Joie : Audrey Tang ministre du numérique.

Audrey Tang est nommée ministre du numérique à Taïwan.

Je ne la connais pas personnellement, mais putain ça me fait couler des larmes de joie.

Audrey, c'est le nom d'une légende qui traîne autour d'une bière quand les contributeurs de Perl se rencontrent. Perl, comme PHP, apache ou mysql ou VLC font parti des outils sans lesquel internet n'existerait pas.

Et Audrey, c'est une légende.

Ce que je vais raconter peut paraître imbitable au profane mais imaginez des chevaliers échangeant leur recettes techniques pour butter du dragon (dont l'humain vient clamer le territoire). C'est un peu ça.

Audrey est une éminente développeuse Perl qui sur son temps libre et professionnel s'est investie dans la tâche d'aider les gens de manière significative.

Elle a aider les développeurs et les sysadmins à pouvoir partager plus simplement nos librairies (CPAN), elle a initié une nouvelle révolution qui est Perl6 (ça a comme tout projet de R&D une proba d'échouer de 66%).

C'est une vraie légende que l'on croise dans les conventions. Perl6 a aussi un repris de justice dans ses hackers connus, donc une transgendre n'a jamais été vraiment un sujet. Elle enflamme les foules en échangeant sur des sujets abscons, et donne de sa personne dans les couloirs pour expliquer.

Sans elle et sa passion vu comment la communauté Perl était essoufflée quand elle a lancé le projet, c'était inespéré. Perl6 a été aussi attendu que la suite de Duke nuk'em, mais le résultat semble bien meilleur.

Et pour la communauté Perl, cet investissement dans le futur était crucial.

Bref, elle est compétente sur tous les domaines des IT. Elle mérite cette reconnaissance, et je suis furax.

Parce qu'en France on a des tas de gars aussi bons que ça, et je sais qu'ils ne seront jamais proposés à un tel poste par le gouvernement.
On aura éventuellement un associatif suceur de boule qui aura écrit une phototèque trouée en PHP, ou un startupeur quelconque qui aura un peu plus parasiter le logiciel libre qu'il l'aura aider.

Vous savez je suis pas sectaire, mais moi aussi j'aimerais pouvoir dire: mon ministre il a codé VLC et c'est mon troll préféré et aussi l'ancien président d'un projet de plus de 15000 personne, ou qu'il a gagné le concours mondial de C le plus crade du monde 4 années de suite, ou qu'il contribue à openSSH et sa cuisine est la plus réputée du monde  ....

Bref, en France et ailleurs (Belgique, Québec, Allemagne, Zambie, ...) on a suffisamment de développeurs compétents qui en plus ont prouvé être capables d'empathies et d'efficience dans une communauté, ce serait cool de les avoir ministre.

Dans le libre, comme les données sont là, on a de quoi juger on peut voir les erreurs les réussites, et mêmes éventuellement trouver des écrits sur ses opinions face à des sujets politco-techniques (brevets, crypto, droits d'auteur...).

Bref, moi j'aimerais lancer une pétition pour pouvoir choisir nos ministres dans une liste de contributeurs à des projets numériques qui ont choisi de laisser leur historique publique afin que l'on puisse avoir au moins un ministre compétent et adepte de la transparence quelque soit le parti élu.

There cannot be any professional IT now

What is being a pro?

Some people define IT professions by their diploma, their best practices or tools.

Ask any dev/sysadmins/devops/managers or any IT professional; they will probably define themselves in their superior mastery in tools/knowledge.

Git, hadoop, C++, python, php, the cloud ....

Maybe to be nice the results or their work: software, apps, websites....

However, what strikes me as odd in this «profession» where anyone can enter this market is no one defines the profession's missions towards the end user's and even more the liability.

Imagine you are a mover, your mission is basically to move fast loads from point A to point B without breaking anything.

A cook? Making food for the best price, fast and without intoxicating customers.

A construction worker? Building what was asked fast without breaking what was expected ...

An engineer is expected to build for the cheapest price possible buildings that have a durability (without breaking).

A surgeon? Making someone's health improve fast without killing him.

You see the pattern a profession is a mission towards user which consequences can be dreadful if done wrong and for which there is a liability and for the least cost.

There are in some fields like telecommunications, SLA (Service Level Agreement) but  nothing about failing to protect the confidentiality of the call.

It is no secret most ISP/telco collaborate with government and basically betray their users.

What makes IT so special?

Well, they are literally artists. Like artists since the value is based on creativity no company have an obligation of results. Read any licensing agreement or contract: there is no financial or legal liability possible.

A website has security holes and fraudulent use of your poorly protected data are used? Bad luck, there is no warranty you can use against a coder for a bug and ask the company to pay back for the consequences. That is the reason why you are force fed insurance contracts to mutualize the costs of bugs. Customers pays when companies fail. 0 risks taken.

Games are buggy? Not the company problem. You lose your novel because your hardware or software crashed? Not in the IT backyard.

You use a software since 10 years and make value out of it for your business? Well, IT don't care, they will stop editing it and leave you without notice. How much software from google, facebook, mozilla have been discontinued to make an example? Hundreds of them.

IT hardware that are put in devices that are engineered for decades can be discontinued in few years. And the millions you invested in a payroll system have to be invested once again.

