ZDNet: Open Source Radicals–Eat Cake

“Analogies have a long heritage. The ‘cave’ analogy found in
Plato’s ‘The Republic’ was dreamed up 2,500 years ago in ancient
Greece. Since this isn’t a freshman philosophy class, I’ll not
spend much time discussing Plato (though the notion that our
understanding of what is true is based on the equivalent of shadows
cast on a cave wall is worth remembering).

“Instead I’ll talk about something far more important: Cake.

“Richard likes cake. In fact, he likes it so much that he wants
to make the cakes he finds in the stores for himself.
Unfortunately, the companies that make them won’t tell him how it
is done…”


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