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(IT World)   FYI, Congress has more almond orchard owners than software developers   (itworld.com ) divider line
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2014-03-11 09:42:15 AM  
I'm shocked there are any software developers in Congress.
 
2014-03-11 09:55:38 AM  
Almond orchard owner = know nothing about product, buy farm, allow people to run it, generate income autonomously.

Software development = required to know something about software to make educated investment, etc.  The two aren't comparable when you're just looking for 'something to make money with daddies millions'.
 
2014-03-11 10:07:16 AM  
If software developers ran the country the place might actually work 99.99% of the time. The rest of the time it would nuke itself though.
 
2014-03-11 10:18:59 AM  

mccallcl: If software developers ran the country the place might actually work 99.99% of the time. The rest of the time it would nuke itself though.


If software developers ran the country, 68% of projects would fail and the rest would be Windows ME
 
2014-03-11 10:33:54 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: I'm shocked there are any software developers in Congress.


The first one was a SOPA co-sponsor:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Scalise

Hopefully this one turns out better.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-03-11 10:42:24 AM  
If software developers ran the country, they would make grand plans about a miracle cure for the country's health care problems and then the web site would crash the first time anybody looked at it funny.

Are we sure Obama is a lawyer and not a coder?
 
2014-03-11 11:47:00 AM  
Sadly as far as Congress is concerned just understanding an issue does not mean a vote in the right direction.  They all simply vote the way their backers advise them to, regardless of background.
 
2014-03-11 11:54:35 AM  
As a software developer, it's not a necessarily impressive credential for your intelligence.  I mean, think about how many libertarians are in the field.
 
2014-03-11 12:10:41 PM  
What's wrong with lumber? I own two lumberyards.
 
2014-03-11 12:13:01 PM  
Nobody likes software developers.  They are socially awkward, smell bad, and full of themselves.
 
2014-03-11 12:13:43 PM  
A: "I think the general reason software engineers, teachers, small business owners and employees, and people from many professions outside of lawyers and political professionals are under-represented has to do with the amount of money it takes to mount a viable campaign, and how challenging it can be to raise the necessary funds."

DING DING DING! Too bad even if Mr. Cole gets elected, he will never be able to change this.
 
2014-03-11 12:15:09 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: Nobody likes software developers.  They are socially awkward, smell bad, and full of themselves.


And yet people love politicians?
 
2014-03-11 12:25:11 PM  
as a resident of the Central Valley of California I could have told you that

/farmers become politicians
//politicians become farmers
/// ITS THE CIRCLE OF LIIIIIIIIIIFE!
 
2014-03-11 01:34:20 PM  
Honestly, software developers and tech support works are two of the industries you DON'T want running for congress.
The sheer amount of cynicism and an overall desire to rule humanity with an iron fist (while typically being unable to manage something as simple as a diet..) would actually be worse than our current corrupt-but-predictable system.

//that, plus, as a congressional outsider, they'd have as much pull as ron paul...
 
2014-03-11 01:39:35 PM  
The average software developer is pretty dumb.
 
2014-03-11 02:06:25 PM  

Fark_Guy_Rob: The average software developer is pretty dumb.


Unfortunately, that's more accurate than I'd like to admit, and I'm a developer. The scary part is realizing just how many high-functioning autistics and sociopaths work in the industry - I sure as hell wouldn't vote for most of the folks with whom I've worked. Hell, I wouldn't vote for me. I'm not concerned enough with people to work well in the halls of power - it's why I gravitated towards technology. The kernel does what it's told to do.
 
2014-03-11 02:23:33 PM  
Why would software developers have almond orchard owners?
 
2014-03-11 03:07:50 PM  
FormlessOne: Unfortunately, that's more accurate than I'd like to admit, and I'm a developer. The scary part is realizing just how many high-functioning autistics and sociopaths work in the industry - I sure as hell wouldn't vote for most of the folks with whom I've worked. Hell, I wouldn't vote for me.

Now you've got me thinking which fields in IT would be worth voting for.

I'm a UNIX Admin- No. The mix of Aspie, ego, and psychotic just wouldn't work. Windows Admin? No, because these are the people that wanted to work in IT, and said "and I'm going with Microsoft!"

Hell Desk is incompetent, Management is too close to Dilbert's PHB, and the network guys exist in that strange combination of geek and mechanic that's just not suited to much else.

But, the SAN (Storage Area Network) team? They could go into politics. They constantly decide when to treat people the same, and when to single out people for special treatment. They understand resource allocation. They like it when everybody can get their share of the pie. I'd vote for someone with SAN experience.

(Provided they were competent, and not prone to silly errors.
 
2014-03-11 03:46:05 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: I'm shocked there are any software developers in Congress.


There was Rick Boucher of Virginia who was particularly tech-friendly. Sadly, he got run out in the Republican surge in the early 2000's.
 
2014-03-11 07:07:27 PM  

ZAZ: If software developers ran the country, they would make grand plans about a miracle cure for the country's health care problems and then the web site would crash the first time anybody looked at it funny.

Are we sure Obama is a lawyer and not a coder?


um... pretty sure that's the marketing department...

duncaninfo.com
 
2014-03-11 08:31:51 PM  
Not sure having software developers in Congress would cause it to make better technology and scientific decisions. Look at how many doctors have been in Congress and yet healthcare is still screwed up royally. In many cases, it was the medical doctors in Congress that were being used as mouthpieces for their party's moronic decision. Remember Gingrey and Frist, both doctors, giving medical diagnoses of Terri Schiavo even though neither had ever seen her in person? Frist even called for Schiavo to testify before Congress. People who are primarily interested in welding power will happily make decisions they know to be wrong and easily make statements they know to be false.

Gig103: A: "I think the general reason software engineers, teachers, small business owners and employees, and people from many professions outside of lawyers and political professionals are under-represented has to do with the amount of money it takes to mount a viable campaign, and how challenging it can be to raise the necessary funds."

DING DING DING! Too bad even if Mr. Cole gets elected, he will never be able to change this.


While I do hear plenty of people in careers that aren't represented in Congress make comments on what they'd do if they were in charge, very few seem to have the actual ambition to do so. There are plenty of IT millionaires and most simply aren't interested in governing, at least not directly. Think it's more of a case that the personality attributes that attract people to running for office overlap greatly with those of professions that are well represented in Congress. Heck, there are tradesmen who make good money but you don't see them running for office very often. Money is important but that can be raised by those with the right connections and willingness to engage in graft. People like the Koch brothers would gladly back a software developer who is willing to vote for their interests as much as they will back a lawyer who will do the same. Just not many developers are interested in being someone's puppet.
 
2014-03-12 01:25:28 AM  
And congress has more lawyers than anything else combined.
 
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