IT fails what makes a profession respected : liability, the capacity to guaranty some kind of correctness, durability or even cost reduction.

It is all the more difficult that IT constructions are complex and obfuscated and given the actual legal system, the burden of proving the responsibility is often on the shoulder of the victim. And trying to investigate the backend of a website without authorization is a crime.
Decompiling software in most country is a crime. And if not a crime at least some tedious costly operation.

As long as there is no legal and financial liabilities there will be no incentives for the IT to become professional, and IT companies will still on the other hand will be able to sue you for not paying the bills.

As you can guess the absence of liability favors not the one who cares about the users but the dictatorship of the companies able to hire a lot of lawyers and lock customers by growing fast thanks to cheap money (thanks the VC/hedge funds) and do not favor competitiveness. 

If you think I am wrong, tell me as an IT specialist do you have knowledge of colleagues that were sued or if anyone you know a professional whose responsibility was engaged resulting in anyone going to jail or paying money for a line of code written or typed in a terminal in a corporate environment by a customer?

Yes maybe you know some (like in the dieselgate case). Now compare how few these are compared in proportion to restaurant closed for not respecting basics of hygiene and security. And do not pretend it is because IT workers are intrinsically better, it is just it is as hard to sue any IT workers as any artists.

How I became a «vigilante» of the web and why you should do it too

I hate vigilante. The arrow (DC comics) when there are earthquakes in his city prefers to prevent banks from being robbed than help the poor dying in the shady town.

So, I am pretty much a citizen that normally don't wish to right the wrong. I normally don't like to play the knight on his high horses throwing a vibrant «you failed the Internet». Yet I did.

In the previous «fun» episodes of my life, I have been a coder, than a mover.

I like moving, but, well being paid 5€/hr overall in quite insecure conditions is spoiling the fun. I would do it for 15€/hr without a regret. And for the same reasons I learned to respect their know-how, I finally came to value my knowledge in coding, and learning. So, recently, I came back after a serious crisis on what we do in the IT industry to apply once again to «decent jobs».

Well, I tried.

When you are jobless, companies and administration seem to think you are the scumbag of the internet and that your time is free.

Websites are at best broken, non usable/accessible and most of the time insecure. And so this is the story of my small victory against the evil forces of «not caring» (this is not in my backyard, you non paying customers).

When the new Information Technologies results in loss of time and security

Almost all the websites I am talking of are made with all the latest kikoo lol UX and so called innovation. People seem to learn new tricks, yet they still do not learn the old one.

Every day I apply to «IT» function I between 1 and 3 hours worth of work:
  • selectively engaging javascript (I use noscript to avoid my old computer over heating and then rebooting in the middle of an application)
  • creating custom credentials
  • validating my email
  • feeling for the nth time my resume with custom squared wheel
  • rewriting a new motivation trying to pretend loving this company expert in UX/IT making me do a walk of shame in their pityfull poorly coded web pages.
  • then having expecting 5 minutes later a letter telling me I am rejected without any justifications.
Well my experience with applying to literally a hundreds of  job is that the state of I.T. is indeed shameful.

I am using governmental funded web site ( They redirect us most of the time either on third party proxies or  company websites.

Most of the day I say nothing. I am not a philanthropic billionaire with time to waste on protecting banks on my free time.

Basically ALL the 3rd party websites DO collect personal data. They all include google adsense javascript and don't care about no tracking policies.  Since it is a «minor» offense I always let it pass, even though I live in a country that pressure google to delete from their results fast the bullshit craps of our elites.

I am just a broke worker, I want to have a job collecting the data of poor customers to treat them through big data and neural network. I am guilty of knowingly normally putting my knowledge to the service of the bad guys.

The day you grow a conscience something is wrong

But, 4 days ago, in one of my 4th application of the day, something weird happened : I made a typo and needed to recover my password.

Then two things happened that pissed me off :

  • the mail giving me my password back was not the same as the website it was coming from, and was coming from a different domain. And, google was whitewashing probably in the name of «let's give confidence in commerce when people use our tools». 
  • my password was returned to me AS IS, let's say that it may not be clear text storage but it is too close (symmetric ciphering with a secret) for my comfort,
  • there was NO contacts available on the website to report problems,

Non sysadmins, non web devs do not see the trouble. In fact most web devs and sysadmins don't see the trouble with clear text passwords.

Let's state it clearly it is a clear taboo in the world of web development since 1996 for very good reasons. If the database get hacked, ALL passwords get stolen, and since users often reuse passwords and login, it is putting users in jeopardy if a breach occurs.

The day after you grow a conscience and need to move on

Well, I went on my local language python and bsd chans and talked with «professionals», they said to me move-on, because they told me, you know, today, it is common practice, focus on finding a job and don't get that sensitive especially you are security aware, but you are not specialized in security.

And you know what? When there is such a level of not caring, why care?

The day after the day you did not cared.

Well guess what, you have to fill another application. And rebelotte.

And then you notice it is a «very successful» company oustourcing portal for job applications.

When of the reason I was utterly pissed was the job description explicitly stated attention to security details in it was for THE BIGGEST PROVIDER OF BUSINESS SOLUTIONS for IT in Europa. Not to name it Orange Business Service.

