The concept that broad classes of things suck.

  1. Hardware sucks. The semi-mythical PDP11 was rumoured to suck only slightly, but everything more recent sucks noticibly. Because suckage of a system is proportional to the sum of the suckage of it's parts to the power of the number of parts, modern systems built of many subsystems and sub-subsystems are very sucky.
  2. ProgrammingLanguages suck. MachineLanguage sucks in direct proportion to the underlying hardware. Every layer above the MachineLanguage increases the suckage factorially. For this reason, never point a CompilerCompiler running on a VirtualMachine (see JavaCC) at the moon or risk peturbing it's orbit.
  3. Software sucks. Partly because it is written in a ProgrammingLanguage, partly because it is configured and used by Wetware.
  4. Wetware sucks. Lusers' suckage is a combination of their innate suckage and the suckage of the hardware and software they use. Of course, their innate suckage leads to a preferance for very suck hardware and software, which doesn't help.

See also news://alt.sysadmin.recovery/

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