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'm going to play a bit of devils advocate here:

-Innovation dries up:
-IE 6 shows that software that doesn't release, stagnates. If the pace of development slows, innovation follows.

Since when is innovation the trump all value? how about stable work, good wages, deep knowledge, time with their kids...

-A lot of OSS and Free software got it's start from some guy scratching a particular itch, not a comprehensive design process. Unix is a good example, it was written by Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie because Multics failed, on a scavanged minicomputer.

A lot of OSS got its start from big powerful entities. Either monopolies like the old ATT, bells, universities...

-Businesses couldn't afford to have inhouse software written, if all their developers had to follow strict engineering guidelines.

So? What's wrong with that? There's nothing wrong with being a service provider. Most companies don't provide their own legal, power utility... services...

-Heres a list of bridges that have fallen
Sure, things go bad. But a completely open system has things go worse. Places with high professionalism and engineering.

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