A lot of what we call luck boils down to us being in groups that don’t face discrimination and other problems. I don’t feel guilty about being a man but I do realise that it has certain benefits that women don’t get and certain opportunities I get that women have to fight much harder for. This doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. But denying that this is the case in order to preserve my illusions makes me an ignorant person. And, with a few modest exceptions, I generally prefer not to be ignorant.
Some arsehole on Lambda the Ultimate who points to an unreadable PDF filled with mathematical equations proving that unless you know Haskell you aren’t a good person and should just go die in a fire rather than bother fitting lightbulbs.
300 or so tossers on Hacker News bitching about how the lightbulb “doesn’t scale” because the bulb they’ve put in their bedside lamp isn’t able to double as a floodlight for a fucking soccer stadium.
With the triumph of client-side scripting—of “web.js”, in this specific way, we’re going back to the bad old days of computing but for the most trivial pieces of software. Why does every newspaper or blog have to behave differently, to modify the experience of using a simple system for the retrieval of rich text documents. It doesn’t. There’s no valid justification for it. It’s a cargo cult: people do it because everyone else is doing it