Software Disenchantement - Nikita

5th January 2021 at 8:28am

The author basically complains about how software development became so bad and I fully agree with him.

Here are my favorites:

Modern text editors have higher latency than 42-year-old Emacs. Text editors! What can be simpler? On each keystroke, all you have to do is update a tiny rectangular region and modern text editors can’t do that in 16ms. It’s a lot of time. A LOT. A 3D game can fill the whole screen with hundreds of thousands (!!!) of polygons in the same 16ms and also process input, recalculate the world and dynamically load/unload resources. How come?

The iPhone 4s was released with iOS 5, but can barely run iOS 9. And it’s not because iOS 9 is that much superior—it’s basically the same. But their new hardware is faster, so they made software slower. Don’t worry—you got exciting new capabilities like…running the same apps with the same speed! I dunno.

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Backlinks: Killing the web, Preventing the Collapse of Civilization - Jonathan Blow, ReactOS, Simple made easy - Rich Hickey