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Comment: We pay for complexity, not simplicity (Score 1) 372

by GreyLurk (#47520297) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'
There are basically two things that make a job pay well: Rarity of the skill, and complexity of the task. Back in the day, computer programmers were a very obscure and rare trade. Nobody knew much about the arcane inner workings of computers, so the few people who did know something about it were able to extract a good hefty paycheck without having to do anything particularly complex. However, now there's a flood of people on the market who are reasonably well informed as to how to make a computer do what they want. 100 line C programs can be cranked out by outsourced Chinese workers for pennies on the dollar. You can probably even find a college intern to do it for free if all you want is someone to read a spec, and produce code that works. So, "simple" programming is not well paying anymore. Now, if you want a career with reasonable pay, you have to start tackling the "complex" tasks. Sure, writing thread locking is fun and all, but nobody really cares how your semaphore code is working, what they care about is whether the website properly shows your profile picture on the next screen after you upload a new one, and that their 600 friends all see the new picture in their stream too within a minute. That's not a "simple problem" so if you want good pay, that's the kind of problem that you're going to be asked to tackle.

Comment: That word may not mean what you think it means... (Score 1) 128

I don't think I would say "Enthusiast Computing" are limited to people who upgrade their processor to the latest and greatest every 6 months. I would rather call those folks "PC Game Enthusiasts". I would call Enthusiast Computing things more like building Beagle Bone/Raspberry Pi clusters, or people doing more interesting things than just installing new motherboards constantly.

Comment: Re:Is it lazy to be prudent? (Score 2) 189

by GreyLurk (#42745767) Attached to: Walk or Run: Are We Built To Be Lazy?
Which is a good part of the reason that dieting and exercise are so hard to get into for a lot of people. We have deeply ingrained evolutionary drives to eat whatever food is available to us, and conserve our calories as much as possible, because as animals, we never knew when our next meal would be available, so you darn well better eat as much of that deer carcass as you can before it goes bad, or some bigger predator tries to take it from you.

Comment: Re:Manual econoboxes accelerate just fine (Score 1) 717

by GreyLurk (#41650145) Attached to: How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025
You have apparently never been to Los Angeles. The 110 Freeway (Pasadena Freeway) is one of the oldest freeways in the country, and was designed before "on ramps" were really a thing. At one point, there is literally a stop sign on the on ramp:,-118.206208&spn=0.00122,0.001446&t=h&z=20

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