* Posts by PeterDCarter

1 post • joined 22 Feb 2020

Are we having fund yet, npm? CTO calls for patience after devs complain promised donations platform has stalled

PeterDCarter

No meritocracy in complex tech

The problem has long been that those with money and connections get to take on projects they screw up -- if they can project an image. A case in point is Open Collective who began their life with a heavily funded and promoted TED talk, and Democracy OS: a system that grew from the Argentinian vanity project Partido Del La Red, who promised Internet democracy for all and couldn't manage to create a login that worked. Stunningly, their leader still links to that system with its broken login page to this day. Naive Silicoln Valleyish entrepreneurs loved the plucky brand of Communism and lack of needless technical skill and so Open Collective was embedded into npm and yon company made a killing (they did do an OK login system this time around though). No-one else did. Except I guess that Radiohead donated a few hundred thousand to the heavily media plugged Extinction Rebellion via them... The shadow coding economy is still very much a thing and employers regularly overpay coders who are good at producing quick hacks for Stack Overflow rep for the exact same reasons they fail at scale. Struggling platforms like Code Signal and Toptal (and to a lesser extent PluralSight, who are both established in the tech industry and fringe at being taken seriously by anyone with their hands on the purse strings) try to introduce qualitative assessment processes that work, but few care. Meanwhile, Indian labourers create $1 websites and people from emerging economies attempt to code complex applications on their mobile phones, believing in vain their hard work will pay the way it should. Bill Gates pays other people to build media pleasing hydrogen powered super yachts (I mean, could you just not do that and save all the energy? Not conspicuous consumption enough?) with the massive proceeds from Azure, while failing to roll out a single major Windows update that doesn't brick important features. Azure doesn't work properly. This doesn't matter when companies will sink millions after millions as they learn their mistakes too late and double down to avoid embarrassment.

In other news, a new study by developers for developers claims a fourth monitor boosts productivity by {{Math.random}} percent. Same old same old. New companies do exist that could be a part of the solution, but the existing funding pipelines don't know what they are doing, so you'd have to be the Steve Jobs AND the Wozniac these days to drive things forward. So no-one is...

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