I don't see doctors or lawyers playing down the difficulty of their profession in any way. Why should the software industry do the same?
Ever notice how sliding a desk across a floor is really heard to do, then gets easier? It's because it's levitating part of the mass on trapped sound waves under the sliding feet...
This is old news by now.
What? It has nothing whatsoever to do with sound waves, but rather the fact that the coefficient of static friction is higher than that of kinetic friction.
When you are stationary, you are working against static friction. Once you are moving, however, you are doing work against kinetic friction, which is a weaker force for most substances.
I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)