Configuration vs. Engineering (was Re: [linux-elitists] Re: Yet another mozilla atrocity)

Tom Duffy
Mon Oct 6 20:48:01 PDT 2003

On Mon, 2003-10-06 at 17:09, Mister Bad wrote:
> Administrators and users don't really need to choose
> between an O(N^2) and O(NlogN) algorithm. The better choice should be
> made at engineering time, and the code for the less desirable choice
> should be eliminated altogether.

In this case, it is pretty clear-cut which one to eliminate.  But, this
is hardly the norm.  Most boolean configuration options are not
algorithm choices, but cases where there is a legitimate dispute between
two engineers/users about how to do something.


"If we have to use force, it is because we are America!  We are the 
indispensable nation!  We stand tall and see further into the future."
         -- Madeleine Albright on NBC's Today Show, Feb 19, 1998
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