ME: I think I'm surrounded by the worst technology in the world
ME: ever get that feeling?
ME: I get that when I come across this kind of thing:
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ME: does that juse blow your mind
ME: OR WHAT?
DOOD: who wrote that? Someone on our team or a 3rd party?
DOOD: I mean your team
ME: some 3rd party
DOOD: they don't get anything
ME: some 3rd party WHICH IS AN INTERNET STANDARD. THE CADILLAC OF AD SERVING
ME: we're doomed
ME: as a species
ME: just thought you'd like to know.
ME: enjoy life. the end is near.
DOOD: I just spent 2 months working with one of the the world's worst engineers. They canned his ass last week
DOOD: this guy was an imbecile, yet he commanded a huge salary and concessions because we thought he was an 'expert'
DOOD: I spent all of my time re-writing and debugging his crap code
DOOD: some of the worst programming I've ever seen
DOOD: and it made me doubt the future of mandkind, as we are all brothers.
ME: I'm there.
DOOD: that gives me an idea for a netscrap feature. Have a contest where people submit real source code that can never execute
DOOD: this is a plum example
DOOD: there are others
ME: that's a good one.
DOOD: but they have to be real, culled from real source.
I guess the reason this gets my goat is that I face this question every day: does it matter if software is 'done right'? Ultimately it seems that the true measure of 'rightness' is whether the business is succeeding, not the correctness of the minutiae. For a guy whose background is QA, this is a tough pill to swallow.
Anyway, Dood -- good thinking about the netscrap feature. So toss a few things onto the scrap heap (put in the Tech category) and I'll put them up.