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Jokes on you all. I’m such a mountain troll nitwit I am not able to figure out how to do 21st century shit like screen share or GUIs yet. I’m the only engineer on my team that doesn’t know how to start a webex meeting, struggles regularly with web frontends for git, and cannot figure out how to get a fucking clang command out of Xcode to save my life. and that’s fine with me. No sir, these problems are for other people :) I prefer to think of it as being proficient in other tools rather than degenerate in the pretty looking ones5
Couldn't find a video clip, so, if we had Alexa in the 1960's, it would be like..
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: When Peter applies for a job in "Monkee vs. Machine", he gets confused when the computer interviews him:
Computer: To preclude the variable factor inherent in the human equation, we have instituted this new electronic personnel procedure requiring... Your name, please?
Computer: Thank you, last name "What". And your first name, Mr. What?
Peter: No, it's not "what".
Computer: Notwhat, Mr. Notwhat What.
Peter: Wait a minute, that's not my name at all. My name is...
Peter: Peter, you dig? Pete.
Computer: You dig peat, occupation peat digger. And your mother's maiden name?
Computer: Mother's name "Thomson". Sex, please?
Peter: Female, of course.
Computer: All right, Mrs. Notwhat.
Peter: No, my mother is female.
Computer: What do you do in your spare time, Mrs. Notwhat?
Peter: Listen, I'm a man.
Computer: In your spare time, you are a man.
Peter: No, no... that's not it at all. First of all, you got my name wrong.
Computer: Correction, name misspelled. Please give correct letter.
Peter: Well, I...
Computer: Correct letter is "I". Name is not "Notwhat", but "Nitwit".
Peter: Oh brother.
Computer: Brother is also a nitwit.
Peter: Now just a minute...!
Computer: That will do, Nitwit. Test complete. Interview ended, application rejected.
So I just saw an ad on Twitter about a project launched by IBM and the Linux foundation that aims to recruit developers to create programs that would help in case of natural disasters.
Do you think it can really make a difference or that it's just a marketing move from IBM?
Here's the link if you're interested :
A degree from an accredited university and thousands of dollars spent on continuing education so some nitwit can ask me if I know a bunch of obscure syntactical features of programming language during a phone interview.2
I would have wanted to bring up SICP again, with the great big warning about the evil assignment operator and state and all the troubles that ensue (just think: concurrency).
But in a way, nothing has really come up from this or my attempts to dig deeper into "everything is a file/object" (Unix, smalltalk), neither from formal languages or the Curry-Howard correspondence. - Maybe there's just nothing, no firm bottom ground to discover. Like the physicists going for their world formula, but instead of a grand, beautiful symmetry that explains everything, we face a shattered world of (incompatible) theories, that is ever so more complex and chaotic through our theories applied to it. There may not be a Platonic ideal world of ideas, but rather partial constructs explaining some particular perceptions.
Similarly the one perfect programming language to rule them all, the perfect abstraction, pattern is probably just another prepubertal fantasy to be sunk.
So maybe instead of seeking the perfect epiphany, we should go for something quite different: the nagging, brooding uneasiness that something is wrong there, that there's something to be fixed... that even negative feeling would propel us to search further, not to stay in whatever is touted as the real thing.
Such irritations I found with Pieter Hintjens' writings. For example when he actively engaged in conspiracy theories. And I'm still not sure, if he just went off the cliff or he's even right alluding that these theories are an act of sanity, a self-defence against the hidden evil mights. I just don't know. Anything.