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Brief underground respite

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 9:56 am Written by:

Weather was nasty over the weekend, I’m losing the plot when it comes to programming, and I enjoyed the physical activity I did last weekend, even though the flying was not successful.

I joined Becka and others on a “promising” dig in Gaping Gill beyond Hensler’s endless flat out crawls, and through the “blowhole”.

The dig was a tight wet inlet with pooling water, mud, and not enough room to turn over onto your back from your front. Clearly this had been subject to terminal worm-holing. There were a lot of digging tools to use with which I tried to widen the passage vertically at the front — though I didn’t pass much spoil back into the digging trays during the process. Tom took over after 90 minutes of me hogging the dig until he got too cold due to not wearing enough neoprene. We retreated and warmed ourselves up by chucking a heavy rock back and forth between us until our lower backs hurt. The remaining diggers complained that we’d used up all the air, so they couldn’t do any more. Never a good sign that a dig is heading towards big passages.

I got back-of-the-knees wetsuit rash walking up to the entrance, and we nearly got lost in the fog on the walk down. It was great. After a quiet night at Bull Pot Farm (all members were at the dinner/AGM), I got dumped at Clive’s house for a few hours while Becka went caving. This lead me wasting time on a couple of FOI requests to [1], [2], and flicking through the ACCU magazine to find an article about the First International Conference on Software Archaeology.

About time people started talking about software archaeology. It’s evidence of the dereliction of responsibility that the executives running our large moneyed software companies whose wealth depends on the functioning of decades old piles of buried and very crappy code are not properly funding this field of study, and leaving it up to a small number of visionary amateurs to do what little they can, while the executives cash out their share-options for yachts and corporate take-overs. I see no process within the corporate power structures that would result in those who control the money becoming aware of where the actual needs for investment lie. If it was seen that corporations devolved certain budgets to be disbursed by internal committees staffed by people who understood the challenges and were in a position that they did not need to get things signed off by senior officers who didn’t understand the challenges, maybe something positive would come out of it. After all, the public sphere exists as a system of quasi-autonomous organizations with their own budgets to get on with matters that central government are not always politically happy with, but which need to get done, so why is it not a viable option to consider such formal systems of operation within corporations?

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