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If you act now

Posted by daniel on October 3, 2003 at 6:33 AM PDT

Bill Joy says, "If I were to propose one thing that we as the human race need to do, I'd say we can't let the future just happen anymore. "

Oh, and did we mention, if you act now, you can have a free iPod .

But seriously, what does Joy expect us to do as we take control of our future? In Also in Java Today we link to a Fortune magazine interview titled Joy after Sun . Joy is not clear, but advises that

If we don't choose, the choice will be made for us in a way we won't likely want. But it's so much more convenient to go on pretending that the bad guys aren't out there and not acknowledging that all it would take would be some teenager making a minor modification to a virus like Sobig that could shut down all of corporate America.

In response to the question of whether it is "fair to blame Microsoft for so many of the Net's woes?" Joy answers that there is a

lack of design discipline, which means that as the system grows, so does the ambiguity of the software itself. The result is a system encrusted with multiple layers of things that weren't really designed in so much as bolted on. Plus there are inessential artifacts of DOS from 20 years ago that still peek through and make trouble.

As for what's next, Joy says

When I think of my own work, most of it is built upon the efforts of others. The Unix work I did was derived from the work of Bell Labs and was more like a remodel than new construction. I'd really like to go and do something that's more like Java