More and more, the government is focused on pointing guns at people and taking their money.
Analysts need to create scripts, use dbases, etc., not to create a long standing system, but to complete the day to day tasks of compiling and reorganizing information for whatever analysis they happen to be performing today. One of, ad hoc methods that get something done more efficiently than cutting and pasting between documents.
Gun control is about human control. Obviously it's not about crime, as criminals don't care. It's about controlling the otherwise law abiding and making them dependent on the government.
Most car parts places will sell "automobile stethoscopes" for a few bucks, basically an el cheapo stethoscope attached to a metal rod. Very handy, and clearer and easier to use than the screwdriver trick. Easy way to tell if the fuel injectors are firing.
"Go away, or I will replace you with a tiny shell script."
Much of the "nonprogrammer" work in business is a massive waste of time, transferring information from document A to document B, which *if you think like a programmer*, you'll be looking for a tool to replace. If you don't program, grinding it out by hand seems the natural thing to do.
Aid is market segmentation based on ability to pay. Basically, schools suck as much money as they can out of everyone. Much like medicine, there are no real prices.
Maybe IT Pimp orgs should call themselves unions to avoid corporate taxes.
From Pournelle's web site:
Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people":
First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.
Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.
The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.
*** Finding a way to effectively deal with bureaucratic capture of institutions is probably the number one human problem.
assistant principal hears explosion, sees smoke, runs over and student claims "bomb" is science experiment. Seems reasonable, but teacher knows nothing about it.
Cause you know, you can't do science without permission from an agent of the State.
Short translation - screwing women is evil, screwing men is good.
Recently read that the housing bubble had come to Australia. Sorry to hear it.
With the Fed just giving away money, every company should do this.
"Give us more money or something bad might happen on your flight."
The government is increasingly giving up the pretense of being anything other than a shake down racket.
Well reasoned retort!
Yeah, we fucked the whole world over by defeating Stalinism. So sorry. Perhaps you'd feel more at home living in Iraq under Saddam. Ooops, we did it again; we took that away too. So sorry, so sorry. But never fear, there's still a bit of Stalinism left in North Korea. Don't let me keep you.