[vcf-midatlantic] efficiency, put another way

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Wed Jun 8 01:44:02 EDT 2016

  [sorry if you see this twice; I sent it to the "old" list in error]

  To put the efficiency argument another way..

  It seems we (the larger "we", societally) have called into question
the basic value of efficiency.  Is efficiency inherently valuable?  I
say it is.

  Many people, however, say it isn't, or at least imply that it isn't,
because they say things like "RAM is basically free, so it doesn't
matter".  (Evan, I know you were speaking as devil's advocate there)

  The problem is, these people are gratuitously and cavalierly stating
that efficiency is no longer important in order to excuse themselves
from having to know what they're doing, to absolve themselves of
responsibility for creating crap results (crappy software, etc), or to
give themselves an "out" by justifying their laziness.

  I assert that efficiency is inherently good, and laziness is
inherently bad.  These assertions are, I firmly believe, beyond question.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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