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Very good. Yes - Heinlein apparently thought so, too: "specialization is for insects," he wrote, while making his point that one should strive to be able to do anything. As a programmer, I choose to believe that the "perfect programmer" should be able to write software for anything; to do that, he has to know everything - so if the zen is in the journey, then the search for all knowledge is zen itself. Or something.
Sadly, reality is a messy, lethal, unpredictable, entropic affair, and most people are scared to death of it, thus they choose to view a sort of abridged, safe version of it in which they have a soul which lasts forever, and even death can't really hurt them - a shame, because it effectively cheapens one's life to the point of meaninglessness... and other rants.
I guess the point of all that is that you can't educate someone who's frightened enough not to want to learn... and that describes most of the population. Oh well: at least we'll never be unemployed.
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference. Mark Twain
I was reading Griff post about ice age asteroid got to the BBC web site, a pop up told Terry Jones, Actor,writer,comedian,film director,presenter,poet,historian & author has died A member of Monty Python, always funny when interviewed and I'm told a really nice guy! A friend managed to run over his toe at LAX airport!
is that mean to be
- as in Engineer the Community (mass murderers, poison gass)
- or Engineer for the Community (umm, can fix my toilet?) ??
after many otherwise intelligent sounding suggestions that achieved nothing the nice folks at Technet said the only solution was to low level format my hard disk then reinstall my signature. Sadly, this still didn't fix the issue!
I read it as something akin to social engineering. Like Griff with his irrelevant daily posts that give all of us a chuckle (or a groan) to improve the place, although a little dusting wouldn't hurt either.
Or it's something like the strange choice management made when they renamed the support desk here. It is now called 'client engineering', which raises a very interesting question. What sort of clients are we building and can we tweak the formula a little to make them a bit smarter?