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Programmers and lawmakers have one thing in common. They both create a system out of thin air and then hope that it will be used as intended

@andrioid what about programmers who hope their programs will be misused in the most creative ways?

@Wolf480pl @andrioid

That's something lawmakers delegate to lobbysts... ;-)

@andrioid

> Programmers and lawmakers have one thing in common. They both create a system out of thin air and then hope that it will be used as intended

Interesting. To play out a bit, common-law lawmaking (where the law evolves as it's interpreted in practice) would be agile programming, and civil law would be the waterfall model.

@codesections @andrioid There’s a distinction to be drawn, however.

Politicians, if their invention turns out to be shit, perhaps by increasing hatred or inequality, may be sanctioned, either by deselection or just being voted out.

Developers, otoh, just clap their hands together, shrug helplessly and go onto the next thing, without ever pausing to consider the harm they’ve done. Hell, they’ll even deny there is a problem, never mind accept any blame.

@dgold @andrioid

Well, without getting too deep into political weeds, I'd say that both developers and politicians are capable of innovating in ways that make the world worse, and both are frequently able to deny that there's a problem/avoid blame.

(The "war on drugs" comes to mind as one (somewhat less controversial) example of that happening on the political side)

@codesections @andrioid That’s fair, tbh.

Nonetheless, there is at least the possibility of consequence for politicians.

There is no consequence for developers.

@andrioid any programmer or legislator creating systems out of thin air needs to stop immediately

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