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Just some background, this is by Mencius Moldbug, a.k.a. Curtis Yarvin, a.k.a. C. Guy Yarvin of Unqualified Reservations fame. It's been in the works for a long time and is certainly a serious project.

http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2010/01/urbit-f...

http://moronlab.blogspot.com/




Someone earlier in this thread mentioned his apparent disdain for PL research. If you want some background on his experiences, as well as some great musings on the current state of CS grad programs, I recommend these two articles:

http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2007/07/my-navr...

http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2007/08/whats-w...

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I will not comment on the judgement passed upon the education system. The second article exhibits eristic tricks, obfuscatory language, and a plain confusion of ideas, especially when speaking about proof-carrying code and type theory.

It's interesting to see the author wishing for a Python of functional programming, and yet Hoon's syntax appears deliberately obscure.

However, there is one paragraph with which I wholeheartedly agree:

> I think the world could use a charity that funds creative programming. The software systems that people use today — don't even start me on "Web 2.0" — are awful and ancient, and hardly anyone has any reasonable plan to improve them. Free-software programmers are not at all bad at supporting themselves, but nothing like Xerox PARC exists today, and it should.

It should, and, hopefully, it will. Soon.

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Deliberately obscure, yes:

>We should note that in Nock and Hoon, 0 (pronounced “yes”) is true, and 1 (“no”) is false. Why? It’s fresh, it’s different, it’s new. And it’s annoying. And it keeps you on your toes. And it’s also just intuitively right.

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Well, it's no different than Unix:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_and_false_(Unix)

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The fact that it's by a guy who's an unreconstructed racist and thinks the US is inevitably headed for anarcho-capitalist dystopia (except that he doesn't think it's dystopian) certainly reinforces my initial opinion that it's nuts.

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