Archive for Mai, 2013

On better tools and worse products.

A thought model:
High quality tables cost 500 €.
Low quality tables cost 100 €.
For both kinds of tables sawing the wood for it costs 50 €.
For both kinds of tables the budget is fixed at 1.000.000 €.
Therefore 2.000 high quality tables get sold.
Therefore 10.000 low quality tables get sold.
Therefore ~ 17% of all tables sold have high quality.

Now a saw manufacturer invents a new saw which is so efficient that it reduces the cost of sawing the wood for a table to 25 €.
This reduces the cost of a high quality table to 475 €.
Therefore 2.105 high quality tables get sold.
Also this reduces the cost of a low quality table to 75 €.
Therefore 13.333 low quality tables get sold.
Therefore ~ 14% of all tables sold have high quality.

So in this thought model improving a tool lowers the average quality of the products made with it.

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a> Please understand, i never meet a person who thinks so different as you do.
b> So?
a> It’s scary, your thoughts are scary.
b> Why?
a> Because they are so different.
b> Different from what?
a> From what everybody else is thinking.
b> So you say i should forgive you because you met someone who thinks really different and that scared you?
a> Yes, please.
b> You know difference is symmetric.
a> What do you mean?
b> Every time someone meets me, they meet a person who thinks different from them, and i do too.
b> I agree that it is scary to meet someone who thinks different from you.
b> I get reminded how scary that is every fucking day.
b> That’s why i don’t accept it as an excuse.
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