Damn. That’s enough to bring to the surface an entire load of Kady rants that I’ve used over the last few years:
(Re Facebook and Google): Damn, I wish I could get paid a lot of money to sit around and write shitty software
Excuse me, but back in the 60’s, we engineered a heavy rocket booster, and sixty years later, neither NASA nor Elon Musk can figure out how to build another one? And the one we built is now in Houston laying on its side?
Stop saying Steve Jobs was an inventor. He wasn’t. He put better user interfaces on things that had already been invented. Stop lowering the bar for what an “inventor” is.
If you remove Apple, Facebook, Google, and Amazon from the planet tomorrow, there’s a few hiccups, but the world keeps right on going. Remove IBM, SAP, Oracle, HP, and Microsoft from the world tomorrow, and the world grinds to a fucking halt.
Today, our best and brightest minds sit around trying to come up with clever new ways to get people to click on more ads.
Cloud isn’t new. We had “cloud” in the 60’s. Back then, it was called a “service bureau”.
My latest is this:
Blockchain? Blockchain is just MQ Series and BPM with a bit more intelligence in the nodes and business process routings. All of which we’ve known how to do for decades.
If I was starting my career today, I’d have a blast. All I need to do is look at proven technologies of the past which have been either mothballed or long-buried inside other more “modern” products as features, and bring them up to date to meet new requirements.
Now it very well may be a chicken-and-egg scenario. Are we, as an industry, trying to make tools so that any idiot lacking discipline can “code” because of the poor quality of programmers today? Or is it the other way around? Or, on the gripping hand, is it both? I’m not sure, but in any scenario there it isn’t a good sign.
Yea, it is both. Some of that is useful. I don’t want programmers recoding the same security and governance shit over and over and over again. That’s unproductive. But where I need them to actually get creative, I need to not put boundaries in front of them so as to inhibit out of the box problem-solving.
The problem is that 90% of them haven’t had an out of the box thought in their entire lives.
People were stunned, and not just my thirteen year old. Now instead of being sad, I was actually angry. That, however, is an entirely different rant.
Well, you should be angry. Our government threw away our future because of budget constraints and the inability to say “no” to anyone with their hand out for money.
I was 13 years old when Armstrong set foot on the moon. I remember staying up at night with my mom watching those fuzzy, grainy pictures and listening to that fuzzy, grainy audio. I remember thinking about how we’d be on Mars in another ten years.
Then, instead of working on a Mars Mission, NASA decided to invent a flying cargo truck and fly THAT for a couple of decades. Now, the USA, the first to reach the moon, no longer has the ability to fly even Alan Shepard’s up-and-back that he flew in the 1961. We’d have to sub the work out to a contractor, SpaceX, if we want to do that. And SpaceX has never flown a manned mission.