Strong opinions, weakly held

Regular people talking like programmers

Here’s Jonathan Chait talking like a programmer:

In any case, as Robert Solow suggests, reducing the incentive for talented people to enter finance might be a feature, not a bug.

I’m going to be on the lookout for more examples of this.


  1. I used that same feature/bug phrase at home recently, then had to explain it to my wife. Doh!

  2. I’m not sure it fits your criteria, but here’s one from a recent Supreme Court, where the justices gently rib a professor for his use of the term “orthogonal” http://volokh.com/2010/01/11/orthogonal-ooh/

    It’s not really a CS term, but like “random” meaning “bad”, its use as a wider a metaphor seems to me to have come from geek culture.

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