You know what when I do job interview people are grilling me on small details that I find irrelevant in security. For me security is : make it simple stupid and manageable with strong attentions to details like : having fucking contact information to report security holes and have fucking humans on 24/7 awareness in CERT teams (Computer Emergency Response Team) in case there is a fucking security hole.

So, I saw red.

I first tried to find a security contact on OBS web sites. None.

There was a commercial contact. I used it.

They called me back expecting to do money, and discarded my alert.

I used the mail in the whois of the main domain. No answer

I used the phone number. No one at this number.

No fucking contact on the websites.

So I saw red hot chilli pepper red, jalapeno red to be exact.

Since my twitter is @obnoxiousJul I decided to be ... jul

I shamed @orange that then redirected me on @orangejobs. And I asked them:

Actually there was an answer and it fell bittersweet relieving:

Why am I still seeing 1000 Scoville red

First the dig axfr on the provider I will  not name is still having 600 websites for job application listed. Most are off, but still.

As an unemployed person being tracked with marketing tools is already pissing me off.

But, more than that, it is exposing me to insecure practice that pissed me.

This «application portal provider» is providing for major french companies pretending to care about security:

  • airport related business;
  • energy business;
  • IT business;
  • consulting in security business;
  • BANKS ! 
And before I went crazy, my fellow «so called» informally concerned peers told me to forget about it.

Seriously, the whole profession is suffering a long slow steady shift of concern. Not in using stronger algorithm, better practice, but just about the basics of security which is TO CARE.

And you see, what is concerning me too, is some e-commerce websites I use for buying spare part for my  bike as a near hobbo (like "@Retto KYA") are doing the same: clear text password and autistic IT team.

I have also been talking to pole emploi about the fact they are exposing the jobless, they discarded my concerns. So I tried the «service public» site, they seemed to not understand. 

The problem is not technical anymore: it is human. 

Actual IT is like experiencing a fire while on a plane and when you activate the alarm the steward, the passenger come coughing in the middle of the smoke saying there is no problem. 

And that is a problem. I am still seeing a huge problem in actual pedantic IT culture and if the crisis will not come from finance, it will come from the lost of trust of the users that will stop using insecure web technologies.

IT enthusiasts, it is time to wake up and stop snoring while the boat is sinking.

Moving out: earnings of sweat are earnings of fear

One year ago I was a python coder. I have my pipy packages, and am reasonably competent. I could not find a job in France because they all want PHP/C#/C++ coders with weird proprietary environment or have interviews that I would grade as bullying against which I have been adamant. Sometimes in your life, self esteem matters. So I took the first job I could find because I have no more savings: I am currently a mover. And, I am strangely glad.

Yesterday, I was on the highway with my truck. A 20 cubic meter, with an engine that has hiccups, hardly any breaks, non functioning signals, various signals on the board telling me oil should be changed, lights are not functioning and it was my first time driving this kind of truck.  Unable to direct my rear mirrors to have a clear view of the back.

I was in the middle of an heavy flow of cars,  trying to keep up with my 130km/h speed limit : my extra time on chantier not being paid. The faster I am back, the faster I can see my wife.

While I was inserting myself at maximum authorized speed on the third lane (without signals) a car chose to irrupt from my dead angle with full acceleration at 150km/h. Fuck it was scary. Afterwards a mob of  angry drivers copiously trashed me for having a dangerous behaviour.

People don't get it, I cannot lose my driving license: it is part of my way to earn money, I cannot pay for speed tickets they represents 3 days worth of work. But I don't want to lose time. Because time is life.

I don't live to work, I work to be able to live. I wish not to work 53hr/week and earn more money. I prefer to give up on cars, expensive LCD flat panels, computers, furniture, clothes, smartphones and share more time with my wife.

But, correcting with the effective time I work (14hrs+ per day) I am paid ~5€/hr ~ 7$/hr for being a mover. I sometimes wonder why I don't prefer to go on the social minimum.

I do complain, but this job is fun. I just don't understand why a job that no ones wants to do is way less paid than other jobs. In fact I know, I tried to apply to the other jobs and was cockblocked by the means of various strong arbitrary selections based often of cronyism or weird tests/diplomas/formation that are honestly useless. The job office even proposes for expensive costs for the jobless android formations based on the free IP google delivers. Paratism to the max.

There is normally a formation for being a mover. I did not have it. I learn by doing, watching, asking questions. Colleagues now ask me to work with them. It's rewarding in its way.

I move people with unopened goods still labeled in money that disappeared 15 years ago that worth more than one day work and that I so envy, like a calligraphic sets of fountain pain. I don't steal.

These customers often with level of education similar to mine are scolding us as if there education level gave them an automatic insight on everything. They don't understand the global picture. I am a ripper, I am an ant taking part in a collective intelligence made of preppers (the guy preparing the box), the tetris players (the one stacking efficiently and securely stuff in truck), the unloaders (people preparing balanced sets of boxes for efficient routing). I do small stuffs, like bringing information back and forth, giving status, moving stuff out of the way, cleaning, moving stuff fast without breaking them, doing complex practical 3D geometry with pieces of furniture.

