The $64 question

There’s a bunch of unemployed people. There are a bunch of startups and other tech companies that are totally starved for engineers. How the fuck do you turn some of the unemployed people into *viable* tech talent? It sure as hell ain’t college, and it while CodeAcademy and others are a great resource they haven’t created a viable pipeline yet.

Maybe we need more forgiving languages and frameworks that can serve as a bridge between “Hey I learned how to type!” and Endofunctors and shit.

“This republic …

“This republic was not established by cowards; and cowards will not preserve it.”
–Elmer Davis

Marissa Mayer, queen of cowardice and current CEO of Yahoo!, would rather ignore positive contributions from remote workers than do the following:

  • Fire a large swath of ineffective middle managers and take responsibility for the fallout
  • Put controls in place to make sure that remote work is effectively tracked
  • Perform proper layoffs and or firings, instead waiting for affected remote workers to quit of their own accord. The apologists assume that all of the affected workers that leave are dead weight..the law of averages seems to disprove this. You’re going to throw *some* of the baby out with the bathwater.

This is all being done under the guise of streamlining collaboration. It’s blatantly obvious that Yahoo! simply wants to get rid of a large swath of their workforce without severance or bad press. Mayer is happy to let her apologists talk about how this is “the death of telecommuting,” and can seriously damage the industry if they’re not careful. It’s hard-fucking-enough to land top talent in this industry without having to deal with brainless “me-too” executives parroting an over-entitled CEO of a dying company. 

The faster this harebrained scheme leaves the media’s eye, the faster that our industry forgets about this neo-Luddite bullshit, and the faster that Yahoo! death-rattles, the faster we can get back to the real world.