Re: this post is not off-topic
Well, I can't make the claim that I understood the analogy, so my
apologies for not grasping the connection.
I have no interest in commenting on decisions about release dates, since
that is very much in others' areas of expertise. The question of the value
of social equality, though, is in my expertise, so I'll bite. There are
demonstrated "goods" that occur more, or more frequently, in societies
with lower degrees of internal inequality, *regardless* of absolute degree
of wealth. That is, there are demonstrable benefits that members of
societies gain by increased equality, even if that equality is the result
of a policy that reduces the potential attainment of some sector of the
society. Crime rates are an obvious, and well-documented,
example; theorized, but poorly researched, is the possibility that
industrial productivity is a similar characteristic.
There. Now it's *really* off-topic :)
Andrew J Perrin - http://www.unc.edu/~aperrin
Assistant Professor of Sociology, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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On Mon, 3 Jun 2002, David Wright wrote:
> > s/not\s+//;
> I appreciate the good-natured jibe. I didn't think the analogy to the
> Debian release process was so far-fetched, but it appears that it is.
> I never understood people who claim that to relase Woody for mainstream
> architectures (essentially i386 and PPC) before releasing it for
> non-mainstream architectures would make the non-mainstream architectures
> "second class citizens."
> I was hoping someone who takes this position would either explain why my
> ananlogy fails or explain why we really should spend on all 11 diseases
> equally, even though this does not help the most people that we can.
> I really would like to understand those people better, because right now
> they seem as silly to me as the people who want rich kids attend public
> schools to ensure that their money doesn't buy then a better education
> than the poor kids get. (Equality by holding everyone back.)
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