So, I had a couple thoughts come to me while I was sitting in one of my offices, today.
The first is about software… I think that the term “open source” is misinterpreted by some people. What a lot of people don’t understand is that many times, open source software is open because the author(s) just really like what they do. Granted, this is not valid for all programs or code that is open, but I think that it applies to most. To make the code open just shows that they are really proud of their creation.
I heard something today that made me lean towards that methodology (open source, joyous code) a little more. I heard that because a convenience wasn’t documented as a feature, it had no business being put in the software being developed. Now, I can see that deadlines must be met, but I also see that sometimes you need to impress the customer. After all, what good are deadlines if you have no customers… Also, I would think that if you can spend an extra hour or two implementing a feature that makes the software MUCH easier to use for the end user and will probably save them many hours of time, that feature should be implemented… This is probably just due to my ignorance in managerial roles and having the experience of freely developing my own software, purely out of joy/curiosity.
The other thought has to do with asteroids and other celestial objects… why don’t we attach DNA, information, possibly a solar map, etc to every asteroid/comet that comes somewhat near us. Apparently, they are moving way too fast for us to keep up with them for extended periods of time, and they definitely get further into space than we have been. So why not attach some information to the object, in hopes that it gets intercepted along its path. I would think that a civilization capable of getting near/examining a comet or asteroid, would also be able to view the information that we “stash” on it. Or at least realize that the objects that we stash on it are not typical of asteroids/comets. Then, that same civilization would hopefully be able to use mathematics to sort of plot a course to where we dumped the information onto it. That is where the solar map would come into play… say it’s just a 3d holographic type display that shows our solar system in the center of or more highlighted than near by solar systems… Anyway, this is just a thought of how we could sort of get the word out that we exist…