They speak to the movers like shit. I shut my mouth: don't antagonize the customer if you want to be paid. But, for being able to compute scalar product in infinite dimensions, I respect my coworkers. They have a good intuition of geometry, better than most of my former CS colleagues, my now new customers behaving like shits to the commoners. It is funny how people with 80 cubic meters tell me how we are profiting of them while I left Canada with 1 cubic meter selling all my beloved goods on kijiji to be able to make it. Since they have a big contract, they pay less, leaving us less money and hardly tipping. It feels wrong.

On the road, they have these fancy cars, coming back from my rear nearly killing me.

They want to be able to ride over the speed limits, and they horn me, flash me, insult me for trying to get back the fastest possible to my wife with my underpowered and unsafe truck on the road.

But I keep my lane on the road obnoxiously, I do not even try to be nice to them anymore.

I have a life. I don't think of my job anymore when I am back.
My emotions are rollercoasting with the teams I take part. Team work is a weird alchemy. I am part of the mob. I try to support my colleague by untying the knots of causal anger I see forming.

Waking up at 4 am, riding at full speed, eating in 15 minutes working under 34°C moving heavy loads, and this stretched on 14 hours is tiring.

Some people to keep up, like when I was a coder are boozing, smoking, sniffing ...  I try to avoid them, and avoid to give a bad example. I may be supporting the right to alter consciousness, but in the limit of work safety.

I have nothing against this ... except when I work. I maybe making my own booze, I don't booze or even think of smoking drugs on the work. But, my brain understand why people may want to do so. So I don't judge. I try my best to be nice to them, I do what I think my hierarchy was never able to do: I encourage my colleagues all the time when they do positive stuff. Like a stupid anime character in a shounen. I tell them how good they are at their job and that I want them to teach me and help me improve, I sneakily try to make them do the cleaning of the unsafe shitty trucks by initiating it so to help them regain some pride. I only speak of colleagues in their back if I have something good to say about them.

I am experimenting something a sociopath like me never thought possible: social interaction. My weird above the average stamina and pain ignorance makes me compensate by speed what I can't deliver by raw power, I encourage collaboration, because well, I don't have power, so I rely heavily on the others to carry with me, and teach me.

And you know what, my efforts sometimes work. Sometimes I notice an effect.  I see people happy to work on chantier more than they usually are, and sometimes speaking or smiling. I give myself credit for it, but to be honest, it may be delusion. However, I don't care.

And this is part of what is making my new life worth the sacrifice I made. I finally can live in a world where cooperation matters. Where when work day is over, I will not have to reconnect my computer and work until 1am. Where my boss won't try to steal my inventions.

However, the people we mainly move whose merits are often to be born and have estates are assholes.

When I try to rent a place I am often refused to rent a place for my wife and me because they don't want a couple to leave in ... 25, 32, or even 40 m².

We actually live in 16m² and it is okay. Is it really the owner's moral judgement that should lead my life. The standards of those who owns should really not be pushed down the throats of the modest persons.

I don't need your smartphones, your apps, your internet of shit, your healthy or ready made food, your cars, your expensive bikes, cars, gadget. I just want a decent place to live in, time to spend with my wife and enough money to buy food. My computers are all falling into pieces. It is a matter of months before I might not be able to write on this blog. I don't even know if I will buy a new one.

Oh! And I would like to be respected.

My bike is my only way of moving and I am bored of cars trying to push me out of roads on purpose, or scold me for not using unsafe-slow bike path.

This is an allegory of the world we are living in: the wealthy are just bullies nowadays, whose power of nuisance is enforced by crony politicians through lobbying.

And to add the insult to the insult, I was listening to the radio and had this intellectual writer explained what it meant for him to change life. His book was full of deaths and murders saying how cataclysmic in his fantasies life changing was. It was full of clichés and condescending. And I realize most of you don't know how life is for the people: our «cultural» industry that is heavily sponsored or funded is made not by the people but by a small self designated coterie of pedantic ignorant. French movie will depict the boredom of rich kids leaving in exclusive places most of the time. The life of most of the impoverished population is held a shameful secret or fantasied in irrealistic success stories. Artists can go screw themselves. They look like «small Goebels» flooding the world of a Prozzac©® fairy tale where poor people failed by unwillingness to commit to reasonable social rules.

I see so many self called musicians lacking the burns on their hands due to practice. So many so called intellectual unable to know the difference between christianity and catholicism talking about religion. So many self called leaders scorning their workers constantly instead of helping them improve.

Well, my life is bittersweet right now. I am on the edge of becoming a hobbo.
Was it worth to abruptly fall down the social ladder? Well, I did not choose. My actual boss is the only one that gave me a chance. I have it because be it 4am, 6am and sometimes 7 am I am here ready for the call.

Wealthy people party all night preventing me from sleeping, being rude, but still I stand. Growing a disturbing uneasiness about the fact that at the opposite of the socialists in France I think class struggle did not disappeared but is getting worse.

I am getting very disturbed reading newspapers our elite seems to be totally blind to the real daily life of the common people. All political formation, even Nuit Debout seem out of touch. A silent drift is occurring under my very eyes between the population and the governing elites (administration, elected people, economical elites, artists, journalists) and it does not feel like a good omen. Social diversity is disappearing thus national concord, fueling resentment of the excluded. The first violence  fueling terrorism comes from the deny of reality of the elite.

