Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th May 2014 21:24 UTC
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It's hard to explain to regular people how much technology barely works, how much the infrastructure of our lives is held together by the IT equivalent of baling wire.

Computers, and computing, are broken.

Software sucks. It really, really sucks. I have yet to meet a piece of software that didn't make me go "" several times per hour - whether it be a videogame, a browser, or an operating system.

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I almost find this mentality interesting.

Can you name me another profession where those in it profess this level of freedom?

Doctors? No.
Lawyers? No.
Accountants? No.
Trades people? No.
Teachers? No.
Nurses? No.
Civil Engineers? No.
Electricians? No.

Do you really think people is software so special that they should ignore the lessons learned by every other profession in history? It is rather amazingly arrogant for most software engineers to think so, all the while always complaining about everything (treated like crap by business people, poor quality, poor working conditions...)

I hate to break it to you, but most people aren't that special. Power and organization matter a heck of a lot more in influencing the world.

Not to mention, we don't live in some free world.
This has massive issues that you can't simply say that freedom will result in more innovation. Good people can and will choose other careers streams which offer a better life with higher professional standards. Without long term careers in the field, it is possible to face a lack of deep innovation as few would want to invest their time. Social web app innovation is good, but it doesn't need years of deep study.

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