Monday, June 18, 2007

Your circuit's dead - there's something wrong!

Charlie Stross's space-colony ├╝berthread brings a couple of things to mind. First up, the best thought-through space elevator project is costed at $40bn, not far off £21-22bn. The Al-Yamamah contract was £43 billion - two space elevators. The degree of corruption involved is, literally, mindblowing. Perhaps the BAE managers and Tory bagmen I regularly insult really did invent something - an Apollo project of crime.

More broadly, it's astonishing just how many stupid people showed up to argue that the past was shit, so the future must be great! I suppose that their operational model, in so far as they have one, must be Moore's law - they are Slashdot users after all. But this is dense. If the geek ethic has any meaning, it's that technical knowledge counts and can be democratised. What appears to be going on here is that a faith in creationist technology - we invent the whole system and it's off to the stars! - unites a lot of stupid people.

I reckon there's an IT/telecoms (nethead/Bellhead) thing here. IT rarely involves JCBs, their drivers, ships, or the billion uncertainties of radio-planning. If the link goes down..you blame a telco, after all. IT doesn't have a working class.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the BAE managers and Tory bagmen I regularly insult really did invent something - an Apollo project of crime.

"Man has climbed Mount Everest, gone to the bottom of the ocean. He's fired rockets at the Moon, split the atom, achieved miracles in every field of human endeavour... except crime." -- Auric Goldfinger

Martin Wisse said...

IT has no working class?

How about, sysadmins, helpdesk people and data entry bods?

Alex said...

Martin, how many of them think of themselves as such? That thread at Charlie's is a monument to sysadmins with raging compensation fantasies. I'm not a worker, I'm a Tragic Objectivist Hero, and it doesn't matter because of Teh Singularity.

kostenloser Counter