Why is it that American high tech companies intentionally employ and tolerate employees who’s job is to alter other employee’s work on the computer?
To be explicit, the effect of the employees who directly or indirectly through insertion of viruses on other employee’s computers so that their output into the computer, including emails, documents, programs, and any other production that theoretically belong to the company since it is produced and stored on company computer. The corruption range from simple typos to very serious bugs and errors introduced in vital files stored on the computers.
Monitoring real time over the network and deliberately making changes to documents on the fly.
Changing data at the end of the day or during lunch hours or during mandatory company wide meetings
Changing data stored on servers.
Effect and Intent and Cause:
(inhibition of some people to work may lead to better overall success)
(producing paranoia in the workforce may lead to better overall productivity)
(giving a few people “god” power improves their productivity to “god” level)
(complete random errors/surprises promotes/stimulates the human brain to be more creative and less bored of really stupid shit)(cite paper about it)
(frustration, fatigue, desperation, paranoia, lethargy, hoplessness, indifference extended concern for self and family, hatred, and other psychological conditions produced by random errors causes, on average, better performance.)
Systematic or individual racial discrimination
to maintain political control
to create reason to fire people. (one time… we had an employ who’s employment followed by files being removed from everyone’s computers. then he was let go with “not the skill set we were looking for.” What are the chances an african american who talks about playing beer pong at lunch has “the skill set” to wipe files off of my desktop???
I’ve been wondering about this for a long time. I’ve hypothesized that
only management does this.
only people who can do this are part of management
This is done to preserve company secrecy
This done to conceal corporate fraud.
Personal gains: there are lots of unethical americans out there.
wide spread of psychological disorder: There may be a large number of computer employees who have developed psychological disorders from working on computers and highly competitive environment. It may very well be that half of the people that I work with are psychopaths and would be deemed clinically insane. These people also exhibit signs of obsessive compulsive disorder. Their obsession with what other people are typing, and their compulsion to mess with it.
It could also be because the employers themselves are
Maintaining control over the technical progress of the company: For one reason or another, it might be advantageous to executives of the company for some products to fail and others to be delayed. (set short development cycles, fail often, so they don’t have to give bonus. Greed is the virtue of Capitalism)
Why do high tech companies employ (or does not fire) people who spend their day introducing typos and intelligent errors into other peoples’ work?
Initially, I had thought that this is done with prejudice (link), also I had once thought it was for personal gains (link), and I also hypothesized that it is a psychological problem developed from working in high tech companies (link) or a developmental problem in some people who grew up in environments that I cannot fathom (link). However, recently, I am beginning to realize that perhaps there is great wisdom behind the way these companies in the United States operate.
The United States is not a world dominant power house for no reason. There must be many things that are done intentionally on a macroscopic scale (through the setting of policies, directives, and guidelines), and also many microscopic actions that work in unison to create the synergy that is America.
Types of artificial error and intent
To be concrete, I am discussing two specific types of artificial errors that are created:
A.) typos. I type with very high rate of error at work. In important documents, this is especially problematic.
B.) Bugs. My programs will often contain a very difficult to find bug that results from a one-line change. one-liners are bigger than typo’s but small enough to evade a casual scan of the diff.
The frequent introduction of typos forces the writer to read what he wrote. My CEO here has once commented to us that he writes Emails without recipients so as to force himself to re-read the email before sending it. My problem with this explanation is that often the typo’s are introduced later on. For instance a wiki/confluence page at work will change, and there would bee obvious potatoes like this. Let us name these different typos for discussion sake.
A1) Typos introduced in realtime. These typos are introduced as I type so that if I send email immediately it would be sent out to servers that the typo-introducing-mechanism(man, software) will not have control over.
A2) Typos introduced during the development process, but maybe while the author is sleeping between multi-day writing projects.
A3) Typos introduced after the completion of a piece of writing. This is possibly why we find some really obvious typos in printed books. The editorial process is very thorough but still we often seen typos in large captions of graphs.
Typos are further categorizable into effects of the typo (without respect to the original intent)
T1) Completely random: if a z is added to wordz at random, its impact is minimal and largely forgettable. It does not affect the ability of the original writing to communicate.
T2) Not random, but not misleading: If a changes is made that may cause the reader to suspect the specific meaning of the sentence, then it belongs to this type
T3) Random or not, definitely misleading: This type of typo happens never. (obviously the word ‘never’ has replaced a word that conotes higher frequency)
My ultimate goal here is not to completely solve the mystery of America’s irrational success, however I hope to shed light on my lack of success and hopefully lead to increased quality of my own life.
A1T1-> probably a real mistake
A2T1-> possibly because a temporary episode author’s hallucination, but if it happens too often then definitely see a doctor. Also, regular backups and md5 hashes with comments might help to alleviate the author’s paranoia.
A2T2 -> Serious personality disorder, possibly multiple personality disorder (cite America Psychiatry Diagnostic Manual)
A2T3 -> If you have hashed prove and alibis (like an editor or code-reviewer), then investigate into computer security, otherwise call it A1 and shut up about it before you ruin your reputation.
A3T1 -> whatever
A3T2 -> Whoever did it, it could have been made worse, thank god he’s not experienced and invest in more security systems.
A3T3 -> recall book/software; issue errata/point release, invest in more security system.
Ultimately, America continues to operate and recover from economic crisis, and companies IPO and life goes on–More so than many European and Asian countries…. How does these typos contribute to that?