of Y does not preclude arguments against
> X simply because Y is hard. Sometimes the right solution IS hard.
True! Taking my airplane analogy from my last post into this one:
Jumping off a cliff is an easy way to implement flying. Unfortunately
it won't last long. Making an airplane takes much longer than jumping
off a cliff, but you'll probably be fine when you land....
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