Jay Little - Software Obsessionist
American business long ago gave up on demanding that prospective employees be honest and hardworking. ┬áIt has even stopped hoping for employees who are educated enough that they can tell the difference between the men's room and the women's room without having little pictures on the doors.
 -- Dave Barry, "Urine Trouble, Mister"

06/09/2023 22:26:35

As of late it has become rather fashionable for established tech orgs running established platforms to attempt to make their platforms profitable. While the exact underlying reasons for this in each case varies, the end result is the same: Whatever the secret sauce was, the org manages to forever taint the platform with the changes they end up making. Who are we talking aobut? Today we'll be discussing Reddit, Twitch, StackOverflow and Twitter.

Three out of four of these examples are actively playing out even as I write the rough draft of this post. It is prudent to note that since I lack a time machine, I don't know for sure how they will work out. However what all three of these situations have in common is that none of these platforms were profitable (consistently and/or at all) before the offensive changes were announced. Side note: We don't 100% know whether or not Twitch is profitable, but there are a lot of good third party analysis articles out there that make a pretty good case for why it's not profitable.

05/31/2023 15:14:53

Back in 2016, a younger and mildly more optimistic Jay heard about a Kickstarter Campaign for a remake of the classic title, System Shock. Young Jay had fond memories of the original and immediately pledged $30 to help turn the dream into reality. Expected delivery was in December of 2017. Actual delivery for some was yesterday: May 30th, 2023.

UPDATE 6/1/23: After logging onto the Discord server for Nightdive Studio and making a support request, I was able to finally exchange my PS4 version for an actual Steam key. The provided key seems to work so at least I have finally gotten what I paid for! Nevertheless, this post will remain as it serves as a word of warning when it comes to crowdfunding. Go into it expecting nothing but disappointment otherwise you will be let down ;)

05/06/2023 14:13:40

If you've been paying any attention to prevailing social and demographic trends over the last decade or two, then you know as well as I do that American Conservatives have a serious problem. Their political philosophy is a relic of times long dead and the ability of their movement to be taken seriously is coming to an end. This is because their beliefs do not appeal to younger demographics.

With each new birth, Conservative's ability to win democratic contests continues to wane. But rather than evolve their platform and beliefs to accommodate new information and irreversible changes in the world around them, Conservatives have decided to go a different way. Instead they have embraced a fully regressive worldview emboldened by an ever-growing host of conspiracy theories:

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