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.
I have lots of electric fans in my house... They're not very quiet.
The plastic dust is probably what makes up the Plastiglomerate
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.
I was trying to draw on my OpenGL 1.x knowledge a few months ago when building an Android app... Damn, OpenGL has changed a lot since 1999
*shrug* my current plan is actually to spend some quality time figuring out how to use Ruby this summer. Though to be fair, I'm skipping Rails and going straight to Sinatra.
I have yet to meet anyone who admits to having used BBM...
When? I think it's interesting how BB touts to it's developers that 90% of it's users upgrade to the newest OS within a month of it's release. The reason seems to be because they can't download any good apps for it, so they're desperately hoping to get some functionality out of the Base OS.
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.
Actually, drone planes are the first step in making sure that we don't even need unskilled workers for fighting wars. We'll have Robotic cannon fodder.
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: http://maps.google.com/?ll=34.092524,-118.206208&spn=0.00122,0.001446&t=h&z=20
I think that fraud has to include some element of secrecy. Gerrymandering is not secretive, it's practiced openly, and in full public view. The voting district lines are available to anyone who wanders in to your county offices.
Fortunately, for every 2cm of ocean rise, the manatees get roughly 32 square centimeters more of surface to breath at...
Don't like my medical advice? Fine, go somewhere else. Seems perfectly reasonable and rational. If I were these doctors, I wouldn't want to feel responsible for the health of a child whose parents were demonstrably not interested in keeping their child healthy.