Erik Naggum <email@example.com> writes [amongst many other things] in
response to John Ousterhout:
> ... right now, I'm having the distinct
> impression that you have left yourself in a very unenviable position by
> ridiculing only the most incoherent of your critics, ignoring lots of
> coherent arguments, and then arguing that you're swamped! by not answering
> technical points and instead turning to rhetorical tricks, you have
> yourself contributed to the voluminous flow of irrelevancy.
it is worth noting that ousterhout did respond over the years to many
pieces of criticism, on usenet and elsewhere. sometimes technical solutions
came as a result; consider the byte-code compiled tcl in 8.0.
people who have strong criticisms [and those who actually understand the
meaning of the word] have the obligation to do some homework and see if such
criticisms have been responded to in the past. life is too short to have to
re-respond to the same old bits again and again, and not everyone has
tom christiansen's stamina. :)