Me? Well, I will adapt the wheel of chaos. Finding it fun. And enjoying my life with my wife even with the reprobation of the society even if landlords want me to overspend my money in something I don't need, even if bitter workers try to sabotage our works as a kind of revenge on society.

Life may have become tougher, but I love my new life ; I am freer than I was. And since I don't have a messianic wish to take the pain of the world on my shoulder and correct it, I will just take my already heavy enough personal load and move it to better horizon.

Moving out from coding part I: why?

When I was a kid, I had this teacher's husband who taught me one of my greatest thing: what passion and hobby are. He would take us with his wife to ride bike for first small, then long circuits. Riding without competition in mind, but with greater and greater autonomy.

I have made a lot of competitive sports since then however even though I am still riding an average of 100km per weeks I never did it in «sport» context. I can ride 100km in a day with my wife just because I love it and I sometimes ride at 70km/h.

Passion much more than competition is what is empowering. Being free, feeling free. Having the mastering of space (I have quite some autonomy in my legs) and time (I don't rely on anybody for moving) is great. I can ride off road with a road bike, or just swallow kilometers like an idiot.  When there is traffic jam, I ride like an eel in the middle of the city going faster than cars in the roundabouts (~40km/h).

Well, it is dangerous, sometimes people are mad I do not ride on dangerous bike paths to do what is legal: riding on the road. And I literally have to fight to stay on my path.

This is an allegory of my experience so far from moving out of code to my new life ; I am today a mover. I may change career in the future, I may go on, I don't know where it is leading me, but having chosen to ride bike instead of cars, is like a philosophy of life on how to extend your horizon to the maximum with limited means. And I owe it to the man who introduced me to biking.

One day though he was on his 40s (I was ten) I don't know why, he told me that he had one regret in life he wanted to change job. He was tired of this, and he wished me «to have more than one life in his life». And he wished me to live in a time it would be possible. After 6 month of hard work I achieved it. It is possible. Tough, but possible.

30 years later, here I am, having left Canada and back in France in a new place. And I hear the same complaint from people around my actual age: people would like to change job and begin new careers. Security agents bored of static positions, movers wanting to become truck drivers... coders bored of the Internet Of Shit, Java is the new Cobol, Cloud is the new mainframe, PHP/node and the spaghetti code, javascript fatigue, the coded obsolescence, unsecured by laziness  .... there are moments when the friction in your professional practice overtake the drive of passion and Beruf.

Sometimes, leaving a profession, is the way to vote with your feet against what is happening.

You know one of the disheartening things in coding is you know exactly how the world could be better with coding: by making simple stuff, not complex one. I would advocate less feedback loops and coupling, but modern practices are doing the opposite. I do advocate Tcl/Tk to make portable/lasting interfaces, but everyone want smartphone apps that are gonna be obsolete in 5 years. Well, your home boiler may last for 20 years, but when it can be only controlled by an app that may last 5 years doesn't it make old style knobs and virtually unbreakable embedded spartian UI more desirable?

In fact, it is not the language, the tools, the OS that are broken, it is probably the business ; there is no incentive for doing right things since there is no financial or legal responsibility for doing shit. For this business to improve it is required that customers are leveraged to do class actions for the defects in the code and designs. Directions that google, apple, fb, cloud providers, banks, providers for governments are lobbying against.

Most of free software coders are abused, and seems to like it ; their code is used everywhere, but instead of having thanks or recognition they are pressured by pro users who demand free work/consulting.... free software developers are the bitches spat upon by the IT business. The cloud, the apps, the smartphone OS are all heavily relying on free software and for 1 or 2 success stories, there are hundreds of people living in inhuman open spaces where coders are put in batteries like chicken hatching eggs. A lot of free developers I know have experienced depression or heavy burn out (the new name for professional fatigue). Man, hobbyists are having from there hobby professional fatigue. Symptoms that were not existing when corporations where NOT using free software.

We may all have time sheets to fulfill dutifully every days, but true hours are never fulfilled. 50/60 hours work per week happens. If you have free software projects, you will anyway have more time thinking of your job, because your projects are probably related to your work. Coding is a becoming permanent mind cage. What should be making you a valuable craftsman : the capacity to create your own tools, is turned against you.

A good coder is a rested coder. A free software developer that want to keep the copyright on his creation MUST work after hours. But company do not want to pay for less hours per week at the same price and thus, to keep up doing their job by building their tools AND keeping property of their inventions they have to work extra. Well, I am a good coder because I can crafts MY tools, and I want to keep ownership of MY tools. Because without them I can't code anymore. So if you want me, take me with MY tools, and give me time to stay a good craftsman by having sometime sharpening my tools.

Micro management has become the norm, thanks to agile. The grotesque of a ritual pretending to empower the coder, is just a masquerade of pseudo equality. Coders have feedback from customers from a long chain of specialists that knows nothing neither from their customer's business nor from coding. Each level of indirection noising the signal. And, like in every job nowadays, every person instantly after having powering on their first computer feels like he is an expert in coding. Don't worry, every customers when I move do the same.

