But we did that in 1994 and 1995. What we did from 1996 through 1999 was coast along, riding the wave caused by what we did before.
Why? Because the company stopped innovating. The company got big, and big companies just aren’t creative. There exist counterexamples to this, but in general, great things are accomplished by small groups of people who are driven, who have unity of purpose. The more people involved, the slower and stupider their union is.
And there’s another factor involved, which is that you can divide our industry into two kinds of people: those who want to go work for a company to make it successful, and those who want to go work for a successful company. Netscape’s early success and rapid growth caused us to stop getting the former and start getting the latter.
“There seems to be a common fallacy among programmers that using memory is good: on current hardware it is often much faster to recompute values than to have to reference memory to get a precomputed value. A full cache miss can be hundreds of cycles, and hundreds of times the power consumption of an instruction that hits in the first level cache. Making things smaller almost always makes them faster (and lower power).”—Interview: Jim Gettys (Part I)
“Every time you attempt to parse HTML with regular expressions, the unholy child weeps the blood of virgins, and Russian hackers pwn your webapp. Parsing HTML with regex summons tainted souls into the realm of the living.”—Parsing Html The Cthulhu Way
“Fortunately or unfortunately, neither solar power nor firewood nor dried manure can replace hydrocarbons in the next 20-25 years”—Putin told a joint news conference with Vanhanen, when he added that despite international efforts to find green energy solutions, dried dung and other alternative sources could not replace fossil fuels in coming decades. - Putin Thanks Halonen for Purification Plant YLE News 2010.02.10
“So, how easy is it to breach the site itself and render the promise a joke? Well, this is the annoying part. Security practices in the HTTP world today are so woeful that even if you know a lot, and even if you try hard to make it secure, the current practices are terrifically hard to secure. Basically, complexity is the enemy of security, and complexity is too high in the world of websites & browsers.”—EV’s green cert is breached (of course) (SNAFU)
“I would remind you that extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”—Barry Goldwater, 1964 San Francisco acceptance speech
North Of The Moral Border (Pool | Port Stanley, ON, Canada)
(A mother approaches me, violently dragging her two teenage boys along.)
Mother:“I demand you call the police immediately and have them arrest those ‘flashers’ at once!”
(She motions to the two topless girls on the beach.)
Me:“Actually, here in Ontario, it’s legal for women to go topless. Are you not from around here?”
Mother:“I am from America where we have morals and standards. You people sicken me! They are far too young to be doing that!”
Me:“Sorry, ma’am, but there is technically no age limit on the law. It applies the same as it does to your sons.”
Mother:“Is there not a family section for decent people to enjoy the beach without these sick perverts exposing themselves to everyone?”
Me:“Again, I apologize, but it’s not about the beach. It’s legal for women of any age to go topless anywhere outdoors they please…same as men.”
Mother:“I will sue this whole country for punitive damages! My sons will be scarred for life!”
(Her sons are clearly scarred, as they are staring at the topless girls with huge grins on their faces. All of a sudden, three more topless girls walk past. She attempts to cover both her sons’ eyes with her hands.)
Mother:“Heathens! You will all burn in h***! Sinners and perverts, that’s all you Canadians are!”