Does anyone ever look at their companies whole suite of software and just think "Wow i cant believe it all just works" ?

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    Yes, I have the exact same feeling when I look at myself and my life
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    Frequently, and much more so on my former job in our old server room where I built most of the 30 or so servers, with cabling and firewalls and much more, and also write a large part of the software.

    Looking at it all and know that somehow it all worked instead of just catch fire and explode you knew there really do exist some miracles :P
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    @Voxera hardware even more so yeah.
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    For me, that feeling is fractal. I look at any layer of our current society and wonder how it is possible that it still somewhat works.
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    Docs and spreadsheets in MS Office bs, brilliant. No regrets of leaving. 😜
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    @Oktokolo I know exactly what you mean. How do our bake stay together and they’re systems. How did our government manage to get a man on the moon with limited technology, when looked at from that perspective, my integration apps not as big of a deal
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    While the technology part is also fucked up fractally now (it wasn't back then when they got that men on the moon).
    It actually is the fractal fucking up in the government wich is way more horrifying...
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    @Oktokolo you’ll have to elaborate. Do you mean the nature of our government constantly breaking itself up into more and more branches of service, each twice as fucked as the next
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    That is only one part. And restricting it to the governments was an oversight by me - it actually affects all social structures.

    There seems to be a strict "no refactorings" policy that seems to be carved in stone everywhere. Laws, regulations, guidelines are piled upon. Just like legacy code in IT, that makes grasping the current state and workings and debugging stuff way harder than it has to be.

    Also as society is built around the work-or-starve principle, you can't refactor obsolete industries or authority branches away without risking public outrage. So obsolete tech is subsidized to keep the workers fed and government only gets bigger layering department on department until no one even knows what they are actually managing.

    And as that wouldn't be wasteful enough, we add profit-oriented competition-based economy on top - so we actually need to do all that security, billing, market regulations, advertising... too. Just look at how many humans actually make things...
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    @Oktokolo Lately I thought a lot about taking some books of law and creating refactored versions. Just for fun obviously, not for revolution. The issue with that is that first, it is very difficult to refactor it in a meaningful way without some (or rather many) effective changes, second you would need to hard-switch at a certain point and the whole judicative system (and to a lesser extent the executive one) would be stirred up a bit too much. Also consider stuff like Putin's referendum which has some (possibly) nice changes, but is only to be had if you also take the backdoors - in other words it's easy to push some bad stuff through here as well.

    I'm not talking about the USA btw and in Germany there are some laws which were simply removed, so maybe that's just my OCD being unhappy with having some §132 listed but as removed (or with limitations through §133).
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    Try to fix the tiny fuckups first. There are small tax exemptions here and there. Rules that are just outdated and can be removed completely. Obscure wordings, wich actually mean one simple thing. Overlong sentences...

    It is like a huge code base wich has been started in the 70ies and was ported between multiple languages and pardigms. Nobody ever cleaned it and misnamed variables are everywhere.
    I wouldn't start with the big-picture architecture changes first...
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    @Oktokolo I suppose I'll rather put my energy into other things, for the issues I already listed. It's not like I'll propose a better tax law that makes e.g. Amazon pay tax and it will make a difference - there are already parties and lobby organizations pushing for that effect (with little success). How to put it in law-form is not a significant issue.
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