Ongoing New Quotes / Articles

I have an old page: legendary quotes.

As I gather new ones, I will add new ideas here and prune them over time:

“Just recently I came to a realization, people and organisations exist in a competency / incompetency matrix.

The competent orgs with incompetent people are your blue chips and “traditional” companies. They ship stuff, have customers, grow along with the overall market and economy and are able to survive most non-existential threats and down-turns and even existential ones from time to time. All, or most, the competency is institutional, recorded in implicit knowledge held by people and various tools and processes. Unless those companies loose that knowledge for some reason, things are good.” – hef19898 – On HN

“When making life decisions, going in the direction of more money can be wise. However, we must keep in mind that when we choose money, we don’t choose much. We just decide to decide later.”

“Upper limit of complexity is infinity? An engineer can hold a whole complicated system in his head and work on it. When he leaves and needs to pass it on, he won’t be able to communicate it all. Complexity we can sustain over time is less than today.”

Norris Numbers – average amount of code an untrained programmer can write before he or she hits a wall. Clift estimates this as 1,500 lines. Beyond that the code becomes so tangled that the author cannot debug or modify it without herculean effort.

… the very language that one could use to make a comparison is taken away, and the possibility of benchmarking on a different infrastructure is an endeavor akin to rewriting everything from scratch.

““The choice isn’t between automation and non-automation,” said Erik Brynjolfsson, the director of M.I.T.’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. “It’s between whether you use the technology in a way that creates shared prosperity, or more concentration of wealth.””


The most plausible explanation I’ve seen for people moving off programming onto different jobs:

A case where tight feedback loops don’t help.

What Color is Your Function?


psychohistory is real:

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