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- Subject: Panda Bears will die, Sloths will live on
- From: "Patrick Mc(avery" <patrick@...>
- Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 12:01:35 -0400
I'll probably take a break for a couple of weeks from the list until the
latest "module storm" passes but I want to make one more point.
Panda bears will die. At least in the wild, they WILL go extinct, sooner
then later due to human activities but even without human activity their
finished. Why? because they are bad business people. Just because they
look like what people want animals to look like(cuddly) does not mean
they have a plan for survival. Panda bears are carnivores or at least
they were before they got into the plant eating business. Now they eat
nothing but bamboo a food their intestines can barely digest.
Sloths are much maligned but they out weigh primates 10:1 in biomass.
Why? because they are good business people. Their intestinal tracks are
not only adapted for plants but they adapt through their lives to
specialize on particular plants. Sloths can co-exist in the same area as
each adapts to food different then it's sloth neighbours.
Lua started off as a small simple language to help oil workers. I am
assuming these people don't know anything about closure or curries or
anonymous functions and whatnot but they do know geology. If this
language is being pushed solely by, and for academic types, working
people like me, who use it as a tool to actually get a physical task
done, will become more and more alienated.
As computers get faster and faster and memory becomes almost irrelevant,
management might just say, "screw it, embed Python, the geologists can't