Dragaera and Shakespeare [Spoiler for POTD]

Mon Feb 24 10:52:13 PST 2003

On Thu, 20 Feb 2003, Philip Hart wrote:

@> > Of course they're criticizable!  Criticism is part of the environment (or
@> > interaction) which shapes their future behavior.  If they're dangerously
@> > immune to criticism we call them mentally ill and lock them up.
@> Ok, I was trying to preserve some sort of people/non-people language
@> distinction - one doesn't criticize one's computer, one reboots it or
@> downloads a new RPM or tells it to kill some annoying process.  


Speaking as someone who's worked with computers for many years, I have to
say that I spend quite a bit of time and energy criticizing them.

(In fact, one of the primary characteristics of hacker jargon is the
blurring of the distinction between person and non-person. It is
frequently said that "OpenSSH doesn't want to talk to commercial SSH",
when you would probably have it as "OpenSSH and commercial SSH frequently
function in incompatible ways", since programs can't want.)