No modern IT is not supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, most definitely not.
As I write theses words all hell has broken lose in the data center. A SUN cluster lost a filesystem; again! So here I am stuck at one o’clock in the morning babysitting a failed disk controller, waiting for replacement parts. There has to be a better way to store data than arrays of spinning metallic plates with magnetic overlays. What the hay, it is the 21st century! Where is my holographic optical storage prisms? Where are the brilliant inquiring kids with the diamond sharp minds to think and built such finery?
Why is it that we drive our kids to an MBA or law degree ? It is just for the money, so they can have a “good” life. So after thirty (30 !) or more years of studying a “successful” medical student ends up injecting toxins into hags’ eyebrows to make them look like facsimiles of frozen nymphs’ statues. If that is the culmination of a successful life path then we certainly deserve what we live through day in and day out.
Come on, let us educate more scientists so they can cerebrate the cool things that would make our lives and jobs fun again. Let’s train engineers to built them and humanists to keep a tight leash on us all before we go completely bonkers.