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, "Adam Sroka" <adam.sroka@...>
> [T]he military
> has developed technology for doing exactly what you suggest (Fighting
> fires remotely)[.]
Yes, I have heard about that. I may, as you suggest, not have given an
ideal analogy. My impressions are that no occupation wouldn't benefit to
some degree if virtual or remote collaboration were employed. Would you
> On the other hand, I am not aware of many professions, fire-fighters
> and soldiers included, where practitioners actually prefer to be
> somewhere other than where the action is.
True. Indeed, I prefer to be where the action is; in my head. I also
find that surrounding myself with those things that I'm familiar with
and help me to relax to keep me in my head; where I'm most comfortable
and feel most personally productive.
About the firefighter/soldier analogy and virtual collaboration. These
two occupations would definitely benefit. Both require working in
adverse conditions. Both require intimate and accurate knowledge about
the working environment. Both require close teamwork to achieve a goal
(a mission) which is directed by some point of control who itself, needs
intimate and accurate knowledge of the facts as soon as they evolve.
> Most of the time it has to
> do with saving money and/or lives. Software developers, so far as I am
> able to tell, are unique in wanting simultaneously to work and to not
> be where the work is happening.
Where do you think the action is happening in software development? Not
in one's head - the same place as I do?
> The first example I am aware of in Star Trek was the first movie.
I apologise. You do seem to be considerably more learned about sci-fi.
I'll try to remember not to make controversial assertions in your
presence without prefacing these assertions with a standard disclaimer
similar to "I think...".