Jevons ''paradox''

The Wikipedia entry reads
In economics, the jevons paradox (/ˈdʒɛvənz/; sometimes jevons
effect) occurs when technological progress or government policy
increases the efficiency with which a resource is used (reducing
the amount necessary for any one use), but the rate of consumption
of that resource rises due to increasing demand.[1]

@eigenrobot tweeted
>reminds me of teaching abt the St Petersburg Paradox in an econ course
>I noted as an aside that no it is not a paradox the model was just fucking wrong
>Economics is full of such "paradoxes" about "rationality"

Follow up:
>The irrationality, dear social scientist, is not in the phenomenon
>But in yourself, that your model inadequately captures environmental context and computational bounds

Faster connections in themselves are not threatening the access to
the internet. The problem is that most websites will adapt to the
ever faster connections, which makes them gradually inaccessible
for people with slower connections. Today, most websites are
impossible to download with a dial-up connection, because they
have become too corpulent.


Gary Bernhardt @garybernhardt wrote
Grand unified theory of dependency hell: In the 90s, we had dependency
hell via conflicts between versions of a few common DLLs. Now we have
dependency hell via thousands of NPM modules. The amount of hell is
constant because we raise dependency count as management gets easier.

He followed up with
Non-joke version: it seems like programmers will decompose as much
as their tools and social systems will allow them to. Sometimes
decomposition leads to reuse, and sometimes reuse leads to efficiency,
but neither is guaranteed to lead to the next.

In response to Gary's first tweet,
Simon Wilson @simonw wrote
Kind of like how if you put in a new freeway everyone moves further
away from work until their commute balances back out to averaging
45 minutes


Wikipedia entry on Wirth's law


Wikipedia entry on induced demand