speed is in the eye of the beholder

Gruber’s latest reminds me that Loosemore’s law has reached a point of transmutation, or at least qualification: given sufficiently fast connectivity, intolerance of delay continues to increase in inverse proportion to the complexity of the user interface.

It’s not simply that iOS (or Android) devices run on pretty fast hardware; it’s that the immediacy of the UI demands immediacy in return. The computer is now judged against the feedback loop of the telephone.