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SubjectRe: SMP/cc Cluster description [was Linux/Pro]
On Wed, Dec 05, 2001 at 02:13:04PM -0800, Davide Libenzi wrote:
> On Wed, 5 Dec 2001, Larry McVoy wrote:
> > Oh, I agree with that. There is no doubt of that, I thought that was fairly
> > apparent. We aren't arguing about "what" we are arguing about "how". You
> > are saying "I can take the path explored before and do it better" and I'm
> > saying "Maybe, but extremely unlikely given history. It's far more likely
> > that you'll repeat history by ignoring it, a time honored tradition, albeit
> > ill-advised."
> Larry, I'd like to remember You that science progress has been made by
> people that forced common knowledge, starting from Platone spherical earth
> up to Einstain theory of relativity.
> A lot of failures sure, but a single success is enough to pay out.

How about you go read Einstein's history and show me where he made
discoveries by retracing paths which had been shown time and again to
be fruitless? You'll look for quite a while.

Great leaps forward typically come from a fresh approach, not from
retrying the same tired out ideas which have failed in the past.

On the other hand, as an old boss pointed out to me once, "don't worry
about the people wasting their time doing it wrong, it keeps them out of
your way". So maybe I should just bow out of this part of the discussion.
Larry McVoy lm at
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