Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Cable of Tomorrow...Like Yesterday's, but More Obnoxious

Digital cable sucks, for various reasons:
  • It's yet another box requiring yet another outlet and another piece of coax and remote.

  • It gives you all the joys of lossily compressed MPEG video.

  • It returns you to the thrilling days before "cable ready" TVs and VCRs, and all the inconvenience of not being able to watch one show and tape another. You say you bought yourself a spiffy picture-in-picture TV? Too bad; it's worthless with digital cable.

  • It's yet another thing you get billed for.

A flashback and analogy

You've probably heard about how the notion of sum types (e.g. Algol 68 union s, Rust enum s, Haskell type s) and product types (e.g. tup...