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11. Objective-C > Quality As an Economic Phenomenon

Quality As an Economic Phenomenon

How can we improve the quality of software?

Brad: One way is to keep software on servers, as we see in Software as a Service (SaaS). There may be hope for an economic answer there, although that approach also has obvious tradeoffs (privacy, security, performance, etc.).

I spent a number of years working on the opposite approach, creating an economic system around components that run locally on the end user’s machine, but I have grown pessimistic about this approach because the discussion ends up in digital rights management fight and that could go on forever. I don’t see any way to reconcile those who want to produce and own property with those who want to take it. Without physical conservation laws backing up what ownership means, we’re left with only laws, courts, and lawyers, which ultimately escalates to police-state tactics. Imagine banks deciding to dispense with safes and locks, leaving money in the streets at night, and prosecuting those who steal it. Not a pretty picture.


  

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