Sci-fi is a fun genre because it lets you explore real world ideas without the baggage of real world problems. The novel The Collapsing Empire explores what would happen if all the wormholes holding a space-age interplanetary empire together started to collapse. Let’s roll with that a bit closer to home. What would happen if the wormholes connecting the USA planet to the rest of the country planets collapsed? We’re a software powerhouse.
There is mounting evidence that someone is using social media to manipulate the public. The concept isn’t new, especially to state actors. China’s “50 Cent Party” has been doing it since 2004. But multiple sources report that bots are posting a concerning amount of misinformation about COVID-19. Inauthentic accounts are amplifying disinformation and inaccurate statistics and sharing false information as a reason to reopen the country,” Bouzy says. “Many of these accounts are also spreading bizarre conspiracy theories…”
The Rise of Skywalker is divisive. People have voiced numerous opinions, but the one specific complaint sticks with me. It’s about how Kylo Ren is shown mercy and repents. He dies hours later, having reclaimed his true identity of Ben Solo – yet having done little to deserve his conversion. I’ve heard the opinion that the movie would have been better if the moral was that some people can’t change!
There are many essential skills for the software developer who hopes to advance in the world. Let’s talk about two of them. The ability to ask good questions. The ability to estimate how complex something will be off the cuff. These skills combine when reviewing the specification for a brand new feature. A small group of engineers sit around a mockup as the product manager or designer explains what the feature does.
Prelude My friends Billy and Kasey invited me along to Gen Con this year. I enjoy board games, friends, and questionable financial decisions. It was a moderately easy decision. The fun started a few weeks before the convention, when 17,000+ events were posted to the worst scheduling website devised by man. Things fill up quickly, but the reservation system is kind of a nightmare. Many events repeated every hour, it’s all sorted chonologically, and it’s very easy to lose your place in the huge list.