Daily Archives: 2020-09-26

How a Pledge to Dismantle the Minneapolis Police Collapsed

Source: NYT > U.S.

Article note: This was the inevitable outcome. That kind of idealistic caught-up-in-outrage sweeping gesture _never_ works, because creating sane policy requires a lot of work and consideration. Dismantling institutions is hard but valuable work, and always comes with the risk that you create opportunities for something worse to take root.

When a majority of City Council members promised to “end policing as we know it” after George Floyd’s killing, they became a case study in how idealistic calls for structural change can falter.

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A Tale of Two Libcs

Source: Hacker News

Article note: It's an amusing take on the absurd complexity of GNULibC vs. the simplicity-maximizing design of musl. ...And then the author linked the Plan9 solution in the comments, which is lovely, and is another piece of evidence that Plan9 what everyone working on systems these days is slowly reinventing badly 30 years after the fact.
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