Re: Re: Perhaps you should do some research on what analogies are (and are not).
No, analogies are by nature imperfect, and are misleading if misinterpreted.
Analogies are not: True.
That depends on your definition of truth. Fiction, for example, is not factual but good fiction contains truths.
If you wanted a better analogy, you could have mentioned digging at an archaeological site, rather than a ditch. Then the issue becomes, not quantity of earth moved, but quality.
My point was about using tools that make the work faster and easier. Your interpretation of the analogy to include the idea that programming is about moving as much stuff around as quickly as possible is a classic example of taking an analogy further than it was intended. I also didn't mean that programming is better if you use diesel power. It's an analogy, not a description.
Is that “analogy” enough for you?
I don't agree with it, because a text editor doesn't give you finer control over your project than an IDE. But it works fine.
When I read about things like this I wonder if in their meetings (for example with their lawyers) the executives actually say things like "make sure you write the contract so we won't have to actually deploy any fiber but they'll think we're going to" or if they somehow phrase it so they can convince themselves they're not intentionally screwing over millions of people.
The problem with Java and its ilk is that it is mandatory that you are manually involved with creating all the type specifications for every interaction. The creators of Java did NOT learn these lessons from the past - even though many involved are very smart people (certainly smarter than myself).
This is no different than an old lawsuit 20-years ago that was rejected, where a Japanese motorcycle company created their first V-Twin engine, and then went forward trying to 'patent' the sound of its exhaust, dragging Harley-Davidson into the mud trying to protect their 'presumed ownership' of V-Twin sound (desired by their almost-monopolistic market).
It was the other way around, H-D tried to patent it, and their competitors objected.
One of my favorites is selecting an expression and hitting a key combo to assign it to a new local variable. I don't have to know the type of the expression, the IDE will do it for me, and pick a reasonable name.
Copyright law was never designed to promote incentives for creating intellectual properties, it was designed as a shield where those who create intellectual properties could protect what they create in a court of law.
Then it needs to be repealed, because there is no constitutional authority for copyright law that is not designed to promote public progress.
Of course, the provider has to be trustworthy, as my bank is now!
Not just trustworthy, but secure. Criminal organizations and foreign nations would be trying to break in and steal the information needed to make use of the pointers you describe. And eventually one or more of them would probably succeed.
Re: Yet Another Libertarian 'Free-Citizen' Circle Jerk
Translation back to How the Law is Supposed to Work:
Man previously arrested for smuggling cigarettes, found in another state with lots of cash. Police confiscate cash without probable cause and retain it in violation of forfeiture procedures, and with actual knowledge that he wanted it back.
Demanding due process is not "libertarian uberspeak".