SPF sucks

Brandon Stout 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....

Brandon Stout

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