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Aug 02, 2001, 07:09 (41 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

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"...DSL is a plan for progressive redistribution of talent, and as schemes for the progressive redistribution of wealth are backed chiefly by those who have none, the DSL is bound to be a big favorite with the talentless.

It is written in quasi-legalistic, feel-good gibberish, to wit:

"Whereas 'design science' is a strategy for the development of artifacts as a way to reform the environment (not people) and subsequently improve the universal standard of living, this Design Science License was written and deployed as a strategy for promoting the progress of science and art through reform of the environment."

Sounds like a proposal for biodegradable toilet paper with nice patterns printed on it, doesn't it? (It goes on to say that the covered works may be freely altered, which underlines this impression.) But instead, it is supposed to apply to the writings and artwork of those who attach it to their work, which in most cases is neither biodegradable nor festooned with nice patterns.

In fact, the sentence quoted above means absolutely nothing except that its author, Michael Stutz, wants you to know that he's a very important fellow wannabe who knows more than you do. Indeed, one suspects and hopes that it is the tipoff to a fairly imaginative joke, but fears that it was cranked out by someone who thought he was writing Great Words.)"

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