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Comment: Not new (Score 5, Informative) 288

by TheEffigy (#43428029) Attached to: Top Coders Tell Agents, "Show Me the Money!"
I am a programmer in Sydney, Australia, and for a few years I have had a contract management company handling all my sourcing and negotiations. They get 2% and I make the final decisions on accepting the work. The demand for non permanent programmers to tackle one-off projects is huge here, especially from the financial sector. Conversely the supply of decent people to fill it is low.

Comment: Re:More accurate to say "More resilient chips"? (Score 1) 68

Not to be too pedantic about it, but I'm very touchy about biological metaphors being inappropriately applied to technology (lets we forget how amazingly complex evolved biology really is compared to even our most advanced tech). FTFA, it sounds like they don't really "heal," they just reroute around the damage. But the damage is still there. It's more analogous to network packets being rerouted around a bad server than a biological entity actually replacing damaged cells.

The brain is known to reroute signals in order to restore lost functionality in stroke victims, so (without having read TFA) I would group this under healing.

Comment: Re:It's one of few anonymous ways to obtain bitcoi (Score 1) 437

by TheEffigy (#43000685) Attached to: World's First Bitcoin ATM
I agree it is a matter only a matter of time, but it appears that most people have given up (at least anecdotally) on FPGA systems simply on a rumour and maybe a prohibitively expensive prototype someone once threw together. Or perhaps I just haven't been reading the right scriptures.

Comment: Re:Valve / Steam... (Score 1) 371

by TheEffigy (#42865799) Attached to: Australian Govt Forces Apple, Adobe, Microsoft To Explain Price Hikes

I sure wouldn't want other countries which buy our imports to say to us "wait that's not fair; it only costs you guys $40/tonne to export iron ore and we're paying $150/tonne. We're going to get the government involved to try and fight that somehow".

They did, it was called the "Free Trade Agreement".

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