- z2015-04-19- White Anti Freedom Culture
KenWhite recognizes he can't blame college students for their anti-FreeDom attitudes too much when our entire CultUre has trained them that way. Terror Ism, War On Drugs, Free Speech... I call these young people out for valuing illusory and subjective safety over liberty. I accuse them of accepting that speech is "harmful" without logic or proof. I mock them for not grasping that universities are supposed to be places of open inquiry. I condemn them for not being critical about the difference between nasty speech and nasty actions, and for thinking they have a right not to be offended. I belittle them for abandoning fundamental American values.
But recently a question occurred to me: where, exactly, do I think these young people should have learned the values that I expect them to uphold?
Today's college students came of age in the years after 9/11. What did we teach them about the balance between liberty and safety in that time?
- z2003-03-07- Extremely Successful Software
Kenneth Dickey on and "Extremely Successful" software project. Used Extreme Programming and Common Lisp and CORBA. What gives a best match implementation technology? In our case it was not being up to date. Using the latest technology typically means that engineering effort is spent on tracking technology as it evolves. It also implies a higher learning cost than picking up training materials, well developed practices, and people who already know the technology. It makes sense to do this in areas where the newest technologies give Competitive Advantage in your company's value added area. In our case, we did not see value compelling enough to overcome the costs... You have to be able to update the code on a running server. If you can afford to fail, you can implement the server with any technology. We can't afford to fail... Interestingly, when we checked we found that a number of Fortune 1000 companies were using LisP in critical applications such as on-line banking and AirLine reservation systems.
- z2006-01-10- Christensen Ipod Disruption Proprietary
Clayton Christensen believes Apple Computer's IPod needs to break out of the proprietary stage to avoid being wiped out down the road. Look at any industry -- not just computers and MP3 players. You also see it in aircrafts and software, and medical devices, and over and over. During the early stages of an industry, when the functionality and reliability of a product isn't yet adequate to meet customer's needs, a proprietary solution is almost always the right solution -- because it allows you to knit all the pieces together in an optimized way. But once the technology matures and becomes good enough, industry standards emerge. That leads to the standardization of interfaces, which lets companies specialize on pieces of the overall system, and the product becomes modular (InterOp). At that point, the Competitive Advantage of the early leader dissipates, and the ability to make money migrates to whoever controls the performance-defining subsystem.
Interesting discussion about Harvard Business School case study on Apple Computer history (John Sculley, etc.) (maybe that proves that MBA-s are wrong).
May'2012: He makes similar arguments about the IPhone. I worry that Apple is in the same situation, in that the sequence of extraordinary products has been disruptive relative to the traditional competitors in the marketplace, but relative to Apple’s business model, they have not been disruptive to Apple. So they haven’t seen this problem before.
- z2013-09-23- Thompson Contra Christensen Apple
Ben Thompson explains why Clayton Christensen's predictions (z2006-01-10-ChristensenIpodDisruptionProprietary) about Apple Computer's closed products losing to open/modular alternatives keep failing. The theory of low-end disruption (Disruptive Innovation) is fundamentally flawed... Consumers (B2C) don’t buy aircraft, software, or medical devices. Businesses (B2B) do... Consumers aren't rational... In the case of low-end disruption, the rational buyer considers the superior integrated offering and the inferior (but still good) modular offering, decides the latter is “good enough,” and buys it because it is cheaper... The attribute most valued by consumers, assuming a product is at least in the general vicinity of a need, is Ease Of Use. It’s not the only one – again, doing a Job To Be Done is most important – but all things being equal, consumers prefer a superior user experience. What is interesting about this attribute is that it is impossible to overshoot... The business (Enter Prise) buyer, famously, does not care about the user experience.
- z2004-08-24- Innovation And Evolution
TimWu questions the technologists' thoughtless love of Innovat Ion: those who share a faith in the importance of innovation should be sure that what we fight hardest for is not just the abstract beauty of new technologies, but ideals that actually have some connection to human ends. One cool comment - Innovation is a component of Evolut Ion. Evolution and the core of our existence are intertwined. Thus, for people to be who they truly are, the must be allowed to evolve. Otherwise, people will not be allowed to be who they truly are, disharmony and injustice will result and human Happi Ness will not be achieved. Falls into my Worldview Roadmap.
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