Hacking as a broad phenomenon and the hackstable future


6 Responses to “Hacking as a broad phenomenon and the hackstable future”

  1. Lobster says:

    Underused?  Because I came hoping to find a narrow definition of “hack” since it’s virtually meaningless these days.

    I thought that “perpetually on the precipice of collapse but for a few haphazard and unstable makeshift solutions” was not called, “hackstable” but, “kludgey.”  It’s a generally undesirable state because all it takes is one big upset to send everything over the edge.

    • TheMadLibrarian says:

       Hackstable as it applies to repairing/replacing a toilet: using a plastic wedge to stabilize the toilet on a non-flat floor.  The wedge stays, but will not probably need to be replaced, and it fixes the wobbly loo.

      Kludgy applied to the same problem: a plastic cup under the perpetually leaking fill/cutoff valve.  The valve doesn’t get any better, will probably get worse, and you still need to occasionally empty the cup.  The cup is a temporary solution at best.

  2. MollyMaguire says:

    “Hacking as a broad phenomenon” – uh, because it’s been around for about 2 million years?

  3. Why is Venkatesh so hung up on collapse being a bad thing ?  Needs to define collapse first.

    The article is all a bit narrow too, its just a 1st world view. Deal with the metaphysical aspects of the ‘Electric Leviathan’ and maybe they’ll be an answer in that. Phrases like ‘clean evolutionary model’ and ‘slow dampening of the creative-destruction dialectic’ are deeply unsettling, and waaay too totalitarian in their subtext. They also show a bad, and limiting, bias. Too much subjective bias in general really, I mean.. your problem is not my problem or is it etc, etc. The economics arguments are just kak, sorry ;)

    Damn interesting though, its set me thinking. Not that as another poster has already pointed out that this ‘hackstability’ thing described has been going on for many many years already. I mean, how do you think we got where we are now ?

  4. areaman70 says:

    He’s managed to make an already tedious term even more annoying.

  5. tigast says:

    Why do we have to hack things now instead of Mickey Mousing them like we used to?
    Has the term “Mickey Mouse” fallen victim to the current atmosphere of copyright litigation fear?

    Get off my damn lawn!

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