05.29.12

The Annoying Geek Chronicles

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 1:07 pm by George Smith

The geeks always think computer code will fix everything in the US.

How has it been working so far?

If they keep favoring us with more stupendous app programming and it stays true to form eighty percent of us will be either permanently unemployed or living in workhouses for the poor.

Today’s example of the trite altruistic coding nerd to the rescue bit, one story at Mother Jones on Code for America, an agency that sends 28 year-olds to cities to program apps for websites.

One intelligence-insulting bit:

In Boston last February, there was the big “snowpocalypse.” School buses were stuck, and the school system’s call center was slammed with calls from freaked-out parents. The workers look at a big map showing the location of the buses, which have GPS sensors. But on a huge snow day with hundreds of calls, they can’t get to all of them, and parents are upset. The fellows said, “We can help,” though they’d earlier been told they couldn’t have access to the GPS data. That’s an instinct that we appreciate, but you don’t want your resources stuck doing something a computer could do. [The city relented and the fellows built a website that lets parents track the buses online.]

What happened to calling your kid on the cell phone, stupid? And what about the parents who can’t afford to send their kids to prep schools who don’t have the access or savvy to go to a website.

In any case, I grew up in a country where there was a lot of snowpocalypse. Somehow, having an app to track the buses just wasn’t a pressing need in the Sixties. Everyone survived.

Hey Jen Palka — “whip smart web guru on a mission to change how we relate to city hall” and geeks, more apps as trivial solutions to inconveniences, please.

3 Comments

  1. Frank said,

    May 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Dollars to doughnuts it’s a browser that points to some city government snow emergency webpage.

    A great majority “apps” don’t do anything but open some webpage somewhere. I have one app that can do the work of all of them–it’s called “Opera Mini.”

  2. George Smith said,

    May 30, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Like “shortcuts” on your desktop. Weee.

  3. bonze blayk said,

    May 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    BUT DICK!

    Think of the children!

    crawling along the snowbound lanes and then stuck but only for a moment no it’s gonna be longer and all the time knowing

    “Mom and Dad don’t know exactly where I am!”

    LIBERTY AT LAST

    Before you know it, they’ll be singing songs that annoy the bus driver. That’s against the rules!

    That
    Will
    NOT
    Do.

    The awareness that Mom and Dad have got your location pinned down and could … could … aw, what, rent a helicopter to stage an impromptu “Rescue and Chide” operation?

    Well, whatever: “An Empty Menace is better than No Menace At All.”

    Sincerely,
    Lurleen Blayk

    PS: Certainly, Richard, “everyone survived”. But they misbehaved, did they not? TWND!