Paradigms

Linus Torvalds began creating the Git version control system because he hated CVS –

“For the first 10 years of kernel maintenance, we literally used tarballs and patches, which is a much superior source control management system than CVS is, but I did end up using CVS for 7 years at a commercial company [presumably Transmeta] and I hate it with a passion. When I say I hate CVS with a passion, I have to also say that if there are any SVN (Subversion) users in the audience, you might want to leave. Because my hatred of CVS has meant that I see Subversion as being the most pointless project ever started. The slogan of Subversion for a while was ‘CVS done right’, or something like that, and if you start with that kind of slogan, there’s nowhere you can go. There is no way to do CVS right.”

This applies very much to the “band-aid solutions” that various economists and politicians keep coming up with on every issue to keep socialism alive, somehow – more taxes, windfall taxes, more welfare, more social expenditure, more subsidies, more succor; or to try to inject capitalism into a body ravaged by the socialist plague.

To paraphrase Torvalds, there is no way to do socialism (and all its bastardized versions) right.

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  • LightonSun  On July 28, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Did Ms.Rand explain the difference between passion and obsession?

  • LightonSun  On July 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Also did she/anyone EXPLAIN this :
    Why do the same people who understand the third law of motion or something more trivial like necessity of optimal blood pressure are divided when it comes to crap like ideologies and the rest of the bullshit?
    Please do not say one falls in science and the others in politics/ethics/moral f standpoint

    Was’nt she a little confused on freedom .. individual rights .. society ..and government?

    haha…..this is funny….

  • aristotlethegeek  On July 29, 2008 at 12:13 am

    I don’t know if she explained the difference, but the OED option is always available for those who want to know their meaning.

    Rand was not the only one who has had thoughts on political philosophy. Don’t believe me? Go and look around Wikipedia.

    The next time Thackrey’s or Narayan Rane’s people throw stones at your house, or a bomb explodes on a bus near you, or Sanjay Gandhi rises from the dead to force another series of “family planning” operations, or another Pol Pot thinks of restarting civilization, or another Pinochet kills a hundred thousand opponents or another Mugabe lets his goons go about dunking peoples’ hands in pots of boiling oil or skinning them alive, tell them that ideologies are crap, and that you find it funny. Yes, ideologies are crap. So sad that millions of people died all for a pot of shit.

    Why do I even bother.

  • LightonSun  On July 29, 2008 at 2:42 am

    And so very sad that these ideologies(crap) create a mass hysteria among many more hundreds/thousands if not millions.Is it not the people’s folly or may be the names you mentioned along with the ones on the side strip are intelligent enough to understand the psyche of these millions.

    Now coming to the individual freedom and society: When someone is born he/she enters into an already existing framework of accepted ways.Based on experiences,situations MAY be he/she begins to understand what’s right and what’s not right.This understanding is limited to the framework called society which to a certain extent reduces the meaning of “individual freedom”.Talking within the framework if someone sees the glass through the otherside and thinks things could be better there are many others who look in different angles from either sides only to see a different way of things being better from their perspective.Who knows how many variables/experiences make them to see in a particular way they see.Is it chance or is there something called freewill(I believe there is) or is it a nice combo of both?Now apply freewill with reason,it fits in well.
    Agreed that choices exist but this for me makes the model of society when you are talking about individual freedom.

    Rand for me is “How can you stand not knowing?” the rest, again in my opinion is sometimes over dramatized bad childhood,sometimes the utopian dream(valid),and at times pretentious.

    Thanks for the OED suggestion,looks like one word is
    (ir)rational extreme of the other.And if Sanjay Gandhi really rises from the dead,will first tell him how Rushdie described him and then think about losing virility.

    Boy this was funnier!

  • aristotlethegeek  On July 29, 2008 at 3:09 am

    The problem is – society is a group of individuals; it is not a huge blob of flesh with a million heads and arms crawling its way around, although it may appear to be so. Accepted ways can be unaccepted – civilizations change over time – sometimes for the better, sometimes for worse. And people change them, not society. Society did not discover relativity, it was Einstein, a Jew – an ethnic group Hitler held accountable for state of affairs in Nazi Germany; so many frames of reference within a single relationship.

    The individual is a higher concept as compared to society, and so “individual freedom” and liberty has to be placed above everything else, if society is to progress. We cannot survive and still maintain our sanity in a prison-like atmosphere. And nothing reduces the importance of “individual freedom”.

    You can have your own opinions on Rand, or any other author. Actually, if you take most of what she said, all of it has been said by many people in different ways. She simply compiled the concepts and created her own system of thought.

    I wrote a post on morality and the individual and it has been commented upon multiple times. If you are interested, you can read the thread here.

    All I can say is don’t devalue life by saying everything is crap. Too many people have lost their lives and minds over politics and political philosophy, and it is not something to be flippant about.

  • LightonSun  On July 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I did see the post but did not read it completely…..It might take sometime to understand what people are trying to say…life you know….

    hmmm…..try watching Kieslowski’s Decalogue,Three Colors,Double Life of Veronique…all of them…..I am still in the trip!

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