Civilisation depends on programmers
Programmers are sharing stories about the unethical and illegal things they have been asked to do following a blog post by programmer and teacher Bill Sourour.
… and adds, in the vernacular, that we are f***ed then.
Software developers are being asked to do unethical and illegal things and they need to figure out how to self-regulate and do so quickly.
This is according to Robert Martin, a programmer and speaker, better known as “Uncle Bob”.
“Civilisation depends upon us. In ways it doesn’t understand. In ways we don’t understand,” said Martin.
Everything we do today involves software. He said people have already been killed due to faulty software in cars, while hundreds have died from faulty software during air travel.
Commenters at our sites have pointed out that most people hold their jobs today only because they are willing to ask ‘how high’ each time they are asked to jump. Of those 45 journos, how many would have still had their jobs had they refused?
One who shocked me yesterday was Michelle Fields [posts passim] who appeared to be hosting a Fox programme. I can only think the poster was using an old clip, pre-Trump presidency, as Wiki says she is ‘former’ and now only works for the scurrilous rag the Huff Post – here is its editorial board [supposedly]:
Thus, Laze and Gem, we are coming into a tech-driven age of the pseudo-news, the pseudo-reality. Some years back, a chap named Andrew Scott disputed that a hyperlink was sufficient attribution. I would have said at that time yes, it was sufficient, as most material stayed in place and held water.
Now – not so sure. In the light of these current posts and others in the queue in the email box, it seems truth is a most relative thing and the likes of the left ‘news’ sources are the main current culprits. Even Fox are culprits, which is why they are known, on our side of politics, as the RINO ‘news’ site. Megyn Kelly is the chief witch there.
Just what can the innocent reader [as far as getting news is concerned] do? He or she is relying on trusted sources to provide facts and figures but now it seems many of these are doctored. That photo of the little boy in the shallows in the middle-east – that had been faked. Not his death but how it had been used for publicity.
And moving away from the news, Karl has a piece on the medical profession over there. Now I’m not all that interested, personally, in the American health system, being more concerned with ours but he goes into detail on the dishonesty among medical practitioners when it comes to money charged and service rendered, in that order.
Read it if you have the time.
Bottom line of course is that we are coming into and era where ethics are no longer held to assiduously. In years past, we would all be up in arms about an O ring on a spaceship and the sleaze behind the building of that ship. Today, we have a flood of such things, everywhere we look. We are taken for a ride by false information supplied by what other people see as safe sources … when they’re not.
Why do the PTB wish for this? Climate of fear of course but also something even more sinister, the USSR method. If the whole notion of truth is leftwing relative, then the govt can, at any time, refer to fallacious data to do you over. Or if you’re being a good little boy or girl, they can not refer to it. There is a body of precedent being established now, based on untruths.
Haiku used the F word, I mention short and curlies.