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Well, it appears that I have a new assignment/role in our company. The GM likes the way I write disciplinary notices for naughty employees, so he's taken lately to calling me in to the discussions, and having me write the results for his signature. I don't mind, but I wonder if I should be asking for hazardous duty pay?
He probably can, but like most engineers, he has trouble with expressing himself in subtle tones, and the "just-the-facts" method is rarely effective in performance reviews. I'm a bit more flexible than most technocrats in my writing.
That's highly unlikely. Most of them are completely incompetent using any technology more complex than a fork, and the few who do use computers still think Yahoo is pretty neat. If anyone needs a map, they ask me to make one, because Google is too hard.
I do know the feeling - in a previous job, I was Technical Manager and described myself as "in change of everything more complex than a mains plug". Until I found the international sales manager had problems with mains plugs, and cut them off the machine every time he went abroad. Then complained that the mains leads we fitted were too short...
Ideological Purity is no substitute for being able to stick your thumb down a pipe to stop the water
Got here at 07:30 to find the building has had no power since 22:00 last night.
Poee has just returned, I have seen only one person from the company I'm interviewing with.
The bloke in Canada will have been waiting for 25 minuteswith no interviwee.
"I controlled my laughter and simple said "No,I am very busy,so I can't write any code for you". The moment they heard this all the smiling face turned into a sad looking face and one of them farted. So I had to leave the place as soon as possible." - Mr.Prakash One Fine Saturday. 24/04/2004
I fully agree with the first comment, the blogger was a complete [A number of non KSS words omitted].
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
There will never be holodecks if everyone spends all their time and effort on obtaining millions of spurious patents for the basic technology behind it and the miniscule details in its implementation.
All tech is going to suffer because of the "ownership of concept" patent issues.
Implementation ideas alone were never patentable, until recently. You had to have something concrete and functional, and things like "putting curved corners on a device that is to he stored in trouser pockets" would never have even come close to getting a patent; it's just common sense, it's not something where you can say "I came up with something no-one had ever thought of, and made plans for a functional device".
Can you imagine the world we would live in now, if the pioneers of Physics, Mathematics, chemistry, and biology had gone the same route as the "I make minor changes to computer code and the shape of plastic shells" idiots of today?
So don't expect your descendants to live in the world of Star Trek, because it can't evolve from the world we live in now.
That's not to say that it doesn't shoot them in the foot, sometimes -- I much prefer Android's new "swipe left-to-right anywhere on the screen to unlock" to the slidery-unlockery gizmo, so, by protecting their "ingenious new invention" (a switch that does nothing but switch between On and Off), apple has ended up with a worse interface.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!