when you think about it, the idea that software should scale is actually really weird. "sure this garden is nice, but how nice can it be if it doesn't grow to cover the entire surface of the earth?"

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(just thinking about runyourown.social — the "More on scale" passage in particular, and how it's weird that Darius has to present "the notion that software does not have to scale" as some kind of tendentious heresy instead of, like, a default so obvious that it goes unstated)

@aparrish scalability is a good thing in general, but it also depends on *how* you scale and what the expected limits are for a given level of complexity.

@aparrish this weirdness kinda feeds my "most software isn't engineered" take -- it seems to me that very little of the software industry designs with limits in mind

@aparrish The related idea that a modern corporation must always seek growth at all costs.

So do cancer cells.

@max @aparrish maybe the growth emphasis comes from early days of consumer web e.g. Kleiner Perkins capital driving some of Netscape's actions

@petethomas @aparrish It's an older flaw in capitalism than that, surely. Growth reports have been key quarterly earnings information to Wall Street for at least decades. It's an implicit assumption in centuries of stock trading that companies grow or they die, with little middle ground. It was a 1980s management book fad that codified that into an aphorism. It's a philosophy of life for vulture capital firms and certain types of "activist shareholders".

@aparrish That's pretty much how I feel when I suggest that the Web shouldn't be so relient on JavaScript, and that both and web native have their place.

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