currently i agree, only because it's designed that way from the manufacturer.

A solid state machine with a reasonable interface feels like an extension of self, but i suspect that everyone's ideal interface is different, meaning the more mass-marketable something is, the worse it fits, resulting in everyone ending up with bottom tier experience on hardware capable of providing so much more than the user will ever know.


@eryn @dredmorbius @selfsame

All code is technical debt in the same way that municipal infrastructure is technical debt. (I can point you at a rabbit-hole of articles-I-found-fascinating on this subject.)

That doesn't *automatically* mean it's not worth the investment, but it certainly can end up costing more than it's worth... and that cost can be weaponized.

@selfsame @eryn @woozle I'd very much like to see that.

As an example of technology-as-debt going beyond code, take China's concrete debt. The country has poured more concrete in a decade than the US did in a century. But concrete doesn't last forever -- well-maintained half-life is about 100 years, poorly maintained is half that or less. That clock is ticking, and has both interest (maintenance) and principle (replacement) components.

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