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If Manufacturing Had to Play by Software Rules... (All Articles)

I think I've got a good analogy for the outrageous practice of coding applications in a browser. It's like all the products of daily living had to be manufactured by the same factory that makes washing machines, with the same materials, processes, and machinery:

  • Cars wouldn't roll to their destination, they'd spin and vibrate until they got there.
  • Houses would be big metal boxes, really big, and only come in white or eggshell. Of course there would be only one window/door, but drafts wouldn't be a problem any more with that water-tight seal.
  • Everything would have a motor whether it needs it or not. For instance, telephones would be a minimum of 1/2 HP.
  • Even the simplest processes would now require a wash, rinse, and spin cycle. Opening the door to your house would take approximately 45 minutes.
  • Beds would be very uncomfortable, but on the plus side you could centrifuge yourself into utter unconciousness.

 

 


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