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New Essay: The End of Info-Tech Slavery

millie O&M David C. Simpson

This is Shlomi Fish, a good hacker, where hacker is a good enthusiastic programmer, not necessarily a computer intruder. And I have an announcement to make: I refuse to be an IT slave. Moreover: if you want to employ people like me (and you do), you should not give us only good conditions - you should give us exceptional ones [= conditions]. Otherwise, we'll probably leave, or be fired, much to your misfortune.

More about it in my new essay "The End of Info-Tech Slavery".

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(Anonymous)
May. 2nd, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
a hacker is a computer intruder.
you can't hold a job for more than a month and the blame is on you.
you are 30 years old.
you are teh 0.
shlomif
May. 2nd, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Stop That!
Mr. Anonymous,

enough is enough! You've been trolling my blog for several posts now, writing annoying, insulting, wrong-headed, and anonymous posts. Stop it immediately!

If you're not going to stop, I'm going to take the necessary measures to deal it. You have been warned.

Regards,

Shlomi Fish
(Anonymous)
May. 3rd, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
Re: Stop That!
dear shlomi,

i'm not the anonymous who posted the above comment, and generally i don't post comments on blogs and other such public forums. although this time i'll make an exception.

first, you must understand that some people may not be able to use their real names in online forums. the internet is archived and public, and there can be million reasons (privacy, being shy, employee restrictions, etc.) that are purely technical for why one person or another can't identify themselves. i think that just like you tell companies that they may "lose great hackers" if they do various things, i think you may be losing great opinions if you continue to fight anonymity on the web. that's, after all, one of the main beauties of the web -- even if it's true only to some extent. :)

now, to the real reply. i think there are several basic repeating patterns in your writings, and i'll try to briefly point them out:

1. you consider yourself superior to others and advise them what to do, while you don't have any experience whatsoever either holding a job for a long period of time (and, hence, working on relatively big projects that require design, programming, management, maintenance, etc. in a corporate environment), nor do you have experience in management of development teams.

2. you often refer others to various fallacies, while you perform them yourselves. for example, you say "the majority thinks x, therefore x must be true" is a fallacy, and it is. however, you consider various folks (joel spolsky, paul graham, esr, etc.) as the be-all-end-all authority on software development -- also a fallacy of the same type. just because they say something, it doesn't mean it's right. for example, your opinion is that they are correct, but my opinion is that they are not. both of our opinions are "correct" in which the logic behind them is simple: if these people achieved the same goals we aim for, they are right. otherwise, they are wrong. since you and i have different goals and views, there's a good chance we might take the advise of the said people with a variable-sized grain of salt. :)

3. ...which leads to another issue with your writings: you often take something that affects you personally, and project it on a larger audience. in your "it slavery" essay, you say a lot of things that may be true for you, or people you know, but may not be true for the general population of developers -- even the "great hackers" among them. i, for example, find a lot of the things you say are simply not correct for cases i know (either from my own personal life, work, and so on), but since i'm posting this message anonymously, it would be at least unfair to claim credibility to engage in conversation about them. the point remains, however, that you must not generalize your private case and base essays that are aimed at the general population on your own experience. otherwise, your essay is "the end of *shlomi fish's* it slavery"...

4. and finally, i cannot neglect to mention that there's a feeling of arrogance in your writings. while i believe you think what you've done is important, let me remind you that by now, at the age of 30, you are still unable to hold a steady job, live with your parents, unable to financially support yourself, and your entire free time seems to revolve around your own personal website, narcissisticaly named "shlomi fish dot org". can you point out any large projects, whether they be open-source or not, that you've done? projects that many people depend on on a daily basis for their work? what open-source software did you write, that gives you the credibility to lecture others? i'm looking at the open-source page in your website, and can't find anything that resembles serious work, where "serious" is a project that requires a team effort to complete, taking into account the complete life cycle of a project. you do not have any design papers online, it seems you did not participate in any team work efforts (your projects are all one man show), and overall they don't seem - and pardon my honesty - too important in the grand scheme of things.

have fun.
(Anonymous)
May. 3rd, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Motorola Unlocking via IMEI is Here
Excuse me people, just wondering if anyone has heard of this software which is available at motounlockuk.co.uk.
Apparently you can unlock Motorola mobile phones simply using the IMEI number, cutting out the need for a USB cable to link your phone to your PC. Just used it with my razr v3 and a rokr e1, and it certainly works, but what do i do now with an unlocked phone?
It's for sale at 5 Pounds (UK), and i was wondering whether anyone had used it before. Sorry if i've posted in the wrong section!. Please Help!!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 30th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
PP13
Nice!!!
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