24 Jan 2001 jacobsan   » (Observer)

nymia: My point (which I realize I didn't really bring out) was that, unless you define more exactly what you mean by "merit", advocating a meritocracy is basically semantically null. I gather you're in the Phillipines; you could argue that you've got a meritocracy -- it's just that the merit isn't in what you can do or have done as much as it is in who you know. (Not that different from the US, actually...)

Of course, defining what merits you're talking about is only half the battle, of course. You've still got to come up with a system that allows selection on the basis of these merits, which doesn't rapidly devolve into "whoever the testers like gets the job"...

Look at what we can do...
Bah. I've had five or six pages of object data structure and method prototypes written out (by hand, because I find I think better that way) for a couple of days now, but haven't had time to put them into the BOP wiki that my co-developer kindly set up.

Of course, it didn't help that I finally tired of the various problems I've been having with the Helixcode^WXimian Debian packages, resulting in my uninstalling all of them and trying to build Gnome from source (which I've done successfully before), only to give up in disgust as I realized I couldn't use stow on each individual package, but instead had to throw them all into the same directory. Only took two days in console-land for me to figure that out. Bah, I say.

However, since I stayed home sick from work today (just general crappy feeling -- a cold combined with lack of

sleep, which could have turned into something worse had I not spent most of the day zonked out), I was able to re-install all the Helixcode^WXimian packages via apt, and do a general tweaking of my installed packages at the same time. Downloading a couple hundred megs of debs takes a while -- which was good, as I needed to nap instead of dink on the computer. 8^)=

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