I am not motivated, because I fear that my work will be unrewarded, unrecognized and forgotten like it has been in the past. Only I can reward my work, recognize it, and remember it. And I can only do it when I do what I like.
I don’t know why people toil to satisfy the whims of idiots. I don’t know why customers pay these idiots to do mediocre work. I guess they just put up with what they can get.
After all, who would put up with all life’s humiliations—the abuse from superiors, the insults of arrogant men, the pangs of unrequited love, the inefficiency of the legal system, the rudeness of people in office, and the mistreatment good people have to take from bad—when you could simply take out your knife and call it quits? Who would choose to grunt and sweat through an exhausting life, unless they were afraid of something dreadful after death, the undiscovered country from which no visitor returns, which we wonder about without getting any answers from and which makes us stick to the evils we know rather than rush off to seek the ones we don’t? Fear of death makes us all cowards, and our natural boldness becomes weak with too much thinking. Actions that should be carried out at once get misdirected, and stop being actions at all.
- I should start it.
- I should have no fear of unrewarded work.
- The requirements should be clear and precise even if it is generic.
- My solutions should be accepted in general, but can be criticized on the finer points.
- You prove yourself to be better than me.
Often I tend to accept you are more competent too quickly, only to find out you are incompetent. I have only seen competent people on the Internet, starting other companies. I haven’t met them around me.
Few people actually take any side. I don’t mind if they don’t take a side about everything, but I wish they took a side about at least one thing.
The widespread pretension of dearly caring about an idea, is bothering me.
Hmm, there is one thing we can expect people to care dearly about: opposing people who take a side. That care is legitimate. No pretension about it.
Joker was partially right - ”their morals, their “code”… it’s a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these uh, these “civilized people,” they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.”
Except of course, I don’t think these “civilized people” will hate anyone enough to eat them. They will however pretend to hate someone enough to eat them. The need to pretend of course will have to be generated by a Dear Leader who will make it fashionable to hate and eat their own kind.
I often think about the widespread fear and distrust of scientific medicine, the prevalence of wrong ideas about disease and how the body works, and I wonder about the sheer arrogance and ignorance of the masses.
People still believe science has no idea about how the body works, and that the ancients had a better idea about biology than modern doctors and scientists.
Why is it that people believe the body is too complex to be reduced by science into a mere clockwork? Why the invocations to the supernatural, to the unknowable when it comes to the body and disease?
I believe it is due to arrogance. People still believe they are above nature, above the laws of reality. People believe there is something otherworldly about their bodies, its functions and its malfunctions.
Some even go as far as to think knowledge can be gained from a supernatural Internet (a platonic realm, a cosmic consciousness) by simply meditating and linking with it. And that the ancients had a better link to this voodoo internet than we did, and so they had a better knowledge of things than the post-scientific-revolution world.
What bothers me the most is the suffering because of it. I was made to suffer this bullshit when I was younger. I am still paying the price for their mistakes. And the worst of all, is that they do not seem to know of their crime.
Always ask the questions which you know the expected the answer to. Example: Can you give me access to the production server? If they can’t provide a favorable environment to develop in, then ask them to suggest a favorable environment. If they won’t then keep reminding them that the work cannot begin without a favorable environment has been suggested, or provided.
The rule of thumb is: Don’t think of solutions if others cannot help you with implementing it. Always ask for solutions in such cases.
Adi Shamir (the S in RSA) was not allowed by NSA to attend a conference where he was going to present a paper about Nash’s asymmetric key algorithm.
I don’t attribute to malice that which can be explained by bureaucracy.
But this one seems suspicious. I would like to know what was inside Adi’s paper. Perhaps it had something about crypt analysis for RSA. And the NSA having known this beforehand didn’t want people to know.
Or perhaps, the NSA has something for American cryptographers eyes only.