Cost of living in NZ is quite reasonable.
Said no one, ever. My distant cousin is the nearly the top surgeon in the country and didn't want to eat out because it's "too expensive". And while they had a nice house, it wasn't anywhere near what I would expect from the top surgeon in a US state.
At my current job, the reviewer asked me how I would implement a Graphics Fill algorithm. I said, "I wouldn't. I would call the Windows API because that's already written and tested and would get done in hardware."
He was actually surprised that Fill is in hardware. Anyway, I still wrote the algorithm anyway, but I think he was really pleased with the answer because it showed how I thought about the problem.
And there are literally thousands of candidates applying for each job.
Where? We're lucky to get 2-3 over a span of months...
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