Me, I desire a closer integration between simple electronics and software. I want pin with well known value triggering well known behaviour. A simple default UI, and a way for customers to plug in a servo control using a parallel interface. I want the opposite of actual direction in computer integration. I want any users to be able to program and understand their hardware and software. I want to help users by discarding the cloud of obfuscation between them and the hardware they own. I know how to achieve it. But business practices are in the way : you may think the actual coding mess is due to a smart way to create monopoly achieved by lock in with smart coupling, but there is no conspiracy. Just pure «expert effect» that has contaminated every place in our societies. People are Internet smart. They read 2/3 articles to get an informed choice before doing everything, they have got very good articles from man of the crafts and they master a good intuition. But they are not crafts smart, it is the details that are important. But internet smart people tends to know thinks better then you without having done it repetitively. 

This is my experience as a new pretty inexperienced mover. I deny any deep professional skills. I just follow the experience of the 10+ years of experienced movers that are teaching me and explaining. These people are smart. What they say makes sense, it is causes and consequences relationship between an action and there results. Once you learn them you stick to them because it makes sense.

When we fold our «couvrante» (blanket used to cover things) our customers thinks we do it to make them pay more. Well we fold our blanket to not have them in the way and clean our work space to be safe and more efficient. And folding while doing the job, makes the truck ready for next day without losing 1 extra hour at the end of tiring days. It is both work safety and optimization.

Every job is about having a clean usable workspace that will not trigger accidents and optimize the flow. When we take time prepping and trying to balance the weight in our boxes to maximize the throughput. Too light there are stupidly wasting volume (hence useful load in truck), too heavy they break the back of the movers.

A movers job is mainly about prepping.

When we write the description of the cardbox on the top, customers feel entitled to say it is the wrong place. For some we should write on 6 faces, and so on.This internet smartness is all the more touchable when you are a mover. Every customers are feeling entitled to club you in the head from their smartness proving you are wrong with all the weight of their education.

As if education was about being arrogant delusive self confident assertive bastard. It is as if the power given by having education was more important than the knowledge.  The more someone feels educated, the more you get criticized quasi systematically wrongly through the lens of solid belief on self certitude. Making your job correctly expose you to all the more critics. We enable at repsonsibility level self righteous people, full of certainties. Doubts are unprofessional. Well, I have seen a lot of persons coming to me in coworking spaces full of wannabe startups to propose me to do free consulting. Startups love free consultants. They often had a wonderful idea with 95% ready and they needed a «stupid» point in the last 5%.

Always, the 5% that would be underpaid benign features since interface were there and a POC was working in a simple case.

It was fun because even simple RSS scrapers (that were seeming anecdotic) where revealing a failure in the keystones of their project. A physical, coding or mathematical impossibility.

When I said free consulting, it is because they would always propose you a small contract (5 days at 100$ x 8 hours) to in fact made you write on a paper what was wrong when you discarded the contract.   

In game strategy : either you take an obviously underpaid contract but will have money or you lose time to say you refuse and give important insight to the startup that in both ways win. Since the company relies heavily on a flawed concept, they need to keep the illusion of the product working, so you cannot be hired, or if you are hired, you have to go in the right direction.

Right direction is the investors believing you can deliver something that works. The market is not based on satisfying customer"s needs, it is based on conning investors and banks to make some bonimentors being able to retire after having built Hollywood kind of houses. Lies valued on the market of your retirements plan in the form of an index in a random stock. Yes you pay for this with every private investment you are making. Your savings is invested in scams. Middle term scams that actually cannot yield profits. But coders like monkeys behind the scene, like a dwarf in an automata pretending to play chess, are patching behind the scene a decorum so that it looks like on the commercial pictures. Manually inserted SQL code at some crucial times of days to walk around a «bug» that is just reflecting the fact the feature does not exists.

A good professional manager is certain the product can be built.

As a coder we are pretending to build solid castles but truth is we build card houses. Every one is losing.

And to get paid as a mover you have to avoid antagonizing the one who pays. You must look your feet. Even if what you are told makes no sens. Else you may loose the «bonus» for having worked 20 «free» extra hours (paid normally 10€/hr) at the wonderful price of 1€/hr. And wealthy people feels very generous. While they cock block you from being efficient by getting in your way when you work... do it this way, you are too slow, you are an idiot...

And some of these people that are very educated are probably doing the same at their work.

I moved away from coding to be mover so that I may have escaped these assholes. Actually, it does not works the way I expected. I expected my bitterness to disappear and begin an new simple life without thinking. I expected I would pull the Interet/coding plug and not care to get control of my life without thinking about what was wrong. And fact bitterness has  disappeared. I am not bitter anymore.

It might seems stupid, but I like being an humiliated mover. I am no masochist. After changing country, then social position, it is like opening my mind, like you finally discover the map in 3 dimension instead of 2.

You see new more interesting mechanics. Important patterns.

Like what is being a professional? And what are the limits of our crafts.

Every jobs require specific knowledge but they have in common one thing: having a clean work-space.

Movers folding their blankets. Demolition workers constantly removing stuff to the trashes and cleaning at the end for the chantier. Cook keeping their table constantly clean.

We as coders are rushing our code in production nowadays. We all have given up on «clean» code.

A clean code is small, with few dependencies, configuration items, requirements, complexity.... Yet computer software/hardware are growing in complexity.

Like incompetent customers -that despise prepping and blanket folding and see our job of mover as moving heavy loads- all the industry is focused on the writing of lines of codes.

