[TUHS] Were cron and at done at the same time? Or one before the other?

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Thu Dec 10 02:40:00 AEST 2020

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 8:41 AM Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:

> Amen Doug.
> On Tue, Dec 8, 2020 at 11:36 PM M Douglas McIlroy <
> m.douglas.mcilroy at dartmouth.edu> wrote:
>> To paraphrase John Cocke (speaking about Fortran): one must understand
>> that Unix commands are not a logical language. They are a natural
>> language--in the sense that they developed by organic evolution, not
>> "intelligent design".
> But I offer a suggestion that another dimension that should be forgotten
> in time scale and the economics within.
> When things evolve they do so on different clocks that are not
> necessarily linear.   *i.e. *what was 'better' (winning) today, but might
> not be considered so tomorrow, however could yet prove otherwise sometime
> later.  I use programming languages as a great example...   There was a
> huge C vs Pascal debate, that C 'won' - but I've always said the rise of
> C++ came from the Pascal folks that could say "C didn't win."  From the
> ashes of C++ we have Java, Go, and Rust.
> My point is that   "intelligent design" doesn't necessarily guarantee
> goodness or for that matter,complete logical thinking.
> My own take on this is what I call "Cole's Law"   *Simple economics
> always beats sophisticated architecture.*
> What you call *organic evolution* is what I think of what makes the *best
> economic sense* for the user and that is a function of the time scale and
> available resources at the time of creation/deployment.

I agree, but I thought Cole's Law was thinly sliced cabbage.


> Clem
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