Saturday, March 17, 2018

Learned Helplessness in Software Engineering


I wish I could agree with this writer - he seems like such a nice guy. He seems to be saying that most problems can be solved - when my experience has told me that plenty of them cannot.

Perhaps he would agree with me - and not only that, but specify, in some detail, why they cannot be solved.

In any case, the formatting of hackernoon is excellent!

Someone would have to be very dense - to not understand what he is saying. But such people do exist - and are thriving!

I will not mention any names here - you can supply your own.

Packaging of Expansia

Expansia is the new med I am taking to control my drop attacks.

I took a photo of the whole thing to show how they have turned a little pill into large package. You can barely see the little red pill in the photo.

Fear of Doing It Right

This is a rational fear, in a culture that is doing it wrong.

I'm serious about this - our world has gone wrong in a number of ways. The most important way being its inability to see that this has happened to it.

I am now taking an online programming course from the Code School - about the Web Development Framework, called Phoenix, that - is so good, it scares me!

This has happened before. In the Nineties, in Silicon Valley, Sun Microsystems developed the Java programming language. I was working for a company then, that decided it would use Java - and Java would somehow make it successful.

I watched as the programmers sabotaged this effort. You read that right, the programmers they had, wrecked that effort to make better software. The company went out of business, Sun Microsystems went out of business - and everyone was satisfied with what they had done!

Right then, I should have realized a fundamental struggle was going on. The struggle between Good and Evil - that has been with us, forever. The destruction of Java, was evil - no two ways about it.

The language itself, has survived, is supported by a large community of developers, and is the most popular language now being used. They are the good guys - but they don't call themselves that. They just point to the obvious - their system works! And not only that, they are making plenty of money, with their Java expertise.

If I had realized this, then - I would have acted differently - and got with it, with the right software developers. I would still be in the States, making plenty of money - and reasonably satisfied with my life.

But I didn't, and no one else I knew, got the message either. The message being "Good and Evil are real - and you have to be aware of this!"

Everyone was saying, as loudly as they could "No, no, no - there is no Good or Evil, and you must ignore such foolish talk!"

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Computer has Made a New Society

Any new technology creates its own people - and rewards those people well. Abraham Lincoln was a Railroad Lawyer - and used that as a stepping stone to the American presidency.

After he was assassinated, his embalmed body was transported, via a series of railroads - back to Springfield, Illinois, where he still rests.

Amazon is now an American success story, because of the Computer. Because the Computer made its own audience, people who spend a lot of time on their computers - and who feel comfortable shopping online. Pointing their mouse at what they want to buy.

This is pretty amazing, when you stop to think about it. Most Americans shop at a shopping center - were they can see the many things being sold - and see all the other shoppers also. It is a group experience.

The Computer user only has his computer for company - but no one finds that strange.

Not Interested in How the World Works

A strong interest in the world around them, was one of the fundamental instincts of our species. And this is what made them successful - they quickly spread from East Africa to every other place in the world. Even the Arctic, where they flourished.

But Americans in our time are just the opposite - they are not interested in how the world works, only in how other people think it works. If other people change their minds (about anything) they change their minds also - without bothering to check the facts.

I exaggerate, of course. They check some facts carefully, such as how much anything costs. Anything that can be easily quantifiable - how much, or how many. But processes, such as how to make something better - they are not interested in.

At one time, this was exactly what we were interested in - when we discovered how cooking could improve our food. Or which fungi were edible, and which were poisonous.

Americans now, have no idea how to build a better world. They can only destroy the bad people who are keeping this from happening.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Social Enterprise Is Not Social Change

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Social enterprise and social entrepreneurship (SEE)—a business-inspired approach to solving social problems—has exploded across the United States and the world in the last decade. It has entrenched itself within a broad spectrum of fields, from economic development and urban planning to health and education policy. Since the Harvard Business School established the first “Social Enterprise Initiative” 25 years ago, SEE has rooted itself in more than 100 colleges and universities, anchored by endowed chairs and new courses in elite universities such as Stanford, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Duke, and the University of California, Berkeley. These institutions have helped turn SEE into an industry, funded by $1.6 billion in foundation grants since 2003.

This article is free - something new for Stanford, that used to charge for access to its publications. 

People have Become Defective

And they have not realized this. In fact, they think they are more effective than ever. And people like me are not supposed to notice this - whether it is an accurate observation, or not.

My approach is quite a contrast, to the many lovely people, who are trying very hard, to make a better world. Without taking this human perversity into account.

We have to start from where we are - whether we like where we are, or not.