[FoRK] Okay, now this has gone too far...

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Fri Apr 16 09:06:04 PDT 2010


+/- 1 cuil on the forboding subject.

On Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 1:55 AM, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:

>
> No FROBIDDEN WORDS were harmed in the making of this post.
>
> --
>
> Cf.
>
>
> http://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/felten/flash-scratch-ajax-apples-war-programming
>
> Scratch?  Really?  C'mon.  It wasn't as if anyone was ever going to build
> anything truly useful and threatening but somehow sub-par with that;  i.e.,
> Scratch could never compete anyway as an app development or delivery
> environment for real stuff for these devices.  It was purely pedagogical.
>
> One wonders if e.g. game level editors with behavior definition, extensible
> games for kids, and even programmable calculators are now verboten.  Grafly
> and friends?  At least one of the calculators in the app store allows
> looping and is Turing complete...  How about Wolfram Alpha?  AFAIR you can
> type Mathematica directly into it...
>
> What about things like this:
>
>  http://fuse.microsoft.com/kodu.html
>
> ???
>
> --
>
> Still, a bit more worried than a week ago but reasonably sure this relaxes
> a bit (to some more reasonable level) in the not-too-distant future.
>  They're really begging for the backlash, and it's a doozy.  We'll see how
> long it takes for entelechic ego-delusion and control freakishness to be
> overcome by corporate pragmatism.  I suspect that this resolves itself *more
> quickly* than I previously expected.
>
>
> jb
>
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