Siii … iii … iiigh

It wasn’t all that long ago that I observed that it wasn’t that long ago that I was obliged to observe that I had only recently found myself observing that … the rate of descent into ignorance by people is really very alarming (and has been for some time now)

Indeed, only yesterday I found a graphic that expressed my hard-earned experience in a manner which even the illiterate might comprehend

Every so often, something I had completely forgotten writing is brought to my attention by someone else applauding for, or commenting upon, it at a later time — most frequently a comment upon something someone else wrote.

And today, there arose the perfect confluence of the two phenomena, as my attention was drawn to the something thanks to someone responding to one of my replies.

I didn’t remark upon everything wrong with the original article at the time because, believe it or not, I don’t like to be overly negative and prefer just to make people aware of things without ripping into the author and turning them into a stain on the floor but … seriously … now that my attention has been brought to it again …

Quite apart from my clarification that, no, what the Opera browser provides is not a VPN (and there’s really no excuse for an alleged technical expert advising people on privacy issues not to know that) … my remark that putting all one’s privacy eggs in the hands of a (single) commercial entity was a very bad idea all around (see my observations here for more elaboration on why that’s the case) …. and my observation that it is naive indeed to imagine that paying an early-adopter ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ fee is any guarantee that the promises made will be upheld by the next owner of the service provider (or even the next team working for the same owner) …

The guy claims to be a developer (on iOS, I assume) and then goes on to say

“I don’t even use Safari as my main browser”

Remember how I said that fanbois/fangrrrlz who don’t know anything like as much as they think they do will do you www (and more besides).rong, if you listen to them …

I’m not even a developer at all any more, let alone on iOS specifically, and even I know better than that:

The Dunning-Kruger Effect … look it up

It doesn’t only apply to arseholes; no matter how lovely we might be as people … no matter how clever … no matter how knowledgeable … we all suffer from it eventually

It’s the root cause of the Peter principle

But you don’t need to be a genius to be more knowledgeable than the OP of that piece … you just need to pay attention to more than your own ego and read around more than your own, tiny bubble:

I have no interest whatsoever in Apple products myself

But I still pay attention to what’s going on with them nevertheless

… because it’s important to know what I don’t know.

Sure, it’s easier for me to know what I should be looking into in the first place in a domain of personal expertise, but that’s the point: it’s supposed to be the OP’s field of expertise!

For goodness sake. In today’s world, IT is the world — everything we do, from getting paid for our labours, to getting cash out of hole in the wall, to getting blown up in a nuclear conflagration is controlled by it.

Learn about it!

And do so properly.

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.