The Nigerian tech scene is one of the only bright spots in my twitter bubble. They’re discovering the joys of the Web as I got to back in the 2000s but they get to use all the modern stuff whereas I had IE6.
They’re not building ad networks to spy on each other, they’re
building technology that they see elsewhere on the planet and think would work in Nigeria.
“We got tired of waiting for Western tech to come to Nigeria so we built it ourselves” as a senior eng at Andela told me.
The joy of doing it yourself comes through in almost every tweet.
And just incredible respect for living up to the promise of the Web with home grown technologies that solve problems real people have and putting the REAL meaning of “social” back into the social media that is the WWW.
All jobs will be automated until only four remain: The Aristocrats!!!
So the father is just automating and automating whether or not it makes sense and meanwhile the mom is in a passenger rocket to Mars and it’s just spewing shit and vomit all over the place from its engines and the kids are getting caught in the automation and covered in the shit
from the Mars missions and finally one kid designs an AI sentiment recognition to recognize and retaliate against shit rockets to Mars and so THAT system starts firing missiles filled with depleted uranium and sheep shit all over the place and finally all four of them are just
First, it is extremely unusual (ime it never happens!) for an entry-level developer to be hired and then placed in charge of some kind of complex high-risk project.
You're going to be the most junior and the most recent hire. You're not going to be in charge of *anything.*
There are just tons of jokes about how programming interviews are like "show on the whiteboard that the Traveling Salesman problem is at least NP Hard" and then after hire it's like "move this button 3px left."
@alanpage It's very telling that manual testing is seen as cheap.
IME this perception exists because (as I have repeatedly seen at clients) the absolute most junior people are hired as testers in order to keep costs down. Because they’re so junior they don’t contribute very much. 1/2
@alanpage 2/3 They stay junior because they have no mentorship (because mentorship is expensive).
The “5x to 15x” cost of automation proposed by the OP fits with this model: median developer pay is around $150k US. A team of five devs then costs ~$750k annually (considering TC only here)
@alanpage 3/4 Glassdoor lists “QA Analyst” roles as starting at $18k US. I’m in NYC so this is lower than I’ve ever seen. Let’s assume QA roles start around $25k, which is just enough to rent a room and live paycheck to paycheck in NYC.
The cheapest QA analyst costs 17% of a dev salary.
Interaction Resiliency (iXR) is the practice of Software QA (aka #testing) as applied to "devops" or more properly Safety-II software delivery (aka continuous delivery & continuous deployment).
I put a name to "testing in devops" or "agile testing in continuous delivery" because a) those phrases are clumsy 😀 and b) the current discourse in #testing constantly collapses back on itself as big-A Agile + CDT are conflated time-and-time-again with Safety-II + Kaizen #iXR
For instance the idea that there exists a computer activity called "checking" and what "checking" does is it validates assumptions.
There is a problem right there. Validation assumes some kind of goal-oriented behavior — telos — which computers do not on their own, have.
As covered pragmatically in the classic paper "The Ironies Of Automation" and further explored by Donna Haraway: computers on their own are not capable of "validation" because validation implies an understanding of some set of moral *values.*