What happened there? Again, it is hard to tell anything interesting without some speculation - and possibly I'll have to apologize to Dave for this - but I think Dave has read "You must hate version control systems, we won't be using any" and assumed that this is is from a company that superficially rejected version control because they did not want to learn or, in other words, from someone that assumed that version control is useless. Talk about beams and eyes. That's not to say that I vouch for the 'pipelines' system or for replacing version control with it. I still don't know much about these pipelines - but new ideas don't have to work in every possible aspect to be worthwhile and you'll not have a break-through idea if you always stick to the accepted wisdom.
It is easy to assume stupidity - on average people are mediocre - but the internet is a big search space - expect to be surprised from time to time :)