- justinzealandscouted2 weeks ago
The author does a solid job of documenting some of the most agregious obuses of big tech. That makes for an engratiating read. The author does an OK job connecting the dots to some of modern software’s shortcomings (ignoring how many of these complaints can also be deemed benefits). From there it’s a straight shot at capitalism’s failures. The bigger the claims, the less actual support of them — the examples become watered down to serve a narrow view of software, tech and capitalism. And to what purpose, the reader is left wondering? To hate on these state of affairs? Is there a tacit or encoded point of view of how to improve the situation? The article is interesting, but not ultimately very informative or indicative of solutions. Unfortunately, my conclusion is that haters are gonna hate. Let’s elevate the conversation with useful perspectives…or be satisfied with a moment to just point fingers into the capitalist abyss?
- justinzealandcommented1 month ago
I feel for the woman’s predicament and honor her response. But to be honest, I am curious about the judgment of how folks respond to something they have never had to really consider might have happen to a friend. They responded with “sorry”, and that was not what the writer needed. Well, OK, fair enough, but it seems like a lot to ask for a spot on response to something no one is prepared to consider. Could these interactions not be more of an exchange? How did the author respond to “sorry”? Did she use it as an opportunity to guide her friends into her headspace? The author has the opportunity to prepare herself for her friends’ reactions, and so I’d hope that there is a meaningful exchange to get her the type of attention and empathy she is wanting, and a best outcome for all involved.
- justinzealandscouted1 month ago
The author sets a tone that is derogatory towards both men and women, and attempts to speak with an air of authority that is supported by just casual observation and typical bias.
That said, this is an interesting topic for many men who watch the pretty girls in high school flock to the dumb jocks. It seems their best hope is to use their intelligence to make lots of money to attract a stable partner.
Curious to hear a female perspective.
- justinzealandscouted2 months ago
Interesting background on terminology of cargo cult. While I agree software engineering is increasingly abstracted, this might be argued a feature. The world needs programmers, possibly in more numbers than true software engineers. In any case I trust true engineers to find there way, but it would be nice to distinguish them from the proliferation of technicians masquerading as engineers. I was given the title engineer before I knew the fundamentals, but I made certain I learned them over time.
- justinzealandcommented4 months ago
I travel frequently to Ukraine for work. Unfortunately, that also meant during the pandemic. They had an app that behaved exactly as this article describes. At first it was only in Ukrainian, so imagine a Westerner trying to face scan oneself, etc. It was creepy and inconvenient. However, it did allow me entry before vaccines, and once my covid test done at the airport cleared, and within 24 hours, I was free to work. It meant an extra day of travel, but it enabled me to work in their country. This was a reasonable tradeoff and I felt generally safer doing so. What I find off in this article is that Australia is only now doing this when Ukraine has since abandoned the app for vaccinated people, and they call it revolutionary? Hardly.
- justinzealandscouted4 months ago
It takes money to make money
- justinzealandcommented9 months ago
This a cringe worthy article. Points for honesty, but as someone who busted his butt in many failing startups (and most do fail), it seems like her success is nothing more than a privileged lottery. And so be it. Life is not fair. $6 million is a lot of money, but she will find herself in the “new rich” circle as the “rich poor”. If you don’t have a net worth of $10 M then you are not “comfortably” rich. I certainly do hope she finds a competent money manager.
- justinzealandcommented1 year ago
Excellent write up. Very clear to understand, and us coders appreciate the code samples. I really enjoyed the visual tool. I am curious if this could be a feature? For instance, if I could tweak it to my actual reading speed, and then set it to push me just beyond that average, then it may be an effective means to help improve my reading speed. I’d expect the UX to be toned down so it wouldn’t distract from the reading experience. It’s also reassuring to see that what I am reading it being recorded.
- justinzealandcommented1 year ago
While I agree with much of what is expressed in this article, it also seems a bit self aggrandizing in tone. Similar to what I experienced living in SV, frankly. It seems that to be legit, someone else must not be. Everyone needs a villan, and in this case, it's the system.
Apart from that, it's a worthy read to get to the end where the author speaks of many great people, and yes, innovators, in SV. While I don't agree with all points (Amazon is not innovative? Explain that to me), I do recognize that SV was overtaken by greed, and that innovation has suffered in light of this. Perhaps that was inevitable. What made SV great was that everyone with an idea and an ambition wanted to be there (nevermind it was in large part because the funding was there). Community is necessary to spark innovation, and SV is at its best when it is fostering that, as with the examples at the end of the article.