We have masquerade of cleaning. Ticketing systems, dev-staging-production environment, tests ...

But they are not. Just a mimicking of cleaning. Just like people first cleaning the floor and then cleaning their walls not seeing that their floor is still dusty.

I am not insane to criticize the actual IT industry and walk away from it even if I am making far less money and work in funky conditions.

It is building resolve and confidence : something is wrong with the world today. The power to command is given to the wrong persons : educated one.

Education is the biggest bubble right now: it does not work and we pay a fucking heavy price for it and it is fucking with the brain of their owners to make them idiot. It is manipulating people into a rigid attitude of exclusive ordering or obeying based on self confidence. Leaders are raised to be professional bullies. 

Our society over-evaluates an education delivering pseudo-smart knowledge. If education was delivering anything there should be actual figures proving that the diploma they deliver are impacting positively society. That for a same job diploma matters. Actually diploma are used as a corporative tool to protect access to some professions. Investors will probably require you have an MBA. MBA may gives you profound insights of a craftsman of running a business, but it does not worth having made a series of business yourself. Yet if you cannot pay 35k$ / year you hardly can have investment.

Education does not teach the craftsman and diploma are favoring the one who have the confidence not the skills. And too much self confidence conflicts with skills. We give more power to the one who are born wealthy. That's all.

It is time we look at the costs of our universities that cannot make reproducible science, at our industries our education and think once again how to make an education that improves our lives as a whole.

Well IT industry is fucked, like all the industry today... I just now just hope for the bubble on education, in IT, and the stock market to blow up so that it comes back to survival to the fittest kind of market.

I wish to get my power back by being able to produce and sell my services or product without the barrier of false education. I wish to live in a truly liberal state where skills matter more than birth and the capacity to get formations.

I wish I could make the government do what I wish with the taxes we pay, and not fuel financial bubbles by borrowing money to banks.

I wish I was leaving in a democracy not a Republic that is just an aristocracy by birth disguised as a pseudo elitist meritocratic system.

Diploma are void of power on me. I will look at what you do and not what you say, and will go my way full of doubts and resolves.

Des mots et des maux: le terrorisme de la novlangue.

Être gouverné par des abrutis acculturés c'est dur. Quand l'opposition et les journaux rivalisent de stupidité, c'est une crise de légitimité du pouvoir.

Mais passons.

Depuis le gouvernement de Vichy sont ré-apparus 2 mots pour définir un mal:

Attentat est une action destinée à nuire aux biens ou à la vie d'autrui. On parle généralement d'attentat dans un contexte politique, voire terroriste.

Terrorisme système de gouvernance politique basée sur la peur.

Pour les anglophones le mot attentat s'écrivait Attemptat : tentative.

Comment ce mot a-t'il glissé?

Racine, Corneille pour faire plaisir au Roy et à sa cour d’illettrés adoraient utiliser des vieux mots de français à la mode pompier. Comme des peintres du mouvement pompiers ils aimaient décrire les sentiments avec puissance. Nul mots de plus de 3 syllabes étrangers aux peuples ne leur échappait.

Mot tordus par des idiots, ils devinrent foutus.

Le terrorisme lui est souvent mis en synonyme par nos académiciens (descendants d'une institution crée par les Roys de France)  du Régime de la Terreur pendant la Révolution.

L'excuse pour torturer les résistants quand ils commettaient des actes étaient que leurs crimes dépassaient le droit commun, c'était au delà du crime, et Vichy introduisit le mot terrorisme.

Un mot utile pour qualifier un acte comme échappant de fait à toute justice, voire même aux conventions de Genève sur les prisonniers de guerre.

La partie amusante (pour une version tordue d'amusant) est que l'on peut remplacer dans cette affiche dont le contexte est le réseau Manouchian (cf l'affiche rouge) le mot juif par islamisme, ou tout autre mot.

Il me semble troublant que nos gouvernants utilisent des mots usés à la corde popularisés par le régime de Vichy, sans quasiment changer une virgule.

Cette affiche résume les articles de presse que l'on a suite aux crimes de masses commis en France.

  1. on cherche toujours à rendre le criminel étranger
  2. on mets toujours en exergue sont statuts social défavorisé
  3. on recherche toujours une inspiration étrangère et une manipulation par une puissance occulte
  4. on recherche systématiquement un passif judiciaire, allant même jusqu'à puiser dans les fiches S dont l'abus de signalement leur donne le statut de preuve forgée
  5. on recherche une idéologie «anti valeurs de la République»
  6. On justifie les immixtions françaises dans des pays étrangers.

Sans vouloir faire mon pisse froid suite à l'attentat de Nice, je dis juste que les mots, et la lumière de l'intelligence sont plus que jamais nécessaire quand l'obscurité prévaut. Et que plus que jamais il faut oser savoir (Nicolais Copernicus).

Maintenant tordons le cou à quelques vilaines choses:

Comment on a construit la menace islamiste

Si quand je faisais mon service militaire en 1997 nos gradés entamaient déjà la prédiction auto-réalisatrice (post guerre d'Algérie) de la menace Maghrébine, nous sortions d'une décade de torpillage politique par le PS de la marche pour l'égalité des beurs. La volonté d'accéder à être des français normaux ... laïcs.

