Dan McKinley
Math, Programming, and Minority Reports

Rule of Thumb
June 2nd, 2008

So here’s my method for determining whether or not a particular platform is worthwhile.

I ask myself, “how would David Letterman summarize this?” I know this doesn’t seem very scientific, but it’s a mask I have years of experience wearing. Trust me on this one.

When the curtain is raised to reveal a total square dancing around with a sign that says, “it’s simply XML!” I ask myself, “is this anything?” Then I reflect for a second or two and decide, dismissively, that no. This is nothing.

Lakin Wecker has an alternative approach that involves thinking carefully and considering the lessons of history. I will re-evalutate my approach if our results ever differ significantly.

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