[PLUG-TALK] University of Phoenix...

Michael C. Robinson michael at goose.robinson-west.com
Wed Sep 3 07:45:51 PDT 2003

> Fat chance.  Welcome to post-industrial labor market 
> capitalism, sir.

It may take a doctorate, but the department of Interior is a 
very stable employer for my Dad.  How much of the instability 
is true for people who simply want to get rich verses people 
who are more interested in a long term career?  There was 
a time in tech you never stayed in one place long because of 
the stock options.  Software companies have been able to force 
people to program fast and poorly leading to zero demand for 
quality software beyond those companies that absolutely have 
to have it.  This should be less of an issue now that the the 
courts are considering making companies liable for glaring 
security weaknesses in their products.  Things will get 
better so long as SCO, Microsoft or any other entity for that 
matter doesn't dismantle the GPL.

The sad thing about computer science is that you come out very 
narrowly educated.  If you aren't somewhat more stable than 
everyone else, why bother with it at all?  I think the software
market for Linux systems is wide open just as I think that the
idea of a better value in software may soon resonate with
consumers who are fed up with the problems of the mainstream 
choices.  The environment to compete with the Microsoft's and 
SCO's of the world may finally be coming into existence.
CS is a hard to get B.S. that for all intense purposes looks
to be an extreme risk.

One theory is that the addiction to Windows is 90% responsible
for the tech crash.  It's like we all learned very early on,
build on a good foundation or you will collapse in the very 
near future.  There need to be long term studies and the field
of software engineering needs a major overhaul, yesterday.
The dot bust was caused by foolish speculation that
everyone wanted to get on a computer just because it's a
computer.  A number of online markets were less convenient
than the local grocery store, etc.  Perishables, among other
things, don't ship well.

With the absence of quality software and stable systems over 
the whole, it could be argued these factors are limiting or 
even defeating the advantages of computer technology wholly.
It's truly sad that so much a computer could do is so heavily
impacted by incapacity of the current industry environment to 
support the needed research and diligence.

     --  Michael

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