> > There is a measurable and growing disatisfaction
> > throughout the commercial computing world about what's going on. This
> > may not be true in academia (I see your ACM address) where jobs enjoy
> > cozy union protections.
> I don't work in academia. I develop software and manage software
> development for a small research & development company that has survived
> (and grown, in a sane, controlled fashion) during the bust by designing
> and building industrial products that work as promised for reasonable
> prices, rather than trying to surf the dot-com/e-business wave (as if
> anyone couldn't see that that wave wasn't going to crash eventually).
I have news for you. The 'dot com bust' is a label that is inaccurate
for the phenomenon we are experiencing today. The economic bust that
we are experiencing is the result of the American people being duped
into voting Republican three years ago. The original mistake was
compounded in this past election cycle through the exploitation of
their legitimate fear and over-reactionary anger. The Republican bust
was the predictable bust. Any fool who survived Daddy Bush knew what
was coming when Jr started dusting off all the old Republican zombies
with bad ideas.
The dot com industries you disparage are actually doing very well -
better than B&M during this past Christmas season. The failures along
the way were predictable, yes, all industries winnow their way to
smaller numbers. NBD.
E-Commerce is a thriving economic engine in what's left of IT in
America. Web Services is a thriving by-product.
Telecom which has little to do with true dot coms is a disaster.
Complicit to any business failures are greedy investors whose demand
for immediate and spectacular gratification is the true villan in this
mix. Much of the technology that's blamed is still vital and worthy.
I'll make the wild prediction that once whatever you do is discerned
in India or China or Cuba or where-ever, you too will learn a little
more about waves and crashes no matter how well managed you think you
> > May I assume you are cozy looking down your
> > nose at working people who aren't working nor cozy??
> I'm not looking down my nose at anyone, except people who prefer
> *ing and moaning to taking personal responsibility (which includes
> looking ahead down the road and looking for where the potholes might
> lie, rather than just believing everything they're told).
Your double-talk is endearing.
A favorite quote of mine comes from Martin Luther King, Jr. He said
something to the effect, "Our job [as citizens] is to comfort the
disturbed and disturb the comfortable."
A number of years ago, I found out that a painter who I studied with
had died in a tragic accident. I related my sorrow and loneliness at
the loss to a friend who I was teaching with, an intellectual of broad
and deep wisdom, Herb Gerjuoy. He comforted me AND disturbed me by
relating a mytheme to me - "when your mentor [teacher] dies it's your
responsibility to carry on and transcend him'. Wow!
The older we get, the obligations we accrue become clearer. Life may
be unpredictable but I can't say it's meaningless because I can look
ahead and see things that maybe others can't or won't see. So, much
as I'd like to just be left alone, I have this *personal
responsibility* or calling to share what I can. In the days of
Camelot, we were told , 'nobless oblige' in certain classes and it
wasn't because these sons and daughters of factory workers were
born-into-it. We had something to share AND were being reminded of
So as I read your complaint, I can only speculate that you are
expressing the point of view that the government should not be
propping up, let's say, a failing industry. You might even think
people get what they deserve. Too bad, tough luck. You [the
individual] bought a bad bill of goods - deal with it.
A fair enough argument.
However, this industry is ours and it is the backbone of middle
American wealth and culture. It is being mortally wounded by
individuals and organizational manipulation that threatens to destroy
our livelihood. NOBODY is addressing the issue despite IEEE and ACM
organizations that, at least, appear to represent the industry. They
are limited to sitting around with their tongues tied for whatever
reason. I am not.
If you read these things believing that they are a solicitation for
sympathy then you are misreading the text and subtext. The nature of
newsgroups make redundancy a necessary device to maintain a narrative.
If this offends you, skip the threads.
But if you read the threads you will find that intelligent
professionals are incapable of helping themselves or 'taking
responsibility' because the very government that should be protecting
our interests is undermining those interests. American labor being
cut down by friendly fire so to speak.