Animals are DELICIOUS.

Professional Liars

A few moments ago, Chris mentioned something about hiring a pair of XP programmers. Someone then joked he was a jargon bot. It struck me once again how amazing and unnatural it is for someone's entire mode of conversation to be comprised of buzzwords and mumbo-jumbo. It makes it incredibly hard to tell if he is being serious, or if he is pulling a prank.

Then I started thinking about how Chris McKinstry might actually be a whole team of pranksters who carefully and meticulously plan out their gags so that they might be run across the entire internet (and other forms of media, ei Wired) simultaneously, over the course of years, to as large an audience as they might attract. This group of super-pranksters might even have a few 'Mindpixel's in various forms. Ideas which are so hopelessly convoluted and enshrouded in sizzle and jargon that it is nigh indeterminable whether or not there is actually steak.

Then I realized that over the years, a lot of money has probably changed hands because of people doing exactly this. The tech industry is probably uniquely vulnerable to such snake oils because it is, by definition technical. In the last decade or so there has been a lot of investment into the tech industry which may never yield fruit. But some people, some where, were getting a lot richer by selling that sizzle.

I know that this is all elementary, but it was the first time my thoughts flowed in such a way. (Wouldn't it be funny if... -> Oh man, people get rich this way all the time.) At first it mad me sad, then I thought about doing it myself, then it made me even more sad.
Permalink Jeff Barton 
August 26th, 2005
I've said before that I think there's a point where the money means that someone, somewhere was cheated out of something.
Permalink I am Jack's Friday fallout 
August 26th, 2005
>> I've said before that I think there's a point where the money means that someone, somewhere was cheated out of something.

Gimme 20 bucks and I can tell you how ...
Permalink Mongo 
August 26th, 2005
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