technology is contributing toward so-called "continuous partial attention", severely limiting people's ability to focus
Of course, the noisy, crowded, attention-impossible "collaborative" open office trend is just fine.
Tech companies run fake news stories to try to scam their competitors into wasting money
And lobby congress to increase the (low-wage, slave-wage) H1B visa cap.
Old dinosaur industries think developers are commodities
Not sure I believe the young mammal industries are much different.
Microsoft on Visual Studio, an IDE that costs $1,199 a year
Not that I think Visual Studio is helpful or useful or much more than bloat, but supposing that somebody did do the research and expend the effort to come up with something that actually WAS useful in taming software complexity, and it cost $1,199/year (or hell, even $199/year), the first question from management would be, "how do we get that for free?"
job security for those who can
I doubt it. More like taking the blame for everything.
Then those software engineers are idiots
Yeah, but there are lots of them. When I try to get somebody to explain the actual problem they want me to solve, they don't even seem to understand quite what I'm trying to get at - mostly because their past experiences with programmers has consistently been "where should the buttons and drop-downs go?"
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