[Melbourne-pm] Dancing around the event horizon

Kahlil Hodgson kahlil.hodgson at dealmax.com.au
Mon Jun 8 16:44:00 PDT 2015

On 5 June 2015 at 20:58, Peter Lawrence <pml540114 at gmail.com> wrote:

> However, every single one of these faces those same political problems
> of acceptance, and many don't have fully optimised implementations
> either.

​I remember a colleague raving about Forth about 8 years ago, but I never
had a chance to look into it.  There are so many interesting languages to
choose from these days. I managed to find an hour or two to play with
clojure on the weekend and had a great time. I just wish I could justify
exploring all these options during my working hours.  Perhaps ironic that I
may have the freedom to do just that once we get the funding that's forcing
us to use Python.

The major realization for me is that my ability to make technical decisions
is governed, not by my ability to make sound arguments, but by whatever
social and political power I can muster.  If I head up the technology for a
successful company, I gain a lot of power to make decisions.  Even if the
success of the company has nothing to do with technology. Even if the
company succeeded despite relying on inferior technology.  Once I'm there,
business people are less likely do dismiss my arguments just be cause they
conflict with sentiments alluded to by the Financial Review or touted by
their favourite "tame geek".

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