Date: 2013-04-25 12:42 am (UTC)
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I was thinking about what kind of nonsense I am willing to put up with, though, and I think it basically boils down to "I'm OK with dealing with the fact that this is an actual physical computer". It seems less arbitrary; there's an artifact that got manufactured, and I'm using it, and it's got limitations. That's OK. As opposed to whatever mathematical type/category business people dreamed up.

To me, the constraints imposed by the process of having to physically manufacture an artifact (say, under a certain budget) seem more arbitrary than the constraints imposed by mathematical abstractions. People didn't just make up types and categories. They discovered them, arguably.

This is not to say that I'm not okay with knowing that it's an actual physical computer -- that I have an arbitrary, fixed amount of parallel resources and storage space and throughput and so on to work with. I'm cool with so-called "integers" actually topping/bottoming out in value somewhere high/low enough that I don't usually have to think about it. But deciding that that's how things are is not, I think, a less arbitrary choice than deciding, say, that covariant generics are bad and wrong.
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