[linux-elitists] git and a sysadmin book

Teh Entar-Nick nick@teh.entar.net
Wed Jan 14 02:10:28 PST 2009

Rick Moen:
> Karsten Self did not, in fact, signal intent to use the formal sense of
> "entropy" from _physics_ in his useful rule of thumb, nor intent to use
> the rival (and differing) sense of "entropy" from _information theory_
> -- nor, come to think of it, a desire to be painfully literal at all.

What Karsten M. Self wrote on the topic of entropy:
> "Complexity is the enemy" is one of my buzzwords.  Another is "Large,
> low-entropy pools are inherently dangerous".  They're the same side of
> the same coin, and investigating the second in depth leads to some
> provocative discussions.
> What's a "low-entropy pool"?  Anything with potential.  Jerry-cans of
> gasoline, 110 story skyscrapers (or two sited next to one-another),
> CCC centers (command, control, & communications), server farms, active
> earthquake faults, fanatical fundamentalist religio-political
> ideologies, spaghetti code, ...

I don't know, Rick, but it seems like Karsten was himself (perhaps
somewhat poetically) commingling the two meanings of "entropy".  

"Some of us figured out in the 1950s                     Nick Moffitt
that blacklists were a bad idea.                        nick@zork.net
Some of us have that lesson still ahead of us."
           -- John Gilmore, on RBLs.

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