Showing posts from June, 2020

Help us to help you

So here we are,  in the umpteenth week of the coronavirus pandemic. The UK scientists and WHO are saying that we are in this for the long haul - at least a year, maybe longer, perhaps forever if we cannot develop an effective vaccine. I have already written about how this is affecting people . This post is not about that. But something that is become blatantly obvious is that the ways we work are changing . Which means  companies and people need to change . And change is hard . So what I would like to know is: How can we help you here at Thirsty Bear Solutions?  What kind of help do you need to make these possibly seismic changes? As a company, we have a broad set of skills. Which means we need your help to help you. So would you please consider filling a short questionnaire that will guide us to where we need to focus our efforts? Thank you in advance.  Helping us help you questionnaire

Ethical Development: The responsibility of software developers in society

“ May you live in interesting times ”, or so goes the ancient Chinese curse. That certainly seems to be applicable to the past few years, arguably even decades. Technology marches on apace, creating a razor sharp double-edged sword that is capable of holding governments to account, yet also capable of slicing into our personal privacy and stifling dissent. Social media has now moved on from an innocent way of staying in touch with remote friends, encouraging collaboration, tolerance and discussion, and has now been weaponised in order to influence opinions, support corrupt organisations, and manipulate the Overton Window . We now have wannabe dictators attempting to force online platforms to treat speculation and lies the same as undisputed truths. We even have leaders of hugely influential companies abdicating their social responsibility to act against bad actors, allowing their platform to be taken over by fascist and racist agendas, presumably to protect bottom line profit.

Online Coding Kata

I am running an online coding kata! This is a format I have run many times in person, with various companies. So it is now time to try it in the online, post-Covid world. Since this is its first time through, I am offering it for free . Tickets are limited. Sign up if interested. Come and get 'em while they're hot!