TANSTAAFL


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TANSTAAFL

/tan'stah-fl/ (From Robert Heinlein's classic "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress") "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch".

Often invoked when someone is balking at the prospect of using an unpleasantly heavyweight technique, or at the poor quality of some piece of free software, or at the signal-to-noise ratio of unmoderated Usenet newsgroups. "What? Don't tell me I have to implement a database back end to get my address book program to work!" "Well, TANSTAAFL you know." This phrase owes some of its popularity to the high concentration of science-fiction fans and political libertarians in hackerdom.

TANSTAAFL

"There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." See digispeak.
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Tal como habilmente lo plantea David Baldwin al citar el principio TANSTAAFL, <<In thinking about security, as in thinking about other policy goals, it is helpful to remember the principle (.
TANSTAAFL - Invoked when someone is balking at the prospect of using an unpleasantly heavyweight technique, or at the poor quality of some piece of software.
After all, we are all familiar with the acronym TANSTAAFL coined by the author Robert Heinlein: There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.