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Blog Archive for johnm during March 2005

Kim Burchett posted a great story illustrating the Misunderstandings that happen in the software business. Hilarious, in a sad, scary, and all too true way.
Way back when, Bob Metcalfe, one of the creators of ethernet, coined a formula that says that the value of a network grows on the order of n2. During the internet boom, that so-called "law" was used in bazillions of pitches to (attempt to) justify all sorts of aggressive growth strategies. Andrew Odlyzko and Benjamin Tilly have recently written a paper, A refutation of Metcalfe’s Law and a...
Guy Steele is leading a group to build a new programming language called Fortress. In homage to the old SATs, Fortress is to Fortran as Java is to C++. :-) That is, Fortress is about doing high-performance number crunching. Alas, Fortress is not yet available for us to play with. The complete article is: The Soul of a New Programming Language. The most telling quote: "I'm now not convinced that...
EPIC 2014 is an 8 minute, Flash movie from the year 2014 about a very 1984-ish outcome to the juggernaut that is Google. Hilarious, in a scary way. :-)
Well, I am a sucker for discussions about risk and software development. There are some interesting tidbits in Tiwana and Keil's: the one-minute risk assessment tool article for the ACM's Queue magazine. Alas, there are some fundamental problems with the article. So, definitely read it, but with a few grains of salt :-). First off, while they noted the (potential of) self-selection bias, that's...