Re: Office schmoffice...
242 posts • joined 23 Mar 2018
The evolution of programming languages seems to go like this:
1. Initial reasonable idea
3. Flurry of "wouldn't it be great if we have $feature like $otherlanguage"
4. Bloat to the point of incomprehensibility
5. Someone proposes another language. goto 1.
When I largely stopped coding and took up drawing pictures full time, C++ was pretty nice. We had templates and exceptions. When I look it at now, it's like WTAF?
One of Johnson's big -repeated - lies to parliament is that there are more people in work than before the pandemic. There are more people on PAYE than there were pre-Covid, but the number of self-employed has plummeted and there are fewer people in work when you include them. This week's More or Less is worth a listen. They even mention IR35 as a factor.
The comparisons with aircraft auto-pilots are not really valid. Go outside and look up. The sky is massive and not crowded with aeroplanes. Something unexpected happens in a plane, the autopilot disconnects and sounds an alarm, the pilots have a fair amount of time to react and sort it out (OK, maybe not a TCAS RA).
In a car, on the road, you might be < 1 second travel time from a hazard. That's not much time for the "driver" to become aware that the software isn't handling it, put down their book and take action. Yeah, Tesla are pretty irresponsible for marketing this as "full self driving".
Sigh. While I don't want to revert to <gloucestershire>they dunt unnerstan urr cuntry ways</gloucestershire>, the conflation of "people who own guns" with hunt supporters isn't correct. I know plenty of people from where I grew up who a) have guns and b) hate the hunt because of the chaos those entitled bastards cause. Farmers have all sorts of reasons for having guns - including humanely dispatching injured livestock and pest control. For farmers, the countryside isn't a thing to gawp at or wander through (with your uncontrolled dogs and leaving gates open), it's their place of work.
BTW, my parents had chickens years ago. I also hate foxes. But the hunt used to encourage them.
One thing that was interesting in Covid: with the furlough program, there was no time to bring in the external consultants. So the in-house HMRC people developed it. And they did it really quickly and it worked.
I've always worked in the private sector. Yes, the big consultancies also screw companies there, but you don't normally get to hear about it.
Here in UKia, people realise you're more likely to be targeted by criminals if they know you have a gun.
I'm not anti-gun BTW. I know farmers who have firearms. Our system where you can have a gun if a) you have a reasonable use for one and b) you're not a nutcase, well that seems fair.
AI: "FU891 Ascend to FL 140 and turn left 160"
Pilot (having a bad day): "Unable"
AI: "I'm sorry, I didn't quite understand that"
AI: "I'm sorry, I didn't quite understand that"
Pilot: "MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY. We have lost power in both engines"
AI: "If you require a human controller, please say Yes"
How many of these bits of malware get in through users clicking on links or opening attachments in emails? Let's face it, that's a far easier way in than trying to get past tech.
And how many C-levels demand access to their GMail/social media/etc?
Also ob. SMBC https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2012-02-20
People in IT rarely seem to be interested in spending time watching what users actually do. Specs are often thrashed out with managers of the users who don't spend any time with them either. I've winced when seeing people in the call centre trapped between an angry caller (with broken $EXPENSIVE_THING) and shit software that doesn't tell them what they need to know.
The other thing with software for internal use: if users are on it all day, does it make more sense to have something that takes a little longer to learn but once learned is very fast to operate, or to have something "intuitive" that's always slow to operate?
$1.40 a day sounds OK to me too.
Maybe, instead of wasting time on the internets while pretending to work, I should set about designing a global micropayments service. I reckon you could preserve privacy too by having the service throw anonymous tokens at the sites providing the content and then bundling up all the payments in one.
The ad people don't seem to get it. If you make adverts intrusive and annoying, people will start ad-blocking. Once they start blocking, they won't stop. Running a fucktonne of 3rd party JS counts as intrusive and annoying. Advertisers are the ones who have killed the goose etc.
If someone could come up with a decent micropayments service for accessing things like news, that might be better. I pay for news sites I use all the time, but I'm not going to subscribe to sites that I look at 5 times a month.
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OK, I may be in a minority here, but aside from the horrible UI, Notes was pretty good for developing workflow apps. Also some nice security features. These days I sometimes come across a requirement for something that needs workflow/DMS/email/security etc. but there isn't anything else that quite fits the bill.
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