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"Synecdoche" means ... [Jun. 11th, 2008|08:25 pm]
Douglas Spencer
"Synecdoche" means talking about something specific as a way of talking about something more general... or talking about something more general as a way of talking about something more specific.

Announcing Dreamwidth Studios. This makes me happy.

Thanks to niqaeli for the link.
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[User Picture]From: flick
2008-06-11 07:56 pm (UTC)
Hmph. I read this and though you were explaining a very similar term in the post on Jo W's LJ that was just above it. Now, however, I must just hmph at both of you for using big words. Hmph.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-06-11 08:09 pm (UTC)
You must be lots better at using big words than I am -- I haven't even got a Postgraduate Diploma, never mind one With Distinction.
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[User Picture]From: nmg
2008-06-12 07:02 am (UTC)
That's my feeling. It's one thing to fork the codebase and implement much new nifty stuff, but it's quite another to a) roll this out in a scalable manner and b) have a business model that will pay for part a). There's a good reason that a lot of the LJ-a-likes have fallen by the wayside.
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From: niqaeli
2008-06-12 11:30 am (UTC)
The people behind this are some of the people who were behind scaling LJ up in the first place. They recognise the need for a business plan and are aware of the need to be able to scale--probably more aware than anyone else on this *planet* is. LJ's database is one order of magnitude smaller than Google's, so, yeah. They know. They know the codebase they're working from, and its requirements, because they wrote half of it in the first place and supported it for years.

So while I understand your skepticism and am sure nothing will change your mind other than a stable product that continues to work while growing: I am very confident that that is what they will provide. I saw a comment somewhere on this project that was pithy and funny and really accurate: Dreamwidth is ex-LJers rebooting LJ from the outside.

I'm very very excited.

Edited at 2008-06-12 11:30 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2008-06-12 11:46 am (UTC)
... and once again, my analysis coincides with yours.

(to the extent that I recognise the skepticism, but if anyone can do it it's these people)

Edited at 2008-06-12 11:47 am (UTC)
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