Re: Jargon Lovin' Fool

Subject: Re: Jargon Lovin' Fool
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 16:37:25 -0700

Andrew Plato wrote:

> Any form of simplification is inherently less than the original concept.

We may have a semantic difference here. To make the statement above, I suspect,
you must mean by "simplification" what I mean by "over-simplification."

True, a generalization contains less information, and can distort a concept for
that reason. However, at the risk of reviving the lame techie joke about "less
is more," simplification can sometimes be more than the original concept. It
depends on the structure of the original. If the original is complex because of
poor structure or expression, then reorganizing or restating it more simply can
improve it.

BTW, when eating eel sandwiches, do not forget to remove the teeth first.
They're slanted the wrong way to go down the throat properly.

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