Paul, all you have to tell people who are yelling that Arc doesn't have X: "Yes, you're right, it doesn't have that. Arc's at an early stage, just a preview of the main idea behind the language. Some of these problems, yes, they haven't been solved yet. Besides, I could have just decided not to release it." One can't argue with that, unless one's a jackass.
Instead, you aren't saying much besides "I'm right, you're wrong." Which is an arguable premise.
I'm guessing that pg wrote it to use lists, but it turned out too slow (he has a site to run using arc), so he's using regular strings for the time being. The first thing you do when writing programs in a language like Haskell that munge large amounts of text, for instance, is to stop using the built-in strings-as-lists and switch to some sensible library like ByteString.
Yes. (spoken by the article's writer). I had no intention of downplaying the accomplishment, just pinpointing it. All that remains is just (just!) performing the unfettered development. Not something to be downplayed either.