Subject: Re: Is mediocrity the norm in computer science ?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 21:37:43 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

| I believe it's the effect of the money.  A 'career in computers' has become a
| pretty obvious way to make a better than average amount of money.  That draws
| a different kind of people in than the folks that were drawn in purely
| because of a love (or inate talent) for the field.

  But now that this money is largely history, plumbers and carpenters who left
  their field for the money in web duhsign should be returning to plumbing and
  carpentry soon, leaving those of us who now nothing of plumbing or carpentry
  alone to pursue real computer science, only set back about 15 years by the
  popularity of computers and the massive wastes of money.  In the "IT winter"
  that is as certain to follow this overhyped boom as the AI winter followed
  its boom, I expect to see lots of fascinating and real progress.  But first,
  Microsoft has to be destroyed.
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