Les partis politiques ont sabordé systématiquement cet effort d'un mouvement spontané en voulant trouvant des beurs à qui parler.

Et comme des beurs citoyens lambda faisaient peurs, nos institutions on ne sait pourquoi, peut être sous la pression stupide de politique religieux ont préféré se tourner vers les institutions religieuses.

Les religieux avaient pour avantages de ne pas être les enfants sauvages des cités, mais des gars bien avec qui on pouvait parler.

Bientôt les grands frères furent même plus ou moins intégrés dans les mécanismes (en tout cas dans ma banlieue) de réinsertion des jeunes délinquants.

C'est un peu comme si après une éruption de mouvement civique d'une jeunesse d'origine française qui écoutait les béruriers noirs on avait trouvé plus confortable de parler avec les curés.

Ensuite, la France est un des plus gros marchands d'armes dont le marché est traditionnellement le moyen orient et l'Afrique.

Rendez-vous avec Mr X (émission sur France Inter) évoque notamment comment les attentats du Liban et de Paris dans les années 90 avaient pour origine le non respect d'un contrat de fourniture d'une centrale nucléaire à l'Iran.

Les mails de Clinton (ClintonLeaks) ont des passages éloquents cités par un confrère de la  DGSE: la France intervient en Lybie, en Algérie dans le sens de ses intérêts. La France fait même volontairement chier sur le Sahara Occidental réserve de 3 ressources importantes : 70% des réserves de phosphates nécessaires à l'agriculture industrielles, une quantité substantielle d'Uranium, et du sable de qualité pour la construction (qui se raréfie).

La France vend des armes à des pays africains pour lutter contre les contrebandiers (tabac, humain (dont immigration), ...).

Ces contrebandiers se sont unis au Maghreb dans une coopérative du crime initialement de droit commun. Puis quand les fonds d'Al Qaeda sont arrivés, ils ont totalement virés leur cutille.

Al Qaeda/El Al basent leurs techniques de «terrorismes» sur des techniques modernes de marketing: ils n'hésitent pas à donner de vagues indications de mode opératoire et à clamer qu'ils sont les responsables. Du marketing viral basé sur des réseaux sociaux. Derrière ces groupes -comme la mafia italienne ou russe- structure des réseaux très lucratifs de crime organisés de droit commun basés sur une pseudo appartenance à un mouvement de pensée.

Il est clair que le but recherché est d'impressionner les foules et de faire peur, tout en couvrant l'enrichissement de certains.

Mais regardez le Califat, son premier objectif est juste l'enrichissement personnel d'une minorité. En-ceci le Califat qui pille des ressources minières est-il différent de certaines compagnie officielle qui œuvre en Papouasie Nouvelle Guinée ?

L'Europe n'est-elle pas elle même embourbée dans l'aide évidente à des groupes financiers comme Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, HSBC ont profité résultant dans l'enrichissement personnel d'une minorité ?

Et qu'en est-il du «beur» athée qui comme un Sicilien ou un russe dénonce la main-mise de ces organisations? Il est rejeté de la communauté.

Ma conclusion est que la seule chose qui protégerait contre le terrorisme dont les premières victimes sont avant tous les immigrés des régions considérées comme le réservoir de terrorisme serait de rétablir le lien... sans passer par des institutions religieuses.

Une nouvelle marche des beurs, peut être même une marche «black blanc beur» sans signes religieux mais un mot d'ordre clair d'égalité de traitement des citoyens, l'abolition du contrôle au faciés, le retrait des caméras de sécurité, la dissolution des polices municipales et de dénonciation de la non représentativité des institutions serait la bonne idée.

Pourquoi s'en prendre aux caméras, aux polices municipales voire aux lumière dans la ville?

Elle ne diminuent pas le crime, elles le déplacent. Et les populations stigmatisées sont celles qui sont le plus soumises aux crimes.

La politique sécuritaire de la France depuis 20 ans est un échec.

Vigipirate rouge (niveau maximal) est en oeuvre depuis 20 ans. Les cornichons sont utilisés comme des épouvantails à crime dans les bourgs, mais aucun ne sont présents dans les faubourgs, et pour l'instant ils n'ont évité aucun attentats.

Le contrôle au faciès est basé sur l'idée que les délinquants sont cons. Mais ils le sont pas. Les fils à papa des écoles privées au look BCBG sont depuis
longtemps recrutés en tant que transporteur, et une fille agressée a plus de chance d'être protégée dans un lieu publique quand on tente de saisir sa marchandise ou son pognon.

Des attentats du Bataclan, malgré les 1500+ caméras dans Paris les enquêteurs sont toujours à la peine pour assurer qu'il n'y avait bien que 3 criminels.

La destruction de la Protection Judiciaire de la Jeunesse (notamment à Cergy Pontoise dans la fédération où et quand Valls a fait ses armes en politique) par les socialistes a probablement entraîné la radicalisation de certains jeunes délinquants. 

L'investissement dans l'intelligence électronique au moyen de marché passés par copinage à des boîtes notamment incompétentes (Thalès, sogeti ...) résulte dans un fatras de moyens perdus qui génèrent moults faux positifs et négatifs. Le renseignement humain qui faisait la force de la France a été décapité par la gauche et la droite sans discernement. Il n'était peut être pas meilleur, mais au moins, il était moins coûteux.