Bitcoin-Is-Worse-Is-Better

In short, Bitcoin is a perfect example of Worse is Better. You can see the tradeoffs that Richard P. Gabriel enumerates - Bitcoin has many edge cases; it lacks many properties one would desire for a cryptocurrency; the whitepaper is badly under-specified; much of the behavior is socially determined by what the miners and clients collectively agree to accept, not by the protocol; etc. But it seems to work.