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"One would hope that a good manager would have enough practical and direct experience in writing software to at least come up with a half-decent estimate, no?"
No. That is the whole point, which you have seemed to miss. I'm the software engineer and even I can't come up with a reasonable estimate; why the hell would some manager several layers of indirection distant from the design be better at it?
"MS mono-culture was caused by the incompetence and greed of those who were in a position to offer up alternatives."
"This is another example of "if we can't discredit the science, discredit the scientist for being paid to do research."
It is exactly like that!
This isn't anything new just because you throw the intertubes into the mix. It is the same problem parents have always had. How can I control my children at all times, given that there is no frigging way in hell I can ever have that kind of control?