1. 35
  1. 13

    I know analogies aren’t supposed to be 100% accurate but I like pushing on them to see what happens, so:

    • The curve is actually more like a tilde: if you wash dishes immediately, it’s much less expensive than washing them later. The crumbs aren’t set on and are easier to remove, you can use cold water, and you can dry more stuff in the rack (so you don’t need a towel).
    • Dishwashers are much more water-efficient than washing by hand. It’s also safer and kills more bacteria. On the other hand, there are some things you can’t dishwash, like cooking knives and cast iron pots. Deploy in bulk, with some artisanal services being manual?
    • Isn’t the “fleet of dishwashing robots” equivalent to hiring a person to just wash dishes fulltime? So it would be like having manual deploys, but have one person on the team dedicated to doing nothing but that.
    • Where do disposable plates fit into this?
    1. 4

      Disposable plates are one-off shell scripts or data cleansing scripts you write to pull off that one migration for the client with a big contract.

      1. 2

        Or perl-oneliners you can’t decipher a few seconds after composing them ;)

      2. 2

        Isn’t the “fleet of dishwashing robots” equivalent to hiring a person to just wash dishes fulltime?

        Hmm… I had a different interpretation of this. I thought this was more akin to having a number of zero-hour contract staff available (except the staff are obliged to take the work). The technical equivalent here being that instead of one machine always available to handle incoming work (which is queued), a machine would be dedicated to every item in the queue, so there is effectively no queue.

        1. 1

          a machine would be dedicated to every item in the queue, so there is effectively no queue.

          That’s exactly what I intended with that analogy, yes :)

        2. 1

          On the other hand, there are some things you can’t dishwash, like cooking knives and cast iron pots.

          Technically you can, but you’re creating more maintenance for yourself, what with sharpening and seasoning.